Extend the life of your pc thanks to Raspberry Pi and Syncthing

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Summer is coming and with it the high temperatures and physical wear of many electronic components, including batteries. Next we are going to propose a little trick to extend the life of our computers, laptops and electronic devices thanks to Raspberry Pi and a program called Syncthing.

The Internet has taken up more than half of the work we have to do with the computer, to such an extent that many only need a web browser. For this reason, there are light alternatives to a computer or laptop, alternatives such as Raspberry Pi that offer the necessary power to meet our needs and have lower energy consumption and generate less heat than large equipment.

The project is very simple. We will use a Raspberry Pi board to use as your main computer during these hot days And in the fall, when the temperatures drop, we will use the main equipment again. But Do we have to move all of our files to Raspberry Pi and then back to our main computer? Well no. This is where enter Syncthing tool. This tool is responsible for creating a private cloud, a cloud that we can create on our computer, upload the necessary files and then have them on Raspberry Pi. Once we get back to our team, we do the reverse task.

To install Syncthing on Raspberry Pi We just have to open a terminal and write the following:

curl -s https://syncthing.net/release-key.txt | sudo apt-key add -
sudo echo "deb https://apt.syncthing.net/ syncthing stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syncthing.list

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install syncthing

Now we have to install Syncthing on our computer, for this we just have to go to the official website of the project and download the program corresponding to our operating system. Once we have installed the program, we manage our files as if it were Dropbox or Google Drive. Syncthing does not need any server or external configurations, so the operation is simple and also allows us to have the main computer turned off. When we return to the main computer, we do the same but the reverse process.

This plan can be somewhat simple and a rather crude solution to a problem that many of you have, but If we look at our pocket it might not be so bad. A Rasbpberry Pi board costs 35 euros while a computer motherboard costs more than 55 euros without counting the processor that usually has to be changed as well, exceeding the price of 100 euros.

Energy consumption is also high on a pc than on a Raspberry Pi board and the heat generated is higher. So that for 35 euros we can save ourselves many annoyances and have a bad time due to the heat. If we do the latter with a laptop, the Raspberry Pi option is clearer since laptop breakdowns are rarely fixed and if they are fixed, the price is not cheap at all. But the answer is yours.


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