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What is the Raspberry Pi? How do you use the Raspberry Pi?

For those of you still in the family(the followers of the blog including myself) I am going to start a sir section on a Linux computer called the raspberry pi. This computer is $35 and all you need to set it up is a keyboard/mouse, a monitor, a micro sd card, and a computer to write the operating system on it. I recommend wireless module edimax makes a cheap 802.11n module you can get on Amazon. Cases for the computer are optional, but recommend yet again Amazon makes cheap ones that will do the job.

For those of you who care, the website has all the images on it on the download page for a computer. I recommend Ubuntu Mate, but for a programming line that has a lot of versatility, I would recommend using raspbian. Other operating systems include XBMC(now called Kodi), and a custom OS called RISC OS. I recommend all of these, but as I had stated before, I do feel that Raspbian and Ubuntu Mate are the best.

To burn the images on a micro Sd card
You can do it on Windows, Linux, and Mac but we don’t like Mac here at the blog so for length purposes I will only elaborate how to do it on Windows.

*While I support Mac I totally recommend Linux and Windows as a home desktop.

This will burn an image on Windows

1. install Win32 disk imager and Sd formater
Win32 disk imager
SD formatter

2. Download an image or two in the background while you do the rest of the steps
Where to get the images you ask.
Right here:

3. Plug in your micro sd card into your computer In one way or another and open the Sd formatter and select your card. Click format size adjustment and then click quick format then click one of the other formatting ways

4. Once the drive has finished sed formatting, let your image download then unzip it and drag the image file to the desktop. Open Win32 disk imager, select you micro sd card and click the folder icon tap desktop and tap your image file. Tap write and the image will start to write the image on the card. *This may take a while so be patient same with the formatting portion in step 3.

5. Once the image has stopped burning. Plug the micro sad card into the raspberry pi and plug in the Ethernet, HDMI, and the keyboard/mouse. Plug in the power and the pi should start to boot.
*If you don’t have a long enough Ethernet cable then plug in a wifi module and I will get to that later

6. If using Ubuntu Mate make or sign into a valid account and fill in all the columns. Once on the desktop, click the wifi icon, click on your network and sign into it.

7. Open the Linux command line in Ubuntu Mate and type in

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
Once that is done, run the next command to fully update your current OS to the next highest version:

sudo do-release-upgrade

This will make your raspberry pi up to the newest operating system and you should be set to go on your journey with the raspberry pi.

Good wishes and good luck from the blogging tech team. Thank you for spending your time with us.
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Big Website Update!

I am here to inform you that this website is now under a new co-ownership. Between  Martin and I, this would not change much with the website, but now I will try to post a new blog post once a week to bring some consistency to the site. We will not be following up with the ham radio topic, but I will try to start a new topic based on the Raspberry Pi, a small versatile Linux based computer. You can start to visit them on this website has a great blog based on the product and if you have any questions I will try to get back to you on the comments.