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Old May 30, 2012, 10:45 AM   #26
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You may be right. But my application requires it to be completely turnkey. Do you know if the WDTV box can be configured to jump to slideshow immediately upon power on?
Dunno. Maybe something even simpler, like this: http://www.satechi.net/index.php/new...-cyclone-micro would work for your needs. Or something more hackable like the Patriot Box Office. http://www.patriotmemory.com/product...pid=159&id=895

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Old May 30, 2012, 08:44 PM   #27
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I just got my own Raspberry Pi today, very excited!

I have some photos of mine here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5392766...ags/raspberry/

I made a little cardboard case for it just to hold it in there. It's not beautiful but it's quite functional. I used the program "dd-gui.app" to copy the Linux image to my Raspberry Pi. I'm trying "ArmedSlack-13.37-23-05-2012.img" now... and I have a kernel I found too. Not quite sure exactly what will happen but... we'll see how it goes.
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 12:12 PM   #28
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Several other Raspberry Pi alternatives here:

http://gizmodo.com/5914561/the-8-che...s-in-the-world

I signed up to hear about the APC one myself.

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Old Jun 1, 2012, 02:40 PM   #29
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I signed up to hear about the APC one myself.
I saw the APC too when I was looking for alternatives for the Pi due to waiting times, but it runs Android by default. I'd rather have Linux.
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Old Jun 3, 2012, 09:55 PM   #30
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First Steps with the Raspberry Pi.

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Old Jun 4, 2012, 02:53 AM   #31
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Handy link. Just bought one off eBay (paid $15 more than normal price but I'd rather not wait 3 months till production catches up with demand) - hopefully be here this week.
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 12:40 PM   #32
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Yay! Just got shipment confirmation. Mine's on its way.

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Old Jun 5, 2012, 12:59 PM   #33
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Yay! Just got shipment confirmation. Mine's on its way.

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How long ago did you order?
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 01:13 PM   #34
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How long ago did you order?
2012-3-3 so it took about three months. Current lead time is more like 4 months.

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Old Jun 5, 2012, 05:48 PM   #35
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OK, let me get this straight.

This product was developed for application in 3rd-World countries, so that they might have the benefit of Internet/computer when all they can afford is a TV.

If I am right about that, then why has it become a toy, for people in 1st-World countries to play with?

Does this demand not take away from the early application of this device where it was intended to go?
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 06:05 PM   #36
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This product was developed for application in 3rd-World countries, so that they might have the benefit of Internet/computer when all they can afford is a TV.
OLPC this ain't. http://www.raspberrypi.org/about

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The idea behind a tiny and cheap computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, including Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.
It was meant to give first world kids better hands-on tinker skills by having more cheap computers in first world schools, such as many of us developed in the late 70s-mid 80s. The days when 8 bit computers with TV screens reigned supreme.

EDIT: It's meant to be along the lines of the good old ZX81/TS1000

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Old Jun 8, 2012, 05:00 AM   #37
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 05:58 AM   #38
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Mine arrived today. I'm eager to get it up and running with minimal equipment, as I plan to remotely do stuff on it using SSH.

I was hoping to use it as a bit torrent server, though since the USB ports and Ethernet are on the same bus, there's issues with downloading data and writing to a hard drive.

Which is frustrating because the Pi also seems to have issues with large SD cards!
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 10:34 AM   #39
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Can we put IOS 5 on it? other wise Iam not wasting my time with this.
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 10:46 AM   #40
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Can we put IOS 5 on it? other wise Iam not wasting my time with this.
The point of this device is not to run iOS 5 or anything else besides Linux. So expecting it to do that is unreasonable. It's made to be a learning tool, a little hackable computer, or a server some some kind. At the very least it's something fun to tinker with.
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It was meant to give first world kids better hands-on tinker skills, by having more cheap computers in first world schools, such as many of us developed in the late 70s-mid 80s.
So, are you "kids" enjoying the learning experience yet.
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 10:57 AM   #42
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So, are you "kids" enjoying the learning experience yet.
Mine is apparently waiting for me at my doorstep. Once I get it up and running, my boys (ages 11 and 8) will get to mess with it too.



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Got mine up and running - using Arch Linux with CLI. Pretty fun to tinker with.

I'm having trouble resizing the partitions so it takes advantage of the full 8GB SD card I have - the image supplied is 2GB and so the Pi will only see 2GB. The instructions on their wiki don't work - fdisk doesn't let me do what the instructions imply. I'm logged in as root.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 04:19 AM   #44
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 08:46 PM   #45
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I'm having trouble resizing the partitions so it takes advantage of the full 8GB SD card I have - the image supplied is 2GB and so the Pi will only see 2GB.
Finally got mine up and running using debian on a 4GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC card. So far I find it pretty peppy compared to what I was hearing from some reviews for a tiny < $100 computer.

I was able to take advantage of the full 4GB using the instructions from the site you had linked. Of course, since it's a Wiki, it could have been updated since you linked it. I used the instructions for doing it on the R-Pi, though I created a new swap partition as /dev/mmcblk0p3 before creating the larger /dev/mmcblk0p2 and it all worked well.

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Finally got mine up and running using debian on a 4GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC card. So far I find it pretty peppy compared to what I was hearing from some reviews for a tiny < $100 computer.

I was able to take advantage of the full 4GB using the instructions from the site you had linked. Of course, since it's a Wiki, it could have been updated since you linked it. I used the instructions for doing it on the R-Pi, though I created a new swap partition as /dev/mmcblk0p3 before creating the larger /dev/mmcblk0p2 and it all worked well.

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I just created a new partition, and put the /home directory on the new partition so any content I create gets saved there.

Working quite well, if you or anyone else is planning to use it as a torrent server, read this thread: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/vi...ac37b&start=50

I got mine setup using monit to check if the transmission-daemon is running every minute and if it isn't, restart it. For some reason the transmission-daemon crashes frequently during high speeds (even though the Pi shows no swap disk usage, lowish CPU and lowish memory).
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My Raspberry Pi arrived last week, and I have the default Debian image installed on it, and have to say that it's much better than I was ever expecting it to be.

I'm hoping to get my 15 yr old son started on doing some programming and a bit of electronics. My plan is to try some of the breadboard setups that people have been posting and teach him how to interact from code to say turn on LED's etc

Takes me back to school when we had a Physics project to build a circuit to control from an old AppleII

I'll post pics once I've decided on a project to follow and ordered the stuff off the web
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My Raspberry Pi arrived last week, and I have the default Debian image installed on it, and have to say that it's much better than I was ever expecting it to be.

I'm hoping to get my 15 yr old son started on doing some programming and a bit of electronics. My plan is to try some of the breadboard setups that people have been posting and teach him how to interact from code to say turn on LED's etc

Takes me back to school when we had a Physics project to build a circuit to control from an old AppleII

I'll post pics once I've decided on a project to follow and ordered the stuff off the web
You might want to give Arduino a try too.
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You might want to give Arduino a try too.
Actually one thing I plan to do shortly is interface my Sparkfun ProtoSnap to the Pi.

However, I think that the R-Pi does so much more than an Arduino that it is a better environment to learn on. Something about seeing your work "on the big screen" (TV) as we all did back in the 8 bit days is attractive.

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