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Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:47 pm
by Alchemy
Morgaine said:


Seriously, don't try to pigeon hole this lovely device.  The possibilities created by its very low price bracket have no limit.


I'm really concerned about the lack of programmers in the world. Really not concerned about media centers or routers. I don't want to pigeon hole anything. But I can't deny which usage fills my heart with joy and which is meh.

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:48 pm
by Smartybones
Morgaine said:


* Some will use it as a Linux desktop, saving greatly on power consumption.

* Some will use it as a media center running XBMC or OpenELEC.

* Some will use it as a network appliance for a small website or email.

* Some will add a USB NIC and use it as a Linux firewall router.

* Some will use its GPIOs and employ it to control external hardware.

* Some will use it for multiple thin clients giving access to their LAN PCs.

* And hopefully schoolchildren worldwide will use it as a tool for IT learning.

* Plus a million other things.

Seriously, don't try to pigeon hole this lovely device.


we need to call it something....

how about a omnifleximinicomputationaltutoringclientserver device?

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:16 pm
by danielverza
Smartybones said:


we need to call it something….

how about a omnifleximinicomputationaltutoringclientserver device?


Right…

Then we can use it to calculate The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

(should we add that to the list of possible uses ?)


Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:31 pm
by Kernel
Daniel Ferreira said:


Right…

Then we can use it to calculate The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

(should we add that to the list of possible uses ?)





yes lets network all the pi devices in the world and get to work on this question

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:45 pm
by poing
We could simply call the Pi a '42'.

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:56 pm
by danielverza
And the forum's newbie section should be called: "Don't Panic!"

@Morgaine: are you the same person who wrote this:

https://profiles.google.com/morgaine.di ... HZMDDKs3V5

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:02 pm
by deepthought
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable, like this Forum.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

As I said to Loonquawl and Phouchg (the receivers of the Ultimate Answer) I have checked it very thoroughly, and 42 quite definitely is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

On the other hand, I do not know the ultimate question to Life, the Universe and Everything, but the Foundation has designed an even more powerful computer, Raspberry Pi, to calculate it.

After ten million years of waiting for RS and Farnell to send them out to customers, however, the Earth is almost certain to be destroyed by Vogons five minutes before they are delivered...

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:02 pm
by Alchemy
The 10,000 Rapsberry Pi's are network challenged. I think that leaves 20.

Anyway I believe the answer is For Tea Two. Which is a babel fish poor translation of Tea For Two. Which is a perfect reason for the universe and everything.

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:04 pm
by danielverza
Whoa !!  Deep Thought himself !!!

Deep Thought said:


After ten million years of waiting for RS and Farnell to send them out to customers, however, the Earth is almost certain to be destroyed by Vogons five minutes before they are delivered…



Priceless !!!   

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:11 pm
by poing
Deep Thought said:


After ten million years of waiting for RS and Farnell to send them out to customers, however, the Earth is almost certain to be destroyed by Vogons five minutes before they are delivered...


That seems in line with my estimated delivery date of December 21, 2012.

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:03 am
by robleady
Deep Thought said:


After ten million years of waiting for RS and Farnell to send them out to customers, however, the Earth is almost certain to be destroyed by Vogons five minutes before they are delivered...


Hmm...  You make a very good point.

I'm sitting here typing this in my dressing gown and slippers...

Thanks for the warning,

Arthur

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:42 pm
by Smartybones
you know, I love the fact that a bunch of computer nerds of a certain age can all quote and adapt passages from The hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy to our lives. the 'yoof' of today get the matrix, and we got dont panic.... I think we got the better deal !!

It also reminds me of a rom I had for my BBC B, you could either "burn" it to a EEPROM, or load it into sideways ram ... on a error, it would quote a line from the guide.... or you could type "!cookie". Does anyone else remember it or have a copy of the rom anywhere? I really do need to get my beeb working again !

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:40 pm
by danielverza
Smartybones said:


... of a certain age ...



HEY !  Who are you calling... Wait... Nevermind !


Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:00 pm
by Kernel
a quote from: http://blogs.computerworlduk.c...../index.htm


My confusion therefore as to what exactly are the Pi and the Ninja is not surprising. They are not ‘a something’, they can be all sorts of things on all sorts of levels. The use of an infinitely mutable open source OS at their heart is key. In biology it would be called pluripotency. Pluripotency is a term reserved for undifferentiated cells, called stem cells.

I think we are seeing the stem cells of the robotic world coming into being. Those devices that sport whole OSes are the uni-cell analogues, which can in turn leverage micro-controller sub-cellular features. At the top level, those that can coordinate via the cloud have the analogue of the capacity for multi-cellular complexity.


Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:06 pm
by poing
We should be able to stick RPis and breakout boards and such together in different ways and build structures or clusters from them.

Pi + Lego = PiGo

Re: Exactly what is a Pi?

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:17 pm
by Kernel
poing said:


We should be able to stick RPis and breakout boards and such together in different ways and build structures or clusters from them.

Pi + Lego = PiGo



put them in this and stack them: http://miriamelewis.blogspot.c.....-case.html