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How to Test a Breakout Board for Your Raspberry Pi

To test your homemade breakout board for the Raspberry Pi, you need a multimeter, a device for measuring current, voltage, and resistance. You can obtain a cheap one from a thrift shop for less than [more…]

How to Control GPIO Pins on Your Raspberry Pi

In order to have the Raspberry Pi gain access to the GPIO pins, you must install a Python module that acts as an interface between the language and the pins. This allows a program to read in what is happening [more…]

How to Use GPIO Pins as Outputs on Your Raspberry Pi

GPIO lines can be made to act like a switch between the 3V3 power rail on the Raspberry Pi and the ground. Put that into action and use that switch to control something. The first thing you should control [more…]

What Can You Do with a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a fully featured computer, and you can do almost anything with it that you can do with a desktop computer. When you switch it on, it has a text prompt, but you can use a graphical windows [more…]

Limitations of the Raspberry Pi

For something that costs so little, the Raspberry Pi is amazingly powerful, but it does have some limitations. Although you probably use it as a desktop computer, its power is closer to a mobile device [more…]

Which Linux Distribution Should You Use on Your Raspberry Pi?

There are several different Linux distributions available for the Raspberry Pi, and you can find an officially endorsed list on the Raspberry Pi site. As you might expect, with such vibrant communities [more…]

How to Use Raspi-config to Set Up Your Raspberry Pi

The first time you use the Raspberry Pi, it goes into a program called Raspi-config, which you use to change some of the settings on your Raspberry Pi. Raspi-config options are changed from time to time [more…]

Browser Options for Your Raspberry Pi

When it comes to browsing the web on your Raspberry Pi, you have three browsers to choose from. Midori is the recommended browser for most websites, although it’s good to be aware of the others because [more…]

How to Use Midori to Browse the Web on Your Raspberry Pi

The Midori layout on the Raspberry Pi is similar to other browsers you might have used in the past, with a thin toolbar at the top, and most of the screen given over to the web page you’re viewing. To [more…]

How to Use the Leafpad Text Editor on Your Raspberry Pi

Among the accessories in the Programs menu of your Raspberry Pi is Leafpad, which is a simple text editor. You can use it for writing and word processing, but it’s not ideal for creating print-ready documents [more…]

Handy Linux Commands for Your Raspberry Pi

Linux has a lot of commands available for you to use on your Raspberry Pi, and they're not always obvious. Here is a selection of Linux commands you might find useful. [more…]

Extend Your First Python Program on Your Raspberry Pi

Your first Python program is a small piece of code to print multiplication tables. For another challenge, you can change the code a few different ways to make the program behave differently. See if you [more…]

LibreOffice on the Raspberry Pi

LibreOffice is a productivity suite that was brought into the world by the Document Foundation, with the noble goal of creating an open-source, free office suite. It is based on the OpenOffice office suite [more…]

Hexadecimal Notation the Easy Way on Your Raspberry Pi

Every programmer and hardware designer uses hexadecimal notation for one simple reason: It's easy, far easier than the alternative. The only snag is that there is a very small learning curve, so small, [more…]

Top 10 Programming Languages Ported to the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi was designed to encourage young people to learn to how to code — the Pi in Raspberry Pi even comes from the Python programming language, so the very idea of programming is written into [more…]

How to Install Games and Other Software on the Raspberry Pi

Lots of free Linux software is available for the Raspberry Pi, and you can install it in two different ways. The most obvious and user-friendly is to use the Pi Store in the desktop environment, but a [more…]

Programming in Scratch

The Raspberry Pi was created partly to inspire the next generation of programmers, and Scratch is the perfect place to start. With it, you can make your own cartoons and games and discover some of the [more…]

Raspberry Pi For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Raspberry Pi is perhaps the most inspiring computer available today. It comes with the tools you need to start making your own software, and you can connect your own electronic inventions to it. It's [more…]

Downloadable Code Files for Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is chock-full of code examples that illustrate how to program your Raspberry Pi. But who wants to type all that code? Most readers would prefer to spend their time [more…]

Connecting the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino

Some people see the Arduino and Raspberry Pi as rival boards, but this isn’t the case at all. If anything, they’re complementary — the weakness of one is the strength of the other. Here are three ways [more…]

Raspberry Pi GPIO Pin Alternate Functions

The general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins can be switched between input or output and have a pull-up or pull-down resistor enabled, but there are a host of other peripherals in the Raspberry Pi chip [more…]

Powering from the Raspberry Pi

A common question is “Will the Raspberry Pi power this?,” to which the answerer is always “What do you mean by power?” Basically, there are three ways a Pi can power something and each has a separate answer [more…]

Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can connect your Raspberry Pi to the Arduino and get even more out of both boards, and there are several methods for making this connection. The Raspberry Pi has a variety of GPIO pins that you can [more…]

Facial Recognition on the Raspberry Pi: The Future Today

Want your Raspberry Pi to do something cool? The human eye can instantly identify characteristics of an individual that tells us many things about that person, at a glance. Within seconds of looking at [more…]

The Lorenz Attractor in RISC OS on the Raspberry Pi

Interested in a new Raspberry Pi project? The Lorenz attractor almost singlehandedly originated a whole branch of science chaos theory. It seems fitting that a man who worked for so much of his life in [more…]

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