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Break an egg! You've got to be in it to win it.

What the 'egg? It turns out: parenting is actually quite hard.

Not least because you suddenly find yourself responsible for one, two, or - in our household - three little miniature versions of us that need to be kept well away from the soldering iron. Or the 3D printer. Or that marauding hexapod that you forgot to power off before you left for work in a hurry.  But to compound matters further, you find yourself well and truly ambushed - financially.  You are at all times being pressurised by dark forces beyond your control to make an investment, however dubious the return.

That's right.  Clearly, you will be considered an abject failure as a responsible adult if you don't purchase the latest, trendy parenting gizmo. That feeding bottle sterilising kit clinically proven to kill all known bacteria through the science of nuclear fission. Or that titanium alloy buggy guaranteed not to crumple in the event of a sudden collision with falling Soviet-era space debris.  Evidently,…

Raspberry bye, hello

Let us make this very clear from the onset of this exotic excursion.

This is not a case of Raspberry Bye. Our relationship with our favourite single-board computer hasn't at all soured. In fact, we've become wholly inseparable. There's been many months of undeniable fun that's been had with the venerable computer strangely named after an edible fruit. To the extent that our relationship requires a healthy break. And quite frankly, our Pis require a well earned summer holiday to do whatever it is that robots and computers do during their time off. Crash. Burn. Refuel (with questionable toxins). Not at all unlike their human counterparts. And ultimately, it would be nice if they could return to a brand new, adorable pet waiting for them at home, a likeable little companion that they can just get along with.

Well, we visited a pet shop, but couldn't find anything as small and smart as this adorable pup we stumbled up on while searching the Internet for a new, miniat…