My first post in a very long time

Well It seems I haven’t made a post in a long time. Well, what’s new? Well the other week my Raspberry Pi came which I have been waiting quite some time for. It’s such a cool little device… For you who don’t know what one is, it’s considered to be the worlds smallest computer which can fit in the palm of your hand. Here’s an image of one…

 

 

The first thing I did once I installed the linux operating system debian, was over clock it to it’s newly overclocking setting, 1GHz. The default was set to 700MHz which is obviously, as slow as some modern smartphones today. However after reading that this can cause SD card corruption (which is not a good think, eeek) I left it at it;s standard setting. I bought a 2A plug to use so I know for sure it’s getting enough power in to run everything I want it too. Right now It is hooked up to my 5v 2A mains plug, and has wireless USB card which supports b/g/n and up to 150Mb/s transfer rate.

I’m pretty proud of it. I can do almost anything on it like compiling source code (which it’s meant to do), run a web server along with a MySQL database with php5 installed, and of course something I just have to install, boinc. Why? Because… I can? So, What is boinc? Well, “BOINC is an open-source software platform for computing using volunteered resources.” Basically you attach a project which you would like to be part of, lets say the LHC@Home project. I simply login and then it automatically attaches, and the boinc client then sends a request to download the master file so then it can then request work. This work uses your CPU’s idle time, and can be set in the options to run at different times of the day. Handy for when your not using the computer, you can just crank up the CPU usage a little, OR, let your GPU do the work if your computer is in use.