Good morning Lions and welcome to the new bi-weekly series: Cyber Life! My name is Devlyn Coulter. I love computers and anything to do with them, so I decided to start a tech series for the ACH student body. Although I will be the main writer for this column, members of the robotics class will be contributing as well. On Tuesdays, we will be reviewing different tech products and offering advice. Fridays, we’ll focus on answering any questions students might have. Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
We don’t know if you guys have heard of this little “slice of genius”, but if you stick around, we’ll give you a “slice.” Say hello to the Raspberry Pi 3b+.
The raspberry pi, commonly referred to as a “Pi” or an “rPi”, is the smallest and cheapest computer money can buy. this microcomputer offers 1 gig of ram, a quad core processor, 2 usb slots, and HDMI port, and its most interesting feature, a 40 pin GPIO input. These pins allow the pi to be connected to everything from cameras and microphones to lights and speakers. It’s incredible that all of these components can fit in such a small package, with the pi being the size of a credit card and the thickness of a pack of sticky notes. Yet another bonus is that the pi comes with a variety of programming languages installed, including my favorite, python. Mojang even wrote a version of Minecraft for these little miracles, which also comes with the basic version of the software. Unfortunately, it uses a micro-SD card for its storage, which means that larger programs will not fit on it. Also, the pi runs on a variation of Linux, a free alternative to Windows or Mac OS. this makes it a little harder for less tech-savvy people to use it. However, it is easy to see that the pros outweigh the cons, and for that, I give the Raspberry Pi a 8.5/10.
Have a good week! – Devlyn Coulter