The new Raspberry Pi 3 is on sale now at $35
Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for same price as Pi 1 - Amazing!
Interesting "Internet of Things" prototyping system
Balancing Robot using a Raspberry Pi
Upgraded our VoiceTag app to send VoiceTags to my Raspberry Pi home server. Now getting VoiceTags off my iPhone onto my home server is a cinch!
Got Apache, Tomcat, Sqlite3, OwnCloud, WebDav all working now. Excited to get it working with our latest iPhone app - VoiceTag.
I first heard of the existence of the Raspberry Pi project about a year ago when I went looking for a very low cost computer with very low power consumption. I wanted to build a home server that I could leave on 24 x 7.
Beyond the basic needs of storing and sharing private documents, photos and my music collection, I wanted a source version control system to manage my many software projects.
The idea for a home server started back in 1999 when I found that the prevailing business model for the Internet was to put all your information in the cloud. At the time I could not reconcile how this would work for privately owned information in the long run.
I decided then that I would focus on developing a home server that could be used to secure and share my information.
This was not an easy exercise by any means since at the time any home sever would entail a tower style box with rotating disk drives and 150W power consumption. Microsoft created such a box - Microsoft Home Server - but it did not take off.
After hearing about the availability of these small low cost Linux boxes over the last 2 years, I went shopping and settled on the Raspberry Pi. To my delight I also found a vibrant eco-system of vendors and developers all working with the Pi.
The next post will describe my experience starting from when my Pi arrived in the mail.