encore118
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:17 pm

Hello, my name is Ed, an American with 2 bright young grandsons who are 8 and 11 years old. They love computers and building anything and they're very detailed. We are looking forward to programming the Rasp Pi. I'm a novice programmer and was an automation specialist in a previous life. If anyone can recommend material on programming for kids and a idiot guides for me it would be most appreciated. What you guys and gals are doing with the Raspberry Pi is going to transform computing and will be a catalyst of great things to come.

ED

Otzeloot
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:03 pm

Hello!

My name is Oskar :>

I'm 20 years young and have no cool storys about my first computers with 32kb of RAM but hey, when I'm in this position I can tell those kids that I started computing with an single core 32bit processor

I'm some kind of not bad in web development (php / js) and have some experience in Java (including the android sdk) and very little knowing of c. I started doing some html / js stuff when I got my first own PC (with 12 I think) and have tryed to do as much as I can with Linux on my PC. But since I'm enjoying some games from time to time I use Windows as my primary OS.

I'm looking forward purchasing my own Raspberry Pi(s ;D) and start some fancy microcontroling / multimedia / android connected super über ownage robot!

Or at least setup this nice credit card pc for educational purposes.

Thanks to everyone involved in developing Raspberry Pi, this kind of stuff is realy pushing computing!

slimplynth
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:07 am

Wow! luckily for me I forgot about the Rasberry for a while, now there is something awesome to look forward to for 2012.  I grew up in th 80's and thought that jetpacks would be all the rage by now but alas.. anyhoo the January release of RasbPi means the future is definitely one step closer.

Can't wait to get some Picaxe micro-controllers connected to one.

scotswahey
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:05 am

Hi my names Idris and I'm 29 years old from Aberdeen. My early years of computing involved staring in awe at my dads apple 2, playing grannys garden on the schools bbc and attempting to code on my Amstrad. I remember taking an age typing in code fir games that came free with magazines back in the day and then feeling dead proud of myself when I changed the colour of some of the blocks. I ended up at college taking computing and found that programming is actuallly a lot of fun… Sadly I went down the hardware route and now I'm in a job fixing computers for an oil and gas company.

This project really sparked my interest because I'd love to recapture that feeling I had as a child messing around with a computer that didn't involve facebook or google. I'm too old for it to have any meaningful effect on my life but it would be good to learn some real grass roots stuff. Programming at college was one of the few tasks were I felt hey I'm actually enjoying what I'm learning.

PhilBoz
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:07 pm

Hi I"m Phil, retired engineer. Sailing and electronics for hobbies. Use PC Liberty Basic for projects. Miss Amiga AMOS basic which was just so powerful you didn"t need to be too techie yourself. Please someone port a version to Rasberry Pi.

I have made a used a datalogger to using a PIC to survey our local creek where I sail. Reads GPS NMEA codes and depth sentence, parses the data and stores on a micro SD card for later use. On a PC a basic program calculates depths and plots to the screen. I can save screen shots and use a paint program to draw navigation charts. See my club website for an example http://www.benfleetyachtclub.org

The Raspberry Pi looks to be very exciting and I can"t wait to get my hands on one, but I will need to wait for a simpler programming system than C etc. I have tried but the effort is much greater than the payoff.

PhilBoz
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:07 pm


Coley
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:39 pm

Hi I'm Graham and I'm really looking forward to seeing Raspberry Pi in 2012.

I think what the foundation is trying to do is an amazing idea and much needed in todays wired world that we live in.

Kids today only use computers they never seem to be programming them, my two kids are totally at home using PC's but couldn't write a program to save their lives.

With a bit of luck a piece of Pi might spark the same interest in computers and programming I had when I was their age.

I still remember the buzz going into computer shops in the eighties and typing in a quick basic program to print your name on the screen over and over.

Today I mostly 'develop' on embedded hardware platforms, sometimes for fun and sometimes for work, I rarely develop for the PC environment unless it's for GUI based configuration tools to go with the embedded hardware. I'm looking forward to helping my kids learn about programming, software is becoming more and more important these days and anyone who can program will have an advantage in the future!

Regards,

Coley

Babelduck
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:59 pm

Hi Folks

I'm Richard from Brighton ( UK ), been watching the development of the Raspberry Pi for a little while now and can't wait for it to be released.

My first computer was  ZX-80, went on to study a Degree in Microelectronics and Information Processing back in 1984 at Brighton Polytechnic. Then went on a bit of a wander and had jobs ranging from dog sitting in Alaska to working on a Pirate Radio Ship off the coast of Israel. Had an attack of the sensibles and settled down in 2000 setting up a hosting company, sold that in 2005 and set up a web development company, got rid of that in 2010.

After living all over the place I moved back to Brighton, earlier this year I bumped into one of my old poly friends and we found out we both still had a passion for robotics. Started working on a couple of projects together then decided to launch our own robotics company.

One of my old projects is still sitting around, it used to have an Asus 701 Notebook as its main processor ... Can't wait to get my first Raspberry Pi and give it a brain transplant

Anyway, keep up the good work.

All the best.

Richard

Kaz
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:33 pm

Hi all,

I'm Jeff, from Chicago(-ish), and I've been following the Pi for awhile but not really had much to say (other than talk about how excited I am about it, but it seems there's enough talk like that around here).  I'm in my late-20s, and I work for a company that develops HDMI and other video products (not sure I feel comfortable saying who, but let's just say I've got plenty of HDMI test equipment around that I plan to use with the Pi to check it out when I get mine!)  By the way, if you do need some testing done on that HDMI port before release, feel free to look this way...

I grew up with a C64 (from about age 3 to age 13 or thereabouts?) so I became quite adept at using Commodore BASIC before I got my hands on an x86 PC.  I'm looking forward to finding plenty of great uses for the Pi... I'm definitely planning on buying a few when I get the opportunity!

-Kaz

f0ulOli
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:20 am

Hello World

I've been into computers since I used a Commodore Pet at the age of 8! Having gone through the school ranks of ZX81, Acorn Electron, BBC B through to college and their wonderful 286's, I just had to get me a rose tinted Raspberry PI.

I love the idea behind it, although my practical cynical side doesn't think it will work! Sorry! That role can be managed with SL4A, if you can get the kids off their 360's!

However, what it does mean is that geeky 40 somethings like me get to build clusters and robots and all sorts of great things for next to nothing while justifying the time playing on the morally righteous act of teaching the next generation!

As you can possibly tell, I may have a way with words! Although for an acurate pronunciation, you need to have a tongue firmly placed in your cheek while reading!

Really looking forward to launch, and I will gladly eat my words if even one 10 year old discovers the wonders of computing thanks to this great project!

CookieMonster
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Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:30 am

I'm not normally one for introductions, but it seems like a nice place. I'm known as the Cookie Monster but cookie dough monster might be a better fit. I consider the baking of the dough to be optional, yet I admit it is a good method to preserve any excess that was made. ("Excess cookie dough" being an oxymoron somewhat like "jumbo shrimp" and "military intelligence.") I'm a chocoholic, a sailor, and a few other things. My sister, a retired Home Economics teacher calls me a gourmet cook, but I think I just like tasty food and my house mates are willing to do the dishes (somewhat irregularly) if I do the cooking. That all began — with cookies, of course — when I needed to stand on a box just to reach the counter top. I also answer to Ken, KJ, CM, and possibly other things. "Call me anything you want, except late to dinner."

I'm currently residing in Central Florida, "The Sunshine State", US of A, about 15-20 minutes from the newly opened LegoLand Florida, 50-60 minutes from Disney Land, and less than 2 hours from the visitor center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. I love this time of year down here, as we have just a few months when my English + Irish skin doesn't attempt to melt off. Any day now we could have a few cold snaps going below freezing. I shall weep for the tropical plants in the gardens but will be quite comfortable myself.

I worked as an Electrical Engineer for the Department of Defense (avionics, communications, guidance) for a decade and then some. A series of events came to pass that made me realize I no longer wanted to be a part of the people who wanted to blow the world up, instead I wanted to create the future. After a short transition doing a little this and a little that I became a teacher. Hmm, 7 years ago, I think. Started with Middle School Math. Now I teach High School Physics and whatever other physical sciences the school needs covered depending on each year's enrollment (Earth+Space Science, Physical Science, etc.). I still mess with hardware, I have a couple of Arduinos that I play with fairly regularly. I'm learning Linux, Python is the next thing in the queue.

A day or so before Christmas a house mate saw something on a web site somewhere about a $25 computer and soon turned me on to this place.

Enough of that. There's lots more for me to read on this site…

saberblock
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:52 am

Hi all,

I'm John from Cheshire in the UK.  Turned 30 this year and like a lot of people here grew up tinkering (nothing more really than hobbyist programming) with 8-bit and 16-bit computers – in my case the Amstrad CPC and Atari ST.

Since then I've mainly used Windows PCs (I've always needed 100% Office compatibility for work) but have used Linux (Ubuntu and Debian) on numerous laptops and way back in the mid-90's experimented a little with a Slackware distribution on my old Pentium 75.  I also owned an iMac for a few years… but probably shouldn't mention that here!

My work requires me to write a bit of VBA code and SAS queries from time to time, but this now looks like a good excuse to "get down and dirty" again.  Through the years I"ve dabbled in most languages but have never really settled on anything particular.  I have a jack of all, master of none approach!

I had a passing interest in HAM radio, but that didn't seem to go anywhere (the equipment was a bit expensive).  I also keep on intending to set up a dial up BBS in the UK (surely there can't be any left nowadays?!) I will do this before the end of 2012… it's been on my to-do list for some time now!

I don't envisage re-inventing the wheel, but it'll be nice to develop on a level platform for a while – and the potential of portable/embedded usage makes the whole thing seem rather exciting! I'll turn my car into the Batmobile in no time…

Pi Face
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:26 pm

Hello all,

My real name is Owen and I'm 27. I work for NHS in IT

I like to think outside of the box for ideas that no one has thought of.

My education didn't come close to programming which is a shame, I guess I was part of the generation which didn't tinker with code etc and was happy that it just worked. I moved to a new school around 96 and on the tour I was shown a room with a BBC Micro sat on its own gathering dust that was the IT room for the whole school……..the room was never used.

I've had a ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 etc but I was of an age where I was more interested in playing games on them rather than building my own. I had the bug to build my own applications due to the rise of Android, so I'm currently using Corona Ansca to develop games. I just need to get going and publish a few.

I like where RasPi is trying to go and where it could be taken to, I think it could work if we get enough people involved and create some interesting/ fun experiences to get the next generation involved.

Can't wait to get cracking with RasPi and to chat with you all in the forums

bazbt3
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:18 pm

Hi all. Like pretty much everyone here I'm really excited about the potential of this device, however a bit of background:

I'm a mechanical design engineer using Windows machines daily at work and a Mac laptop at home when my Android phone isn't up to the task. My hobby computing goes right back to leaving school - pretty much around the time the BBC Micro hit the market - and has been dormant since settling down around 7 years ago, incidentally when the Mac arrived.

The hobby phase started off with a 1kB ZX81 (with obligatory wobbly 16kB RAM Pack), exchanged it for a Commodore VIC-20, and then the 32kB BBC Model B. The B was used for games (is mention of Elite redundant here?) home office stuff ... even getting into 6502 assembler (reinventing a few simple games like Space Invaders) and constructing a few rudimentary devices (joysticks, a 2-potentiometer graphics input device a friend still talks about ...)

I then went 'downhill' through Spectrum 48kB (great games!) and an Atari ST to the first of many PCs. I bought several Psion 3a, 3c, 5 variants, a Cambridge Z88 before discovering moble phones. Don't go there!

Years later I bought a BBC Micro Model A upgraded to B spec. from a guy at work and occasionally drag it out of the garage and have a fondle of those magnificent keys. Yes, it gets plugged in too.

So, back to the RPi: Never having used Linux I haven't a clue whether the B's 256MB RAM is 'enough', however the *intention* is to use the Raspberry Pi as an entertainment (music, photos, videos), social (Twitter, Facebook), and general computing hub. Depending on development a Gertboard is definitely on the cards.

Games? Naah.

Baz
(Twitter: @bazbt3)

antony_s
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:43 pm

Hi there, I'm Antony, 26 from Derby, England. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Computing Science from The University of Manchester in 2007 and now run a bespoke software development consultancy.

I remember learning to program in BASIC whilst still at school using a VTech "Pre-computer Power Pad" back in the mid-90s, which had a 20 character x 4 line display - very difficult to do anything useful with! How lucky the children of today will be with the Raspberry Pi!

I was at secondary school just at the point they were getting rid of the BBC Micros and Acorn A3020s in favour of PCs, with good reason - by the early 2000s most of us had computers at home that were far better and we wanted to be able to research online, work more efficiently and the school staff themselves wanted to manage the school using an intranet system the old equipment just wasn't up to running.

It all seemed great at the time, brand new computers (whilst they were there, they were continuously stolen!), software compatible with our home computers, access to the Internet. However, the fear of us all messing up the settings meant they were completely locked down - we couldn't even use right-click within the Windows environment. The opportunity for us to explore and discover completely taken away from us, and I suspect it's still the same today in many schools.

The Raspberry Pi represents a fantastic opportunity for schools to give children the opportunity to learn through discovery, and I can't wait to see some of the other uses people have planned for it!

I'm hoping to place an order for a Model B as soon as they become available.

gurnarok
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:23 am

Hi.

My name is Ilari, a general code monkey that is specialized in PHP and general web-development. As an hobby, I do more coding, yey. And play games.

Nothing special here.

timmeyh
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:37 am

Hi,

My name is Tim, I'm from Belgium. Assuming that everyone is talking about their first pc, mine was a Pentium MMX. I don't program that much, I know perl, c++, java, ruby and some python. Most of the time I'm occupied with beeing a sysadmin. I worked with arduino's in the past so I'm definitely looking forward to the R-Pi

markpouncey
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:09 pm

Howdy Ya'll !!! -- ( RedNeck version of " Hello World. " ) I'm in && around Atlanta, GA, USA && on FaceBook etc. && only found out about the Raspberry Pi et all about a week ago ( i don't get out much). I have volunteered to help with the wiki anyway i can && am just fascinated with this. I wish someone in the loop would shoot me an e-mail to chat about me opening a distributorship here in Atlanta, GA ( i have some good things to bring to the table ), && irrespective will help in anyway i can to help further the goals of the Pi project just for the asking.

Kind Regards && Happy New Year, mark-p.

rapid2009
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Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:10 pm

Hi all,

My name is George and I'm looking forward to seeing RPi in 2012. My programming career started in the MSDOS era, but know I use mostly C++ and Java.

Enjoy!

catman
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:38 pm

I'm Ian from Reading, 48 and old enough to have been playing with the ZX80/81, Atari 400 (!) and even a Sinclair QL (!!).  Originally a mechanical engineer, these days I'm an IT professional in the telecoms industry.  I've also been involved in the education and charity worlds and the Pi caught my eye  - I really hope it takes off and we see our kids interest in computing re-ignited!

bsimpson888
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:37 pm

Hello,

I am Marco from germany and 35 years old.  I work in Luxemburg as a software developer for an electronic components trader.

My first computer was a Commodore C64 with a Datasette and a Green-Monitor.

My first paid software I developed on an IBM XT 8086 at an age of 14

In my spare time I like producing music ( house / techno / trance ) in my little studio at home. One of my other hobbies is developing devices for home automation, most of the time based on Atmel AVR or BECK IPC processors.

The programming languages I'am using regulary are C/C++, Assembly language, PHP, Java/Javascript and my overall weapon of choice Python.

I also use make a strong usage of Qt and PyQt in my projects when user interfaces are needed.

Greetings

Marco

k.elliott
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:32 pm

Hi, Keith here from the midwest US.   I have been in computing for 30+ years and yes I started in cobol on punched cards.  I am a linux admin and would love to use the raspberry pi as an interface between weather instruments and the internet.

ddr
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:06 pm

Hi everyone.

I'm Devin from Phoenix Arizona, USA.  I'm a long time computer user who can program if forced to, but I don't care much for it.  I've designed a few databases in Access, Filemaker, and Microfiche (old Amiga program).

I was a Police officer with Phoenix for 22 years.  The last few years with Phoenix PD I was doing computer forensics.  I retired in 2000 and worked for a few years with a company that did computer and network support for small businesses and private schools.  I've set up and maintained a few school computer labs.  But they were all Windows based.

I'm now working for the local public defender's office doing investigations and acting as an adviser when the case involves computers or technology.

I've always been interested in small stripped down computer systems and I can see that this could be a great system for school computer labs.  You can get a monitor for under $100, so you should be able to put together a computer lab for around $150 a station.  Less if you go with used or close out stuff.

I look forward to the release of this computer.

Leo Starrenburg
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:03 pm

I'm Leo Starrenburg from The Netherlands.

Started out with triodes, heptodes, magne- and klystrons, although by the time I worked with them they were already oil fired instead of using coal.

Played a lot with the Acorn Electron, nifty litlle machine !  I was -and still am- very proud of my home-made I/O board for the Electron, the TTL circuits were covered in a good ½" of wire-wrap but it worked A-OK

Hope to get that feeling back again when doodling with the Raspberry, and sure hope it will get loads of young smart people using their little grey cells !!!

cheers,  Leo.

LB-Projects
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:08 pm

Hi all,

I´m 17-year-old Lukas from Germany. I´m very interested in scrience (especially physics) and technology. As you can see in my blog I´m quite fit in electronics and just started programming microcontrollers in c to realize some of my projects.

I came across the Raspberry-Pi project a few days ago. A whole computer for about 30$ would be absolutely great and save a lot of work compared with microcontrollers.Therefore I can´t await the release of the Ras-Pi.

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