# Joys of Pi: A test server and monitor host for the startup developer

I work at a startup. We get things done on a budget.

This is a summary of how I got:

• A new test server for my local dev machine

• An extra monitor for my dev setup

• Tons of fun!

And all for less than $$\100$$.

Before we get started, I love the idea of a local build server for the low latency and complete control you have over the machine. It provides good contrast with the reliability and scaling of using a cloud solution: I like having my local workflow as nimble as possible and use the big guns for staging and production. And ideally you end up with something fun to setup and use.