Colby R.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:34 am

Hello, I am Colby.

I love to build and tinker with bits and atoms. Whether it is electronics, programming, or designing and building mechanical/physical objects.

I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. I spend my free time with my family, my wife and two kids. My other family are my 3D printers a Makerbot Cupcake CNC, a Mendel, an UP!, a homemade powderbed printer. As you can see I have a slight problem :) I also design and print objects for use in my spare time. I also like programming mainly in C or C++.

I work in a R & D dept. of medical and dental company in Utah, in the USA, as an R & D mechanical engineer. I can't wait for the Raspberry Pi to be released.

Matttt
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:17 pm

Hello I'm Matttt, I'm studing computing at the moment and managed to stumble accross this and am glad I have. I've shown the website to some friends and cannot wait for it to be released.

hroe
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:35 am

Hi, my name is Herman. I think i will get a R-Pi for my daugther when she turns 10 in November.

JoeMomma
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:32 pm

Hi, I am Cort.
I am a graphic designer in the US. I was formerly an architectural engineer and a mechanical engineer. I love the idea of the raspberry. I used to follow the 'One Laptop, One Child' project, but I don't think that turned out as well as we all hoped it would. Cheap computers for kids, education and emerging markets is a powerful idea. I would like to help if I can by donating design time online.
Good Luck and Best Wishes everybody!

Ben_P
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:07 pm

Hi I'm Ben
I am a graduate engineer working in the South of England.

In my current Job I work mainly with data analysis but my degree was a split between Electronic Engineer and Computer Science.

I really like the idea of the R-Pi and cant wait to play with one

scologic
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:46 am

Hi,
I'm Mark.. Computing has been a prison sentance since the C64 and Vic 20 was first launched and any program you wanted to play/use took 2 weeks to type in from the 4 initial programming books...since then I've been 'PEEK' ing and POKE 'ing my way around silicon.
I was probably one of the first 100 email internet users in the UK way back when the internet replaced the old BBS services and i hate to admit it but I vividly remember my first coffee at cyberia and the blank feeling visiting by first ever web page..(please share if you had the same experiance)
Since then Sco Logic was born in 98, the company started web hosting in 99 and specialised in Retail technology in 2002 and still turns over a living with our 2.5 staff.
I revisited electronic engineering and got muddy with solder again in 2008 and i've moved on to more circuit board and modular stuff and also plastics prototyping etc since 2010.
Most recent success, yet recessionary victim has been the development of an industrial grade LiFePO4 solution for the logistics and healthcare market.(boy does it suck when the customer wants it but has no cash to invest).
On the outside there's the wife, 3 stress testers, a second business that sell and makes candles and all in the fabulous setting of the Scottish Borders. So when i'm drowning in barcodes and javascript the place still smells nice.
Raspberry pi looks to give Sco Logic the low cost platform to be able to push out our small bespoke solutions to industry, and also as a company we're committed to using UK and local based businesses.

Mark.

Jason
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:09 pm

Hi!
I'm Jason, based in the UK (Hertfordshire/North London).
By day, I'm a product developer using embedded/realtime, with some hardware involvement.
Prior roles have been in Motion Control (robotics etc), and Tech Support.

My first computer was a Sinclair Spectrum, and soon learnt Z80, then 68K and then x86 assembler. Not much call for those skills now! lol

However, I do have a varied technical background, so hope to be of help, but also learn here.

In my own time, I'm mainly a Linux user (Ubunutu- but not a guru by any means!). Not much time for personal projects, but still take on Web development.
My other pastime is that I'm a Wedding DJ - http://www.dancesoundsdisco.co.uk
This is mainly Weekends, but obviously requires lots of planning and management to provide a good service for my clients.

I'm looking forward to getting my own 'pi asap. Lots of little projects I could use it for - and the price point is very good for developments- possibly making use of it for my DJing.

Jason

Josh
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:20 pm

Hey, I'm Josh. I am at the mere age of 15 and found the R-PI through another blog.
Gotta say, it's a great device. But, I suppose you already know about that... what about me?
Well, as I said, I'm Josh - Josh Lee Robertson. I'm 15 y/o and live in the humble place of York, UK. Most of my days are wasted on my laptop - a Uniwill L51II3 and my desktop computer - an old HP Pavillion. Hopefully, that'll be shared with this ickle PC!
I've got a blog and I'd love it if you took a look (I'll be posting lots on the R-PI - I get hooked on things easily, I really have no idea how I'm going to get rid of my first car!), you'll find it here: http://www.joshrobertson.net.
And, uhhhh... that's it!

botdream
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:51 pm

Hello World to all Raspi users/fans,
My name is Nelson Neves, I'm 34 and from Portugal, been following this wonderful project since the first announcements, and keeping up with all the twitter news, but just registered now (shame on me).

I'm a C++ software developer for windows platform, but long time Linux lover! I'm also an Electronic Engineer and have a been studying micro-controllers for some time now (been using Microchip PICs, also using MBed for some prototyping and keeping Arduino under my eye).

Also am a Linux Embedded Hobbyist, started to hack my SLUG a few years ago with Linux Debian and then my life changed (for good - I can say now that I am a better software developer thanks to the experience learned from the Linux Embedded systems). Since then I've been testing some alternative Linux Embedded hardware platforms (NSLU2-Debian, Bifferboard-OpenWrt, GruruPlug-Debian), but something was missing ... I found the missing piece once I saw the Raspberry PI project! Cheap/affordable Linux Embedded device, ARM CPU based, Energy efficient, Video Output, GPIO pins, Ethernet, with support for a standard Linux Distro such as Debian (or similar) .... WOW! I couldn't believe this!!!

For years I've been challenging my friends for a Linux Embedded training session, but the stuff that I've used was to much painful for a non-developer to take and learn (even for me it was a challenge). I can say now (and I'm pretty confidant) that with Raspberry PI I can finally teach my friends some nice thinks that one can make with Linux Embedded hardware.

I'm also an ex-webdeveloper, and love all this new hi-tech core languages such as RubyOnRails, Node.js, PHP, etc, and I think that Raspberry Pi will also be a nice platform to test such technology (at least for hobby/learning projects). I like to use micro-controllers for the low electronics interface, but love the power of the web-tech languages for the high level development, mixing this two worlds together is something trivial to me, with Raspi I finally have a way of showing this to the everyone and know that people will actually get there!

You guys are on the right track! I imagine that this will be a major 'boom' for the Linux Embedded scene! The only time that I was so anxious/excited was when SheevaPlug came out to the market (right after the NSLU2 -SLUG- got pulled out). Demand is going to be high, so keep an eye on how you handle this (please don't go the way SheevaPlug did) - just my 2 cents!

Almost forgot, I have a 6 year old boy and already told him that he is going to have a nice Linux PC this Xmas (This is a promise that I made when he was born, "Son, your first computer will have Linux inside!").

Some more stuff about me: http://codebits.eu/botdream

Kind regards,
Nelson Neves.

fmohammed
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:17 pm

Hi,

I am Faisal, a techie working in the access control and video industry. I am very interested in the camera solution. I like the project, the potential, personally and professionally.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"There's only one man who would dare give me the raspberry:"

eskel
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Hello!

My name is Piotr Wo?nica (in English that would be Peter Coachman, or something like that). I am from Poland and I currently live in Pozna? (midway between Berlin and Warsaw).

I am a linguist (I speciallize in acoustic phonetics) and Khmer language speaker by education, a die-hard c/c++ and Archlinux fan in my free time, and a web developer and designer when I need some cash. In my short professional career I worked as a web developer, graphics designer and Khmer language teacher, but I had the best time of my life as a volunteer IT teacher in Cambodia.

Apart from the nerdy stuff, I also love cooking (Cambodian cuisine rocks!), yachting and playing the guitar or mandolin.

As for The Raspi project, I wish I were Goro, so I could give you more thumbs up! I think that a lot of people are waiting for an initiative like this and you might be bringing us a small revolution. My current laptop draws about 15-20 W under average load and, looking at the specs of Raspi, I could use it for 90% of my computer activities.

See you around!

starhawk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:22 am

Greetings! My real name is Christopher... not giving ya the last half just yet, sorry ;)

I live in a town that virtually nobody has ever heard of, namely Siler City, North Carolina. Life is fairly boring outside of my house, but my life tends to be a bit of a sitcom inside its walls. I have some obnoxious number of computers (at least eight), one of which is a Tandy TRS-80 coco that still works! Fortunately, most of my systems are a bit newer...

I am very interested in Raspberry Pi. My primary motivation for signing up for this forum is that I sent ya'll (as we say here in the Southeast of the US) an email that was either ignored or not replied to -- I want to know what the absolute soonest is that I can get a model. I don't care whether it's a proto or not ("B" model would be a nice bonus, but I'm not going to be picky) I just want one! (Yes, I read the FAQ. I still want one :P)

Right now, my primary system (on which I'm typing this) is an ASUS 1000HEB. It pulls 40W. If I can get something that does the same on 1/40 the power... I'll buy it, whether or not I have to save money to do so.

BTW, before my mother went and got a case of medical malpractice (don't ask, I'm not allowed to say more) we had a lot of money (well, relatively speaking) and so I can honestly say that my favorite city in the world is... London :D It's the only city I've ever been in with a good, solid public transit system, the food is fantastic, and (most of) the people are polite to a fault... at least, that's my perspective. I don't understand your politics, and I wish it was less expensive to live there, but that's just me being me ;) no worries.

Ya'll rock. Now send me that board :P

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:33 am

Hi Starhawk - apologies for not replying to your mail. We've a backlog of several thousand we're busily working through (some of which are LENGTHY), and we don't want to send everyone an automated response.

You're still going to have to wait until November, though!
Director of Communications, Raspberry Pi

starhawk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:27 pm

No worries. If I have to wait, I'll wait, but I do have that faint hope still that I can get my muddy paws on it beforehand ;)

beatyrm
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Greetings,

My name is Rob and I live in the US. I've been a UNIX/Linux sysadmin for about 8 years now (degree is in electrical engineering but don't really use it on the job). I've always liked to tinker with my electronics and have been putting slower/old systems to use as a variety of servers, embedded systems etc. The raspi is going to be a wonderful replacement for all of them. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a 3D printer soon and a handful of the raspi's. Should be a fun holiday season!

samcrawford
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:36 am

Hello,

I'm Sam and I run a small UK-based company called SamKnows. We provide broadband performance benchmarking services to telecoms regulators (Ofcom, FCC, etc) and ISPs worldwide. We differentiate ourselves from others by doing it in hardware devices that we send to volunteers (I won't go into why this approach is much better for research studies, it's all covered elsewhere).

We're active and strong supporters of the OpenWRT community, and have distributed tens of thousands of our devices worldwide. We use a range of embedded platforms at present, and we're always exploring new ones. We'd certainly like to see OpenWRT functioning on these devices, even if we can't necessarily use it ourselves (e.g. due to a single Ethernet port).

Thanks,

Sam

robhague
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:45 pm

Hi - I've been lurking for a while, but I guess I'd better introduce myself. My name's Rob Hague. I got an Acorn Electron for Christmas when I was 6 (in 1984), and have been messing around with computers ever since. I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (which is how I met Eben). Since completing that, I've worked for Azuro, a Cambridge EDA (Electronics Design Automation) startup that was recently acquired by Cadence Design Systems.

I'm interested in Raspberry Pi because it seems a brilliantly simple, practical way to give kids of toady the same opportunity for discovering computers that we had in the eighties. I've written a blog post with some early thoughts (http://rob.rho.org.uk/2011/09/.....m_pie.html), and plan to be putting up more at some point soon.

jean_bruder
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:05 am

I live in a really nice town named Sélestat in France.
I am IT Engineer, specialized in operational maintenance of IT systems.
I am a Linux user since long time now. I enjoy to be looking for small devices that support to run Linux.
The Raspberry PI project seems really interesting project as this is what I am looking for since long time : a little low powered Linux device with both Ethernet and WIFI connectors. I would like to use the Rasperry PI device under the ARM Ubuntu Linux distro if possible, to be sure to have many up-to-date packages available, especially the USBIP package which would allow me to create many USB shared nodes in my home network. This would help me to share, in each room of my house, an USB web-cam (for motion detection purpose and person detection) and an USB audio device (for music streaming according to the person detected by the webcam ...).
I will add in the "Rasperry PI" request section of this forum some ideas I have. As an example, PoE would be a really nice idea, but an integrated WIFI card would be a more suitable solution for mobile use of the Rasperry PI. As this device would not be used connected to a screen, but only accessed remotely in my case (using SSH), I think that the the video outputs could be an "option" only on the board. Having only USB ports available would be enough for me :-) More comments in the request section ;-)

In advance, many thanks for You work on this project !
Jean

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:15 am

Hi again Jean! Glad the re-logging-in worked for you. Welcome on board!
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:27 am

Quote from liz on September 16, 2011, 10:15
Hi again Jean! Glad the re-logging-in worked for you. Welcome on board!
Hi Liz !
Many thanks to have suppressed my badly created account :D I am now waiting for more good news from the Raspberry PI project in the few next days, especially an selling date : we are many here really interested in buying 10 or more devices for testing purpose !

tufty
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:01 am

Hi.

I'm Simon, Englishman living in France. Been into computers since way before the original Beeb (my first machine was a Microtan65, if anyone remembers them, that I was given in assembled but not working state). Currently doing lots of low level stuff on ARM and other microcontrollers, along with some Ruby. Main project at the moment is this (old post to lambda-the-ultimate):

It's based on the idea that most people are carrying around more computing power than appeared in an early 90s developer workstation, but at best it's being used for playing Angry Birds or emulating flatulence at the push of a button. I figured it might be nice to use that processing power for something else. A loosely coupled, heterogenous computing platform able to pick up and throw away nodes as and when they "appear". It's actually a dream I've had for some time, but the ubiquity of smartphones, PDAs and other mobile computing platforms, coupled with the ease of proximity networking using bluetooth and other wireless tech means that it's more or less in reach. Modulo the need to change everyone's operating system and allow anyone to run untrusted code on your device, of course.

The concept is based around the idea of farming out bits of a given computing process as continuations, and then harvesting the results. The continuations themselves might migrate from node to node as required to get hold of resources, but the results should end up back with the user.

Continuations screamed Lisp (or something lispish) to me, and I have a protolanguage running over CCL that passes continuations from one instance to another and back fairly happily.

Platform wise, I decided to go with ARM, if only because I have this funky little ARM-based tablet that's not doing much, and a bunch of little ARM-based µC boards, also not doing much. If I decide to really hurt myself, I've got a few 8-bit µCs as well :). So what I needed was something that could act as a Lispish runtime on something as stripped down as an STM32F100 (the aforementioned 128K/8K platform, well under a dollar a piece in quantity); this is, in itself, an "interesting" exercise.

Where I'm at with the µC side of things is that I have an almost-lisp in under 1K (cons, car, cdr, cond, lambda, lookup, various predicates, all written as tightly as I can in assembler, although I'm certain there's a good few bytes to shave off here and there as I'm a relative beginner with ARM and Thumb2 in particular), a very memory-miserly type system, and a bunch of support code. It's almost at the stage where the runtime can bootstrap itself (and eat all available RAM, as it's without GC at the moment).
Things have moved on from there, I have a system up and running on STM32 (although the compiler is still hosted on a "big box") that has a REPL and will accept and perform compiled code passed in from elsewhere.

RasPi interests me as a low-cost, low-power "developer box". I've always favoured functional languages over imperative as a teaching tool, an "on the metal" OS that's programmed from the ground up using FP might be of interest to the educational community too.

So, that's me.

simon

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:45 pm

Hi - I'm Justin and have also been lurking for quite a while around the forum. I live in not so sunny Great Yarmouth UK. The Raspberry Pi will be the 10th micro I will have owned since I was first given a ZX80 at the age of 10. I spent most of my childhood and teen years growing up in Cambridge UK - a reason I have become attracted to this project and its connections. The only Sinclair computer I haven't owned is a QL and Sir Clive used to visit me often at the cycle store I worked for when designing his dreadful 'Zike'. I have a love for retro hardware rather than software - a love my wife doesn't share very often lol. I will be using my Pi's in various retro emulation projects as I'm no coder but really enjoy build projects. Away from my work on the railways of Eastern England I use any spare time I get to record as the lead vocalist for the Internet Music Collaboration 'Pink Lemon Music'.

Looking forward to two days in the coming calender months....

Xmas Day & Pi Day!!! :)

Sabrina
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:34 pm

I'm Sabrina, I live in France.
Main attractions, the music, movie and sport.

Why Pi?

For its small size and power.
I wish I had the smallest Media Center to install XBMC Live USB persistent to play my videos and my music to 1080p FLAC, MP3, Apple.
All with a remote control.

Thanks

botdream
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:43 pm

Hi Sabrina,

I already introduced myself, but would also live to express myself about your wish, I also been crossing my fingers for the XBMC lovely Media Center, been running this on my old hacked XBOX (1st version) - now almost retired, it's now in my kid bedroom! I would love to have a R-PI in every section off my house, Media Center would be my perfect excuse :P, but I would love that my 6 year old kid could have an Embedded System that would play as a computer, as a Media Center and as a Learning tool!

Regards,
Nelson.

pleione
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:51 am

My real name is Nigel, I've been lurking like a few others for quite some time, I thought I'd best introduce myself properly.

I have always had in interest in hardware and robotics, so much so that I have a degree in Cybernetics, I have always specialised in achieving what most people deem impossible, telling me it can't be done only encourages me to continue to make things work.

I'm definitely a hardware kind of guy, my programming skills are only ever used to make the hardware work.

I'm currently Treasurer for Bradford GNU Linux Users Group (BradLUG) a self help group of like minded individuals predominantly focusing on Linux, but often drifting onto anything even remotely techie.

I'm a musician, have been a Guitarist for almost 20 years and play with a rock/pop covers band at local pubs/clubs, private parties, and weddings.

I run my own company that isn't even remotely connected to IT.

And that's me!

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