babbage
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:32 pm

Hello All,

First got into computers on seeing my friends ZX-80 and not being able to think about much else until I got my own (well, ZX-81). Many years spent tinkering around with all sorts of stuff. Member of Micronet, compunet and Prestel before all this Internet malarky was easily available (And the youth of today think they invented social networking!).

Not employed in any technical profession at the moment but still love tinkering around. Have been exploring the Arduino and I thought that was impressive until I saw this device.

Old enough to have been taugh 'proper' computer science at school and this device takes me right back to those sort of days. We need a generation to learn about the *real* details of computing, not just how to post to Facebook and do a powerpoint presentation. I am confident that this device will be a great enabler for that.

Can't wait to get my hands on at least two :-)

Steve

jasongreen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:08 pm

I'm an e-learning administrator in the USA. When I first heard of the R-Pi, I imagined it as a computer inexpensive enough to give to my kids (The 8 year old fiddles with Alice and coaxed me into installing Blender, though the tutorials were too intimidating). Now that I've thought more about it, I'm intrigued by the R-Pi as a possible solution for large scale distribution of pre-configured clients. Many distance learning students have difficulty configuring the various software they need. The R-Pi is inexpensive enough that you could sell a pre-configured version in the bookstore and eliminate many support problems. It would also lower the entry bar for distance learning.

veenone
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:16 am

Hi,

My name is Fienan from Indonesia.

I have IT background and but don't have any coding passion from the start. I'm really more into hardware stuffs, gadget and multimedia for now. I'm thinking of building a media center solution for my house and then I found Rasp Pi that offers quite interesting idea. Maybe I can develop my interest into coding stuff later on with this :D

jasonl
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:13 am

Hi all,

I'm from the UK and like many others here got into computers at school in the 1980s. Our comprehensive school held a fête to fund the equipping of a room with a dozen BBC Model B's networked via Econet to an Research Machines server - just in time for our year to take O-level computer studies - which included a fair amount of programming. Many hours were spent annoying the IT teacher using *NOTIFY to disrupt the other students, and a memorable time when three of us managed to synchronise all the BBCs in the room to play "The Entertainer" - echoing around the room.
Originally had a ZX81 at home, followed by a Spectrum which got me into programming as a hobby - the Basic at first, Sinclair and BBC variants, followed by Pascal and Modula-2 on subsequent computers. Never got into C or C++ and fell out of programming while work took most of my energy.
I've been self employed a number of years helping people struggling with their Windows PCs (very occasional Mac troubles). At home I run only Linux on various machines - my main desktop, a couple of servers (one's a Sheevaplug) and netbooks. Started with SUSE Linux back in 1998.
Recently I've been tinkering with hardware, and got into playing with Arduino - despite it's limitations, it's a small computer that reminded me of playing with the 8bit micros of old - it's been a lot of fun. I've been learning a lot more about electronics, robotics, interfacing.
Always been a fan of small computers - and the R-pi looks like it will be great fun to tinker with. Can't wait to get hold of a couple!

singapura
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:54 am

Hi, I'm Erik born in The Netherlands. Although my affair with computers dates back to the 80's I've never become an engineer or programmer. Instead I studied law, got an MBA and am now living in Singapore working for a bank. That doesn't mean I'm not still dabbling in retro gaming and audio, two things the R-Pi would be perfect for. I'm quite versed in Ubuntu and might even try my hand again at programming in C++ or Java if I have the time.

HermanStehouwer
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:58 am

Hi all, Figured I would say hi.
I am at the moment a scientific software developer (finishing the PHD in december (hopefully)).
I stumbled upon this project by chance, and it looks very interesting.

Once released I would like to use it at home as an edge-network-thingy (NAT/Masq. -> Wifi) and for some music-generation projects.
Also curious to find out if it can be made suitable for field-work (by linguists).

So, I will probably not be using all the nice video capabilities that the device will have, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless.

Cheers,

Herman

andhavarapu
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:07 pm

Halo people! I am Eshwar, unfortunately not very young at 24! From South Africa by the way! So I am waiting to snap up a few of these little PCs as soon as they're out! :D

I've messed around a little bit with PandaBoard and thinking of learning Arduino but since this is coming out then Arduino might have to give way :D!

BobTheMailMan
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:11 pm

Hello Everyone,

My Name is Asthon, I'm currently 21 in Toledo, Ohio. I'm a CS major, minor in religion, currently participating in a 6 month co-op for First Solar, creating mobile phone applications and providing a mobility solution. I have 2 years left in school, and I am actually looking at going into networking and security or internet infrastructure and technology, or something. I like communications and I like security so wherever that takes me. My school is actually in Arkansas, and I live in PA when im not working somewhere else or at school in Arkansas. I'm ready to be out of Ohio ^.^

So I am trying to get involved in some Open Source projects and stuff, and I like what you guys got going here. I would like to use it for potential home automation, carpc, xbmc or similar host, NAS host, or proxy, and it would also be cool to use this for testing security, and portable diagnostics.

so yea Hello :)

Chris Tyler
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:15 am

Greetings! I'm Chris Tyler, long-time open source user and contributor, Fedora project participant, professor at Seneca College (Toronto), one of the founding members of TeachingOpenSource.org, and author of a couple of O'Reilly books. Here at Seneca we're hosting the Fedora ARM initiative on a farm of over 60 ARM builders.

I'm one of the generation that cut our teeth on 6502-based systems and strongly support Raspberry Pi's position that ready access to programmable devices is crucial to the future of CS/IT education. I also can't wait to hack on this device myself! :-)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:48 am

Hi all,

My name's Matt, I'm an Englishman living in South-East Wales (UK) and a Linux Sys-admin working for a web hosting company.

I'm interested in automated testing and configuration of systems, so I'm very interested to see people discussing the Bramble cluster.

If you're interested in the other stuff I do, check out my website (shameless I know... :P ): http://www.threedrunkensysadsonthe.net/

Cheers,

M.

garryg
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:28 am

Hello all.
I’m Garry.

The first computer I owned was a VIC 20 and it was on this that I first learned to program using the included basic programming guide. Yes it was brand-new at the time… so I am that old!

Since them I’ve done various computer-related jobs (I won’t list them) starting with technician and ending up with .net developer, covering pretty much most other things in-between (trust me I’ve had the time ;) )

Although I don’t get much of a chance now, I’m still a bit of a hardware tinkerer at heart, and actually like programming in Assembly (currently taken a bit of an interest in programming my aging Vectrex in my spare-time)

I stumbled across the Raspberry Pi project entirely by accident, but it does look very interesting, especially so because it may fit nicely with something interesting I’ve been asked to look at through work!

statto
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:53 pm

Hi, statto here.

I'm a 34 year old librarian living in the UK. My first taste of computers came from using my dad's BBC Model B circa 1981. I dabbled in BASIC but never really got into the programming side of things as much as I'd have liked to. Having said that, I definitely got the computing bug, to the point that 30 years on I'm the go to guy for most of my acquaintances for all things computer-related.

I'm a gadget nut and love messing about with various bits of kit to try and get the absolute most from them (essentially if a company tells me what I can't do with their piece of hardware that's the thing I'm determined to do).

The Raspberry Pi project really excites me as I see the potential for such a device right here in the UK, to mention nothing of the developing world. Working in a library I see just how many children rely on us for internet/computer access for school work, and the idea that they could have a basic PC that will plug into the portable TV in their bedroom and mess about on is fantastic. I also have very nostalgic feelings towards Acorn, and by extension ARM, so it's wonderful to think it's an ARM chip powering this little device.

thesynapseuk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:54 pm

Quote from Gabriel on August 10, 2011, 21:20
Hello, my name is Gabriel , I'm a 15 year old french boy. Sorry for making mistakes : I'm in High Scool ;)
I love this project because I'm very interested in computer science and I discovered the amazing concept wich is Linux ! Moreover I hope that this project will make everyone able to have a computer.
Now I'm learning to use Linux (I tried Ubuntu but I prefer Debian) and I will buy a raspi model B in order to make a server which I'll try to lead with SSH from my eepc 1015PEM (yes I like low cost AND efficient devices ;) )

A last thing : we will need a low-cost screen although I suppose it will be harder : there is less possibilities (unlike a lot of possibilities of processor-gpu-memory) isn't it ?

If it's any help I recently bought a 15-inch flat screen monitor off ebay for £10. I can't imagine it's much different in France. Get a 17" for not much more, I didn't have space at the time so that's why I stuck with 15". Hope that helps.

thesynapseuk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:35 pm

So then, my introduction - seeing as I've posted a few times on the forums here already. I also seem to be a little of a odd-one-out going by the intro's I've seen so far!

I'm a secondary science teacher (Biology specialist) with a passion for videogames. Original degree in Biology, but at the moment I'm half-way through doing a part-time MA in Digital Games Theory and Design at Brunel University. Disillusioned with teaching due to a boring curriculum and being fed up with an admin, stats and test-obsessed education system. Regrettably the problems are not restricted to ICT classes (although they are PAINFULLY dull - I've had to cover a few of those classes before and have spoken to teachers and pupils about it). I feel this could be changed through REAL use of ICT, i.e. authoring and not passive consumption.

So my interest in the R-Pi is mainly educational for myself and for kids. I'm keen to start using it to teach myself Python in the first instance and then whatever leads from that both for my own benefit and for making resources or teaching others computing skills. I'm technically minded but never learned to program, but I hope to change that in the near future and I think the R-Pi will help me, and help me help others. I like the 'funky gadget' nature of it, am looking forward to using it for some 'silly' fun uses - I think retro game emulation is a big one for me, and am really keen on its implementation within education. My only concern at the moment is the lack of teachers involved to help steer the marketing of this towards schools and councils/government. I can't be the only one surely?!

Oh ,other than that, my name's Tom and I'm from and still live in East London (although I've travelled around a fair bit inbetween!). Can't wait for these things to land to see what can be done with it.

Cheers.

smithh
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:59 pm

I'm Howard Smith, CTO of http://www.csc.com European Group. In the early 80s I built and extended (to 128K RAM) a NASCOM (http://www.nascomhomepage.com/#Overview) and then ported a FORTH compiler to it. This took 2 years of my life. I then got a life. I still have the NASCOM and it still boots. Pics to follow. I am deeply interested in (and v.impressed by) what Raspberry PI have achieved here, and I look forward to using one.

manicgeek
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:29 am

I'm Dave, I'm a systems support specialist for IBM Midrange and Enterprise Systems. I play with lots of different stuff, and this looks interesting.

james
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:35 pm

Hi, I'm James. Research Manager by day, bit dabbler by night.
Excited by R-PI for the opportunity it offers a new generation to learn hardware/software from bare metal upwards.

My background, Apple II - games and a little basic, BBC Micro Model B - 6502, lisp, Amiga 1000 - 68k, Archimedes A310 - ARM, SunOS - C, PC - C++,Mac - Objective C, various mobile and Embedded.

I'm tossing around the idea of giving myself the time to contribute to the R-PI community. I have plenty of hardware bring up experience, but also would like to work on some software/training materials to excite the next generation of children like the 8-bit era got us all hooked.

What I'd like to be able to do is produce a practical course called "raspberries all the way down", covering computing from the reset vector to the 3d rendering, from machine code to functional languages, from raw bits and bytes to aspect oriented data modelling.

The focus would be on implementing a simplified but real system - debugger, os/hypervisor, driver stack, languages, user interface, data storage engine and so forth. The approach would be to strip away complex edge cases and focus on the 80:20 rule. To strip away complex notation and use practical exercises to learn critical thinking and problem decomposition and solving.

The challenge from my perspective is to present and structure material at 3 levels suitable for 7+ year olds, 14+ year olds and 21+ year olds. The dream would be to get experts in each field (such as David Braben or John Carmack to cover something in 3d, say Stonebraker or Jim Starkey covering ACID, Linus or Tanenbaum cover OS elements, Peyton-Jones or Wadler to cover Functional aspects and so forth).

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:48 pm

Well, we've already got David Braben on tap (he's one of our trustees) - I love your fantasy dinner party list of people at the bottom. I suppose time and the success of the first phase of the project will dictate how well we'll be positioned to make that kind of idea a goer!
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doglitbug
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:24 am

I just found out about your project while researching anything I could about RISC OS after digging up my old Acorn 3010 that I grew up with. I think this is an awesome project and could easily see such a thing being embedded into school desks with students carrying around a thumb drive that is plugged into the top of the desk instead of numerous school books. I'll try spread the word around about this project through my local makerspace http://dspace.org.nz/ and see what happens!

mark139
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:42 pm

Hi all,
Stumbled up on this via electronics weekly site.
I'm a software engineer currently working on mobile phones. In a previous life I was an electronics engineer and still like to tinker.
My programming life started on a Pet then Acorn machines. Had an Archimedes where I learnt ARM coding.
I'll definitely be getting myself an R-Pi. Don't have any solid project ideas yet.

Cheers
Mark

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:48 pm

I've been watching the Raspberry Pi grow since I first heard of it in January this year. I'm extremely looking forward to getting my hands on one in November. It reminds me of the excitement I had as I waited to get a BBC Model B back in November of 1981. (At the bargain price of £335; how did my dad afford it?)

I am the technical lead at a well known video games company in the Midlands, UK and spent the past 16 years developing games software for pretty much all the available consoles on the market. Over the past 6 or so years, I've interviewed candidates for programming vacancies and each year I find the aptitude for creative programming getting less and less.

I have two children of my own now, just approaching secondary school age and they have no interest in programming, much to my dismay. The Raspberry Pi has that same potential to invigorate programming as the old BBC micro had and that is what excites me.

jasongreen
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:39 pm

Quote from james on September 2, 2011, 15:35

What I'd like to be able to do is produce a practical course called "raspberries all the way down", covering computing from the reset vector to the 3d rendering, from machine code to functional languages, from raw bits and bytes to aspect oriented data modelling.

The focus would be on implementing a simplified but real system - debugger, os/hypervisor, driver stack, languages, user interface, data storage engine and so forth. The approach would be to strip away complex edge cases and focus on the 80:20 rule. To strip away complex notation and use practical exercises to learn critical thinking and problem decomposition and solving.



Have You seen http://www1.idc.ac.il/tecs/ The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles ? It sounds like it has much in common with the bottom-up approach you're talking about.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:47 pm

Quote from liz on September 2, 2011, 15:48
Well, we've already got David Braben on tap (he's one of our trustees) - I love your fantasy dinner party list of people at the bottom. I suppose time and the success of the first phase of the project will dictate how well we'll be positioned to make that kind of idea a goer!

Well, I could probably get a board/information to John Carmack, think I've got his email address somewhere around...

Some sort of Braben/Carmack deathmatch? Elite vs Doom...
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Francois Thunus
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:11 pm

Hello
My name is François Thunus. At the moment I manage software projects and teams. I'm saying at the moment because it is my 5th - 6th (?) carreer. Kinda lost count :-)
Previous life includes but not limited to: university lecturer, programmer, interpreter, not necessarily in that order. I have been teaching computer basics and programming introduction at local computer club, so that's my connection to the project.
The first linux distribution I installed at the club was SLS (Soft Landing Software) - that gives you an indication of the timeline :-)
As I moved into management rather than coding, I have learnt the value of documentation, so this is mainly the area I would like to contribute to.
I have contributed to several open source project and I'm looking forward to this one :-)
regards,

rjw57
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:27 pm

Hi, I'm Rich and work in the University of Cambridge.

I'm mostly excited by the Raspberry Pi in relation to its use in education: especially getting kids interested in programming. I've always viewed the ability to program as a 'special super power' which really liberates you when it comes to actually making use of computers.

I'm hoping to get some beginners' programming resources together for the pi when it comes out. My idea is to try and re-create something like the magazine/practical help mix of the original 80s "The Computer Programme" from the BBC.

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