Raspberry Pi Odds and Ends

Raspberry Pi Odds and Ends

Some random odds and ends from playing around with my Raspberry Pi computers that I got a couple of weeks back:

  • Hendrix College will be hosting a Raspberry Pi Bake-Off on March 14, 2013 (Pi Day, of course – 3.14). The Bake-Off is essentially an event for local RPi enthusiasts – or wannabe enthusiasts – to trot their cool projects, and share their love of all things Pi. The event is open to anyone, and all ages are welcome.Tickets can be ordered here for the event: http://raspberrypibakeoff.eventbrite.com/
  • After playing around with RaspBMC (Raspbian XBMC), I quickly came to the conclusion that it was (a) very slow, (b) inordinately hard to configure for wireless versus regular Raspian, and (c) very poorly supported Airplay. I imagine if I worked a little harder I might have been able to simplify some of what I went through with this implementation of XBMC to get it going on my configuration. But you really have to color me “unimpressed.” My advice – get a Roku box or Apple TV if you want a nice addition to your TV setup.
  • It really does matter what kind of SD card you use with the Raspberry Pi. The unfortunate thing is that, even with nominally supported and approved SD brands, you still may experience high numbers of SD card corruption while running your Pi, even if you don’t overclock them. My advice – once you get a configuration setup on your SD that you’re happy with, backup a disk copy of that SD and make backup SD copies. Even a preloaded SD card from newark.com was corrupted the second day I had it. Fortunately, downloading images and creating new SD cards is quite straightforward. Be prepared to have to do – and redo – this at some point during the life of your Pi.

Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

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