I felt like I needed to break up this flow of gaming related stuff with something a little different.
I was recently gifted with a Raspberry Pi 3 kit.For anyone not familiar with it, it’s essentially a small circuit board slightly bigger than a typical credit card or ID card. It’s a really tiny PC that runs off of a microSD card and 5v power supply. They’re a sort of hobbyist control board for wide variety of things due to the reasonable power of the cpu and it’s fairly low cost. This little critter packs a quad core 64bit 1.2 GHz CPU among many other things.
This particular model also has onboard Wi-Fi and onboard Bluetooth, something my model 2 didn’t have. It costs a whole $35 USD, aproximately 31 Euro, though I looked at some of the UK retailers and it looked like it was running around 37 Euro in price.
It typically runs on some form of linux OS, with Raspbian being among the most common. I’m personally not super familiar with linux, but it’s at least usable. The Pi part of it’s name comes from the fact that it’s expected/default programming language is Python.
Now, I’ve done my fair share of coding, my rather palty AAS degree is just that , with an additional certificate in Java. Most of my recent practical application is Visual Basic, both standalone and Excel integrated. I don’t really do it full time though, just the odd project here and there.
Python, on the other hand, is a different kind of beast. It’s mostly a syntax thing. It’s got a few significant differences from what i’m used to. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it before to long though.
I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it at the moment. I’ve got a few ideas but I’m currently using it as a learning device. I’ll probably pick up a couple of the much smaller and reduced Pi Zero units soon, as they’re only $5-10 each. At that point I’d be using the Pi 3 for R&D and moving to the Zero for a “deployment” style test. If all else fails I’ll have a few interesting toys laying around and still have spent less than I typically do on a game.
I’m also writing this with the rather infuriating new WordPress editor. I don’t know if it will have a significant impact on how the end result looks, but it really needs some changes or at least the ability to turn some things off. Currently my largest problem is that when I backspace a word, it jumps over the space and places my cursor at the end of the previous word. This leads to constantly editing word jumbles likethis. I backspaced to the beginning of the word for a reason. I fail to see what function this serves. It’s apparently a bug and I’m not the first to report it either.
Otherwise I think I like the basic idea. We’ll see if I still feel that way going forward.
Y’all stay safe out there.