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How to get starting using Raspberry Pi

January 28th, 2021 by Rachel Hickey

Raspberry Pi is the mini computer that can do anything

Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized single-board computer that can do virtually anything. At first, the Raspberry Pi project was used for teaching basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. The original model became even more popular than anticipated, selling outside its target market for uses such as robotics, home automation, and more.

Because of its low cost, versatility and open design,  it is now widely used in many areas, such as for weather monitoring, video games, and can even act as a network-wide ad blocker (which we’ll tell you how to build in this blog post!)

To put the BitBakery team’s creative skills to the test, we each received a Raspberry Pi over the holidays. We spent some of our time off playing with these new toys working on fun personal projects. The list of creative capabilities could go on forever with this tiny computer, there’s even whole communities of creative builders sharing their ideas on reddit and beyond. 

Our UX Director Atilla Schmidt used his to create an ad blocking device on his home network.

How to make a Pi Hole with Raspberry Pi

Pi Hole acts as a network-wide ad blocker, blocking ads from your devices before they’re even downloaded. With Pi Hole installed, you can configure your router to have your devices use Pi Hole as their Domain Name System (DNS) server, effectively blocking ads across your entire network.

You’ll no longer have the need for having single browser plugins or other software on each device, network-level blocking allows you to block ads in non-traditional places such as mobile apps and smart TVs, regardless of hardware or OS.

Materials you need to get started:

Setting up Pi Hole: Step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Install Raspberry Pi OS (Desktop or Lite)

Step 2: Install Pi Hole

Step 3: Configuring Pi Hole

Step 4: What now?

Raspberry Pi ideas for beginners

Attila's party lights

If you’re anything like the rest of the BitBakery team, once you’ve gotten started with one project you’ll be hooked to try more. Here are some ways the team has been using their Rasperberry Pis, and aspirations of what’s to come:

This capable little device enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, and as we’ve shown, has the ability to interact with the outside world, with  a wide array of digital maker projects. What would you make with a Raspberry Pi?

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