Before anyone says that that they “built” a computer they need to qualify their experice because in most cases, unless you bought the individual parts from Radio Shack and etched yout own MOBO then all you did was assemble the computer.
This might seem like a nit but it’s also kinda real. Countless interviewees have claimed to be builders when they are assemblers. It’s a different mindset and skillset. But that’s slightly off topic.
From the start I like the Raspberry Pi. It’s cheap and let’s you solve a number of use-cases. It’s also meaningful in the IoT world. And there is some usefullness in the non-IoT/appliance world like a SOHO NAS. In these cases there is always going to be a build or buy conversation. I prefer to buy my NAS and other appliances that support whatever larger project I’m working on. Once you take the HOBBY out of the equation there is the cost. Pi’s are not that sheap once you add the accessories and cases and they are not manufacturered to production standards.
When I worked for IBM all systems were tested in different temperature environments and so on.
One thing I like about the Pi is the di/do. It’s the one unique feature that you get on the board that you cannot get from a NUC. Clearly the NUCs have way more compute power. So here we go. I’m all about the NUC or even cloud based VPS. And instead of the price of the usual Pi try the nano as a di/do proxy.