So before any development activities start I decided to go super low-cost regarding hosting and use my old Raspberry Pi 3B as a “machine” used for the project. Hosting at home will cost me nothing and moreover I reminded myself I have quite nice SD card in it – 100GB, so I hope I won’t complain about lack of free space on the device. In theory database for data collection could grow quite large, so at least at the beginning I’m fine.
That being said, I found the hardware, even with the touch screen on it! Nice. After checking which raspbian distro was installed (jessie) against the newest one (stretch) I started a process of a dist-upgrade, following directions from here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspbian-stretch/
It took me about 5 minutes to download exactly 1401 newer packages followed by 40 minutes to complete the installation. Once distribution upgrade was done it was time to install a few more packages (some scripting languages, database server), which I’ll use for my next step which is “I need Data”.
Thanks for reading,