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by Alchemy
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thought it would come yesterday
Replies: 51
Views: 9219

Re: Thought it would come yesterday

<t>I noticed on twitter yesterday "Raspberry_Pi @hideki_adam There will be an announcement on the website about that later on. " in reply to "hideki_adam @Raspberry_Pi Do we know how much the postage is likely to be on top of the price (within the UK) when it does become buyable?"<br/> <br/> So afte...
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thought it would come yesterday
Replies: 51
Views: 9219

Re: Thought it would come yesterday

Do we know if the R-pi passed tests in China and where they are today?
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???
Replies: 20
Views: 4019

Re: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???

You can't call it Newbie forum.

Something like "Getting started with a Raspberry Pi". For setup and early programming.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???
Replies: 20
Views: 4019

Re: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???

Over time Novice questions will get answered better. But that is about time and experience not through separation.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Next version of the Pi?
Replies: 13
Views: 2359

Re: Next version of the Pi?

Needs to be one with inbuilt Gert Board called the Raspberry Patch.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea
Replies: 28
Views: 4779

Re: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea

I read the BBC website comments thread when the government suggested a new direction in teaching computers was needed. A lot of people are very negative. Including many in education. So I took the comments as genuine.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea
Replies: 28
Views: 4779

Re: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea

Raspberry Pi !=Bad Idea

Computers keep changing things anyway. The most exciting is your ideas on computers increasingly can be made in the real world. So every human activity will eventually need a programmer to make it happen.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....
Replies: 30
Views: 7391

Re: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....

<t>Burngate said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Liz's point of view: my house is on the line. If it bombs, where do I pitch my tent?<br/> <br/> <br/> Make a house out of the million unsold RasPi and sell it to the Met Office. They want a new supercomputer.<br/> <br/> More seriously hopefully they provide resourc...
by Alchemy
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>TheManWhoWas said:<br/> <br/> <br/> The Pi could have a simulated battle arena where all the players program their robots. They can go round each other's houses, plug their Pis into the router, and they'll automatically find each other and then the robots will battle controlled by their programs....
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Old RiscOS 3.x software
Replies: 10
Views: 2208

Re: Old RiscOS 3.x software

<t>Looking forward to playing with RiscOS. But will use Linux for actual work.<br/> <br/> The no boot sounds like you lost settings because the battery gave up. Its something like !boot or *run !boot. Without a battery *opt 4,2 will be *opt 4,0 = no boot.<br/> <br/> Well that is what I think. Too ma...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>adlambert said: <br/> <br/> <br/> We work up to these things with experience, just like learning a musical instrument and we raise expectations of new programmers that they will be running ahead of walking.<br/> <br/> <br/> Phase 1) teach basics statements, flow, structure, programming is fun.<br...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Pirx Danford said: <br/> <br/> <br/> So what I want to say is if you want to learn coding you want to learn with real tools not with fake ones. This will only hinder your abilities later on.<br/> <br/> <br/> Thanks for explaining where your beliefs come from. I'm not sure I know where mine come f...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Pirx Danford said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I am seeing a trend in this thread that assumes that kids have to learn in game like environments.<br/> <br/> <br/> If you've tried Alice and that's what you think fair enough. But I don't agree seeing the program behind a graphical scene as a game. Or making ...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<r>Wooloomooloo said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Am I making any sense…?<br/> <br/> <br/> Angry birds is based on this <URL url="http://code.google.com/p/box2d.....loads/list">http://code.google.com/p/box2d.....loads/list</URL> its old I'm sure its on Linux by now. Never actually used it myself.<br/> <br/> Ab...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>adlambert said: <br/> <br/> <br/> In this state it is perfectly acceptable to millions of users, they even try to avoid talking about the linux side of things, to try to preserve this mass market friendliness.<br/> <br/> <br/> I have one issue with this. The first step of educating kids is tellin...
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>I think Alice teaches many things including how to use an integrated development environment.<br/> <br/> From there you can probably go anywhere Python, Qt5 etc. And be used to navigating the programming environment.<br/> <br/> I agree the OS is irrelevant. I used Windows for Alice. And once they...
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

Whatever is in the pipeline. 10,000 people will get Boards soon. And then more and then more. March to September is 6 months. That is some serious beta time to make sure the educational launch works. Acorn and Sinclair had nothing like that.
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

f0ulOli said:


To get his support,  I need to convince him that its better than 'Little Big Planet' on the xBox!


This is true at home. In school it only needs to beat double geography.
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pre-Orders for Future Batches
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Re: Pre-Orders for Future Batches

<t>Sorry to post where I know some hard working mod will need to close it.<br/> <br/> But I only came here last week. Next week I might be lucky and get one.<br/> <br/> If there were pre-orders there would already be 50,000 in the queue before me.<br/> <br/> I prefer hope to multi-month queues. No o...
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping costs
Replies: 2
Views: 1020

Re: Shipping costs

These price details have not been announced.
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>I"ve been trying things in this thread. And I"m still not sure what I make of Alice. But its certainly a complex environment with built in tutorials that is simply drag drop programming. Seems like plumbing to me but I bet everyone can do it and it explains 50% of programming at least.<br/> <br/>...
by Alchemy
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>davegb3 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> What I'm getting is that it was possible to actually see what was going on, which, under any modern OS, it isn't, really - you've got protection levels, virtual addressing, and all sorts of other stuff that I don't even pretend to understand.<br/> <br/> <br/> That'...
by Alchemy
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Crippen69 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Would it be possible to have a Grub/lilo type program to offer various enviroments at boot time?<br/> <br/> <br/> I'm sure that is possible. But I hope the first activity is a tour. You need to tell pupils what is coming this term get them a bit excited. If the m...
by Alchemy
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Speculation on how long before rPI out of stock ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1164

Re: Speculation on how long before rPI out of stock ?

<t>mgmt_idiot said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I'd be surprised if it lasted 15 minutes. I hope to get one from the first batch, but not really expecting to.<br/> <br/> <br/> I think time will be announced in advance so it'll be very quick.<br/> <br/> If the server handles the load could be 1 minute. Registe...
by Alchemy
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42401

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>If we focus on the boot sequence in schools.<br/> <br/> Clean SD-cards are an advantage and stored status breaks its simplicity. Removing the cool personal achievement unlock which home users would like.<br/> <br/> Booting Python is great for "Hello World", "Math" and basic sorts. But annoying if...

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