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This article is about this blog site where I will tell you about the site.

A little history of the site.

As I am getting a little older I like to relate history on various topics. This one is about this web site and how and why it was created.

  • Originally I was going to have this site running on one of my Raspies but in the middle of September 2019 my Internet Service Provider (ISP), Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) decided to downgrade the operating system of my modem and closed all 65,535 ports on the modem’s firewall. This means the main ports of 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) used for web site access were included in the closed ports and no one will be able to access this site from the Internet, only from my home network, which is NOT good.

  • I then moved the site to a Web Hosting Service, Dreamhost.com that I have been using for hosting my web sites since 2010. I plan to have an article on them some time in the future.

  • I have a new program called “inlets” that I can use to access my Raspis from the internet by creating a tunnel through Digitalocean.com

  • I have been using computers since 1975 and have created numerous applications and web sites, but what got me interested in creating this one is I have recently read a book called How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir.

  • I originally started working on this site using the following tools:

    • Libreoffice Writer to create my content. I am still using this program.

    • Pandoc software to convert the files from “files.odt” to “files.md” which is Markdown format and is required by the following program.

    • Pelican which is a Static Site Generator program. It takes the above markdown files and converts them into HTML files. These files are then up loaded to Dreamhost.com the web host for access from the internet.

    • Then at the beginning of this year 2020 I found a website called College in the Clouds where it has an article about using LibreOffice Writer to create an Ebook, which I am interested in. It also contains several other articles including one on how to create an interactive web site as opposed to creating a static web site as created by Pelican. This article was about Joomla which is a program for creating interactive web sites. With it the person does not need to know much about computer programming as the program is written so anyone can create an interactive web site using just drag and drop.

Now that the history is out of the way I can get to the subject of this article which is about the Raspberry Pi computer, what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.

I will:

  • Explain what various versions of the Raspberry Pi are.

  • What software is available (Linux) and how to install it.

  • How to set up the computer in various configurations.

  • Some of the projects I have created and how you too can create them.

  • I will then combine these articles into an Ebook that I plan to offer as a free download to those that sign up for it.

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