Pi Hut accepts bitcoin!

Tuesday 10 May 2016

I was absurdly happy to find that a store for Pi-related equipment accepted bitcoin, and so should you be.

I recently purchased a Raspberry Pi 3. It’s a really sleek little piece of kit, just larger than a credit card in area, and it packs a powerful punch in terms of processing. There are all kinds of cool things you can do with one of these. Top of my list is running a crypto client - probably Blitz or Nxt, rather than putting the full bitcoin blockchain on one - and a tradebot. Both require a 24/7 connection and so a discreet, low-power device like this is perfect.

Now, excited though I was to receive it in the post, it took me a while to get around to turning it on. The reason is that it only has an HDMI output for video, whereas all my monitors are the old VGA type. (The Pi 3 doesn’t support VGA because this is considered end-of-life technology. It’s fair enough, just a little annoying, not least because I didn’t take the time to read that on the site before I bought one.)

Pi Kit

The Pi is one of the coolest developments in computing for years. And you can buy all you need with bitcoin. 

Thus instead of forking out for a big, shiny new HDMI monitor, I took to the web to search for a convertor that would turn the digital signal from the Pi into an analogue one suitable for my geriatric monitors. It’s a bit of a grey area, because the cheap ones can have problems, but it looks like the newest ones can do the job just fine. I found one with good reviews on Pi Hut for £10 and decided to buy it.

I don’t like buying things online from stores I’ve never used before. I don’t like typing in my card details, or using PayPal and knowing I’m being charged an extra commission just because they’re one of the biggest payment providers out there. So it came as a very pleasant surprise to find that I could pay by bitcoin. A quick snap of a QR code later, and no bank or card details exchanged, and the purchase was complete.

You can buy both Pis and accessories of all kinds from Pi Hut, so it's a great store for homebrew computer enthusiasts and crypto lovers who want to run nodes on a cheap dedicated machine. I have a suspicion I'll be going back.

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