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patolin
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:18 pm

Hello! Im Patricio, and i got my first Atari 130XE at the age of 5! since then, (and luckly me) always had a computer by my side.

I always loved embeded systems. Im a microcontroller fan, and use a lot of Microchip Pic micros for fun (and sometimes for profit lol) and I see a huge future in the R-Pi. I remember when I was finishing high school (in the mid 90s) that I attached a 100mhz pentium computer to the trunk of my car, to listen mp3, and now we got mp3 players that cant be smaller, because they need buttons to play. Thats happening with computers. Having a full blown computer (I mean, OS, GUI, network and devices) into a credit card size pcb, its a huge success, and bigger than that, is the price of this computer. I would love to see R-PIs in schools here in south america. The most of the people doesnt need number crunching mega pcs on their desktops.

I cant wait to have one!!
Patricio Reinoso - www.patolin.com

hwassall
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:27 pm

Hi All,

My name is Howard Wassall and have messes around with computers since 1977 when introduced to the Commodore PET at school and, a little later, the BBC Model B at home. I have developed software as a job in assembler, Forth, C, C++ and Java (plus a few other oddities) but now languish behind a desk in management unfortunately. Really keen to get hold of an R-Pi to show my eldest that Facebook, et al. are not really what a computer is all about and also to interface it to my central heating boiler to monitor what it is up to. If that second plan does make it off of the drawing board, I'll post on the project forum.

Cheers,

Howard

cricklewood
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:46 pm

Hello,

I'm cricklewood and I am getting into Linux Development.

Feel free to ask about me as I am feeling a bit shy right now lol

cricklewood

Rhydian
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:57 am

Hey,

I'm Rhydian. I suffer from a disease which forces me to buy things to tamper and break them. There will be a lot of breaking but hopfully I will be able to do something awesome with this

Lothar 5x5
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:54 am

Hello I'm Lorenza (don't let the name throw you I'm a male).  I've been playing with computers of one type or another since the early 80's; and electronics/tinkering before that.  Given the fact I was born in 70 my first tinkering meant I liked to break things that had moving parts.

I have recently returned to the world of physical computing and programming for a hobby; after finding the ability to avoid letting my job (computer security) get in the way of me enjoying computers and electronics again.

Oh, being a child of the 70's and 80's I'm a BIG fan of the old adventure cartoons which is where I picked up the name Lothar (Defenders of the Earth).

birger
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:30 am

Computer dinosaur. Started out with ABC80, UK101, Dragon32, BBC B, Acorn R140... Unix geek since I first met a Unix shell back in 1985. Used to have a ring of Apollo Domain systems in my basement. Now I mostly run the RedHat 'family' of Linux; Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, VMware ESX...

I look forward to seeing how the RPi can be used around the home, as a plaything for the kids, be integrated into their Lego Mindstorms sets and so on. Hopefully this will be a good platform for learning the basic stuff. It's very difficult with a modern PC to actually grasp what is going on inside that box. It was easier for children back in 'the good old days' of 8-bit computers Easier to see the potential, the hackability, the fun. Now it's all about games and social media. No hardware hacking, soldering irons and such.

What we need once the raspies start shipping is sensor input and the ability to drive stuff. motors. robots. switches. Software environment like Scratch (MIT) for the youngest. The hardest part may be to leave it to the children and not interfere too much

Baldrick
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:36 pm

Hi.

If I said my first computer was a Sinclair ZX81, that indicates how old I am. After an apprenticeship with the MOD in electronics I moved into computing. Jobs along the way have been Communications Engineer, Unix Admin, Windows Admin, Storage Admin all for (dare I say it) large Financial institutions. As age progressed I moved into Management but never left behind my hands on need for a keyboard and screen.

10 years ago I discovered Home Automation which is where my out of work computing interests lie. Now with a 15 year old son who seems to be following in the foot steps of his Old Man, the RPie is a great way for him to learn more about computing and for me to re kindle some old flames.

Baldrick.

getitonbangagong
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:24 pm

Hi everyone,

My name’s Pete or Peter whichever you prefer.

I have been fascinated with personal computers since I first saw the ‘dancing demon’ demo on a Tandy TRS80. Way too expensive at the time but then came the main stream 8 bits and I was straight in to see what I could do….

Not programming (sadly) I never had the patience to get my head around it other that a bit of basic. But hell I loved the creativity that was possible I went to a ZX Speccy show found a programmer and said ‘Oih if I design this game will you program it?’ Yes he said, and before too long we had our game on the shelves in good old WH Smiths!

Anyway that led to 20+ years in the game industry (which I have now left) but I am still totally captivated by computers and this little beauty that is about to come along has got me totally chomping at the bit to play with it…. I might finally learn some programming!

Pete

pocketeers
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:03 pm

Hi,

Wow, that's an awful lot of introductions! I'm Mat Hopwood and I and the Technical Director of UK based game and app developer Pocketeers Limited. I run a  game and app programming blog at http://www.drmop.com

I'm also the author of the free open source game engine (IwGame) which I'm hoping to port to Raspberry Pi soon.

I started programming as a child many years ago with the Sinclair ZX-81 / Spectrum, been fascinated with computers ever since. I miss the good old days of painstakingly converting assembler language to hex codes (erm,not really )

Love the idea of the Raspberry Pi, cant wait to start playing around with one. Hoping to see an app store for the raspberry Pi too.

Mat

Christos
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:44 pm

Hi. My name is Christos. Living in Sweden and studying master of science in computer engineering.

technologix
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:53 pm

Hi I'm Doug.

I'm a systems admin by day, and occasionally a lecturer at a local university by night. I love low cost computing hardware that's hackable, and raspberry pi seems to be about the lowest cost device I've seen yet. Very excited and looking forward to being able to finally purchase one!

pgix
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:10 pm

Hi,

I'm Adam - anyone who is in to hobby OS development may have seen me as "AJ" elsewhere.

Have been in to computers since the days of my BBC Model B. Still love tinkering with computers and am looking forward to getting a rasberry pi!

grmpz
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:23 pm

Hello,

.Net expat, recently moved back into Linux.  Can't wait to start developing for the Pi.

Cheers all!

FT232BM
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Hi, my name is Taras, greetings from Ukraine

I am student of Kiev Polytechnical Institute (very nice place). Now I am writing paper on acceleration of neural algorithm. Looking forward to get PhD in few years. Like digital electroncs much, words like FPGA, ASIC, Verilog, SoC, MCU, CPU, GPU, IP core, Kernel sound like honey to me.

andyhall
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi,

I am Andy- Engineer, currently a Science teacher (until Easter when I am taking a break until September) and a sailing instructor. I have build a 3D printer(based on a rep rap) and enjoyed working with arduinos. Looking forward to laying with a raspberry Pi when it is out.

Ian3
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Hi,

I am a software engineer working for a company which specialises in equipment and software for torque monitoring and control. I currently mainly work with VB .NET and SQL but also work in C++ when working on firmware applications.

Ian3

netz10.de
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:33 pm

Hi , I am a Linux enthusiast. and I am interested in raspberrypi to use it as minimalistic allpurpose home server with low electricity use, as i cant see a point running an old laptop 24/7 which still consumes 35-40 Watt.

Rick_S
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:02 am

Hello,

My name is Rick.  I've been playing with computers since the early 80's.  I learned BASIC on a TRS-80 Color computer and slowly made the progression to PC's.  I had a strong interest in electronics and wanted to get into that field after High school.  I attended 1 semester at DeVry University then ran out of money...  Anyway, life happened and I got married, had a couple of kids and found myself out of electronics and just being a serious internet/PC user.

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the world of micro-controllers (AVR specifically).  This pulled me full swing into electronics.

One aspect of computing that I've wanted to get into but have never made the leap is Linux/Unix systems.  I am so excited about the RaspberryPi because I see it bringing my two favorite hobbies together.  I am eager to learn Linux.

I sure hope I'll be able to get into the 1st run devices.  I think this little unit will be a blast.

THANKS so much for providing this awesome development platform.

Rick

nathanallan
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:53 am

Hiya from El paso!

I'm a computer tech her in El Paso, TX, USA and love the idea of the Pi; not only is it good for education but it looks like it will be excellent for gaming applications, too! I've got a mini-ITX case ready for it to sit in while I figure something else out for it.

I'm looking forward to getting one when I am finally able to get one shipped over here. Also love the Arduino concepts coming out for it.

Arrow
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:00 am

Greetings from Poland ;>

Senior IT Specialist here. Need a new toy. Already infected 5 or 6 other people with R-Pi. Expect more of us.

Marek.

Sir Greggory Groda
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:09 am

Hi, I"m Sir Greggory Groda, or Jim Nylén, 23 yo and living in Sweden. New to Linux and hacking, but figured that for 35$ its worth it to start learning. I mostly hope to use the pi for some learning, every day stuff, media and perhaps some good old DOS games.

Well, that"s probably more than you would ever need to know about my(unless you count my creditcard number and shipping address when the pi goes on sale).

Sir Greggory
Froggy Swede

Titus A Duxass
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:20 pm

Hi all,

I'm a 50 year Ex-Pat in Leipzig where I'm the Integrated Logistic Support manager for a small company.

I'm an avid Linux fan and have been since SuSE 7.3.

I'm looking forward to playing with a Rasp. or two, I've got internet radio and in-camper pc in mind for the first two.

Cheers

Titus Andronicus d'Uxass

Leipzig

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sebastian.tschen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Hi There,

I'm a 27 year Bioinformatition located around Vienna and southern Germany depending on mood and work.

Looking forward to get my hands on to the RPi for several private projects including a home theater and an sound system for a Bollerwagen (special kind of hand cart)

Also i'm working for a small startup and will try to equip the first prototypes with RPis as they would perfectly suite our needs.

Greetings

Sebastian

geum
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:04 pm

Hi,

Just heard about RasPi on BBC You & Yours.  Sounds briliant!

I'm Jim Kent from West Somerset, UK -  highest proportion of Older People (33%) in UK but very sparsely spread!

Botanist by training and started programming in Algol on English Electric KDF-9 writing 'useful' (stats) programs.Then on to Honeywell via terminal and really got the bug with a BBC A. Tried a few others (Amstrad, Lynx, Spectrum, Apple, Xerox, Z88), but mainly did teaching and ecological software in BBC Basic.

Keen to find a simple PC system that OP can afford and use without being lumbered with pointless bells, whistles and chrome plate (not thinking of Google!).  RasPi sounds well worth a close look. When and how can I get my hands on one? (I'm not really eligible for a Comp Course at Cambs!)

Two immediate queries occur to me - is wifi a possibility (avoiding need for wires to monitor, etc) and if programming is an option, what language(s)?  I guess Basic may be too simple nowadays but others seem to need a longer dedicated apprenticeship.

Any thoughts?

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Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:34 pm

Welcome to the forums Geum! The answer to both of your immediate queries lie in the forums We have a very nice search feature which should quickly lead you to more information on the subject than you could ever desire!

The short answer is wifi in the sense of network connectivity is possible by purchasing a usb wifi card from your local store (there's a thread floating around and information in the wiki for compatible adapters), same goes for wireless mice or keyboards.  Wireless monitors?  I haven't really come across those yet, but there might exist some wireless hdmi adapter?

Programming is the entire point of the r-pi so it's very much possible be sure to search around on the forum and you'll find a lot of discussion about it.
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