Raspberry Pi logo and link to RaspberryPi.org

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...

Welcome! 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.

Arduino logo

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 here at any time.

Espressif logo

There's now a new section dedicated to the new and increasingly popular ESP8266. The site contains similar information but targeted specifically at the ESP8266 in any of its variations. There's a link at the bottom of the navigator on each page so you can come back here at any time.


I have a Pi that is connected to the Internet and it has been running continuously for over 700 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.

Running 703 days


There is a new Pi Model B released, the B+. The changes are:

  • The composite video socket has disappeared but is now combined with audio on a 3.5mm jack
  • USB ports up from 2 to 4
  • New IDC header; was 13x2, now 20x2, GPIO pins up accordingly
  • SD card slot replaced with a latching micro-SD
  • Lower power consumption
  • USB and RJ45 sockets now aligned
  • Rounded corners and better socket layout
  • Four mounting points


There is a new Pi 3 Model B released, the B+. The primary changes are:



Amazon has published an online guide explaining how to access its Alexa virtual assistant using a Raspberry Pi. Link to the BBC news item.

You can now have your Pi hosted in a professional data centre by PC Extreme. A link to the website where you can set things up is raspberrycolocation.com. You have the choice of providing your own pre-configured Pi with any OS or buying a pre-installed one with a standard fixed configuration running Raspbian.


This site is designed to work with the current generation of browsers and I have tested it with IE, 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.

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