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Montekuri
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Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:52 pm

I'm Marson Montekuri, 40 years old, brazilian.
I have a blog about the 3D Virtual World Second Life giving some tips about creating 3d stuff: SL by Montekuri (sorry, portuguese only blog).

I like to program in Delphi, create websites and play with GeexBox, an Embedded Linux Media Center Distribution.
My first use for a Rpi device is as a media center. But in the future I intend to use as a personal computer to teach basic computer use to the youngers.
At my work we will have a lot of other uses too.
This is me:

gingerbeardman
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Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:18 pm

Hi,

My name is Matt and I'm a 34 year old nerd living in sunny St Ives, Cornwall, UK.

I build apps and websites for a living, having worked at a number of top graphic design and new media companies before going solo. I learnt to program on an Acorn Electron, some time later picking things up again on an Atari ST and progressing from there. Currently I mainly use TextMate and Xcode on Mac OS X and run Xara Designer on Windows XP through VMware. I love video games, music and life in general. I go by the name gingerbeardman, though I don't really have a ginger beard. You can find me at http://www.gingerbeardman.com

The Raspberry Pi is interesting to me as I'm a bit of a hacker and gadget fiend in my spare time. I'd love to use one to run MAME, play some media files through my TV and maybe run one of my games.

GrahamBowman
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:14 pm

Hi folks, I'm studying at the moment for a PGCE in ICT. We're paying very close attention to the possible changes to how ICT/Computing is taught, being discussed in the UK. I really like the idea of a low cost simple device that is within the reach of most children in schools, and could be easily subsidised for those who wouldn't be able to afford it.

I'll be keeping an eye on this site for news and inspiration.

klausr
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Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Hello there! I'm a maths, physics & computer science teacher from Nuremberg, Germany. Back in the 80s, I grew up with a C64 and an Amiga. I used to write programs for them, both in Assembler and (on the Amiga) C. Later I got into ARM programming with a Sharp Zaurus and various Nokia internet tablets (starting with N770 up to N900). I my spare time, which is limited (two kids and an old house) I'm doing also some development for 8-bit AVRs and 32 bit ARM micro controllers. At work, I have a robotics course. We started some years ago with the ASURO robot (based on AVR, programming in C). But I'm teaching a lot of 10-12 year old kids, (they are most interested) and so we bought here a couple of Logo Mindstorm robots, which are a lot easier to program than the ASUROs. Some higher class pupils are using NXC (Script-based C for the Lego Mindstorm). I'm reading here quite a while and now I think its time to introduce myself ;-)

I'm very interested in the RasPi, because I think it could be a new standard multi-media-"hacking" platform like the Amiga was years ago. I'll think you (the team behind the raspPi) are doing a good work!

MikeRich
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Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:25 pm

Hi,

My name is Mike Richards. I'm a lecturer at the Open University in the UK (http://www.open.ac.uk/) and chair of our new level one ubiquitous computing module TU100 which is using an inexpensive tethered device to teach new students about all aspects of computing and generally doing cool stuff. Two weeks ago we fired it up for the first time with 2000 students - half of whom have never programmed a computer before in their life!

We've been tinkering behind the hood of the drag and drop language Scratch to come up with a new educational language for beginners that also supports Internet communications and can drive our own sensorboard (unimaginatively called the SenseBoard). So far fingers crossed, it seems that adults like playing, like experimenting and showing off to one another (if you've been on the Internet for any time this may not come as a big surprise), but we're seeing lots of engagement with cool new technology.

I'm from a background - well if you back to the early Mesozoic - in geology, but the last few years have been spent trying to get as many children and adults as possible building and programming their own electronic devices - originally LEGO Mindstorms, more latterly Arduino and now the SenseBoard.

Raspberry Pi seems to be the next exciting thing - give people a piece of cheap kit that can do awesome things and you stand a chance of getting people hooked for life.

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Burngate
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Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:26 pm

I've just noticed I've turned whortleberry (still Vaccinium though) so I ought to introduce myself.
Born before the modern era (1949), raised by the OU on a DEC via modem, made a living fixing things in the broadcast TV area (or finding excuses why I couldn't). Retired after being made redundant for the third time, so I could do the things I want to do rather than what everyone else wants.
Do almost everything in BBC BASIC, yesterday tried Python ... "Hello World", someone answered!
I've so many ideas running round in my head ... can't wait for RasPi to ship. All paper aeroplanes fly better than real ones, so I'm expecting 90% of my ideas to not work. Also 90% will turn out to be drivel.
But if just 1% of everyone's ideas come good the world will be a better place!

tomekwojcik
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Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:41 am

Hello, Everyone.
I'm Tom and I come here from Poland. During office hours I'm a Web developer. After hours I do lots of weird things and I love to experiment with computers, OSes, code and other geeky stuff.
I hope to turn RasPi into file server/web server/router/minefield so I can have fun without putting data stored on my laptop at risk :).

aastaneh
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:23 am

Hi!

I'm Amin from Massachusetts. I'm a Linux sysadmin and open-source developer. When I heard about the Raspberry Pi I got really excited and found several potential uses for it - so needless to say I will be purchasing several. :D I'm particularly looking forward to getting XBMC working on it as well as some visualization tools that I use for diagnosing problems for servers at work.

malcolmstar
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:48 pm

My name is Malcolm. I live in Penzance Cornwall. I am a bear of very little brain and I love simple things. I also seem to love starting again. The Raspberry Pi project seems to offer many of us the chance to start again, to relearn the simple things and find new ways to look at what interests us. I like it. :) When can I have one?

richard.pickering
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:44 pm

Hi,

I'm Richard. I live near Sheffield but on the Derbyshire side of the border. I am a programmer who is currently doing a degree in Computer Games Programming at Derby University (final year at the moment). I have been making applications and games for about three or four years now but I have been interested in the area since I was about 14. As such I am highly interested in this project and what projects I can bring to it :).

Thanks,

Rich

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Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:08 pm

Dear all;

My name’s Dave. I’m from Cornwall too, I’m from a small farm between Penzance and Hayle. I’ve been using the online name ‘Davespice’ since about 1997. Took Computer Studies at Cornwall College in 1996. Did some Pascal, Borland C and Assembly programming back then. First job was in 1998 as a software and hardware tester for a telephony company (Eyretel). They made rack mounted voice recorders for call centres and trading rooms. Was testing and fixing code for millennium bugs at first, then doing site installations and troubleshooting overseas. Worked my way into development from there and started writing VB6 windows applications and mmc snap ins to control the voice recorders remotely. They were bought out by Witness in 2003 and a lot of their staff were made redundant, including me. So I went to work for Moneysupermarket.com up in Flintshire. There I was doing a mixture of VB6 and .NET business RDB applications for the mortgage broker industry. After that I had a huge change of direction. I went to university to study Archaeology! That was a great time in my life, but I started to slacken off in my IT interests and didn’t do any programming for quite a few years. After graduating from UNI I worked as a professional archaeologist in the construction industry for three years. Last year I left the profession as it’s very difficult to make a good living. I am now working for a small boutique software development company in Richmond in London. I’m doing a lot of ASP.NET, C# .NET, Jquery and Javascript. We’re making a lot of bespoke software for the music and education industries. I’m quite glad I came back into IT as I am making a much better living for myself. I’m also working on a small project in my own time, it’s a little winforms app which is used in conjunction with three old strategy games to restore their email functionality.

Anyway, I saw the Raspberry Pi on Newsnight and I thought to myself “This is the BBC of modern times, I must have one!”. So yes, I’m very excited about this project and I 100% support the impetus and cause behind it all. As a programmer I have never done anything cool like games, most of what I have done has been commercial oriented applications with lots of business rules and validation. So I am keen to see what I can do with the Raspberry. It’s nice to start again. This also gave me the incentive to give Linux a try. I’ve always exclusively been Microsoft and I was sceptical about whether Linux had good enough device driver support. The idea being that I wanted to give the QT Framework a go under Linux and get used to it for when I get hold of a Raspberry. Anyway, yesterday I installed Ubuntu and was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. I’ve still got a lot to learn though, last night I was messing around with the terminal (I’m an old DOS person so I kind of gravitated towards it).

I hope the comparison to the old BBC is a fair one. I remember the BBC was a very interfaceable machine. I have seen them wired up to various scientific instruments when I was at College in the 90’s. It was done with those grey ribbons back then and I would imagine this would be done via USB with the Raspberry. This makes me wonder how hard is it to write a device driver for something. Anyway, you are all doing very good work. I think this is such a great project I would consider volunteering to teach kids in schools how to use them.

Dave

tachyon
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:39 pm

Hi! My name is Ron, and I'm a hacker. Well, let me preface that. I love to break stuff, and figure out how to make systems do things other than what they were designed for. After about 12 years in the security industry, I've had a great time doing this type of work, and completly legal!

I have 3 children, with my oldest (age 7) daughter showing her hacking skills. (she shoulder surfed my iPad pin, and figured out how to bypass my wifes phone lock feature.) She is also very interested in robotics, good with math, so I figure getting her exposed to programming at an early age could be beneficial.

I plan on using the raspberry pi/s as a mobile teaching platform for 5-10 kids at a time. My current design idea is to place an 8 port switch, powersupplies, a laptop master controller, and various other items into a portable pelican case. Although I'm not much of an ARM programmer, I plan on cobbling together as many 'off the shelf' items mentioned throughout the forums, forumlate education plans, and test run with my kids and their school.

My second plan is to create a mobile hacking network of physical devices (pi/s) in another pelican case, and use it within my corporation for lunch time learning / after hours training and conferences.

I really would like to extend my gratitude to the raspberry pi folks. One of the biggest hurdles I have as a security/hacker is that the price to entry for education is steep. Installing tools on corporate assets is a huge no no, and there is little money to purchase everyone laptops for security research. Most folks haven't seen a piece of malware working, or used metasploit, or seen nmap running against a firewall and what the logs would look like. With the great work you guys are doing, I will be able to invest my own time and money without breaking my families wallet, and hopefully gain enough interest to scale and grow.

Thanks again, look forward to sharing my kit setup, lesson plans, and troubleshooting lessons learned.

jewesque
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:16 pm

I'm Katie - your average tech goddess. I'm from the NYC area.

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Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:14 pm

Hello everyone!

My name is Chris. I'm a recent grad in Computer Engineering who wants to make a difference in the world. My primary goal in life is to make my God look really good. I love teaching/education/tutoring and I mentor kids and young adults in my spare time. I currently live with my wife in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). I work doing embedded C++ code. I would love to contribute to the R-Pi project and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

geeus
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Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:21 pm

Hi
I'm gee, hobby electronic engineer, geek, open source nut and brewer of fine beer. I love the idea that affordable personal computing is coming back striped to the bone and placed in the hands of the very people that fuelled the previous mass programming movement. I think this could be as big as the z80 (sorry to any retro fans but I believe this might even top it)
I full computer system that can fit in you pocket for less than an evening out at the cinema ( inclusive of snacks).
I hope that you produce enough on first release they will go like chocolate eggs at easter.
Ps. I'm from sheffield UK. if the reference's hadn't give too much away. :D
Gee The Rabid Inventor :)

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Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:05 pm

Hi all,

I'm Stefan, I come from Slovakia, I studied and graduated from artificial intelligence at a local university and I currently work as an AIX system engineer.
When I saw the first video of raspi on youtube as a 15 pound device I though of Pandora and said to myself "there goes another..." and forgot about it. Just recently I stumbled upon it again and to my surprise, the project showed strong vital signs. Since then (for a week or so) I've been very excited. I've been into linux quite a bit since my studies and this board offers just what I want for a price that's not from this world.
The thing that excites me the most are those four (or less) letter words, like GPIO and I2C which I know virtually nothing about, but from what I've read I could achieve some really cool stuff with (if I could find someone to give me a hand at the start).
The first thing I'd like to do with the raspi is to make it run Slackware for ARM (armedslack). I know package-wise there will probably be a lot of cross compiling to get some programs for this platform, but hey - the more opportunities to tinker with it and learn the better!

codedivine
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:39 am

Hi everyone. I am Rahul, a PhD student in computer science studying at McGill University, Montreal.
As a largely self-taught programmer who learnt a lot by playing around with Python as a kid, I think Raspberry Pi is a fantastic project.

Software interests: Python, Qt, OpenGL ES

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Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:44 am

Hi, I'm Uroš and I come from Slovenia... I studied Computer Engineering but no degree yet maybe next year, if I'll find time for books... During business hours I program windows applications for pharmaceutical machinery, computer vision and staff like that...
When I find time I play with embedded development, Linux and Android... I'm basically open source enthusiast with other geeky stuf ontop...

colbhaidh
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:23 am

I'm Stephen, one of the auld scottish gits. First byte was a 6800 in Glasgow University ( ... Physics lab believe it or not!). Acorn ATOM then BBC (which I still use today) Powertran Cortex. I remember the start of Linux back in early 90's and hooked since then. Mostly program in assembly language even on Windows x64. Mostly use computers for data aquisition and control. Too old for Facebook etc.

JamesHardiman
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:46 am

Re: Too auld for Facebook: I'm going on 64: http://www.facebook.com/profil.....=742983483.

Most of my 1000+ "friends" are my side of 45, and quite a few of them I know personally ;o)

MentalDekay
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:33 pm

Hi all,

Name is Desmond (or Des, for short)...I'm an electrical engineer...very interested in hardware systems. I've done a wide range of activities in my 6+ years of work experience.

This seems like a very noble project, here's to hoping that it proves a commercial success!

-des

riscosdave
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:01 pm

My interest in Raspberry Pi is not because I am hungry, but because I want to see RISC OS running on it and then I'll buy one, if the prices I have heard are anything to go by. It's going to be on show at the RISC OS London Show this Saturday in Feltham, London. So come along.

mard0
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Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:50 pm

Hi my name is martijn. Im actually not an IT specialist or engineer of some kind, but instead im studying biology. However, i have playing around with linux (a specially debian) for more than 5 years now and im very interested in the possibility of using the r-pi as a low budget home computer or even a home entertainment system.

gbl08ma
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Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:17 pm

TL;DR warning!
Hello everyone, I hate introductions, but I thought it could get a little naughty to start posting right away without introducing myself, so here goes.

I'm gbl08ma on the internet and Gabriel in real life (I like dividing my identities :P). I'm 15 years old, i live in Portugal, and I've been playing around with computers for around 7~8 years, and with Linux for almost 4 years (if my brain cells aren't failing). I like hacking around both with the web, with desktops and with embedded devices, specially when they are opensource-powered (if they aren't, I try to hack them myself until they are). I'm not rich (at least, I don't consider myself rich) and I never had much hardware to play with (until recently it was just two desktops, one aging Pentium III and another which is now 4 years old; now I got a new laptop), so what had to happen was that I learned much more about how things work at high level (software) than at low level (hardware).

I have developed several websites, all of them hosted in free services so most went down. Currently, I have two virtual servers I got for free from friends, and I use each for hosting my personal website and an URL shortener.

About hacking physical devices, my iPod no longer runs Apple's firmware, but Rockbox; my old iPaq PDA runs a circa 2006 Linux distro (Familiar) with 2.4 kernel; I've tried multiple times to run Android on my Windows Mobile phone, without much success yet; of course, all my computers run some sort of Linux or BSD. A RasPi would certainly be of great use as you see :)

Finally, I've been following this project for quite a long time, 2 months I think, but I only took the time to register today. I don't know if I'll be able to purchase a Raspberry Pi at least until the buy1-give1 project ends - it's not that I don't like giving, it's just that it doubles the price of a RasPi as I understand it. Anyways, I love both the concept and the results of this project (and we only have alpha boards yet!) and I'll support it where I can, even if I don't buy a Raspberry Pi when it launches.

Note 1: for me it would be a Model B, please :)
Note 2: in Portuguese, Pi is pronounced like "pee". Be warned :)
Note 3: this was my biggest forum introduction ever. I'm feeling inspirational, or what...

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Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:19 pm

"Mananghaya" will complete my name, and I live in PH (more popularly called Manila), and teach management in Uni. Thanks, Liz, for your encouragement (remember your remark about Puppy), now am typing here. Passion for elearning got me looking for the most cost-efficient Linux since 2004, and with Puppy Linux folks in 2005, I tried to join OLPC. By early 2007, we're running Puppy on a 5-watt Geode PC but we were still outsiders in the XO project (whose processor is Geode!). Late 2007 to early 2008, we built Puppy for the eeePC-4G [see example] and since then, I "hibernated" to just web-ministering puppylinux.org so more people may know about Puppy. Lesson learned since XO=GPU is king (how else could the 2D Geode with 0.9w power be ignored by all). So am glad to learn of R-PI through the Puppy forum, and it looks like the Puppy Linux team, with Barry Kauler at the helm, is finally porting Puppy to ARM.

Am very happy to see kids here (below 18), proof that the project can go places (hey, they are the project purpose and they are also the ones pushing it ). :)

Addition: It was great working with VIA in 2006, but building-down hardware for affordability (such as removing the large hard disk) is hardly a business model. Building-up, such as R-PI's model, should be it.

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