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Old 04-28-2015, 08:53 AM   #1
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$30 computer - Raspberry Pi 2

I picked up a Raspberry Pi 2 for $30 at Microcenter.

Broadcom BCM2836 Arm7 Quad Core Processor at 900MHz
4 x USB 2.0 ports
Full size HDMI port, hardware video decoding, video output at 1080P.
Ethernet Port

I am really liking this device. It runs various Linux based distros. I am dual booting Raspbian (Debian based) and OpenELEC as a media center boot.

OpenELEC plays my video files nicely. Also the Add-ons play a lot of web based content as well.

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Old 04-28-2015, 09:31 AM   #2
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I used OpenElec on my Pi for a while on my secondary TV. I've since replaced it with a $19 FireTV stick running a straight android distro of Kodi - a more ergonomically satisfying solution.

I'm now dreaming up projects for the pi, including: replacing the console on my treadmill, or transforming my ailing clock radio into an internet radio. These can safely remain on my to-do list ad infinitum!

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Battery or solar powered portable media server. The power consumption draw of the Pi2 is low enough although Model A might be easier for solar.
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