Building Our $35 Raspberry Pi Computer

Raspberry Pi computer being assembled.

Raspberry Pi computer being assembled.

The quest continues…

A week ago, we purchased our Raspberry Pi computer, a $35 computer targeted at kids. We bought it for my daughter, who’d expressed interest in making her own video games.

The official Raspberry Pi store was sold out of these affordable little computers. I hunted around and found sellers on eBay offering them for $47. My daughter was excited to spend $35 of her own money to buy her own computer. I bit the bullet and paid the extra $12 to get the Pi.

Then the fun begins. It comes in a package with no cords, hard drive, or instructions. You get the manual as a PDF at the Raspberry Pi website.  Easy enough.

If you’re like me, you also discover that you don’t have all the cables you need. So instead of plugging it in and booting up, I had to order some cables and adapters. It wasn’t very expensive, but it did sort of strip away the mystique of a $35 computer. No biggie, I had most of the things I needed, including a cellphone charger (for the power source) and an SD card (for the hard drive). Continue reading