The Raspberry Pi, an inexpensive and tiny Linux machine, has garnered much popularity. At $35, it’s one the cheapest full-blown computers that you can buy and easily use out of the box. There a million uses for a Raspberry Pi, but I often see people buy one on impulse and then find themselves at a loss for what they should do with it. Here I will keep track of what I use my Raspberry Pi for and what I have used it for in the past.
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