WELCOME TO MY RASPBERRY PI WEBSITE
This website is all about the Raspberry Pi and how to program and connect hardware to it. I set up the site initially as a private reference for my own use. However, as it seems to be growing quickly, I thought I would make it available on the Internet in case others might find it useful. It is intended for novice Linux users like me, so takes a step-by-step approach and tries to explain in simple terms what's going on. The information applies specifically to the Raspbian versions but many topics may also apply to other versions.
I have no connection with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and use its logo here as a link to their website.
I use a Windows PC to create the web pages and originally hosted this website on a Pi. However, it is now hosted by Claranet. Read more...
The webpages are generated from a set of source files (a standard header file, navigator and footer, and the page content itself) by my own proprietary utility. It's a bit like make in that it determines whether pages need to be updated based on their file modification dates. It also does string substitution (usually to replace dodgy ASCII characters with their correct Unicode ones and, for example, to insert properly formatted chemical formulas so that C2H4O2 in the source ends up as C2H4O2 in the webpage) and does conditional processing of statements.
Each of the topics on the left has its own web page that explains the requirement or problem and how to implement or solve it.
The Links section is a list of other websites that I have found useful, either as a source of information or to buy accessories.
If the Pi isn't your cup of tea, click on over to the Arduino site where you can find similar information but targeted specifically at the Arduino Uno R3. There's a link at the bottom of the navigator on each page so you can come back at any time.
LONG RUNNING PI
I have a Pi that is connected to the Internet and it has been running continuously for over 600 days. Is this a record? It did lose its network connection some time ago and as it is running without a monitor I had to connect a keyboard, logon blind and bring up its Ethernet connection again.
PI 3 MODEL B RELEASED
There is a new Pi 3 Model B released, the 3. The primary changes are:
- 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
- built-in 802.11n Wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Good to see the built-in WLAN and BT. What I would like to see next is a 1Gbit Ethernet, but as that is on the same controller as the USB, both would need upgrading. Otherwise, it has the same specification regarding USB, Ethernet, etc. as the 2B.
ABOUT THE WEBSITE
This site is designed to work with the current generation of browsers and I have tested it with IE9, Chrome and Firefox. They are all supposed to conform to web standards and they do to a greater or lesser degree - the thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from! Some older browsers might not be able to display every aspect of the design as it is intended to look, nor some of the special characters. I have deliberately avoided CSS3 features.
Silktide is a UK company that analyses and scores web sites. The score for this site is shown here. It includes as assessment of accessibility, user experience, marketing, technology, W3C compliance, printability, etc. We score low on marketing because the web site is new and few other web sites will have links to it. Click on the Nibbler image to see the full report.
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