Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer, in New York Times

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20 Responses to “Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer, in New York Times”

  1. townandgownie says:

    Not to blow any revenue by writers but I just want to remind folks that plenty of info on using Raspberry Pi is out there at their website(s) and wikis. No need to spend $15 on a book if you don’t wish (considering it’s 50% of the cost of the Pi in the first place 8-) )

  2.  You bring up an EXCELLENT point. As a 32 yr old non programmer, the Raspberry Pi has given me a new sense of wonder when it comes to making/hardware hacking.

    One of the mental hurdles for me has been the fact that “add on” products like the gertboard or pi plate are more expense than the pi itself.  I understand the market forces that cause this to be the case, but as a dad of two young kids spending money for me to move beyond relearning python and turning some LEDs on and off has been a tough pill to swallow.

    Good thing the Raspberry Pi was made for my son’s generation, not mine… :)

  3. Is it really a surprise that most of the buyers are adults who want to use it themselves? It would take a seriously focused and mentally adept child (I realize they do exist) to make use of such a thing.

    • Mark Dow says:

      Adult here, Linux newbie, with RPi. Yes, there are mental hurdles to getting the peripherals plugged in, and the operating system up and running. But the Wheezy version of Debian comes with a variety of simple and complex games with Python source code. Many kids are focused enough and adept at starting and dinking with these games. It’s not a stretch for many to change the games’ code to see how they work.

    • zartan says:

      By third grade I was messing with hardware jumpers in my modem, building simple circuits using a logic gate processor, and programming fairly complicated programs (using arrays, subroutines, etc) using BASIC on the C-64.  When I read about this it felt very familiar because if I’d had one of these at that age I would have been assembling all sorts of crazy sh!t.

      • zartan says:

        As far as connecting to peripherals, how about all the stuff you could do with RS-232?

      •  For every child like that there are 999 who will chuck it a soon as they see it doesn’t do anything when they turn it on. I still say it is completely not surprising that more adults were interested in it.

      • Donald Newell says:

        Assuming your story is true – which I doubt, it led to a life of what? I have been very successful in tek my whole, long adult life. I have encountered exactly zero prodigies, as you describe yourself. what do you do for a living.

  4. lavardera says:

    reminds me of my first computer that ran with the OS and apps on the same floppy disc.

  5. McMe says:

    Looked at ordering one on their site,on back order of course, but as there was no mention of shipping cost and Suzy at the help desk couldn’t dig up a price I had to look elsewhere. 

    • decoy131 says:

      If you had mentioned where you’re located, maybe someone on here can help you. I just ordered one last week (from newark.com) and it arrived yesterday. Shipped by UPS in 1 day from SC to Vancovuer BC for $8.

  6. Roy Trumbull says:

    Reminds me of some of the early training kits from 30 years ago but more economic and with simpler i/o. Instead of shoot-ups let the little tads learn assembly language and machine code. Always a high when your code does what you intended for it to do.

  7. I’ve got a couple and the potential uses are plentiful. I only wish I worked in an industry where these could be used as workstations – you could outfit an office for a few hundred quid, with all the terminals sat in a shoebox.

  8. Keith Tyler says:

    My only beef about the Pi is that you have to play trial-and-error with chargers… they ought to provide one IMO. And the video outputs are either really high end or really low end (HDMI or composite, really? The screen is barely readable in composite).

    Sure, you have to get all the associated peripherals, but you can still make a really cheap moderately functional system with it. I’m planning on using mine as a home file server.

  9. Eric says:

    I want to know how they manage to pack so many ideas onto such a small device!

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