Introduce yourself!

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by thesynapseuk » 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.

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by smithh » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:59 pm
I'm Howard Smith, CTO of European Group. In the early 80s I built and extended (to 128K RAM) a NASCOM ( 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.
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by manicgeek » 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.
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by james » 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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by liz » 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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by doglitbug » 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 and see what happens!
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by mark139 » 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.

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by CommanderCoder » 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.
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by jasongreen » 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 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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by jamesh » 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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by Francois Thunus » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:11 pm
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 :-)
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by rjw57 » 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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by Colby R. » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:34 am
Hello, I am Colby.

I love to build and tinker with bits and atoms. Whether it is electronics, programming, or designing and building mechanical/physical objects.

I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. I spend my free time with my family, my wife and two kids. My other family are my 3D printers a Makerbot Cupcake CNC, a Mendel, an UP!, a homemade powderbed printer. As you can see I have a slight problem :) I also design and print objects for use in my spare time. I also like programming mainly in C or C++.

I work in a R & D dept. of medical and dental company in Utah, in the USA, as an R & D mechanical engineer. I can't wait for the Raspberry Pi to be released.
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by electragician » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:24 am
I'm Matt Kelley, aka "electragician" on the web.

Computers are my hobby... and I have a particular interest in low power consumption, low cost computing. Basically just trying to see exactly how much you can get out of a particular setup. Low power because I think a reduction in consumed energy for a given goal is admirable, and low cost because I'm a cheap b*stard :D

I will have a Raspberry Pi, just as soon as one can be purchased! Two actually, as I've already promised to buy one for a random child. It'll complement the Google CR-48 sitting here that has ChromeOS stripped away and Fedora 15 installed in it's place.
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by Matttt » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:17 pm
Hello I'm Matttt, I'm studing computing at the moment and managed to stumble accross this and am glad I have. I've shown the website to some friends and cannot wait for it to be released.
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by hroe » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:35 am
Hi, my name is Herman. I think i will get a R-Pi for my daugther when she turns 10 in November.
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by JoeMomma » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:32 pm
Hi, I am Cort.
I am a graphic designer in the US. I was formerly an architectural engineer and a mechanical engineer. I love the idea of the raspberry. I used to follow the 'One Laptop, One Child' project, but I don't think that turned out as well as we all hoped it would. Cheap computers for kids, education and emerging markets is a powerful idea. I would like to help if I can by donating design time online.
Good Luck and Best Wishes everybody!
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by Ben_P » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:07 pm
Hi I'm Ben
I am a graduate engineer working in the South of England.

In my current Job I work mainly with data analysis but my degree was a split between Electronic Engineer and Computer Science.

I really like the idea of the R-Pi and cant wait to play with one
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by scologic » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:46 am
I'm Mark.. Computing has been a prison sentance since the C64 and Vic 20 was first launched and any program you wanted to play/use took 2 weeks to type in from the 4 initial programming books...since then I've been 'PEEK' ing and POKE 'ing my way around silicon.
I was probably one of the first 100 email internet users in the UK way back when the internet replaced the old BBS services and i hate to admit it but I vividly remember my first coffee at cyberia and the blank feeling visiting by first ever web page..(please share if you had the same experiance)
Since then Sco Logic was born in 98, the company started web hosting in 99 and specialised in Retail technology in 2002 and still turns over a living with our 2.5 staff.
I revisited electronic engineering and got muddy with solder again in 2008 and i've moved on to more circuit board and modular stuff and also plastics prototyping etc since 2010.
Most recent success, yet recessionary victim has been the development of an industrial grade LiFePO4 solution for the logistics and healthcare market.(boy does it suck when the customer wants it but has no cash to invest).
On the outside there's the wife, 3 stress testers, a second business that sell and makes candles and all in the fabulous setting of the Scottish Borders. So when i'm drowning in barcodes and javascript the place still smells nice.
Raspberry pi looks to give Sco Logic the low cost platform to be able to push out our small bespoke solutions to industry, and also as a company we're committed to using UK and local based businesses.

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by Jason » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:09 pm
I'm Jason, based in the UK (Hertfordshire/North London).
By day, I'm a product developer using embedded/realtime, with some hardware involvement.
Prior roles have been in Motion Control (robotics etc), and Tech Support.

My first computer was a Sinclair Spectrum, and soon learnt Z80, then 68K and then x86 assembler. Not much call for those skills now! lol

However, I do have a varied technical background, so hope to be of help, but also learn here.

In my own time, I'm mainly a Linux user (Ubunutu- but not a guru by any means!). Not much time for personal projects, but still take on Web development.
My other pastime is that I'm a Wedding DJ -
This is mainly Weekends, but obviously requires lots of planning and management to provide a good service for my clients.

I'm looking forward to getting my own 'pi asap. Lots of little projects I could use it for - and the price point is very good for developments- possibly making use of it for my DJing.

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by Josh » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:20 pm
Hey, I'm Josh. I am at the mere age of 15 and found the R-PI through another blog.
Gotta say, it's a great device. But, I suppose you already know about that... what about me?
Well, as I said, I'm Josh - Josh Lee Robertson. I'm 15 y/o and live in the humble place of York, UK. Most of my days are wasted on my laptop - a Uniwill L51II3 and my desktop computer - an old HP Pavillion. Hopefully, that'll be shared with this ickle PC!
I've got a blog and I'd love it if you took a look (I'll be posting lots on the R-PI - I get hooked on things easily, I really have no idea how I'm going to get rid of my first car!), you'll find it here:
And, uhhhh... that's it!
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by botdream » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:51 pm
Hello World to all Raspi users/fans,
My name is Nelson Neves, I'm 34 and from Portugal, been following this wonderful project since the first announcements, and keeping up with all the twitter news, but just registered now (shame on me).

I'm a C++ software developer for windows platform, but long time Linux lover! I'm also an Electronic Engineer and have a been studying micro-controllers for some time now (been using Microchip PICs, also using MBed for some prototyping and keeping Arduino under my eye).

Also am a Linux Embedded Hobbyist, started to hack my SLUG a few years ago with Linux Debian and then my life changed (for good - I can say now that I am a better software developer thanks to the experience learned from the Linux Embedded systems). Since then I've been testing some alternative Linux Embedded hardware platforms (NSLU2-Debian, Bifferboard-OpenWrt, GruruPlug-Debian), but something was missing ... I found the missing piece once I saw the Raspberry PI project! Cheap/affordable Linux Embedded device, ARM CPU based, Energy efficient, Video Output, GPIO pins, Ethernet, with support for a standard Linux Distro such as Debian (or similar) .... WOW! I couldn't believe this!!!

For years I've been challenging my friends for a Linux Embedded training session, but the stuff that I've used was to much painful for a non-developer to take and learn (even for me it was a challenge). I can say now (and I'm pretty confidant) that with Raspberry PI I can finally teach my friends some nice thinks that one can make with Linux Embedded hardware.

I'm also an ex-webdeveloper, and love all this new hi-tech core languages such as RubyOnRails, Node.js, PHP, etc, and I think that Raspberry Pi will also be a nice platform to test such technology (at least for hobby/learning projects). I like to use micro-controllers for the low electronics interface, but love the power of the web-tech languages for the high level development, mixing this two worlds together is something trivial to me, with Raspi I finally have a way of showing this to the everyone and know that people will actually get there!

You guys are on the right track! I imagine that this will be a major 'boom' for the Linux Embedded scene! The only time that I was so anxious/excited was when SheevaPlug came out to the market (right after the NSLU2 -SLUG- got pulled out). Demand is going to be high, so keep an eye on how you handle this (please don't go the way SheevaPlug did) - just my 2 cents!

Almost forgot, I have a 6 year old boy and already told him that he is going to have a nice Linux PC this Xmas (This is a promise that I made when he was born, "Son, your first computer will have Linux inside!").

Some more stuff about me:

Kind regards,
Nelson Neves.
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by fmohammed » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:17 pm

I am Faisal, a techie working in the access control and video industry. I am very interested in the camera solution. I like the project, the potential, personally and professionally.

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by eskel » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:21 pm

My name is Piotr Wo?nica (in English that would be Peter Coachman, or something like that). I am from Poland and I currently live in Pozna? (midway between Berlin and Warsaw).

I am a linguist (I speciallize in acoustic phonetics) and Khmer language speaker by education, a die-hard c/c++ and Archlinux fan in my free time, and a web developer and designer when I need some cash. In my short professional career I worked as a web developer, graphics designer and Khmer language teacher, but I had the best time of my life as a volunteer IT teacher in Cambodia.

Apart from the nerdy stuff, I also love cooking (Cambodian cuisine rocks!), yachting and playing the guitar or mandolin.

As for The Raspi project, I wish I were Goro, so I could give you more thumbs up! I think that a lot of people are waiting for an initiative like this and you might be bringing us a [s]small[/s] revolution. My current laptop draws about 15-20 W under average load and, looking at the specs of Raspi, I could use it for 90% of my computer activities.

See you around!
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by starhawk » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:22 am
Greetings! My real name is Christopher... not giving ya the last half just yet, sorry ;)

I live in a town that virtually nobody has ever heard of, namely Siler City, North Carolina. Life is fairly boring outside of my house, but my life tends to be a bit of a sitcom inside its walls. I have some obnoxious number of computers (at least eight), one of which is a Tandy TRS-80 coco that still works! Fortunately, most of my systems are a bit newer...

I am very interested in Raspberry Pi. My primary motivation for signing up for this forum is that I sent ya'll (as we say here in the Southeast of the US) an email that was either ignored or not replied to -- I want to know what the absolute soonest is that I can get a model. I don't care whether it's a proto or not ("B" model would be a nice bonus, but I'm not going to be picky) I just want one! (Yes, I read the FAQ. I still want one :P)

Right now, my primary system (on which I'm typing this) is an ASUS 1000HEB. It pulls 40W. If I can get something that does the same on 1/40 the power... I'll buy it, whether or not I have to save money to do so.

BTW, before my mother went and got a case of medical malpractice (don't ask, I'm not allowed to say more) we had a lot of money (well, relatively speaking) and so I can honestly say that my favorite city in the world is... London :D It's the only city I've ever been in with a good, solid public transit system, the food is fantastic, and (most of) the people are polite to a fault... at least, that's my perspective. I don't understand your politics, and I wish it was less expensive to live there, but that's just me being me ;) no worries.

Ya'll rock. Now send me that board :P
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