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Raspberry Pi Configuration Considerations

The raspberry pi is an awesome little device with an awesome community. Because of what you can do with it and its very low cost, I think it is the current "playground" for future programmers, devops, and other technical professionals. The kids playing with raspberry pi's today are the tech leaders of tomorrow. What I would have done, if I could have built a linux server for $40 when I was a kid! Or even a server FARM! I'm thinking a data center under my twin bed would have been so much more awesome than that yeast experiment gone bad...

I ordered some for my kids as part of their homeschool curriculum and brought the RPi's home. I left them in the shipping box in the kitchen. When I came home that night, both kids had the RPi's running and spent the afternoon learning how to program!

While designed for kids and education, they also make great project boxes and embedded systems. Thousands of software packages available with a simple "apt-get install" command which lets you build a tiny little server capable of anything a big server can do, limited only by 512MB of memory and an overclocked 950mhz processor.

I've deployed a couple RPis as network monitors and remote support boxes and continue to experiment with them.

There is tons of information available about the RPi and getting started with it, so I'm not writing another tutorial. I wanted to document what I had to figure out that was scattered around and took me a while to figure out. Also, some of my best practices.

Here are a couple of recipes for building an RPi useful in these environments...

"2 Snaps Up!" or How to Slap Down Snap on Windows 7

Windows 7 is basically OK, but there are some things that have been added to "improve" it that drive me nuts. One of those is the default setting that causes windows that get near the edge of the screen to suddenly pop full screen. In addition to these kinds of new "features", Windows 7 also does a good job hiding where you need to go to fix these settings.

The Aero interface is what does this and the feature is called the "Snap Window Arrangement" feature.

So, if you've done some searching and hit Google and been scared off by the articles that tell you to change the registry and logoff/logon, have no fear! The setting is easy to change, doesn't require a logoff/logon, and is super simple to do, once you find it...

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