Category: Hardware

How to Backup & Clone a Raspberry Pi SD Card on macOS the Easy Way

Do you struggle to remember how to backup a Raspberry Pi SD card on your Mac? Have you ever found it difficult to identify the physical device on the command line? Do you find online tutorials gloss over important details, or are just plain wrong? This tutorial will explain everything step-by-step, easily and safely. There are plenty of reasons for...

What’s an SoC? Defining system-on-chip is harder than you think.

As gadgets get more advanced, the technology inside them has been subtly changing. Not too long ago, microcontrollers were the mainstay of most battery-powered gadgets and appliances around the home. But over the last decade or so this has started to shift, and ever more devices are now based upon system-on-chips (SoCs). But what exactly is this new class of...

Arduino vs. Raspberry Pi: 9 Crucial Differences You Need to Know

A lot of newcomers ask which is best: Arduino or Raspberry Pi? There’s no “right” answer to that question. It depends entirely on your needs, because even though they look similar and cost roughly the same, it’s like comparing apples with oranges.  There are a lot of differences between Raspberry Pi and Arduino. No-one has the time to read the...

Microprocessors vs. Microcontrollers vs. SoCs: All You Need to Know

  What does the word “processor” mean, nowadays? People use it to talk about a bewildering array of microprocessor technologies, from humble 8-pin microcontrollers to today’s massively integrated, multi-die packages that keep pushing the boundaries of the smartphone revolution.  Once upon a time there were CPUs. And then there were microprocessors (MPUs), quickly followed by microcontrollers (MCUs). And finally there...