Le_Quack
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Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:03 am

Name: J Coe

I'm a I.T. Technician in a UK High School. I'm fairly young (23) and new to my career but have found a home working within a school where I get a great mix of working with a good sized network, fixing everyday problems and implementing new systems as well as occasionally working with students (mainly the 6th form) in the class room (on projects such as installing a server and creating a domain).

I stumbled over this project and think its brilliant I have to say I find they way thing are taught (especially my own education) was always rather lacking and lack luster especially with what is really on offer out there.

Also a 25-35 buck PC sounds great for messing around with at home. :p

lojk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:48 am

Hi,

This project ticks so many boxes for me – my Facebook ‘friends’ are quite bored with me reposting stuff about it on there. .

I love the Project; the Hardware and the Ethos – this is what I have been trying to achieve with hands-on electronics and PIC stuff for years (with not much success as their entry curve is a little steep for the spare time in my life) for some home projects like but not quite the ‘Open/Close Chicken Cage door’ mentioned somewhere on this site and a Barcode Scanning Fridge Computer to stop my wife buying so much food.

At age 8 I started out with BASIC and z80 assembler on my ZXSpectrum (yep rubber keys ) and soldering wires straight onto the peripheral edge but was always concerned I might break the family computer – with this I look forward to making some much less expensive mistakes with some much more impressive and usable results.

I have read through (probably, nearly all) related Raspi/Slashdot/Internet forums with some frankly stupid people slating the project, it’s hardware and it’s goals – It’s primary focus is not as far as I can tell to teach 9yo kids in Africa C++, although that may well be a spinoff benefit from being able to teach 9yo kids C++ in Euro/US – I believe it is about targeting the often weak and unimaginative teaching (I actually mean curriculum) of ICT with something much more real world. Computing Suites are already installed in most schools at significant expense and many issue their students with expensive hardware; Raspi will, I hope, probably be used as a highly affordable ‘take this home and do some homework on it’ device (amongst many other things) – I would have loved this opportunity to have been presented at school ‘when I were a lad’.

Just one question; until I can actually order my >1 R-Pi+Gerts is there a recommended emulation environment yet that I can get started with because as a Win/C# web/win dev my Linux/C++ is going to need some significant ‘brushing up’.

Keep changing the world guys– I’m looking forward to my army of battery powered linux machines or at least somewhere to put these raspberry stickers

(oh and Super-Kudos to the selfless donator of that beta-board )

Alan 36/M/Kent (UK)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:17 pm

My name is Matthew

I am 12 years old.

I live very near Cambridge england.

I am very excited about raspberry pi because i will be using it for programming as well as console emulation(N64 most likely).

And thats all i am going to say (stanger danger!!!)

Lynbarn
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Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:59 pm

Hi,

I'm a 50-something year old IS Project Manager working in London for a  national charity, and living in Kent, the Garden of England. I started in basic (BASIC) programming with a Sinclair ZX81 in - er '81, later progressing to Spectrum and even a QL. I also dabbled in some of the other micros of the time, particularly liked the Dragon and Oric. A little later, I was one of very few people who bought a Sinclair PC200! Actually, it had quite a good keyboard, as I recall!

Studied Business with computing in Bristol, and been gainfully employed in IT ever since, firstly as a COBOL programmer, mainly on ICL mainframes, then as analyst, Unix systems admin, and eventually, project manager. Discovered the Raspberry Pi a couple of weeks ago, and as a school governor, I'm very interested in the educational possibilities. Personally, I can't wait to get one to play with! Can I get it to run COBOL I wonder?

NickM
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:04 pm

I'm Nick and I one of those people who started working with computers in the early 70s. I had to build my first computer and was hooked.

As soon as they started to make them commercially I wanted them all. I've owned most of the usual suspects;

ZX80, ZX81, Spectrum, TRS80, Oric, Dragon, Acorn Atom, BBC, Archimedes, PET and some others I've probably forgotten.

At work I started programming IBM and then Amdhal mainframes in assembler and then COBOL. I've used and supported all manner of Unix boxes over the years.

What excites me about the Raspberry Pi is the ethos of interesting young people in computers then educating them from the ground up to understand them and to be coders rather than users.

When I started out there were magazines full of programs to type in and we learned as we debugged and modified those programs. There were ideas to get you started on programs of your own and tutorials on programming in BASIC, C and Pascal. I never understood why these sort of articles and magazines disappeared or became what they are today.

I remember buying an old scrap IBM golf ball printer. I had to build an interface and write my own driver to get it to work. My friend and me built a plotter out of Lego and scrap bits that held felt tip pen. Writing a program to make it draw simple shapes was thrilling!

I shall be buying a Raspberry Pi and I shall go back to being a teenager all over again making it do silly things, I might even persuade my friend that we should build another plotter.

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Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:41 pm

Hello, I'm John & nowadays I teach people to sail. I used to work in engineering and was keen to learn about computers and programming in the late 70s onwards.

The R-Pi has rekindled my interest and will be watching the developments closely.

tx_polkhead
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Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:57 pm

Hi-

41 yr old Dad of two (one 9yrs old the other 13yrs old), the older child was issued a net book as part of her school supplies last year in the 6th grade. Both children have been saving up their money to buy a pi as soon as they are available, I have to get on the ball and track down peripherals soon.

I am in Dallas, TX.

zippy
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:47 pm

Another old school hacker/coder here.

Started off 30 years ago with the ZX81, then onto the BBC model B, Atari ST, Archimedes A3000 and then a long line of PC's, with a fair bit of PIC assembler and some embedded Hitachi/Fujitsu/ARM hacking along the way. Also worked on game development for the Atari Jaguar console but Atari went bust before we had anything ready to publish.

Learned all the low level stuff hacking games on the BBC and Atari, to the point where I'd get home with a new game and load up the disassembler to examine the boot/protection code before even loading the game for the 1st time, haha. Even got a few jobs hacking for game publishers when they wanted multiple games compressed onto as few disks as possible for game compilation releases.

My first project for the RasPi will be getting one of my old ARM assembler demos/intros from the A3000 running, assuming enough documentation is provided to hit the hardware direct. After a looooong search over new year I managed to find some of my old A3000 disks, get them transferred to the PC and running with Arculator so it felt like being in a timewarp to 1991. I'd forgotten what a powerful tool BBC Basic with inline assembler could be.

Really like the idea of booting the RasPi to RISCOS, I still have my old set of RISCOS programming reference manuals somewhere so maybe they'll prove useful again. I think BBC Basic was the last high level language I used, back in the early 90's, as I refused to learn any of this new fangled OOP rubbish on grounds of taste.

I guess like many others I'm anxiously waiting to see what level of hardware documentation will be provided as that will pretty much dictate whether the RasPi will be able to fulfill some of the ideas I've got in mind.

Anyways, it's a great thing you guys are doing here, I think the full significance of it may not be appreciated until years from now when we see the influence it's had on other, future devices.

chb
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:26 pm

Dad of two from Leeds, Yorkshire.

Really excited about this project and the potential it has for awakening the IT skills of a new generation.

It's funny that growing up (now late 30's!) that I assumed future generations would have IT skills past my own, but I now think that I was part of a golden generation of computing education. Hope to awaken the excitment in my own kids.

Jimmer
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:53 pm

Hi!

Thirty-something tech lover here. Can't wait for the release – and a chance to try out some projects (might even have to get some chickens…. for the automated chicken coup of course!)

Learned basic on the BBC B at school (and on an Amstrad at home) way back when. Forced into learning Fortran for my Physics degree (no, I don't remember any of it now). Recently, I have become more and more interested in re-learning some basic programming and have been noodling around with some Python, PySide/PyQt and a little bit of C++.

I should, in the interests of honesty, state that I am in fact rubbish at programming. But I am becoming a little less rubbish as time goes by!

I love the idea of the Pi and the goals of the foundation and can't wait to buy one (or two or three) and get a warm fuzzy feeling that I help this little gem along somehow… who knows if I get it together, one day I could contribute some code back? Here''s to dreaming…..

Jimmer

Barchetta
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:37 pm

Like many here I remember that 'golden age' of lunchtime computer clubs which catered for both the programming and gaming types. We often had little competitions to see where a few starter lines of code would get us by the following week....

Have 2 boys (KS1/2) and would like to give them some inkling as to what goes on under the hood so this looks like the ideal springboard.

Will order when possible.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:40 pm

I first started programming back in 1974. The computer was a mini-computer at the Birmingham education authority and we connected to it with a telephone and an acoustic-coupler. You dialled the number and when you heard the modem tones you quickly jammed the handset into the rubber cups on the acoustic coupler. Then you logged in and started to write code on the teletype. That was the only computer equipment the school had: one teletype. The computer room was a stockroom off a classroom and one long wall was a single-glazed window in a steel frame. You can imagine what the temperature was like in winter. I still spent every lunch time, every spare period and hours after school in there.

The first computer I owned was a Science of Cambridge (ie Sinclair) MK14, which I built from a kit. It had a hexadecimal keypad and a row of seven-segment LEDs. You programmed it in machine-code and it had 256 bytes of RAM. My second was an Acorn Atom, which I also built from a kit. By this time I had got to university. Unlike most universities the Computer Science course at Manchester was heavily hardware-based, which suited me down to the ground. By the time I wrote my thesis, using a text processor I had written myself on the Atom, the Atom had a 4K memory expansion I had designed and built myself.

My first job was writing educational software for schools. If anyone remembers "Mr T's Moneybox" that was one of mine. The place was a sweat-shop though, so when I landed a job at British-Leyland Systems (Soon renamed ISTEL) I left with some relief.

It was about then that I could finally afford a BBC Microcomputer, and then a disk-drive, and then a second processor. (There are very few computer games I have ever stuck with through to the end, but Elite is one of them. Thanks David.)

ISTEL employed some thousand people, but I was in the "Control Process" department, which consisted of me and my boss. We built embedded control kit based on 6502 microprocessors. One of our devices tested the Metro fascia. Another job called for a more powerful processor, so I had my first contact with Unix and C. The box was over twice the size of a modern desktop and it had 1MB of RAM and 10MB of hard-disk. I learned C from the manual on the job.

After ISTEL I took a job at a small company building SCADA systems, called AFE Displays. When I wasn't programming I was responsible for a couple of Sun Workstations running SunOS (a BSD derivative). My first introduction to open-source software came when one of the other programmers recommended Emacs. It came on quarter-inch tape, probably directly from Richard Stallman.

Somewhere around then I finally saw the writing on the wall, and rather than pauper myself for an Acorn Archimedes, I got an IBM clone with a 386SX-25MHz processor. Since then my machines have evolved piece by piece over time. These days I build them myself.

With no prospects of career progression, I jumped ship in 1995 and have been programming automotive engine test software ever since, initially in Forth and recently in C, C++ and C#. I'm still writing code; I still love it, and I know I cannot manage and would hate it.

In the past few years I have been experimenting with the Atmel AVR processor (as seen on the Arduino.) Sitting in the lounge is a half-finished table that will have five AVRs controlling 75 LEDs under-lighting the table-top. I had thought that the controller would be another AVR, but I'm now thinking it would be a good use for a Raspberry Pi.

In my other life I am also a Roleplayer (I started with the original Greyhawk rules) but this is long enough already.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:58 pm

I am a student computer sciences in Belgium. My first steps in programming were done in Java.

And then I wrote the home heating controller in java.

And now I'd like to change the electricity hog of a computer that is running it now, powering a velleman k8055, into a much compacter and elegant Raspberry-gertboard-sandwich-pie. (or something like that)

Also. I'll be buying a bunch. To do stupid things with. And to push my nephews into programming.

weegie
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:00 pm

Hi

Just found out about this - perfect for my son's 12th birthday. Hope it's out soon, looks fantastic.

arwen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:43 pm

Hi folks, I have been lurking around here for a few months but just got around to signing up

I work for the local council doing IT Support (Desktop, Network, Servers and anything else with a plug...). I am based in an Academy and most of my work comes from there and its feeder primary's.

I done some basic coding growing up and dabbled in HTML and multimedia programming at college. I enjoy it, but I don't have the focus to do it every day.

When I get a Raspi I plan to attach it to my telly and use it as a simple pc for the living room (web browsing mostly).  The computing teacher at the academy is also very interesting in them and is hoping to get a a set for the kids to program on.

Rupert Cutler
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:39 pm

Hi,

Computing started at school with a teletype linked to a PDP8 at the local uni.

Then playing 'life' on an IBM 360 at uni, punched cards.

(Am I showing my age yet)

At work programming a HP 'desktop mini computer (glorified calculator) in mix of Fortran and BASIC.

Early IBM PC, almost the first Mac, BBC etc. etc.

Today linux server and windoze laptop at work, MacBook at home. Sister-in-law in education so love to lend some skills there, and as an amateur astronomer plagued by street lights reckon controlling the back yard radio telescope could be a possibility.

But basically came across this a while back and its just 'right'!

Rupert

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:48 am

Hey Guys,

Technical specialist from Glasgow, Scotland now living in Dublin, Ireland

Been following this project for months and I am desperate to get my hands on one!

I have worked in telecoms for 3+ years and I have been inspired so much by this project and have a lot of ideas to try out with this device.  As well as the usual media server & file server ideas floating around.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:24 pm

Hi All,

My name is Richard (surprise!) and am a convinced computer enthusiast (not convicted in the legal system *yet*) I started on the Sinclair ZX80 way-back-when and have never looked back. ( I still have my first ZX81 and a ZX Speccy framed hanging on my study wall!)

By day I am an embedded linux geek doing SatelliteTV boxes and cryptography programming... and by night I break all the things I made during the day.

As for the RPi, my intentions are to make real-world applications and teach my kids 'HOW' computers work and share my passion for  annoying electrons.

Thanks for the great product (so far!)

Richard
RaspberryPi's galore
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:35 pm

Started with punched cards then paper tape on ICL mainframe in 1964 through various mainframes and minis until retirement in 2002. Along the way used proprietary OS from Exec, George, VME(B), Unix, Solaris and used cp/m, dos, windows on micros (Intertec Superbrain etc.) developing systems to install in schools for admin and budgetary control using Supercalc & Wordstar.  Later upgrading using DRS Basic and DBaseII to interface with the mainframe.  Home-built oscilloscope to aid computer build and followed with Spectrum, BBC B & QL for home use.

I am looking forward to repeating my journey with my grandchildren using the R? which I hope becomes a standard for their schools.

Best wishes for your Foundation and project and my thanks for your hard work and for showing that this country is still capable of leading the world in technology and humanity.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:13 pm

Hi, I'm Jaseman - 38 years old

Computers Owned: ZX81, Spectrum Plus, Commodore Amiga, Pentium 1, and Intel/Windows PC's ever since.

Also used: BBC micro's in final years of school + Atari ST, Then did some Desktop Publishing on an old Mac using Aldus Pagemaker.

Just started to dabble with Kubuntu.

I provide IT support for Opus International Consultants.  I look after 12 offices across the UK.  Servers run Linux Debian and a mix of XP and Win 7 on about 250 PC's.

I'm watching with excited curiousity as the R'Pi develops.  I hope something good will come of it and not just a fad that blows over.  It's getting a little over-hyped now and I worry that people might be dissapointed when they actually get the kit on their desk.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:19 pm

Hi all,

Am a programmer by profession, focussing on banking, control systems and medical systems.

Am itching to get a R'Pi ... like the rest of us all.

Regards,

Trevor

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:35 pm

Hi

I'm Dave but answer to anything so long as you don't call me "late for dinner". I have always been interested in technology from the age of 7 or so when Dad helped me build a crystal set. As I'm now coming up to 69 that explains the antiquity of the equipment!

I got into computing via work in 1979, learning to program in ICL assembler and using George as the operating system. Then went into support and research in an unpopular government department, but hey - we used to collect the money that paid for wonderful projects like the RasPi.

Before that I was a civil engineer and farmer. In the early 1970's mini computers were coming on the market at £10,000 and I could see how they would revolutionise industry; I drafted the spec for a suite of programs that would record a cow's milk yield, calculate her dietary needs and drive the feeders. Shame I didn't have matching IT skills or any money to develop it(the story of my life!). Now the RasPi is £2/10s equivalent with more power.

I have been a Linux user since 1898 - the only thing I can't get it to do properly is video grabbing-something to do with drivers(The AA couldn't help me)..

I owned a zx80, oric, amstrad 640? and ppc640 as well as self-built PCs. I now act as a volunteer in a technology/industrial museum playing with narrow gauge industrial trains. I only picked up on the pi last week, but am hooked, so thanks to all you Blokes (and the hon ones like Liz) for restoring my insanity quotient. The RasPi has caught my imagination

I was so proud to create the original and unique name for a company I set up that I adopted it as my family name.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:11 pm

Hi All.

I am from India and have been following the project from past few days. Being a Linux user I am always on a lookout for customizable solutions.

Raspberry Pi grabbed my attention as I was skimming through DIY stuff in electronics. I think it's a great idea and the list of applications is endless for this low cost micro computer.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:56 pm

Hi,

Well another oldie here, wrote my first computer program in 1970 in Fortran 2 at Uni. Designed and built my first micro system in 1975, lots of switches and used a Signetics 2650. Had a TRS80 as my first commercial machine.

Some of you might remember my writings in The Micro User magazine, where I wrote The Beeb Body Build series and later Run the Risc in Acorn Computing / Acorn User.

I did meet you once Dave at a Micro User show when you had just brought out Elite.

I have now given up work (well I was pushed but decided not to jump back) and spend a lot of time helping beginners on the Arduino Forum, and making stuff to show at Maker Fairs.

Looking forward to the Pi and the new capabilities it will open up for embedded projects.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:27 pm

Hi all, I am Kevin, known as erm Kevin....

I do not code. However now in my 50's I have been in volved with computers of some shape and or form since i was eight years old. My mothers Technical College in Portsmouth England had a room with a guy in a white coat and big set of grey and beige boxes that whired and made noises. It was all programmed by cards. When the guy printed my name out on ticker tape in holes spelt correctly... I was hooked.

Since then I have been engaged with computers at many levels, mostely in graphic design. Sinclair, Oric, Acorn, Xerox windows box, Mac SE No 00002, Mac Pizza box and onwards.

Produce Midland Bank ATM graphics with video showthrough on an 8 colour pc. Had to hand anti aliase the graphics.... great fun! Designed and built (with Keith)First Videologic demo showing three graphics and video channel (skeleton with bones then muscle then skin) Then on to many many other graphics thangs.

Anyway am interested in this Rapberry thang to try and get to grips with simple coding and to introduce my son to basic computing. These days it all works so well and so easily, getting uder the hood could be fun!

PS My first purchase onlne was in 1999 and was a freezer....

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