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Saturday
Feb162013

More Raspberry Pi goodness

I have a few loose tidbits to pass on, nothing earth shattering…

First, if you like the game Minecraft, there is now a free version for the Pi.  This version is, naturally, a stripped down version of the game. It’s purpose is to help teach programming through gaming. You can read more and download the game here.

wifiOverstock retailer, Big Lots, carries all kinds of oddities but it also carries an assortment of mice, cables, blank DVD’s, cheap dongles and other computing related goods. One thing I was surprised to see was a very small USB WiFi adaptor…802.11n too.  Priced at ten bucks, it is the cheapest WiFi adaptor I’ve seen yet. It works well too. My Pi had no problem seeing the adaptor and putting it to good use.

The other cheap retailer, Five Below, carries many similar items, including a similar Bluetooth adaptor. I have not yet tried this and do not know if RasPi supports it directly, but, since it is Linux based, I’m sure there’s a driver for them.

There is an on-line magazine devoted to the Pi. It covers a wide range of topics from programming to interfacing with other hardware. You can check out the MagPi here.

If you really want to go old school for some gaming, the Pi is a cool Atari 2600 emulator. Go here to read about making a 2600 console (OK, just downloading) out of the Pi.  Since the Pi is pretty small, you could get one of those really bad Plug and Play games that look like an Atari 2600, gut it an put a Pi in there.

So, there you have it, a few tidbits I thought I’d share.  More to come…

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