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Raspberry Pi Adventures

I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 last week, mainly because I wanted to setup a small AirPrint server (so I could move my seldom used printer to somewhere away from my desk), but also because they are cool!

Setting up the AirPrint server was pretty easy, and there are plenty of guides already on how to do this (basically install and configure CUPS to get the printer working, and then the avahi-daemon service to expose as to Airprint.)

I’ve also been thinking of other things I can do now I have a low-powered but always-on Linux server in the house, and my first project was a simple web site checker that will periodically ping my web sites and send a Slack message if any are down.

Now I wouldn’t use this for commercial websites, but for my Digital Ocean hosted sites - which are very reliable to be honest - it’s nice to have a little bit of monitoring for free just in case they are having problems.

The NodeJS/JavaScript code is all on GitHub if you’re interested.

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