My name's Robert and I'm from New London, Connecticut USA.
I've been messing around with computers since 1979 when I programmed (in MS-Basic v.1.1) some small Christmas program and brought our clunky home computer to 5th grade. The teachers and kids were amazed back then.
That computer was an Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P, a true obscurity these days and never had a big following in those early Apple ][ and TRS-80 days. Over the years we upgraded that with a doubling of RAM (from 4K to 8K!!!) (yeah you read that right, eight K!) and a hardwired joystick port (connected to the actual keyboard keys!) before moving on or up to TI-99/4A, Atari 5200, Commodore 64s, Timex Sinclair 1000's, and a Franklin Ace 1000.
Finally the PC era arrived in my house when I upgraded a 10mHz XT machine to a brand new 286-12mHz motherboard, and a really BIG Seagate 43MB hard drive. That machine could run DOS 3.3, and I banged out a lot of work in Wordperfect 5.0... such fun.
The PC's went through a million upgrades, always piecemeal, to the monster on my desk now with big video cards and more RAM than existed in the world in 1979.... all in a single box.
Now I've received a Raspberry Pi as a gift after hearing about them for months now. It's a fascinating little machine and I intend to figure what I can make it do. I haven't done much nuts-and-bolts programming in years, the closest thing being old style HTML for a couple websites lately. I don't even know all the terminology associated with Linux but I'll learn it.
Today was the beginning of the new adventure into Pi-Land. It's powered up and talking! That's a start!
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