My New Raspberry Pi

by Bill Raecke

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, Johnny Kitchens donated two Raspberry Pi computers to be given away at the September meeting. Mark Stodola won the Raspberry Pi 3B and Bill Raecke (yours truly) won the 4B. You shoulda been there!

Below is a photo of my new Pi in its new home. I have it wired to the same monitor as my Windows machine via an HDMI switch—a press of a button lets me see either display. (That’s the Pi display in the photo.) I installed an Ethernet switch as well (located under the desk) so that both PC and Pi are hard-wired to the Internet. And off to the left is a power strip with an off/on switch so that I don’t have to unplug and plug the Pi to turn it on. (In case you’re wondering, the PC is behind the monitor.)

My Desktop

Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to do with it. I have managed to get it to print to my network printer. That was a more difficult process than expected. I found several sources on the Internet giving instructions on how to set it up, but none worked as advertised. I had to pick my way through using pieces of each set of instructions while paying close attention to what was going on. But all’s well that ends well.

Next up: I need to set up a program that automatically switches desktop backgrounds and I need a screen-saver.