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Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:20 pm
by dong
Hi

I'm Don and I work as an IT Technician for a corporate bank. I have always wanted to learn a programming language, got my Raspberry Pi for Christmas and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. After looking through our developers packaged applications at work, I have found out that we use Python in our company. Have already rebuilt a test machine and installed python, now I can learn the language at work as well as at home.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:55 am
by rebb
Hello people!

I am 35 years old hobby programmer from Finland. I love graphics coding and bought Raspberry to develop some great shaders on it. I am also demoscene musician since many years.

You can find my musics from http://soundcloud.com/rebb , and my coding blog (Finnish)
from http://rakennuspalikat.blogspot.fi/

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:39 pm
by klemenl
Hello!
My name is Klemen and I come from Slovenia, a beautiful green and clean European country. I am a father to a great 10 years daughter, who simply loves maths and this is why I'm here. I lost my job as a system administrator mainly UNIX systems 3 years ago and trying to survive myself and my daughter. Recently I got an idea which led to another and here is my thinking: I thinking to start a computer science lessons at primary schools for children (in their free time after school). And I teach them about computers from scratch. I know they know how to use computers, tablets, smart phones etc. better then me, but they might not know, what a computer is and what programming is. So please welcome to answer my questions on other topics :) Thank you!

Klemen

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:32 pm
by Devon Mafia
Hi there people :)
I got my PI up and running and am trying to work out what to do with it now, i have been learning c++ i might use the PI to learn Python but i dont want to learn too much at once.

I like the Idea of using assembly language to make a OS :D

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:49 pm
by WayneBorean
Hi, I'm Wayne. My first computer was a Timex Sinclair with 2k of ram, which I got after learning how to program in Fortran and Basic on a mainframe in High School.

I write, and I like toys :)

Wayne

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:03 am
by inm
Hey guys,
My name is Michael. I live in Richmond, VA. I work 40+ hours a week building PCs, awwww yis.

Anyway, I've been configuring numerous "lower" end media center PCs, but never got something I liked. I have known about the RPi for a long time, but never thought about using one for this purpose. I read that quite a few people use them for this, so I thought I would join and see what all it has to offer.

It's nice to be part of another forum, and look forward to to being an active part of the community.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:50 pm
by Psychaotix
Hi everyone.

I'm Gary, AKA Psychaotix, a 25 year old lad who lives in the wonderful Barossa Valley, South Australia. So far, I've been just playing with the Pi to see how it goes (Not to mention demo-ing it to my workmates who are decidedly impressed that a full computer can be crammed into something so tiny) and generally working out what to do with it.

Right now, it's seeing duty as a fileserver, so I've got a place to cram all my files when I'm bored! Next up is a wipe and a reinstall, this time to turn it into a temperature sensing beast, complete with long wire food grade sensor. As it's likely to be mounted away from power for a while, I'm also working on a custom power supply, with a 12v AGM battery as the heart. From there, it'll break down into both regulated 12v for any accessories and regulated 5v for the Pi. Combining that with one of the Pi-point type builds, linked to a 3G dongle, and I should have quite a nice remote temperature sensor to use.

Another thing I like about the Pi is that it's designed for experimenters, right from school age up. Makes it fun to have something that you can't destroy in the normal course of duty, well, nothing that a re-flashed SD card won't fix...

It's worth noting that I have next to no skills in Linux, or any of the coding languages, but hey, what better time to learn? You might see me on the forums here and there, but I'm more the person to read, learn and then implement what I see.

Regards
Psychaotix

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:27 pm
by SuffolkSilver
I am an 81 year old net head who recently managed to get the AgeUK title of Internet Champion. Amazingly I was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet Sam Cam in January. I have been working with PCs since they only had 5.5" floppy disks and a tape recorder. I worked in the Careers Service in Cambridge and eventually introduced PCs to all their offices in Cambridgeshire. I currently run a website to help older people get on line at www.silverhairs.co.uk. So far I do not have a Pi but am interested in the concept, having started programming with a ZX 81. My first pay-day came from a magazine which published my 1K game ! Those were the days.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:41 pm
by rlindley
Hello World !

I'm Roger. I'm 67 and was first acquainted with computers in the 1960s when they filled a large room. I was a FORTRAN programmer for several years and I still use FORTRAN some. I'm retired now with plenty of time to play. I have a police scanner which I use to listen to the local authorities and I stream it via RadioReference.com. I configured my RasPi to boot straight into the Desktop and start VLC to play the audio feed of my scanner. I run the RasPi headless with just power, internet and some old speakers. I put it in my bedroom so I can hear the goings-on at night without having to move my scanner around. Works great. If there is a hiccup and it loses its connection I reboot it via SSH or just unplug it and plug it back in.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:06 pm
by rlindley
I forgot to add my location: Weston, Missouri, USA

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:16 pm
by vsayanam
Hi,
I am VSN and I got a Rasp Pi recently, thanks to my son.
I am facing a strange problem. When I connect RaPi to one Sansui SSeries HD LCD TV through composite video, it works all right but HDMI is not through. But, after removing HDMI cable and reconnect Video cable, the X Window screen remains sticky. Keyboard and mouse are not operational. A week back, the problem disappeared after a while but the same repeated today. Perhaps, I should not have tried HDMI cable again. Anybody out there to give a solution ? Thanks in advance.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:29 pm
by muddy1
Hi, I am a total and complete novice with R-Pi. Please look out for pre kindergarten questions and comments :D I live in the far east - near the Suffolk coast. My hobbies include wildlife photography, cycling and trying to keep upright in a kayak hence the Muddy 1 name.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:10 pm
by johndough
Hi

I am JD

I requested a Pi as a retirement present, so now I need to convert it into a gold watch/alarm clock or something.

Programming is not my forte, logic certainly is; Does that sound illogical?

Anyway I have requested some add-ond as a late christmas present or next birthday pressie.

I hope to enjoy my Pi.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:45 pm
by brgibson
I'm Brad, an old fart from Oklahoma, USA. I'm an electrical engineer currently working as a technical trainer in a paper mill. My first computer was a Timex/Sinclair ZX81 (with the 16K memory expansion module, oh yes) and have worked with various generations of computers now for 35 years. I took all the programming courses offered back in college (Basic, Fortran, Cobol, and assembler (8085 and 6502)) but currently most of my programming is confined to industrial process control.

My interest in the Pi is both professional and personal. I'm excited to learn Python and my first project will be for my model train.

My wife and I enjoy geocaching, camping, and hiking with our dog Cocker Spaniel Molly.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:40 am
by psweitzer
My obligatory "Introduce Yourself" post...

Hi my name is Patrick <queue the crowd : Hiiiii Patrick...>
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and work 9to5 (yeah right!) as an IT Architect however my love for gadgets and hardware seems to have always been there and I have spent the last 20+ years mucking around with everything from C=64 to multi million dollar IBM Power systems...
I've been lurking around for a while tracking a few projects in the forums and figured it was about time to register.

Looking forward to any RPi related events in this area.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:10 am
by gar374
Hi,

My name is Gareth and I got my first RasPi (model B) at the weekend. I work in IT by trade so IT savvy. I'm into computers (obviously), photography, engineering and mechanics (pretty much anything technical really).

I grew up playing games on a Vic 20 and spectrum 48k before the 16 bit revolution and the onto and Atari 520 ST. I avoided consoles due to only being able to play games on them until the original Playstation came along and have had PS2 and PS3 as well. I'm a massive fan of the Gran Turismo games.

Cheers
Gareth

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:07 pm
by LilSnoop40
hi, i'm new to the scene i have always used Apple TV to run xbmc but i wanted to try something new so that's why im hear.

thanks

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:45 pm
by philipmcgaw
Hello,

I am Philip McGaw, I work for the people at FACT, which I guess allows me to be a 24/7 Geek :D

I have experience with R-Pi, Arduino, Mac, and Electronics, I guess I am planning on gaining more experience, and puttin it all together.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:17 pm
by sweller
Got myself a Pi specifically for use as a media streamer and fired DirecTV. (YAY!)

Almost *immediately* out of the box voided the warranty by ignorantly using someone else's settings and over-volted it. (Oops!)

So far, I'm very pleased with my $35 investment. But there are so many variables and I have so many questions, I don't know whether to ask here, XBCM, Openelec, Google, Dalai Lama, ...

I'll have a better feel for who/what/where to ask after my learning curve flattens out a bit from vertical.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:06 am
by roshan
G'day mates,
I'm Roshan, a 30 yr old student ;) in Perth. I've got my RPi yesterday, and am so excited about it. I'm studying post grad in IS. RaspberryPi will be my best friend as I'm planing to put him in charge. The plan is to start using command line and go pro. My partner is so excited about it too, mainly because of my excitement, but she has little clue what's going on yet.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:10 am
by squenson
Hello everyone,

I am Stephane and I live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. After some talks with colleagues, three days ago I bought a Raspberry Pi with 512MB, a 16 GB SD card, a few cables and the set-up was very smooth despite a small issue with a cable which had a wrong end but at the end I could use another screen to enable ssh. I am now using it headless, connected to a USB port of my router.

I am used to Linux as my desktop and laptop have already been running Ubuntu since 2008. I plan to leave the Raspberry up and running all day long because I would like to run a Tor relay (just finished the set-up, it was easy!) and also use it as a Samba share drive for my other computers. I have also set up transmission to seed the various versions of Raspberry OSes. In the future, I plan to play with webpy, a web server using the python programming language.

Enjoy your weekend!

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:54 am
by 2bit
Hi , I'm 2bit .
My interests are guns , video games , litatature ( I can't spell at all ) , environmentalism , the great outdoors ( forests in paticular ) , random inventing of weapons from household items ( my house hold is probably quite different from yours so my matirals are probably quite different ) , and computing ( I can't code yet , and extremely newby - so if I get something wrong correct me as I'm still learning ) .

My personality is this : :D :o :shock: :? 8-) :lol: :oops: :cry: :evil: :twisted: :!: :?: :idea:

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:46 pm
by tugger
I am a tech-phobic British lawyer in Hong Kong and want to learn a bit more about how computers work (I use Windows, Word and Excel a lot at work but have no idea what is going on behind the scenes). I am hoping that I am not too old a dog to learn new tricks, but we'll see how that goes. I also want my kids to be computer literate in the way I am not (i.e. not just using them as tools but also knowing how they function), but thy are only little so that ambition might be just as distant.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:19 pm
by MikeInCaerffili
Hi all,

Just got my first (and second RPi). Ordered from RS before reading about slow delivery from them so I found CPC and placed another order with the intention of cancelling the RS order.

Well, you can guess what happened, I forgot to cancel the order; now I have two of them. Both delivered within 7 days of ordering - not bad at all!

I have plans for em both so no worries.

Re: Introduce yourself!

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:43 am
by bigmac
My name is Jim "JT" McDuffie - and most days I think I've been in this game way too long. I remember programming a Bendix G-15 computer (long before there was an Altair 8800), and I've been at it ever since. What I like about these little critters is that once again I have something to play with. And that I do find "cool." (Sorry, SoCal childhood showing through) My background is OS development, compiler support, database engines, networking, and management. I'm looking forward to enjoying myself again - doing something just to learn and play.