colincoach
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:19 pm

Hi,

I'm very much intrigued and excited by the Pi, much as I was many years ago by the ZX81, Spectrum and BBC Micro, before the 'fun' was taken away by Amstrad and PC machines.

I'm an IT professional, kids now too old to be able to benefit from the new fad of taking kids back to understanding how computers actually work and getting them to program them.

Personally I am very much interested in using the Pi to maybe develop a synthesiser, but also as a 'time machine' to go back and play all those great text adventures from the early days.

Colin

SamD
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:39 pm

I became a Intel certified level II Unix System Admin way back in 1986. Unix/Xenix and Linux have been dear to my heat ever since.

I am also addicted to Fly Fishing!

DaveDaGr8
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:04 pm

Hello,

I'm David and i live in Melbourne Australia. I have been looking for something like this for soooo long. There are a few projects i want to do at home ( home automation ) and this little puppy could just be the thing to do it.

My kids are also at an interesting age too, it'd be good to teach them about robotics and stuff. Hopefully some interesting ( cheapish ) kids projects get made. It's about time we had a replacement for the old kids electronics boards of years ago.

Karmeck
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:05 pm

Hi I'm Johan from Sweden.

The pi to me is a emulator, media box and he helping tool. I help a blind man for a living and to get a speech aid working on the pi would not only help my client but many others with the same problem. Most of them are old and dont have much money so the pi is grate there.

Karmeck
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:05 pm

Hi I'm Johan from Sweden.

The pi to me is a emulator, media box and he helping tool. I help a blind man for a living and to get a speech aid working on the pi would not only help my client but many others with the same problem. Most of them are old and dont have much money so the pi is grate there.

C4B7
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Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:58 am

Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:25 pm

Hi!  I'm Rob Erickson, I'm a mechanical engineer who found out about this from a friend.

I'm not good at programming but I really like designing physical items. I plan on making some cases for the raspberry pi. I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as I can

My interests are actually in the outdoors. I like hiking, backpacking and camping with my wife and kids.

I grew up learning about computers from a commodor 64 and a macintosh performa. I used them to play video games like lemonade stand, pit fall and sim city.

The thing I'm most excited for is helping kids learn useful things about computers. Not just, "this is a mouse, this is a keyboard" type education.

-C4B7

psiohm
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Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:36 pm

Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:12 pm

Hi, Im Pedro from Portugal, I am personally addicted with homebrew hardware/software and modding. Many years ago I used to work on a set-top-box TV project where I spent lots of time soldering components and repairing electrical faults and software coding.

I consider myself a bit geek since I always keep on changing things from its original state, my latest projects include a Fonera AP software change, Cigar-box electrical guitar, AWS Fiverr website clone, etc...

Actually I am working as a product manager for several IT hardware and software brands, I am also delivering IT services to some clients including a professional school where they have a lot of Arduino projects.

I see the PI as a way to achieve something that could not ever been done with regular components, its also an affordable way to get project done.

PP

IanP
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:49 pm

Hello, I'm Ian, and very much looking forward to using a Raspberry-Pi board, and hopefully adding a little to the community.

I've spent a few years working with various embedded systems, and now spend most of my time teaching.

Am quite excited really

cpslashm
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:28 pm

Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:48 pm

Um, I don't socialise.

I spend too much time on the computer.

About 33 years too much so far.

I started at college on Honeywell Multics. Failed Mech Eng. Bought a BBC Micro (t's still in the loft) with a credit card while on the dole and did a Masters in computing in my spare time. . .

I've done most things from assemblers to C++, PC support to sys admin, micros to mainframes, flat files to sql, MSdos to Unix, X25 to Internet. I'm currently writing end-to-end web-based systems for academic research on my own and desperately need help so I can burn out without guilt and grow coppices and espaliers. Just don't tell my boss.

I don't want to identify myself on the web, but if someone supposedly hadn't been flying his plane when IBM called, my initials would be somewhat cooler.

What would I use a Raspberry Pi for? Probably web browsing without a noisy fan.

What would I use the next dozen for?

You want a list?

ADAMPOKE111
Posts: 62
Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:38 pm

Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:50 pm

...IM A PIE!

count_zero99uk
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Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:41 pm

Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:02 pm

Hey there, im Brian.

Ive been trying to get into computers for a long time so something like this is great and should give me the drive to learn ive been looking for for some time.

Ive been using comuters a long long time copying code from Your Sinclair then being upset when it didnt work.

Im also looking at getting into this for my nephew, hes 10.  If i can get him to show me how it all works then that will be great   Also ive worked out that he asks better questions than me.

Anyway im currently looking through the forums looking for more info but just though id say hello.

andytuk
Posts: 34
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Location: Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, UK
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:30 pm

Evening.

Thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself.

I am a avid 'retro' computer collector, and also a key member of staff at The Centre for Computing History (See http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/) My day to day job is a Windows and Linux systems analyst.

Apart from the Pi, I also have a Beagleboard, mbed and arduino. Im not a programmer - so I better start learning!

I currently have Pi #7 with me which was kindly donated to the museum as an anonymous donation. So far, I have tried the Beta OS which came with it, the Fedora Remix and the Debian distributor. I have uploaded some pics of what I have done so far to my Flickr stream. http://www.flickr.com/photos/a.....550077581/). I will be uploading some more photos shortly, and also some video to Youtube.

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Brod
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:19 am

Hey all, I'm Broderick and I'm an Australian-minor (under-18).

I am really excited about raspberry pi as I never experienced programming on a simple scale that I can understand. I have got my IT teachers to invest in some of these for our school, they are all excited!

I really hope that some helpful & educational programs will come out for Fedora. Thank you all developers and makers of the RPi

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paaland
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Location: Norway
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:40 pm

Hello all!

I'm a software developer from Norway. Can't wait for my Pi to arrive, did order on the first day, but Farnell keeps moving the delivery date Now at end of April.
Dragon 32>BBC Model B>PC>PC>PC>PC>Raspberry PI (circle complete)

mcumbee
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:12 pm

The raspberry reminds me of the TI994a days when I first started playing with computers

and I havent stopped since then...not a pro as I have kept this as a hobby ..my escape from the real world. First thing I started doing was teaching myself to write software...Ive done websites...started building my own...GRADUATED to Linux...BSD....etc...The PI is perfect for another project as I want four of the model B's for XBMC on each TV....Maybe some energy management functions on another...hmmm  wonder how one of my RC cars would take to an on-board Raspberry............my poor wife cant turn around in the house without bumping into another comp....well....I warned her !!

fishmurderer
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:10 pm

Evening all!

I'm Mark, aka fishmurderer on here (and other places, incl. XBOX Live). Rubbish story behind this, so feel free to make something up.

Brought up on the BBC Micro and spent too much time 'persuading' tape-based games to run from floppy discs (often more interesting than playing the games)... Graduated to an A3000 back in 1991, and then to a RiscPC.

Haven't written a program for 20 years, so looking forward to messing around with the 'Pi. (And trying to remember what limited ARM code I knew

johnf
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:39 pm

Karmeck said:


Hi I'm Johan from Sweden.

The pi to me is a emulator, media box and he helping tool. I help a blind man for a living and to get a speech aid working on the pi would not only help my client but many others with the same problem. Most of them are old and dont have much money so the pi is grate there.

hi johan. I am johnf  in UK. I also work with  some blind  and going-blind folk.

I am developing tricks and exercises using #The vOICe# which is PC/Android sound for vision  . Try it, it is free at     seeingwithsound.com    . It is effective and intuitive. It really badly needs to get away from bulky and expensive hardware.  It needs the Pi.  john


vtrandal
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:42 pm

Hello. I'm Vince in Colorado. I've seen a few boards like Raspberry Pi in my time. I decided to order this one because it raises the bar in low cost high performance open source devices. Since it does not come with an enclosure I plan to use Velcro to attach it to the back of my flat panel TV.

stevdyer
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Location: Mississauga ON CANADA

Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:54 pm

Hello

I'm a 60+ retiree from suburban Toronto, Canada.

I started to work with computers in the mid 70's when we used proprietary Eagle computers to control as many as 24 slide projectors in large Multi-media shows.

Then in the early 80's came Clive Sinclair's ZX-81.  Built in Basic, membrane keyboard and 1K of RAM.  Madly typing program listings from magazines and saving the data on audio cassettes.  I added a full size keyboard, a 64K RAM pack and built a modem to connect with Compuserve and some local message boards.  There were a few programs available on audio cassette including a Flight Simulator that ran on 16K of RAM.

Anyone writing code for that genre of machine needed to have their act together because there just wasn't any extra storage.

I still have 3 ZX-81s in the basement which anchor my Famous Dead Computer Collection.  Also an Apple Lisa, IBM Thinkpad with butterfly keyboard, Eagle PC luggable - 2 5 1/4 floppy drives and no hard drive, Comodore 64, Atari XE, Mac Classic, Mac LC, the iMac that looks like a lamp and afew other interesting relics.

I have had a great time with the Oracle Virtual Box and Liam's R-Pi tutorials in fact I am creating this using Raspberry Pi-Iceweasel.

I hope to have my own R-Pi in a few weeks or months but in the mean time I will be lurking and having a great time playing with Linux.

Cheers

JennyD41
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:31 am

Hello.  My name is Jenny Duskey.  My husband and I live in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Last April I retired from my fulltime job as an Assistant MIS Director and began working as an independent IT Consultant, developing Microsoft Access Databases. I went to the Trenton Computer Festival on Saturday, and another attendee showed me a Raspberry Pi.  I found it fascinating, and will probably get one.  For a long time I've wished I could play around with Linux, but I had no machine that I could devote to that.  I need my laptop to do my work, which means I have to have Windows and Microsoft Office.

My intention is to read some of the threads in the forum and learn a little more about the R-Pi before I order one.  Thanks for being here.

Jenny Duskey

http://www.accdevjd.com

dirtybeach
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:30 am

Hello from Sandy Andy aka Dirtybeach.

I am a 31 year old artist in London. I build Sand sculptures and I teach myself coding for fun. I wish to build an online TV channel with the Pi as an interactive interface on the beach.

I'd like my robot interface to be capable of picking up litter when not filming action on the sand stage but its main objective is to transmit HD music and comedy from the sand sofa and provide real time feedback from online viewers over 4G. FB comments, tweets, skype etc.

But baby steps first. I might need to brush up on Python and see where that goes.

http://www.dirtybeach.tv

Alan Thew
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:19 pm

Hi, I'm Alan from Scotland. Good to see I'm not the only one on here who's a techie for fun but from a non-techie background. It can be a bit intimidating to feel you're surrounded only by people with considerable technical knowledge which you don't feel you have yourself. Since I started using Linux a few months back, I've found ninety per cent of people out there are really polite, kind and eager to help -- but, sadly, there are always those (in all communities, not just specialist ones!) whose dismissiveness and general meanness really puts off beginners and gives the whole community a bad name! Shame on them! Hope there are none on here. The Pi is all about education, after all, isn't it?

jonbeckett
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:43 pm

Software and web developer in the UK - patiently waiting for an email from RS at the time of writing. Play with Linux in my spare time, and think the Raspberry Pi project will be great for education. Looking forward to trying the hardware out, and perhaps showing it to the local schools.

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djlins
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:51 pm

Hi All,

Cambridge lad here.

Just under the 40 mark so I come from the Elite fanbase (Gawd I used to love that game).

Now got me very own Software company down Gwydir Street, and have some kool plans for my first Pi. Who knows, maybe at some point I'll port an Elite emulator and stuff it inside a BBC or Electron case heheh.

Loads of things I could say, but I spose I'll just say I luuurve gaming and think I was born at the right time to have so many toys to play with as a fully grown manchild.

I'll speak to a few of you I'm sure, and I'll keep you posted on how my first project goes.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....g-emulator

Cheers,

Lins.
Director of www.thefusionworks.com

lesliew
Posts: 29
Joined: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:14 pm
Location: Melbourne, Florida

Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:34 am

Hi I"m Leslie, originally from Nottingham UK, but now living in sunny Florida.

Wrote my first program on punched cards which were sent to Trent Polytechnic and a week later got our program listings back.  My schools first computers were TRS80"s and a teletypewriter which arrived during my 4th year at secondary school but in time to get me through O level computer Studies.

My First computer was a Dragon 32, progressed to BBC Model B,  Master 128, Spectrum, Archimedes, Risc PC etc along the way.  Been a devoute Mac owner since I brought my first Mac the Mac Plus in 1987.  My home computer claim to fame, while at university I wrote the Acorn ISO pascal graphics toolkit with one of my lecturers (Hi Ian).  I wrote all of the assembler routines that drove the WIMP and OS system calls plus a bunch of demo programs.  Before our toolkit came along Acorns Pascal only supported text output.  Don"t worry I"m not offended that you"ve never heard of it most of the copies we sold went to Higher Ed.

I was also Network Manager at not one but two CTCs in the UK then worked at NCSL before moving to the USA so I do know a bit about the misuse of ICT in the school curriculum and thoroughly applaud the Raspberry Pi team for the direction they are headed in.

Nowadays although it"s more like a hobby I enjoy making equipment perform beyond which the developers intended it to do so I expect to get a lot of use out of my RasPi.

My Pi is headed stateside on the 16th April.

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