Hello everyone, I hate introductions, but I thought it could get a little naughty to start posting right away without introducing myself, so here goes.
I'm gbl08ma on the internet and Gabriel in real life (I like dividing my identities
). I'm 15 years old, i live in Portugal, and I've been playing around with computers for around 7~8 years, and with Linux for almost 4 years (if my brain cells aren't failing). I like hacking around both with the web, with desktops and with embedded devices, specially when they are opensource-powered (if they aren't, I try to hack them myself until they are). I'm not rich (at least, I don't consider myself rich) and I never had much hardware to play with (until recently it was just two desktops, one aging Pentium III and another which is now 4 years old; now I got a new laptop), so what had to happen was that I learned much more about how things work at high level (software) than at low level (hardware).
I have developed several websites, all of them hosted in free services so most went down. Currently, I have two virtual servers I got for free from friends, and I use each for hosting my personal website and an URL shortener.
About hacking physical devices, my iPod no longer runs Apple's firmware, but Rockbox; my old iPaq PDA runs a circa 2006 Linux distro (Familiar) with 2.4 kernel; I've tried multiple times to run Android on my Windows Mobile phone, without much success yet; of course, all my computers run some sort of Linux or BSD. A RasPi would certainly be of great use as you see
Finally, I've been following this project for quite a long time, 2 months I think, but I only took the time to register today. I don't know if I'll be able to purchase a Raspberry Pi at least until the buy1-give1 project ends - it's not that I don't like giving, it's just that it doubles the price of a RasPi as I understand it. Anyways, I love both the concept and the results of this project (and we only have alpha boards yet!) and I'll support it where I can, even if I don't buy a Raspberry Pi when it launches.
Note 1: for me it would be a Model B, please
Note 2: in Portuguese, Pi is pronounced like "pee". Be warned
Note 3: this was my biggest forum introduction ever. I'm feeling inspirational, or what...