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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:50 pm

I'm an artist/digital media specialist based in Devon, mostly using Mac's but have dabbled with Linux (Xubuntu) a few times. I work with community groups and people excluded from society because of disability/behaviour etc...

I teach people how to make films/websites/radio/podcasts/digital art.

I have owned a RPi for a few months now and have thought of many ways to incorporate it into my life/work, and sharing this knowledge with others...

Thanks for reading.
"Remember, thifty thinkers are always underbudget." - THX 1138

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:36 pm

Lacay has just ordered 2 Pi.
Don't give headache Pi1 and Pi2; I will talk to you in different languages both of you will understand.
See you soon Pi1 and Pi2 in 3 weeks time!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:10 am

Saying Hi to everyone. I just purchased my first Raspberry Pi. I received all the accessories, and my Model B board should ship on Friday. I'm using the first one as an XMBC (not sure which distribution) HTPC. I'm excited to work with it, and figure it all out.

Hope to post a bit on the forums.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:00 pm

Found raspberry while researching cheap ARM boards. I have 10+ years in software engineering on Windows, Linux, OS/X, and Android, as well as large amounts of system administration experience in Windows and Linux. I code in many languages, love network based solutions, and pride myself in being platform/language neutral. In fact, I love solving problems created by platform differences and leveraging systems in new ways. Looking for a new system to get lost in and the raspberry might just be it.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:08 pm

Hi all,

I'm Michael, now studying my master in UMich. Just started playing Pi for a while and wonder what this small little piece if capable of. Peace!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:24 am

Hi there!

My name is Matthew and I live in Sydney, Australia. I am 11 years old and haven't been lucky enough to get my pi as of yet but I am getting one for my 12th birthday (January). I am really looking forward to getting my pi and messing around with the gpio and making text adventures that can be controlled with buttons! I also am excited to mess around with the Minecraft api for python and making some nice programs.

Thank you for reading


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:02 am

Hi all,
Just ordered a Pi for experimenting on. Probably going to start off making it into my home server but I'm also looking at the weather station projects.

I'm based in Hampshire and work in the broadband arena as a BA but I've come from a technology background.

Looking forward to learning lots along the way, probably more through quiet review and experimentation followed by strange questions.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:19 pm

Hi I'm Greg
I bought two Pi's to use as a media solution...I have booted it into Openelec, but not used it. Now find myself fully engaged playing with a little Python and making the GPIO's work without magic smoke. Also its power as a teaching platform it's amazing how a bit or two of wire a soldering iron and a Pi will light up my 9yr old daughters face! :D

I ate all the Pi
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:47 pm

Hello World; (Sorry I couldn't resist)

I'm Geoff Waldron, got my first PI back in September when my son (14) came home from school saying he need to write a web page, so I fired up Dreamweaver - he said 'No you do it in Microsoft Word'. This was the prod I needed to order a PI! So I am actually using it as intended - teaching him to program.

He's in his room now writing some Python, rather than playing on his Xbox!

I had forgotten how much fun coding was (I started with a ZX81, ZX Spectrum 48K, QL, Amiga 500) so I have just ordered my second PI as I now don't get to use our original PI.

Other than Raspberry, Curry Pie is my favourite!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:58 pm

I'm Gregor.

Been writing code since the days of a teletype terminal with paper tape.

Saw the Pi on a webpage and immediately had to have one.

Very interested in streaming video from mobile platforms.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:58 pm

Hi, Pi arrived today, got an 8Gb SDHC (Transcend C10) [managed to write "wheezy" to it already], Edimax wifi, Apple Ipad 2A psu, HDMI into 32" tv, and wired network all ready to go - just need keyboard & mouse (Reserved for collection tomorrow).
Can't wait!
Not a clue what I'm going to use it for yet though...!

RasBMC looks interesting - will get another SDHC card - but what size to get??? - any tips? :?:

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:12 pm

Hello, my name is JP and I am a Raspberry Pi addict ;)

To put it short...

I am a 40-something software professional with over 30 years experience in tinkering with computers (started with Apple II and C64) - next year 20th anniversary professionally :shock: Originally from Finland (the 'home of Linux' ;) ), now been living in Ireland for 5+ years. I am married, with 4 kids between 17 and 7, so my own hobby-time is a bit on the short supply at times.

Longer version...

I started with a Sharp 'pocket computer'/'programmable calculator' PC-1500 in 1982 from my father's work and a Siemens(?) mainframe (with a teletype terminal and paper/punched tape storage) for the county council traffic light control (somewhat surprised that my father let us kids touch the thing and that we did not manage to break anything), moving on to Apple II+ at the junior secondary school computer club (both programming and playing some simple games), got my very first 'own' (shared with siblings and father) computer Commodore VIC-20 for Christmas 1983 (in stead of constantly playing the included Space Invaders game, I actually programmed it too from the day one) and a Commodore 64 (C64) some months later (when the import stock got replenished having sold out before Christmas, the reason for getting the VIC in the first place). On the C64 me and my brother typed in hundreds if not thousands of lines of code from computer/programming magazines - we also invented our own programs; I remember creating a simple joystick controlled drawing program, tinkering with sprite animation and attempting even some 3D graphics. Later on I coded a sports time-recording and results system with my father for a HP mini (borrowed from the county council computing centre) and then ported the program onto the C64. All of these were mainly programmed using the BASIC language (or it's variants) - I did dabble at some assembly too on the C64.

In the senior secondary school we had the occasional chance to visit the computer laboratory, kitted out with early PCs and FORTRAN compilers - took part in a programming competition teamed up with another geeky classmate. The curriculum also included some 'automatic data processing studies' - namely visiting the neighboring university computer class kitted out with C64s and out-doing our teacher in BASIC coding (she did put in a good effort though, have to admit). Somewhere during those three years my parents bought their first PC - my mother (a teacher) used it for word-processing, engineer father did some spreadsheets and taught himself Pascal as a hobby. I was allowed to play with the PC using the Borland Turbo Pascal 5.0 compiler. My more mathematically inclined younger brother came across fractals and got the sneaky idea to go to the local university library for books - we ended up porting some Mandelbrot and Julia code to Pascal and the 16-shade EGA graphics on an amber monitor.

After finishing the senior secondary and doing my military service, I went to study at the 'public administration sciences' faculty in a university and got married with my 'high-school honey' girlfriend, who was studying in the same university. The mother-in-law bought us aspiring students a PC for word-processing - a 386SX PC with a 'full' 1MB RAM, VGA 256kB graphics and the still very new Windows 3.1. For some reason I did not get into programming during the first year - except a dash at re-creating a character mode graphics 'bomber' game in GW-BASIC on mother-in-law's old PC during a somewhat 'slow' Christmas break.

The following summer of 1992 the country was in a recession and any hopes for a summer job dried up, so I ended up doing 'the basic studies in computer science' in the university 'summer school' and got back into programming. The 'Principles of Programming' was taught using Modula-2, a Pascal descendant and after getting fed up sweating in the tightly packed university PC class, I found a free version to install on my home-PC. During the following academic year I geared more and more towards the Computer Science - luckily the subject was within the same faculty and I was allowed to attend courses at will. The university computer centre offered a software license program for students - I was able to acquire Borland C/C++ 3.0 (for DOS and Windows) for the price of the diskettes (the price of 13 or so 3½ inch floppies back then was still considerable for a student). The Borland C/C++ offered the possibility for inline assembly and the VGA graphics card Mode X provided an extremely interesting playground - producing some very nice 256-color custom palette fractal images.

Getting introduced (by a fellow student) to some up and coming PC games like Commander Keen and Hocus Pocus, got me also back into electronics... Before computers in the early eighties I had been tinkering with the 'hobby electronics' kits like Phillips EE 2000 series and was pretty much confident with a soldering iron. As a student I could not afford buying a Sound Blaster card for my PC (oh, how I missed the C64 sounds and was constantly reminded of the superiority of the Amiga over the PC by another fellow student), so I ended up soldering together a Disney Sound Source / Covox Speech Thing clone. This in turn got me re-introduced to computer music (which I had dabbled at with C64) using PC software like Scream Tracker.

The following year I found a 'student internship on hourly basis when required' job in a small software company - my first task was to debug a bus scheduling software written in Prolog on DOS. Having never seen a line of Prolog and scared with the bare thought of deciphering some Artificial Intelligence code, I was a bit weary to begin with, but reading through the programming manual for the compiler, I was able to track down the bug and fix it. Wouldn't call myself proficient in Prolog though - I actually dropped the course 'AI programming' the next year. Because I had just completed a course 'Graphical User Interface programming' and was able to pull together a Windows program, I soon found myself working full-time with only somewhere around one third of a Batchelor's degree done. In addition to C/C++ for DOS and Windows utilising a dBase database (and the aforementioned Prolog) I ended up programming in ObjectPAL - the integrated language in the Borland Paradox for Windows database product.

Through a joint project with a bigger software company I managed to get a new job just in time before the small company (due to the civil engineering 'mother company' going down) turned belly-up in 1995. In the new job I found myself dealing with various UNIX variants: SCO UNIX, HP-UX and Linux. Transition from the PC world back then (i.e. the DOS command prompt) to UNIX was maybe not as big leap as moving today from Windows to *NIX would be - and of course I had done quite a bit of the labs on UNIX systems (SunOS and Solaris) in the university.

After that short stint I spent five years in another company programming on Windows platform (from 16-bit Win 3.1x to 32-bit Windows 95 and NT). Mostly we used Visual C/C++ especially for the in-house programming libraries, but after the introduction of ActiveX, the libraries were turned into components and user interfaces implemented in Visual Basic. In addition I created the possibly first in the world mobile map application for the very first Nokia Communicator 9000 using C code for CGI components on Microsoft IIS and MapBasic for the map server. We also experimented on C code on Linux web-servers and WAP clients on mobile phones.

The next paradigm shift came in 2000 when I joined some of my colleagues starting a spin-off company and we decided to go for Java. We were a bit late for the bubble it self, but the mobile Java (Personal Java/J2ME) was still one of the biggest buzzwords during the dot-com bubble and we produced some advanced mobile GIS/LBS applications running on PDAs and rugged PCs. Luckily we did not get consumed by the bursting of the bubble and continued on (the company is still alive and kicking). Those years introduced me to client-server and web-protocol programming - mobile clients connecting to servers for data or off-loading heavier processing tasks.

In 2007 a move to another country and another company introduced me to web-browser programming - JSP, JavaScript, DHTML and JSON became part of my toolbox. I got re-introduced to Solaris (servers) and got some more in-depth experience on working with Linux - still most of the work being done on Windows workstations and applications/systems deployed to Windows servers. For the last year or so I have been teaching myself Windows Phone programming in C#, re-visited old demoscene tricks in Java...

I have had my RPi for a bit over month now and have started learning programming in C and Python on it - and getting more 'intimately' familiar with Linux. I hope to learn to use the EGL, OpenGL ES and OpenVG interfaces/libraries, and to do some electronics hacking also (I have kept up my soldering skills by replacing broken earphone cables (kids!) etc.).

Many happy returns :D

JP - Low-level graphics and 'Coding Gold Dust'

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:50 pm

Hi my name is QianBin. I am a student in soongsil university in South Korea. I am a pragmatic man. I want to make auto in real life. So I want to study more in hardware and software to make the life automation. I have a lot of idea but I am too lack of knowledge to implement it.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:52 pm

Hello Pi people
My name is Rick Brockman
Isn't this an interesting set of circumstances? I mean that technology can be fun!
I can bore people half to death with my computer stories so watch out ;)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:48 pm

Hello everyone
My name is Alessandro, I'm 20 and I live in Milan,Italy.

I'm currently studying computer science at Università Degli Studi di Milano and I bought this great little device to learn something more about electronics and to do some arm and os development.
I received my pi from farnell just a week ago but I'm already having a lot of fun with the gpio and I'd like to thank the guys at magPi for their really helpful tutorials!!!

I hope I'm going to be useful to this community and to learn a lot too.
And please excuse my terrible English :).

My code repository :

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:15 am

Hi, I am John Horton. I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Have been following this Raspberry Pi for a couple of years and have been amazed at the response to the PI. Can't believe the growth.

I am interested in Learning Programming and doing things electronic and have be in electronics since 1968. What an amazing field. What changes over the course of 50 years.

Also an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Also I am a HAM (Amateur Radio Operator). Not active at the moment. KE7CW

My first computer was a Timex- 1000. Then a VIC 20, Commadore 64, now up to putting together my own PC's. I am Basically becoming an appliance operator.

I am very aware of Education and enjoy, and

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:52 pm

Hi All
I am Andrew from northallerton in the UK. Done lot's factory work in the food industry. Now i am a cleaner for my local leisure center i fancied a change. My first computer was a amstrad cpc464 then plenty more after it !! :) to many to list. Any way found the raspberry pi by accident all ways is !
I am not a total noobie girlfriend calls me a geek though ;)
Many Thanks

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:08 am

Jose here from chicago,
ive been researching the Pi for a couple of weeks and finally decided to order. A bit about me. I have been messing with computers and what not for a couple of years but still dont know much. i do the basic virus cleaning and some hardware repair here and there but thats about it. i would like to get into android developing but still need some more computer knowledge before i tackle that. well the main reason why i ordered the pi is just to use it as a media center for all my movies i have in my HDDs. im sure i will keep learning about the device and experiment here and there but until then, its just the basics for me

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:58 pm

My name is Bo and I started programming in 1980 at the age of 11 using BASIC on an Apple II.

I've worked with numerous platforms, and I love efficiency. Some of my favorite things have been Commodore 64, Amiga, Rebol, FreeBSD and Raspberry Pi. Incidentally, if you haven't heard, Rebol3 (R3) is now open-sourced and running on Raspberry Pi.

I plan to use the Raspberry Pi to replace a lot of other embedded technology that does the job poorly, like most current IP cameras. Also, to create some new technology that would benefit from being powered by an embedded computer running a real OS...and maybe to use as an in-car computer...and a PBX system.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:51 pm

It is small
It is cheap and cute.
Yep that is the reason that I bought my Pi.

I really don't know what I am going to do with it. I was hoping to use it for a general purpose computer at my cabin. Also thinking of using it for some type of security system. May use it for playing videos captured. May be I will work on teaching myself some programming. I last had a programming class (fortran and basic) in 1974.

I got mine from Allied after over two months on order. I tried booting it last night but couldn't get anything. I finally found out how to make an image on the SD card. I am hoping that was my problem. I ended up using RoadKil disk image after I couldn't get some of the other recommended programs to work. I loaded it with the Raspberian. Last night only the red light came on and had no screen image. Now I have the red light and a blinking green light so that has to be good. Can't run it on any screen here in my office.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:48 pm

Hi All,

Yet another Pi-noob getting involved with some Pi projects of sorts as i learn more about them. ;-)
I'm into hardware, embedded (from a pic/picaxe background) and also retro designs in hardware or software.

Getting my old DOS BBS running on a pi has been my recent project/hobby/timewaster of late ;-)


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:19 pm

I live in Seattle and work in software programming and IT.

Received my Pi about a week ago and am working on building a media center with qt5 for the gui. Experienced in C but have spent limited time in Python, so I thought this would be a fun learning experience.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:58 pm

Tommy here, I've just bought my 1st Pi and at my age it's just like going back to my youth progging a spectrum (ah memories) I've more that 16 Kbs now and a real processor, so the sky's the limit as soon as I've read quite a bit on it.
I'm really interested in streaming video as I feel that if I'm in at the start, I'll be able to beat all the 'wagon jumpers' who bring all sorts of pricey ploaces to view on the 'net. Being a compulsive tinkerer, it's perfect for me. I did a bit of a search prior to buying the Pi and there's a fair plethora of projects that I could get started on. So here's hoping

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:57 am

Hi, i'm Sam.

I'm an electronics eng by trade, and learnt progamming at Uni, many moons ago. However, since then i've only dabbled in programming.

I've been wanting to build a media centre for a long time, but all the solutions i found were either too big, noisy, power hungry, or had limited format support.

The Pi seems to fill this gap. I can improve my programming skills again, easily modify the thing in the lab here, and finally have a worthy media centre in the living room that the Mrs can't object to :)

I'm sure i'm going to ask a whole load of dumb newbie questions, so please be gentle with me... :)

My ideal setup for the media centre is XBMC on the Pi, controlled through CEC on the Samsung TV, usign a Harmony One remote. The Pi will be connected to the home ethernet. If anyone has a similar setup i'd be interested in hearing from you, especially to hear which version of OS you're using with XBMC.



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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:31 pm

Hello, I am Art from Ireland. Been on the net since 1988 and on computers 10 years before. My first 'real' computer was a 'comodore 16' - think it is still under the stairs. Work, management consultant retired health reasons. First IT project was a stock control programme written in basic on that comodore, it survived a few years until IBM introduced the PC. Enjoy hobby-ing ever since. Have at least 30 rack servers in the garage with the intention of doing what? with them. Love and Hate them. But it is all great fun - keep at it but don't let it get too serious or the fun is gone. :mrgreen:

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