I just spent four days disconnected from the Internet. It was strange. I also forgot and left my power brick for my laptop at home. So all I had was a Raspberry Pi 400 single board computer. It has a 2.8" TFT screen on it.
I was able to write some C programs and a simple little HTML adventure "game" using just
lynx browser. It was just like I remember it back in the days before the Internet. If you wanted to make the computer do something, you just had to figure it out. You got to your destination by trying new things and repeating with small permutations over and over until you get the desired result. It was like that, because I'm not very good at C. Once I got into the HTML game, though, I was zooming along, because that's just a simply markup language that I've been using since 1992. I need to learn Linux better so I can navigate around the computer more the next time I'm offline.
The best part was being surrounded by nature and enjoying the peace and quiet that the mountains has to offer.
Next time, I will take my HackRF One rig and see if I can get a WSPR message through.
The devices I used were:
- Raspberry Pi 400 [Computer only|Kit]
- PiTFT 2.8" Capacitive Touch Screen Display (though there are many options listed in the link below). This is what I already had on hand.
- Adafruit Cyberdeck Hat for Pi 400
Oh wait, I missed the point. I was supposed to be disconnecting from technology. So, we spent a day driving to See Rock City. When we got there, we arrived with a bad storm and the place was closed down.
Next time, we'll just stay at the cabin and sit in the outdoor furniture and enjoy the sound of the birds. I think this was a shock to the system. We were suddenly hurled into a world without Internet or cell coverage. We didn't know what to do, so we escaped to the car and drove into town for our meals.
I think we handled it all wrong. We're doing it again later this year, so I'll have a chance to understand what it's really like to relax in the mountains.