Ask HN: Does anyone use a Raspberry Pi as your main computer?

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  • TiddlyWiki

    A self-contained JavaScript wiki for the browser, Node.js, AWS Lambda etc.

    I do. I have a Pi I run as a server where it runs PiHole, PiVPN (Wireguard), and a personal Node environment. My main use case is to have a system I can SSH into and develop personal projects. This works well because I have a few machines that I can’t develop locally. A work machine that I can mix personal work. An iPad that has no local shell (I use https://blink.sh for this). It works fantastically!

    I’ve made a home “Are you in a meeting” website that everyone on my WiFi can point their browsers to. I have https://tiddlywiki.com instances running there. It manages my VPN when I’m out of the house. And I block a huge portion of ads when I use it as a DNS server.

  • pianoteq-pi

    A quick way to install Pianoteq and tweak your system on Raspberry Pi ⚡️

    Not as my main computer, but as my digital piano sidekick, a USB output from the piano goes to my Raspberry Pi which runs Pianoteq (makes the piano sound like a $100k piano). Optionally, the Pi lights up some addressable LEDs coinciding with keys.

    https://github.com/youfou/pianoteq-pi & https://github.com/whyboris/Digital-Piano-LED

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  • Digital-Piano-LED

    Light up an LED strip with your digital piano and a Raspberry Pi

    Not as my main computer, but as my digital piano sidekick, a USB output from the piano goes to my Raspberry Pi which runs Pianoteq (makes the piano sound like a $100k piano). Optionally, the Pi lights up some addressable LEDs coinciding with keys.

    https://github.com/youfou/pianoteq-pi & https://github.com/whyboris/Digital-Piano-LED

  • HomeBrew

    🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

    Homebrew for Mac is super popular among developers:

    https://brew.sh/

    And yeah they should know better. On the other hand, modern programming languages also pull libraries from all over the place without any serious vetting. This is becoming more and more of a problem as several people have demonstrated here:

    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30679098

    I bet sooner or later this will result in a major wannacry/log4j style national incident and then we'll start doing someone about it.

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