There is nothing illegal about Kodi in itself. its a media player just like VLC and Window Medial player.Then you try different takes on Kodi which is garbage and mostly illeagal.
Actually we already know that, we also know that those devices costs a multitude or two more too..Whatever you guys think Raspberry can do a PC or an android phone can do multitudes better.
It's around that, not sure of exact figure. Probably not quite 20M or we would probably have announced it, but it must be very close by now.
As has been pointed out, the Pi is a real computer for children to own and use designed for learning how to program while controlling lights and motors. It is a testament to its versatility that hobbyists have also used Raspberry Pi computers for making media players and gaming machines. Try programming in Python on your mobile phone, Roku media player or PS4 and you will immediately appreciate how much better the Pi is at such things.
A Pi is indeed cool and very small. However the term "mini computer" has a very specific meaning in the computer world. The Pi is not a mini computer."how cool, a mini computer!"
No it's not. Thank God.Well raspi is NOTHING like a PC
I suspect Unhappy would be a lot less unhappy if he had registered here 18 months ago, instead of only yesterday, and asked about resolving issues as they came up.You spend hours upon hours googling around why things doesnt work, boot, start et.c.
Then you spend even more hours figuring out errors and when it starts working its
always a disappointment.
Nonsense. I can't even find the GPIO pins or UART on my android phonesWhatever you guys think Raspberry can do a PC or an android phone can do multitudes better.
Partially correct. Most people will not find a use for a Pi or even be interested. However Pi are doing practical work all over the place, even in commercial/industrial settings.These "mini computers" will eventually fade away because they wont ever be of practical use
to most people.
Maybe the username Happy was already taken, thus the 18 month wait.
Ditto. Only six years (all but 30 days) since I got my first RPi. It's been the best thing in computing since 1979 when we built a ZX80 from a kit of parts. It has more MIPS than the first mainframes I worked on at NatWest Bank in 1981. I've been learning how to use computers since 1979 and doing it for a day job since December 1981 (after a stint being a 3890 Reader/Sorter operator from July 1981 to December 1981).Burngate wrote: ↑Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:58 pmFrom a sample of one (me) I think I can safely say it's not been a waste of either time or money.
For the past 7 years (all but 26 days) it's kept me off the streets and kept my brain active. It's even produced some useable gizmos that are doing stuff round the house.
And hopefully some of my posts have been of useful to some other people, if only by keeping them off the streets and getting their brains to work ...
It didn't get me a job, but it certainly helped.
Quite so....reflecting upon how one spends time and whether it was spent well is important. I think that's why this thread has attracted so many comments.
Milton Friedman (Nobel Laureate in Economics) used to criticize his son David's recreational activities in the Society for Creative Anachronism because it couldn't be used as a fallback means to make a living. I suspect that the real root of the objection is the difference between the generation that grew up during the Depression and the next generation that didn't. In any case, doing things with the Pi escapes that particular argument as learning about the Pi *could* be turned into gainful employment. Not necessarily using Pis themselves, but the knowledge gained from using them. Therefore, by Milton Friedman's definition, using a Pi is *not* a waste of time.Heater wrote: ↑Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:08 pmAlso the statement "Raspberry Pi is a waste of time (and money)" has the implication that those who buy Raspi's and spend a long time tinkering with them are wasting their time and their money. That they are some how too dumb to realize that there are better things to do with their time and money.
Unhappy wrote: ↑Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:34 pmHi
Yes it was a rant and to be honest I didnt think it would make it.
20 million sold, not bad.
If I google Raspberry projects ( you all might have tried it) what do I actually get?
Exactly, not much. A handful of pages with the same stuff. Kodi, Retropie and some
sort of media-hub.
Dont get me wrong now. I got both my rasps for 33€ (together) and I was excited
because I also thought this would be the do-it-all marvelous mini gadget.
Unfortunately those dreams came to a crushing halt when actually trying to do something.
There are no good tutorials, videos, pdfs, sites, pages on how to make any project work.
You basically have to be a Linux wizard to correct anything that doesnt go as "described".
Yes, feel free to call me stupid but Im a family man without time and interest to sit for hours
learning new stuff.
Bare with me,
Retropi, 4 attempts: Roms, what the hell, illegal. Not easy to find, not easy to make it work.
Had to skip alot because I could never figure out how to get screencaps or coverart.
KODI, 2 attempts. Nothing that Youtube or Netflix cant do better. Streaming new stuff and
automatically fetch subtitles that was neat but illegal.
WebRadio, 2 attempts. Got radio to work on computer screen but never on touch screen.
No sound via bluetooth only audio-plug. Second attempt Volumio, asking for password
never could connect via browser.
I have looked in so many forums and sites that Im all tired to try and impress my daughter
with these "amazing gadgets". I just cant write a question every 5 mins I run into a problem.
In forums people take stuff for granted that I (normal person?) has no clue about. Cant even
get Putty to work on WiFi. Every bloody time I get a "cannot do" this or that with non existing
files that is supposed to be there.
To be honest most of those 20 million units are probably collecting dust.
I think you are right that many Raspberry Pi computers are collecting dust. Hopefully some are doing this as robotic vacuum cleaners.