My name is Michael. I'm a 46 year old family phisician in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. My interests in the RasPi stem from my opinion that what is needed in computer literacy is basic (not BASIC) programming knowledge.
I was fortunate enough to have grown up during the Golden Age of personal computers.
My first exposure to programming was on very large HP desktop calculators, then it moved on to TimexSinclair, Ohio Distance Learning (bare board 6809 system). My first real passion came in the form of a Commodore 64. I read and re-read that big handbook for it (you know the one I'm talking about .... ) I had to learn Boolean arithmatic to get a line drawn on screen or get as sprite to move. It was hard work but man was it rewarding when the damn thing worked.
Then it was on to Amiga. Then Windows, then OS/2, then Coherent (from Marc Williams ), and finally onto Linux RedHat, on an IBM 380D laptop.
Since then I've had many Linux systems up (they tend to stay that way....) but have changed flavor to Ubuntu.
Of late (past 5 years) I've changed religion: to the Church of MacOSX. Mostly out of lack of time for system maintenance and ease of use. ( the church of Linux wanted me to pray multiple times a day whereas now I can go a couple of weeks without invoking the Gods.
My hope is that RasPi becomes enormously successful and inspires thousands of children to tinker and hack and LEARN about computers. ( we must understand if we are to master our technologies, otherwise we will serve them, and not vice versa)
(I have an old Apple II case waiting for a RasPi retrofit....)
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