doctorwho
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:09 am

Hi,

I have been wanting to start doing electronics projects besides programing and was considering using arduino until the recently the raspberry pi came to my attention. Arduino is expensive compared to it and has is a lot less powerful.

I can't wait to get my hands on one(or more) once they become available to play with.

keasy
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:49 am

Feckin minted project.

Makes me feel like I am allowing my young primary school aged kids the same magic I felt when I received my first home micro.

This is the stuff of legend...

10 rem RaspPi

20 print screen$;"This is the game, this teaches kids IT not secretarialskills".

30 ifINPUT="buy the pi" then submit 26 pounds;sterling to the makers

40 = WIN

sirkittymen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:45 am

I'm Matt.  I'm going to be working with my son Micah who is 11 to learn programming.  I wished I had learned more when I was younger!  I tried–I had a Timex Sinclair 1000, a Vic 20, and the ultimate–a Commodore 64.  I messed around a bit on an Apple II in school.  But I never had an adult or mentor to help guide my efforts so they didn't go too far.

So I'd like to correct that for my son and give him a good opportunity.  I figure it''ll be a good opportunity for us to have something to do together.  (We just spent the afternoon learning how to mod Minecraft, so I think this is a promising direction!)

My RPi will be coming in April–I was happy to get in on an earlier round of supplies!

spoolboyy
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:08 am

doctorwho said:


I have been wanting to start doing electronics projects besides programing and was considering using arduino until the recently the raspberry pi came to my attention. Arduino is expensive compared to it and has is a lot less powerful.

I can't wait to get my hands on one(or more) once they become available to play with.


I Agree completely!  That's what I want to do with my RasPi as well!  Good luck to you.

Cavus
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:30 am

Hey there folks,
I"m Nick aka Cavus! Although I"m probably one of the younger RPi enthusiasts I have a strong appetite for learning new things and a relatively basic base of knowledge in terms of hardware and software. Over the summer I made the plunge and achieved a significant feat (for me at least, you all could probably doo this with your eyes closed) of building my own desktop. Wha I lack in raw knowledge I make up for in creativity and curiosity! Hopefully if I can ever get my hands on a unit, I will be designing and building elegant cases, battery enclosures (so you can show off your RPi on the go!) and all in one enclosures jury rigged with an LCD drilled into them somewhere (think, an RPi, a bunch of USB splitters and extenders, a super slim keyboard, and a homemade battery pack and a screen all mashed into one sleek laptop like from factor and that"s what I intend to make among other things).
Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you all!!!

kesterto
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:57 am

Hi all

I'm Anthony, just placed my R-Pi order and can't wait for it to arrive.

I am really keen to see the positive effect of R-Pi on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in the UK (and elsewhere).  I am also a supporter of the BloodHoundSSC project - the attempt on the 1000 mph land speed record (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/) which has a large education component, and also part of STEMNET (www.stemnet.org.uk) - a way to give a bit back to the education system.

By day, I work in IT; by night I am probably still working - so a R-Pi will be a nice diversion

anthony

slysimon
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:46 am

Hi All,

Just wanted to say hello.

I have worked in IT, telecomms and engineering for the past 20+ years and am really looking forward to getting my hands on a PI and having a good old mess around with it.

My ultimate aim is to develop a 'smart home' using the PI, although I have a feeling that the details I have in mind are going to take a while to sort out.

I don't think I have ever known a forum so enthusiastic, active or excited, where the majority of the members have not even laid their hands on a sample yet.

I am really looking forward to what I believe will be a fantastic push for home innovation.

SonOfDon
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:13 am

Hi - David here.

As a dyed in the wool Mac user I've never been too keen on Linux.  However, I built my first Linux computer about 13 years ago, another small system and am hoping that this one will help me to improve my knowledge (I ported a Linux program to the Mac recently).  I'm hardware oriented and used the Linux system that I assembled to drive low-level hardware.  Looking forward to purchasing a system.

My avatar is my artist-son's self-portrait!

Ancient Brit
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:28 am

Hi - I'm an Ancient Brit as the name suggests. Came to computing late in life via the original BBC Computer Literacy Program in the 80's. No formal computer training/education. Maths Tables and Slide Rules being the norm throughout the whole of my engineering career in the steel industry. Computers were just coming into fashion around the time I retired and bought myself the old Beeb out of curiosity.  Total Hobbiest Believing that my Grandkids are missing out

billanben
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:15 pm

Hello Folks,

I'm Will, a software engineer for an electronics company in the East Midlands of the UK. I started working life as a research ecologist after my BSc, but moved into technology because of the lack of jobs, taking an MSc. That was 23 years ago.

My first access to computers was writing Basic programs on Sinclair ZX81 and Commodore PETs back in the early 80s for my ecology work.

I started my proper computing career in real-time embedded systems based on 68K multi-processor systems, but I have slowly progressed (?) on to desktop systems (over the years using DEC, Sun, Apple, and now almost exclusively, Windows PC). I specialised in RDBMS design & admin for a decade or so, but I have always written code too.

So many languages, so little time - Modual-2 Perspective Pascal (specialist embedded version), Ada, C , C++, Python.

I also work on a lot of interfaces & interoperability, using Corba, XML etc. You know, the boring stuff that nobody gets to see.

At home I was a Mac user from the mid 80s, but now have a mixture of Windows and Linux. I have 2 lads and am hoping to get us all up & cooking with a Pi as soon as we can. I have great hope  in the educational possibilities of this little beast.

I love playing guitar (very averagely), leisurely cycling, Sunday dinner cooking, and photography.

I'm really glad to be part of the community, and I'm impressed with the enthusiasm for this wee beast.

oldgit1943
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:57 pm

Hello, I'm Richard, and I am a geriatric computer technician from Harwich Essex. I have ordered a RaPi, and eagerly await delivery! I don't know how long we shall have to wait, I only ordered mine on Friday, but am living in hope that it won't be too long. I haven't used Fedora, but may main computer is running Ubuntu, so I'm reasonably proficient with handling that, and it does most things for me so that I only use Windows when I have to!

I am looking forward to the Gurus coming up with ideas for applications, I am hoping that it will be able to cope with being a media machine for my TV, I use a Mac Mini for that at present, but would like to put it to better use. I am not much of a poster, but I will be lurking here often, so watch developments. Good luck with the Forum!

oldgit1943
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:58 pm

Hello, I'm Richard, and I am a geriatric computer technician from Harwich Essex. I have ordered a RaPi, and eagerly await delivery! I don't know how long we shall have to wait, I only ordered mine on Friday, but am living in hope that it won't be too long. I haven't used Fedora, but may main computer is running Ubuntu, so I'm reasonably proficient with handling that, and it does most things for me so that I only use Windows when I have to!

I am looking forward to the Gurus coming up with ideas for applications, I am hoping that it will be able to cope with being a media machine for my TV, I use a Mac Mini for that at present, but would like to put it to better use. I am not much of a poster, but I will be lurking here often, so watch developments. Good luck with the Forum!

chrisbarton303
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:37 pm

Hi everyone, I'm Chris and I'm a new convert to Linux through my PhD research, in which I use Perl and Python scripts to analyse DNA sequences for evolutionary biology. Having grown up in the 80s with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, I remember an amazing time when home computing was as much about programming as it was using commercial applications, and the boundaries between bedroom geeks (like myself) and professional software developers were indistinct at best. I also remember how this relationship was eroded during the 90s when software piracy killed the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, and programming became a hobby restricted to those lucky enough to be able to afford a PC.

I think the Raspberry Pi is a wonderful concept, because it places development tools back in the hands of enthusiasts with limited resources - which here in the UK has always been where true innovation has come from. I really think the Raspberry Pi is what the independent computing industry has been crying out for for years, and I'm really excited to see the kind of simple and innovative games and applications people can come up with. If we can get a generation of kids interested, we'll return to the halcyon days of true grass-roots software development, when progress was driven by ideas rather than corporate profit. It will be amazing. As soon as I've learned how to write programs in C, I'll be contributing myself!

R37R0
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi, I'm Martin.

I'm a professional software engineer with experience in embedded systems (VxWorks and DSP) as well as a long time Linux enthusiast. I managed to order one and it should be arriving in April (I hope).

I am interested in what I can port to the Pi and I think that the limited resources available (256MB which cannot be upgraded) is a good idea because it will encourage real resource-limited engineering like in the old days of the 8/16-bit generation.

I am planning to build my Pi into a small unit which I can use for dev work in addition to media streaming. So I thought that I would join the forum to keep up to date with developments.

AndyInSurrey
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:59 am

Hi, I am a Senior Software Engineer, I mainly use C++ on Windows and occasionally use VB and C#. I dabble in Objective-C on the Apple Mac and iOS devices.

I only heard about the Raspberry Pi on the BBC news website on 29th February, and it got my interest immediately.  It reminds me of the Apple#1 that Woz designed, and rekindles the computing buz of the early 1980's, which can only be for the good.  I hope that children take up the Raspberry Pi and do indeed learn to program.

tolvari
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:29 am

Hello all,

I’m Carlos, ex-pat Icelander living in France. Pastor, IT Teacher, Competition Barista, Tour Guide ... well, not one thing defines me.

I just love the idea of the small, inexpensive computer you could put into a Tupperware box and connect into whatever there is to run.

I’m probably going to be lurking a bit before shooting my mouth off (or applying that finger to the button) ...

Powerbook
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:30 am

Hi,

I'm Christophe, France.

I'm a professional software engineer with experience in embedded systems (Atmel, Digi Rabbit, Microchip, ...).

My hobby are electronic and i'm an amateur CNC enthusiast too.

Wait for "PI batch 2", no luck to have one PI in the first batch.

I plan to use Raspberry to home automation, powermeter, ...

I would like to build an I/O card to control relays (with I2C IO expander), 1-wire T° sensor, Teleinfo (French powermeter interface), ...

Hope lot of fun with this powerful system !

alfredone78
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:35 am

Hi all!

I'm Alfredo, I live in Italy and I'm a "high-tech stuff" fan!

I'm waiting Raspberry Pi to arrive in Italy...I hope it'll be as soon as possible!

Bye!!!

Alfredo

alfredone78
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:36 am

Hi all!

I'm Alfredo, I live in Italy and I'm a "high-tech stuff" fan!

I'm waiting Raspberry Pi to arrive in Italy...I hope it'll be as soon as possible!

Bye!!!

Alfredo

Nick Brian Walters
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:46 am

Well, I haven't posted in here yet, but I usually wait to intro myself, because to be honest every time I do I tend to go on and on...the last time I did I ended up writing a 3000+ word story about my life and specifically a college experience and posted it elsewhere, because as an intro it was too much. I'll TRY to keep it short.

I'm a Cinematographer by trade, and have been in that industry for 6-7 years now starting with VHS/VHS-C/Hi-8 with a analog-digital box to convert and edit on fairly crappy PC's. I've studied the field exhaustively, and still do. I've moved forward now to having my own sound, lighting, small amount of grip, and a few diff cameras for various situations. I own a Canon HV-20, Panasonic GH1, and a Panasonic HVX-200. I now edit on a dedicated non-networked Dual Xeon system with a full Adobe suite as well as numerous tools for special techniques such as stroboscopy, HDRV(High Dynamic Range Video), 3D, and others. I've worked as just about every imaginable title, but specialize in Cinematography, usually as a DP(Director Of Photography). Films I've worked on have been on some smaller cable networks, in film festivals, and distributed in the US and worldwide. Information about myself, trailers, equipment, resume, IMDB, etc. can be seen at my website http://www.NickBrianWalters.com

I've had a love for electronics and tinkering since a young age. I was basically deaf from age 1-3 before I had tubes in my ears, and can hear perfectly and speak perfectly now. It did make me more interested in tinkering, taking things apart, etc. rather then socialize. Through the years I did many all in one kits, projects, followed many books of circuit designs, and loved computers. I've owned everything from a Mattel Aquirius, to 286, 386...on and on. My best friend had a dad who was a programmer and consultant, but was a thief. Thanks to him often having 3-4 computers when one was ridiculous I was able to play and learn a lot. Though public school is horrible for the most part, I was lucky enough to grow up in a different age and learn BASIC, PASCAL, and oddly enough Hypercard. I thought Hypercard was ridiculous, but it helped me be able to quickly pick up, learn, and design my own sites through the years, and nowadays I use Wordpress with Thesis theme. I previously used Geeklog, and before that wrote everything in pure HTML using notepad.

I was a bit of a rebel philosopher in my younger years, being seen often skipping school to discuss such topics as philosophy, computers, and quantum mechanics, almost always with a book on one of the subjects. I dropped out of high school....then dropped back in doing 2 years in one, on honor roll.

I then went to college with a major in Computer tech and minor in electronics. I did well at first, but once I was allowed into electronics I finished the final project within 3 weeks, and on one bread board, which the professor said would guarantee you an A+ and a letter of recommendation from him. He had stated he cared less about the in betweens, just make the input and outputs correct. I exploited bugs and undocumented uses for the chips, and was not allowed to turn in my project. I promptly dropped out and looked for work in the IT field.

I worked for public schools, computer shops, and independently for many years, and luckily IT is a field where knowledge and ability can trump degrees.

While working an odd job with a friend he showed me films he'd done years ago, and expressed interest it doing more. I thought it sounded like fun, and proceeded to make the worst film anyone has every seen, EVER. I decided that this was my new career and goal, and set out to find out exactly why that film was so horrible. It took a few years of constantly studying, filming, volunteering, and experimenting, but eventually I started creating decent work.

I now own all my own equipment for filming, a home(without a mortgage), and sell things on ebay such as antiques, collectibles, cameras, lenses, and electronics. In my free time I write, do a weekly podcast, study numerous subjects, garden, tinker, and play around a lot with green tech such as solar, steam, insulation, and with the Pi hopefully low power computing.

Right now most of my power use goes to cooking, 4 watt LED light bulbs, and a laptop which sucks up 120-150 watts. With the Pi I'm hoping to reduce my power needs for computing by 2/3, and basically none from the power company with a small solar system. Obstacles at the moment are providing enough power to the Pi from a small 10" HDTV's USB port, tracking charge on the HDTV's 2300mah battery, enabling almost complete OFF on the HDTV for reduced power consumption while leaving the Pi on, tracking live and logging data about the solar system and possibly another small battery if that is needed, packaging the Pi to ensure it's safety but allowing quick access and viewing for tinkering or repair, and I'm sure a bakers dozen of other problems that will come up

I've never been much of a programmer, and have forgotten basically everything I ever learned, but I'm hoping to start picking back up my old skills, and learn more with the Pi. Through the years I've played around with alot of OS's as well. I've ran DOS, almost every version of Windows, BEOS, Haiku OS, and a large array of Linux flavors. Right now I mainly use Win7(tweaked and made to look classic), WinXP, and Backtrack(tricked out a little so I can also run it for general use{media/web/etc}).

I think that's FAR more then enough from me, and most likely alot more then you wanted to read

DetroitSquirreL
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:17 pm

Hello -

I'm DetroitSquirreL. Detroit because thats where I'm from (YES, I actually live in the city not the suburbs) & SquirreL because it has been my nickname since I was 13, I am presently 41. I've used that name on EVERYTHING I do on the web. If you see that name I guarantee its me. The capitol 'L' at the end is just something i did years ago because it used to get confused with a 1 sometimes and has just became my 'trademark' of sorts

I have a great son, 10 yr old. I have had the great opportunity to do many exciting things in my life and travel 1/2 of the globe 4 times....about to go back to Europe in June again!

My main interested in life (besides my son) are Blu-rays (HUGE fan of all the classic films), music, comic books, vintage baseball cards (pre-1980), and am a HUGE English Premier League fan & Aston Villa supporter!! UP THE VILLA!!!!

I have been on the web since 1995 & have been using Linux off and on since 1998. I have worked for record shoppes& record labels for over 1/2 my life with a 6 yr stint at a LARGE tech company that goes my its founders initials. I dispise using MS Windows but have a duel boot on my Apple iMac (that we use as our main PC) so my son can learn and know all about both OS'.

I'm looking to use the RasPi to introduce my son to Linux and programming & at a later date get another one to use as a media center/ desktop / 'whats ever comes to mind'

brazen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:48 pm

Hello all,

I've been an occasional lurker on the forum since I first heard about Raspberry Pi last year on the register, and thought it was about time I got a bit more 'active'.

I have been working as a software developer since I left uni nearly 7 years ago, mainly coding in C++, but also some Java, Ada, and Delphi work.

I find the concept of Raspberry Pi interesting, particularly for encouraging the software engineers of tomorrow. I speak as someone who had no real experience of computers (except for consoles such as SNES and Megadrive in my youth) until by chance I worked in a computer game shop with enthusiastic PC users who got me interested in learning more. This led to a college course and enventually to where i am now.

My experience of computing at school was confined to the first year of secondary school, where i even passed an exam consisting of questions such as "What program would you use to write a letter?"

I have lots of ideas for projects I would like to use a Pi for - aside from the ubiquitous XBMC frontend, I would like to be able to use Skype via a webcam and mic to talk to my dad who lives the other side of the pond!

icleades
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:14 pm

Hi all!

I'm Pablo, a PhD student at the University of Girona.

I've been following the raspberry Pi for a long time and I expected to get on from the first batch, but looks like we were to many! Anyway, I'll be trying to get one as soon as possible.

Toby Stokes
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:04 pm

Hi,

I'm Toby. An electronic engineer by training and an audio nut for as long as I can remember. Currently at the University of Surrey working on my PhD.

My interests center around signal processing for audio. I'll be interested to see what I can make the Pi do!

melhiore
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:59 pm

Hello Everyone.

My name is Marcin, I work for ISP and manage hundreds of devices across the UK. My plan for RPi to use it as a management tool for me, so I can make my life easier, as a tool for mobile Engineers so I can make their life easier. I would like to introduce RPi based box capable of console with minicom, RS232 out, VNC or TeamViewer, GPRS for remote access or 3G if possible...

I'm looking forward to get my unit as I'm still waiting for order from RS Components...

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