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  • 7 Raspberry Pi projects to explore

    A few folks from our writer community weighed in to share their favorite Raspberry Pi projects to help us celebrate Raspberry Pi Day this year.

    Steve Reaver's projects are built by him at home. First up, a PlayStation One case for your Raspberry Pi.

  • How old is your oldest Raspberry Pi?

    Today is Pi Day, a day in which we celebrate the date ticking up to the 3.14 approximation of π (at least for those of us who use American-style dates). We also take today to celebrate a tiny device, not much bigger than a credit card, that shares its name with this useful, irrational number. We're talking about, of course, the Raspberry Pi.

  • 14 days of celebrating the Raspberry Pi

    Every year on March 14th, we geeks celebrate Pi Day. In the way we abbreviate dates—MMDD—March 14 is written 03/14, which numerically reminds us of 3.14, or the first three numbers of pi. What many Americans don't realize is that virtually no other country in the world uses this date format, so Pi Day pretty much only works in the US, though it is celebrated globally.

    Wherever you are in the world, let's celebrate the Raspberry Pi and wrap up this series by reviewing the topics we've covered in the past two weeks...

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