A month ago, I had my 21st birthday since I turned 21. We flew up to my in-laws house for $30.00 (414,000 satoshis) I did that by travel hacking a Southwest card. So I spent my birthday at the Shadow Puppet’s Brewery in Livermore, California; but I got something way better than beer for my birthday!
I ordered a Raspberry Pi 4. Mac, shmack, this is what all the cool nerds are using these days. It is a credit card sized computer powerful enough to run a full node on the bitcoin lightning network. the best part is that it only costs about $ 85.00
Back when Alf was my favorite TV show, computers cost a lot of moolah. My parents didn’t make this fancy mullah, but my mom was from the home of hippies and geek-trapranuers alike, the Bay area. So her sister was married to a guy, my uncle, who had a computer before downloading porn was possible. We used to play flight simulating games, flop the floppy disks, type commands on a green screen—You know, the good ol’ days.
Consequently, I have never suffered from computational-phobia, yet I never actually built a computer. Enter the Raspberry Pi. A Raspberry Pi is a computer no bigger than a library card, but it is a gateway to the biggest library on the planet—the Internet. It’s a miniature computer. It comes with usbb 2.0 and 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, CPU, motherboard, et al right on one board. It also comes with an open source operating system called Linux. It’s a Debian version called NOOBS, but there are other operating systems as well. The best part is that it only cost about $90.00. In 1987, a Nintendo console complete with everyone’s favorite mushroom eating game, Super Mario Bros. And Duck Hunt cost $99.00. The Raspberry Pi does way more shit and there are no cartridges to blow into.
What you will need for your Rasberry-Pi
Here’s how you put this thing together. In this blog post I will teach you how to set up your raspberry pi. Eventually, sometime next week, I am going to change my version of Linux to the Mynode version. I am going to use it as a lighting node. After that, I am going to practice networking from windows to Linux using Putty. I also want to set up an online sticker selling business using the Lightning Network.
This is the Vilrose Raspi 4 with 4 GB Ram. I also bought a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse combination. The great thing about this keyboard is that it only uses one dongle. The Raspberry Pi comes with 4 USB ports, but I try to use as little as possible.
Things you’ll need:
Vilrose Raspberry Pi, you could also use a different one, but this is the one I am using if you want to follow along exactly. You will also need a grounding bracelet to prevent bricking your computer with pesky static electricity.
Let’s get back to that digital divide. The computer cost $89, the keyboard cost $22. I picked up this 32 inch TV on Offer Up for $50. Libber office is open source, Linux is open source, as well as all of the computer games that teach you how to code python and Java. For a another 60-80 bucks, you can get a 1TB hard drive.
It also comes with wifi(but you’ll need to plug it in to an Ethernet port to run MyNode. I’m taking the Google IT course on Coursera because I wanted to learn what the heck it was. My goal is to get a certificate I can add to my Linked In profile. Since I have all the debt that goes with a teaching credential, but make less than the average salary of a high school dropout—I’m using my free time to stack skills. I’m using my Creative Writing Degree to create this blog. Along the way, I had to learn WordPress. I leaned how to outsource logo design. I learned how to create a web store. The next step in the process is to learn networking and more Linux commands. Eventually, I want to explore penetration testing and how to protect against certain attacks. So far, I have learned a little bit of this using multisig time locks, Six months from now I want to sell some stickers using the lightning network. I don’t expect to make a ton of money doing this, but creating an online bitcoin only store would probably look better on a resume than babysitting teens.
Step 1 – Put your super sexy grounding bracelet on, Attach it to fa piece of non-painted metal. In a normal computer, you’re supposed to attach it to the case, but because this one is so small I used the screwdriver.
Step 2—remove the Raspberry Pi from the box.
Step 3—remove the case which comes with the thermal compound, spatula, screws, footrest, and screwdriver.
Step4 put the thermal paste on the square in the bottom of the unit, this thermal paste helps keep the unit from overheating. Then place the motherboard into the case sliding the side with the HDMI connections in first. Make sure that all of this Ines up before you put the top of the case onn, otherwise it will be a huge pain in the ass to screw on correctly.
Step 5: Next, put the paste on the chips as seen here. Make sure you use the spatula to spread it evenly over the chips. Place the top of the heat sink case onto the unit.. And turn it upside down.
Step 6: screw it together.
Step 7: plug in your keyboard//mouse dongle into a USB port.
Step 8: plug in your micro HDMI to HDMI cable into a mini USB port. Plug the HDMI into a TV or computer monitor.
Step 9: plug in the power cord and plug the unit into a surge protected wall outlet.
Step 10: insert the HDMI card with NOOBS into the Raspi.
Step 11 turn on your TV and power the puppy on using the switch.
After you do that, you’ll have to choose your country and language and come up with a password and most of all—Play with your new toy!
I stepped away from mine for a second and my son found Minecraft-Pi. I even taught him a few simple echo commands. Minecraft-Pi is pretty cool, but I set up a lightning node.
The process is pretty simple. After you set up your Raspi, just go to
You just need to flash the OS to your SD card with Balerena etcher and follow the instructions.
Here’s a Twitter thread someone posted:
Thanks for reading.