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Raspberry Pi EDC

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by TangoSixFive, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. TangoSixFive

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    Hi, I'd like to share what I've been carrying for a compact computer.

    As many of you know this is the Raspberry Pi. I have the Model 2 B version with 1GB of RAM. This guy sits inside my Maxpedition Neatfreak along with a 5MAh power supply.

    It acts as a "pocket NAS" running a samba, DLNA, and bittorrent server. I use it to complement the limited features on my phone, and also in instances where bringing a laptop along would be too bulky, risky, or otherwise impractical.

    I can connect an HDMI cable to a screen and it becomes a full-fledged computer. Of course a keyboard and mouse is required as well as the HDMI cable, which only adds to the bulk. So I just VNC in with my phone.

    PS. It won't replace your computer, and I intend to use it only as a "force multiplier."

    action shot of my Pi by the beach, offloading photos from my phone's storage via samba:
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    Very cool setup.
     
  3. Ram Man

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    Wow - never considered my Raspberry Pi as an EDC item! Cool!
     
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    Great idea!

    Have you ever considered the 2.8" touch screen to minimize the keyboard/mouse/hdmi needs?
     
  5. enine

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    To supplement your phone, look at owncloud. I run it on my rpi and use foldersync back into owncloud. It sync's my most important docs then lets me access the rest through a web browser.
     
  6. TangoSixFive

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    I did think about it for a while, but i decided to keep it simple and settle with being able to VNC into the Pi. This way it takes less power.

    As much as possible I try to not rely on an Internet connection with this set-up. That's the reason for the samba server. At home I can always sync the files onto my network and to OneDrive. Besides, I don't think owncloud is available for my Windows Phone :p (yeah I'm an MS fanboy :))

    BTW, I have 2 Wi-Fi adapters plugged into the Pi. One to connect to an access point when available, and the other to enable the Pi to work as an access point. In most cases I use the latter one since I can get internet on my phone, but in some hotels where Wi-Fi is generally weaker in the rooms I can set the Pi in an area with better reception, and use it to broadcast to any part of the room.

    edit: typos and for clarity
     
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    Nice set-up! I've been trying to get my hands on a couple Pi Zero's for similar reasons but they have been very elusive to me still....
     
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    Zero's are still in ridiculous backorder purgatory I'm still waiting on mine too but all these overpricing reseller pricks are gobbling them up -_-

    I love EDCing a Pi and cant wait for the zero because of the smaller form factor. I used to carry one in a protoarmor metal case but it proved to be a little on the bulky side (and it takes forever to get through TSA) I modded one to just 2 USB ports to make it a bit skinnier and rigged up an enclosure for it that worked out pretty well...might do it with the new Pi3 and pretty up the casing a bit.

    If you do hotels a lot I'd suggest PiPlay on a card with a bluetooth dongle and a PS3 or "8bitdo NES30 (pro) bluetooth controller" The new Pi3 will run most N64 and PSX rather well so makes life a little more tolerable if you've already exhausted your movie collection.
     
  9. TangoSixFive

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    Ah yes I forgot to mention, I have RetroPi installed alongside Raspbian -- running NES, SNES, and PSX roms. It's using wired controllers though. I don't EDC the controllers, but that's a very good idea!

    I also have a 2GB SD card running OpenELEC which I don't EDC, and I guess I might as well use the free wifi and stream movies to the Pi. I'll give that a try the next time I check in.
     
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    Yeah for networking purposes i have one of those tiny GL.inet boxes running openwrt with an added in usb hub and a 32gb drive. It doesn't do any of the fancier stuff Rpi's can (like movies/games) but its a nice way to turn a ethernet port in a acces-point or so some vpn stuff when in a hotel. Would still like to add a pi-zero to the collection.
     
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    You don't have to have internet, just a network connection. With the Pi3 you could even just go from phone to pi via wifi or bluetooth.
    The beauty of the owncloud syncing is I don't have to do anything manual, it just syncs my stuff in the background.


    They do have a windows client but I've never tried it, I value my data too much to trust it to Microsoft products anymore.
     
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    Not sure if this count as EDC
    I have my Pi 1, running xbmc, connected to my minivan HDMI, and I drive it daily (the EDC part)

    Entertainment on the go for kids in the back
     
  13. Maave

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    Nice. Too bad the Pi doesn't have easy mSATA, you could put some monster storage on it. The HummingBoard Pro has mSATA but it's much pricier than the Pi
     
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    I got a Asus chrome stick. I don't edc it but when I travel for work I bring it with. It's nice to plug into a tv and stream video in the hotel rooms.

    The reason I don't edc is I either have my work laptop or work iPad with me during the week and I always have my iPhone otherwise
     
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    Very nice! My son has 4 Pi's and a Pi 2. He really likes them and tries to get me interested in them, but I'm a confirmed Windows guy :)
     
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    Orange PI 2+'s have a sata connect for $40 on aliexpress.
     
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    Windows 10 can run on a Pi2/3... Microsoft sell pi 3s with Windows 10 on their store.
     
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    Can someone, anyone, share the dumbed down version of this RPi actually does? I'm guessing it's more than just an external hard drive.
     
  19. enine

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    It's a miniature computer. For $50 you can an have a fully working computer that can do anything a $200 PC or $600 Mac mini can. I use one for my internal backup/media server and one for my web server.
     
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    I remember now my son told me about this.

    But (and I'm trying to remember) there was something he told me that even though the Pi 2/3 would run Win 10, the Pi version of Win 10 wouldn't let you run Windows based programs.