[chbot] Playing with a Pi 400.

Andrew Starr ajstarr at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 09:26:32 GMT 2021

Hi Richard,

So you're happy with the RPi4 as your daily use machine? I'm seriously 
considering this to replace my aging i3 All-in-one. I assume you went 
with the 8Gb version?

Anyone else's experience (Mike?) with the RPi4 as a daily use desktop 
replacement also welcome.



On 21/01/21 2:33 pm, Richard Jones wrote:
> I use RPi 4 with dual monitors as my main desktop machine daily. I use 
> a Samsung Portable SSD T5 500GB, bought from PBtech just about as soon 
> as RPi4 came out. The  was possibly not the cheapest solution but 
> hardware wise its plug and play and readily available. I reckoned that 
> if I ever needed more space then SSD's would have reduced in price. 
> Creating and enabling a swap partition prevents the pi locking up when 
> Firefox or Chromium have too many active tabs. The SSD is just used as 
> my home drive as USB booting from SSD arrived after I had my setup all 
> working. Let me know if you would like some measurements done.
> Looking at the PBTech web site it looks as though the T5 has been 
> replaced by T7.
> I moved to Pi after blowing up my laptop motherboard using a new 
> chinese usb supply on a usb connected arduino nano. The supply was 
> well designed but was manufactured with a sticky foam pad bridging the 
> safety barrier. Consequently I bought a new laptop motherboard, rpi, 
> and a HV insulation tester! If I'm ever daft enough to repeat the 
> mistake I'm hoping to just replace the Pi.
> Richard Jones
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 8:49 AM Quentin McDonald <dqmcdonald at gmail.com 
> <mailto:dqmcdonald at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi Mike,
>     Would you mind letting us know what SSD you ended up getting and
>     from where? I've looked into this briefly and I couldn't seem to
>     figure out how to find one of the Pi compatible ones known to work.
>     Thanks,
>     Quentin
>     On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 5:14 PM hamster <hamster at snap.net.nz
>     <mailto:hamster at snap.net.nz>> wrote:
>         Just saw an article on reverse engineering of vaccines that
>         may be of interest some here.
>         https://berthub.eu/articles/posts/reverse-engineering-source-code-of-the-biontech-pfizer-vaccine/
>         And for something more aligned to the list, I replaced my
>         Windows Laptop after I discovered my Raspberry Pi 400 compiled
>         the same C source in ~40% of the time. So I went to the New
>         Years sales and $1100 later the Raspberry Pi is still quicker.
>         To reward it for its efforts I now have the Pi booting from a
>         $69 USB3 SSD rather than usual uSD card. It now reads disk at
>         300MB/s.
>         It is much more capable than expected.
>         Mike
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