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Searching for ways to enjoy my PC more

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For what has been the past few years I have pretty much wasted a lot of time on my computer. Growing up as a kid building computers came naturally to me; always had a creative touch whether it was hardware or software. Lately though all I have been doing is going on this one chatroom, checking my email repeatedly in the morning and day, etc.

A few years back I picked up HTML, CSS and the process of hosting websites all on my own terms. I was never able to expand my knowledge from here to learn the back end programming languages for one reason or another. I also dabbled in game design off and on for a while but then it became too complicated knowing of all the competition today.

Im looking for some inspiration here to get started with something fresh. Any suggestion will be considered! Even if it's creating my own set of wallpapers for people or something... I'm just trying to tap into my knowledge. Thanks in advance
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Even if it's creating my own set of wallpapers for people or something

Have you looked into using the Linux operating system? There are all kinds of things to do with it from crazy servers and virtual machines, writing programs small and large, or just making themes, icons, wallpapers and such. I've been much happier since I switched to Linux full time. Granted, I spend most of my time in Firefox or Steam, but I sometimes mess around with things. A few weeks back I made a virtual machine with an Ubuntu minimal .iso and installed my own desktop environment. I had little experience with it (mostly failed Arch Linux attempts) but got it running very quickly without any major hangups.

Distrowatch has a list with some of the more popular Linux distributions out there. Many of the big distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, and Arch have Wiki's and forums that can help. The Arch Wiki in particular is hailed as one of the very best places to learn anything Linux. I honestly wish I had the skills and desire to contribute code to projects, but I just don't really like programming and have no skills despite spending countless hours trying to learn different things. I just donate and try to get others to take a look.

Another thing lots of people play with are small computers like the Raspberry Pi. There are countless projects involving Raspberry Pi's and similar single board computers for people of all ages. Some of the board makers like Raspberry Pi and Odroid even have magazines that you can download for free as PDF's. You can do tons of projects involving programming, hardware hacking/Maker type things, create games and music, and really too much to try to list here.

Along those same lines is the Arduino. They are small and cheap little micro controllers similar to the computers inside cars (almost exactly like ones in cars from the 80's and 90's). You can do programming to have them talk to each other, talk to your PC, build all kinds of projects with sensors, motors, relays and much more. I found this one site Circuito.io not too long ago that helps people with putting together projects, and shows how to wire them together and even sample code to get it running.

I've been following these things for a while, so if you find one that really interests you I can share tons of links, YouTube channels, and other resources to help you out. Good luck!
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