[Talk] [Part 2] Raspberry Pi

I have been doing a lot of things with my Raspberry Pi, so I decided to write another blog post about it.

First, I tried setting it up. I needed a screen, so I searched around the Pi and eventually found a hub for one of those yellow video cords. I remembered that we had an old TV in our "storage" (garage) and took it out. It was a really small thing, and looked very old fashioned. So I found a port for the yellow cord on the TV, and soon find a cord that would connect the Pi to the TV. Next, I needed to install the system. On the website, there was an operating system called Raspbian. After downloading it, (which took quite a while!) I searched the Raspberry Pi website for how to use it on the Pi. I found out that it required an SD card, where you put the operating system file. So I took one from my brother's camera, and put the operating system file onto it. There was a slot on the Pi for the SD card, and I plugged it in. Nothing happened. So I went back to the instructions, and carefully read it again. I found out you had to decompress it a certain way, and there was some programs for doing it. I found one for Mac, and got it. It worked perfectly! I plugged it into the TV, and was able to start it up. It looked a little like a Windows desktop. The Terminal was just like the one in my Ubuntu Linux (cause they are both "children" of UNIX) so I was able to do lots of stuff, like installing Ruby. I decided to use the Pi for programming. At one time, I tried installing Java. Big mistake. It overheated and crashed, also it ran out of space. Anyway, I had to erase the SD card and start all over again. Later on, I thought that maybe it would be safe from my little brothers if I had a case for it. I eventually decided to create a Lego case for it! It looks really cool, now. I leave spaces for all the ports. I had one problem with my TV screen, though. The screen was too small. I couldn't see the entire screen of my Pi. There were to connections I could use. HDMI and the yellow cord. We didn't have any HDMI cords or monitors, so that is why I used the yellow cord. Eventually, I thought it would be cool if I could connect my Pi to my monitor (the TV had very low quality pixels). I searched on Amazon for an HDMI to DVI D adapter (DVI D could be connected to my monitor). I saw an adapter for $8. I added that to the wishlist. Next, I needed more USB ports (the Pi only came with two), so I searched for USB hubs. I found one, and added it to the wishlist. I was on a shopping spree, so I also added an SD card and a mouse and keyboard to the wishlist. I just ordered it today. Can't wait for it to come in!