Raspberry Pi Zero: the WIRED starter guide @Raspberry_pi #piday #raspberypi
Helpful write up on the pi zero from Michael Rundle at Wired.co.uk.
The tiny and ridiculously inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero has already proven to be a huge hit, selling out everywhere (including on the front cover of 10,000 magazines). But if you’re one of the lucky 20,000 or so who managed to get hold of one of the £4 computers, you might be asking a deceptively simple question — what next?
The Zero is a surprisingly powerful machine, with 512MB of RAM and a CPU faster than the original Pi, but what do you need to get started and what projects can you tackle from day one?
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