With all the RPi and SBC discussions lately, I’m itching to get some old Pi’s back on the network doing something useful. There is a buzz around the newer 4th Generation RPi, but I have two 1st Generation RPi Model B: 2 USB ports, Ethernet only no wifi, 512mb of RAM. Is anybody still running these 1st Generation RPi’s and doing something useful with them?
Option #1 - I’m definitively trying this out on one of them.
I’m thinking of turning one into a podcast player at my office with some super old computer speakers and using https://www.runeaudio.com/.
Option #2 - Thinking of this on the second, but I don’t know if I use IRC enough to keep this running 24/7.
Run weechat or irssi 24/7 and ssh into the RPi for my IRC chating this would give me the ability to scroll back and view past posts. I have tried Quassel on the home server, but it was flacky at times to get reconnected after the server went down because of power failures. I’m thinking weechat or irssi might be a more stable option.
Not a bad idea, but the HATs that are in stock these days all need the 40 pin connector of the RPi Zero and above. The RPi Gen 1 Model B have a 26 pin connector. There were older HATs made for the 26 pin connector, but they are harder to find these days. However, you gave me a great idea. I should consider doing some breakout bread board projects. We have a kit that can be used with either GPIO connector because it uses individual wires and a separate bread board.