8 Best Uses for an Old Raspberry Pi

It’s like there are new social networking sites all the time. If you’re the kind of person who’s perpetually online, you might be balancing profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, etc. Not to mention personal and professional emails. The sheer number of notifications can become overwhelming and more than a little tedious to keep up with.

This cool project, published on Hackster, collects all your notifications and alerts and puts them all in one place, not in cyberspace, but right on your desk, counter or bedside table. Even better, it runs on the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B, released in 2012.

The prototype shown in the tutorial (linked above) displays notifications for email, Facebook, and Twitter, and displays a maximum of 99 alerts for each, but it’s infinitely customizable. You can design your own to suit your needs by adding alert boxes, increasing the maximum number of alerts, and programming your Pi to retrieve data from the sources most important to you.

With an old Raspberry Pi, a quick trip to the hardware store, and a little common sense, you’ll never have to wonder how much traffic your latest blog post is getting or if your clever tweet has gone viral again.