The MagPi issue 4 – out now!

The MagPi’s arrival every month is making me very aware of the weird things that happen to your subjective experience of time when you’re as busy as we are. The days have sort of dilated; from beginning to end, they seem endlessly, impossibly long. But the months are another matter entirely; I can’t quite believe that a whole one has gone past since the last issue of The MagPi, because it really seems only a few moments since I was writing about the last one.

The MagPi, issue 4. Click to visit the downloads page.

The MagPi, for new readers, is a community magazine written, edited and designed by Raspberry Pi fans. It’s available as a free download at, and it’s a great way to get to grips with learning how to program your Pi and how to get started on building hardware projects; it’ll also help you find out more about the community around the device and demystify the command line.

This month’s issue has a long interview with Eben and me (hence the cover picture – I’m afraid we don’t make great models), conducted over Skype at the end of a long day. The MagPi team have been kind enough to clean up our language, edit out the frequent “could you fill my glass please” requests we were making of each other, and excise the munching sounds we made over our bowl of Twiglets.

You’ll also learn to build a three-axis accelerometer (far more interesting than my maunderings about Ecco the Dolphin), find out what’s happening in Cornish schools, put together a Frogger-type game in Scratch, do some decluttering in LXDE, and much more.

Thanks for another fantastic issue, MagPi folks. We’re looking forward to the next one!