Discussion in 'RFinderPi - Open Source radio interface based on R' started by W9FTV, Sep 17, 2017.
I took the easy way out and used the LED that is on the board.
I can't think of any stupid RPi tricks, but I use an RPi 3 to run my VoIP home phone system - running RasPBX (essentially Asterisk/FreePBX).
You can page the entire house, call or intercom between extensions, and incoming calls ring all phones. If you have kids, get them a number and route calls to their extension! Best of all, the ability to blacklist single numbers, an entire area code or exchange is very easy to do.
I am learning to program in Python on the Rpi. I am planning on stacking several of them together, and use them in the shack for various tasks. One for APRS, one for HF digital modes, one for loggging / DX spotting, one for shack lighting control, etc... the Rpi is a great little processor, but when you try to do more then a couple of tasks at a time it starts to slow down. They are cheap enough so having a separate pi for each task is not that expensive.
Especially if you buy the older Pi 2 or B+. I've been seeing them for $10-20 on Ebay. Works fine for projects that don't need the "horsepower" of a Pi 3....
I must be getting lazy in my dotage. I recently bought a TFT touch display for my 2+ and am at a loss to explain why Yes, there are possibilities with GPIO, SPI and other interfaces, but I'd rather have a cheap, low power computer that can act as a router, file server or something else that needs more guts than RPi.
What I really want is a really cheap, small, and powerful computer similar to the Intel atom. Must have 3+ GigE NICs and at least SATA.
Oh, and it needs to "just work." I'm getting old and cranky, I've spent a lifetime in IT and don't find the 'mystery' all that exciting anymore. Unless it's making an HP superdome supposedly running linux a solid, upstanding citizen.
Me too. VMS, PDP-8, add a few years and here we are.
Ive started using cast off gsaauction.gov computers. Dell 960's? $<30 running linux. Wife machine runs Windows, I actually farm work on hers out to the local small computer shop.
My Pi has been a real treat. Yes, it's a one or two app at a time machine, but it's still faster than CP/M and an 8080a ;-) I've got PostGres running, (I'm an old Oracle DBA), have not done anything with it yet. Was going to use it to control an Ardunio and a digital VFO at some point.