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by mediakill
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

I wasn't looking to start an argument just giving my two cents on priorities for teaching kids and what adults feel they should be taught. You could spend all day everyday teaching things they may or may not use in a mad shuffle to get them interested in many fields but i think the main part is to t...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

I haven't read up on the uk education system being that i'm from the states. But regardless I still think young kids should be spending more time with practical computing instead of programming at young ages. Still think I made my point so don't wanna repeat myself as i pretty much said it already. ...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Who want a red Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 14
Views: 3785

Re: Who want a red Raspberry Pi?

Nice but not sure i want one unless it gets offered at the base price. Not sure i would wanna pay overpriced ebay price which is bound to be jacked up
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

Again nothing against Pi org's goal as its quite noble but differ on the practicality of trying to get young kids into programming vs. normal everyday computing which i think takes preference. Especially given the limited hours in the school day. Not many kids much less adults seem to wanna get into...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

Okay lets put aside the quibble on cost. Call me practical or call me insane, I'd rather get the students on machines they'd 99% percent of the time they actually use in the workplace. Even if they'd have to pay a little more and get a pc instead (new or used either way) those are the machines emplo...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

I thought i was being civil. overreact much?
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

Not implying that at all. You can get some second rate used pcs and still get more value for your money. All the points i made i believe still stand. Also factor in 35 bucks plus all the extra hardware teaching costs,etc and your still left with wasting time and/or money better spent teaching them p...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

oops my bad meant 15,000. One too many zeros. yeah 150k would ave been something. How much did they spend total with bulk discount does anyone know the exact amount spent out of curiosity
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

Classic case of buying the cheapest thing possible and having to spend much more total than its worth in the long run. Cheapest yes? but at what cost overall? Not when you factor it all up Hiring computer teachers who actually can teach linux and want to spend it teaching young kids or teenagers? Be...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Helping the poorest kids?
Replies: 24
Views: 4031

Re: Helping the poorest kids?

Well yeah osx is also used but its numbers are far less than windows (and no I'm not trying to turn this into a thread on windows vs. mac. vs. linux ; trust me i'm sure no ones in that kinda mood) in the workplace numbers wise. If u saw my comments in other threads on this topic it pretty much is th...
by mediakill
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7999

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

I hate to be the skeptic whenever charities involved but spending that money while nice I think could have been spent wiser. Buying 150000 pi's? when alot of school classrooms are in bad shape and lacking in fundamental equipment etc. Even buying pcs would have been wiser when you consider trying to...
by mediakill
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why is nobody buying Raspberry Pi Starter Kit?
Replies: 34
Views: 39179

Re: Why is nobody buying Raspberry Pi Starter Kit?

While there are people who i'm certain bought the starter kit you mentioned i'm certain even more didn't see the point in paying extra for a overpriced collection of basic extras just to start use the pi normally, especially when most already had them already on hand. Most users bought it because it...
by mediakill
Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: SI4703 FM Tuner Eval Board working with RasPi
Replies: 48
Views: 56268

Re: SI4703 FM Tuner Eval Board working with RasPi

This looks interesting. Please post a tutorial for the noobs like myself on hooking it up and running it. Thanks
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Raspberry Pi in RI?
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: Raspberry Pi in RI?

Not experienced in linux but located on S.I. I would be interested if there was a meetup in maybe manhatten or something. Is there a ny users group?
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Helping the poorest kids?
Replies: 24
Views: 4031

Re: Helping the poorest kids?

You are also assuming that programming is the best way to go about teaching someone how to use a computer. I use a car that doesn't mean i need to know how to build or fix internally the car to do so ( although it helps). The goal isn't to necessarily teach them how to become programmers even though...
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 30498

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

Not much point as even at the low cost it doesn't seem worth it overall. Unless your teaching a programming class its not practical. Better to prepare students for computing in the real world that means using windows machines that would better prepare them for using real world office and business th...
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: GPS tracking and R-PI
Replies: 7
Views: 7711

Re: GPS tracking and R-PI

At the risk of sounding skeptical and or ignorant but what does this offer that freeware Linux apps can't do. Sorry but it seems everyone these days is starting up kickstarters which seem like transparent ploys to get preorders when a normal development could be done instead. So its hundred bucks to...
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: GPS tracking and R-PI
Replies: 7
Views: 7711

Re: GPS tracking and R-PI

Even without this couldn't someone use a usb gps dongle write code for it and release it? not sure why you need a kickstarter for this. No I haven't checked out the link yet On a similar note could someone please recommend a decent priced usb gps dongle? if its a combination one with wifi, Bluetooth...
by mediakill
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Altoids Tin Pi Case
Replies: 4
Views: 33666

Re: Altoids Tin Pi Case

Would love to try this while waiting for my case to arrive. Do you have a link to a video that shows how to make this?
by mediakill
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi not suitable as a media center [Solved]
Replies: 46
Views: 29481

Re: RPi not suitable as a media center

I gotta agree with op on this one. Alot of the articles and hype surrounding this imply greatly that this raspberry pi is perfect as a media center. Anyone who's read more into what raspberry pi really can do and is limited in will probably not be surprised by the limitations. Pretty much every arti...
by mediakill
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: `Cannot Join if Under 13
Replies: 58
Views: 8585

Re: `Cannot Join if Under 13

Again still not sure why registration is required to visit the store to download free apps? what is this apple and you guys need to track everything. Just make the free downloads excessible to everyone and require an account for the pay downloads. Not sure where the logic lies in you guys needing to...
by mediakill
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Medical Rasberry Pi application.
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: Medical Rasberry Pi application.

I'm very much interested in trying this out. Unfortunately I'm new to Linux and just getting into pi would someone mind making up a tutorial on how to install this? Thank you.

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