When you’re a developer (or perhaps even a normal power-user), you seem to
acquire a bunch of custom config, scripts, and tools over time. Often, these are
little snippets. A one-liner command alias that you paste into
custom format for your
PS1 prompt. A default setting for Vim.
I’ve already written a review of the Orange Pi Zero. As it turns out, this little board is perfect for running your own Pi-hole! It’s probably even better than a Raspberry Pi! The cheapest Raspberry Pi you can get with a wired ethernet connection is the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+, which is listed for $28.95 at PiShop.us (as of May 2021). In contrast, you can get an Orange Pi Zero 512MB for $16.99 + ~$4.00 shipping from AliExpress, or a couple dollars more with a case. (You can also find these items on Amazon, but shipping is more expensive there.) In total, you can save about 30% compared to the Raspberry Pi! Of course, the Raspberry Pi Zero W is probably cheaper, but the Pi-hole really is a lot more stable and fast when it has a wired connection, so the Raspberry Pi Zero W isn’t a good choice for the Pi-hole. But the Orange Pi Zero has a wired connection and performs great!Continue reading…
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Colorado School of Mines in 2011 with a degree in computational and applied mathematics; I subsequently completed a Master's of Education at the University of Denver as part of the Denver Teacher Residency. After a short stint of full-time teaching, I returned to the field of software engineering at SpotX, where I worked for 3 years before joining Zen Planner and finally moving on to Strava.