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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:11 pm

Note that I regularly patrol this thread, and will delete any and all posts that abuse it by using it to post spam-links, in any form, be it as a signature or as a contact link, or directly in the text. If it's to a commercial site the post will be deleted. Non commercial sites, as personal blogs etc are fine.
so now you know.... :mrgreen:
And yes, if you post-edit your introduction, to include a promotional link, that will mean immediate deletion of your post, and account. We have a zero spam tolerance policy in this forum, so please report spam when you find it, using the flag icon on top of each post.

By the way, (I have never introduced myself here before) I'm a 62 year-old electronic engineer from the Netherlands, and I love RPI's, and Retro computing. I'm currently designing a retro home-computer kit based on a Z80 that can generate VGA video, called "Rho CoCo" (short for Retro Home color computer). You can read more about it in the off-topic section of this forum.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:26 pm

Hi everybody.
I'm quite new to raspberry world. I've been programming in Assembler and C on many different platform.
Right now I0m using an Pi3 + Raspberry for different HMI interface as home case studies.
Thanks for support us !!! :D

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:16 am

hi gang,
mrreality13 here .long time linux user ,1st rig i've built in 10 yrs,been gettin cheep lappys used in pawn shops as needed,usually get 2/3 yrs outa em
i will be receiving my slice of the pie today ,im a load Raspbian Stretch with desktop on it /i only want vlc and the ability to browse,got the abox 16gb kit and a 256 gig flash drive ,debating on a ext 1-2 tb hd or scraping a older lappy w/ a 750 gig traditional hd in it in a enclosure and ive read mixed reviews on the mSSD hat creating interference w/ wifi and that's my ONLY way to connect via my phones hot spot,i live in a very rural community.
well thats my intro ,hopefully i wont need you guys too much,lol :mrgreen:
remember ,never approach a computer thinking this will only take a minute
~~pi zero w and a 3b+

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:36 pm

I'm flanylla, dabbling with Pi's since a while ago. Mostly using one as a general purpose and retro gaming computer which is nice.

I'm seventeen, British and since recently run a small blog which almost never gets updated, but probably will do once I start actually writing more :P (from what that mod says I'm guessing linking to that kinda site is fine)

Hope I enjoy my time here.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:18 pm


My name is Alice and I was one of the thousands that woke up at 5am to refresh the browser constantly until I managed to get in the queue to order the first RPi :) I have that one and the model that came a few months later with additional RAM, and have done some fiddling with them in the past. After a long pause I've started to play with them again, with an interest in emulation of old micros and simh, and maybe learn some assembler. Also building a NAS, probably :)


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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:11 pm


I'm newbieraspi, from Indonesia. Got my first raspi about 5 months ago & had been using it for retro gaming for 4 month. Now I'm using it as portable lamp server for learning web development.


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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:26 pm

Hello all.
My name is Ryan. Received my first raspberry pi
yesterday as an early birthday gift. Long time follower and researcher of this website and now finally own one of my own!
I am 29, will be 30 on St. Patricks day. I Served 4 years in the army (paratrooper) currently reside in Sacramento, CA
Lifelong interest in anything computerized, electronic, etc. More recently in last few years Android phones (rooting, custom rom installation etc) have been my main hobby. Everything I have learned has been through the internet along with trial and error. when. It comes to the coding/scripting or whatnot I stop. Brand new to these commands/codes etc. So I hope to learn the basics while working on my pi. That's about it, excited to start learning and building!!

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:46 pm

Hi I am Ronald,

I am a newcomer in raspberry and the whole idea of computing. I have no computing background, but I am very interested in it now. My end goal is to build my own server network at home - from the router to the last database required.

I have a lot of questions and I hope that being part of this community will help me gain more knowledge and hopefully I can share my experiences for all to learn.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:16 am

As my user name suggests, my name is Adam. I am 68, will turn 69 next month, am from Slovakia, and have been computing since the age of 15, way back in 1965, when computers were not yet available to most people.

At the end of 2018 I bought a 3D printer and then bought a Raspberry Pi 3B+ to control the 3D printer with Octoprint. I was pleasantly surprised by how much such a tiny computer could do, a lot more than those big computers we learned on back in 1965.

I have quickly started using it to do tasks my expensive Windows laptop has trouble doing. For example, I have recently made a video about how to backup the Raspbian image from the microSD card using Windows and the Pi itself. I went into much detail and ended up with a 10 gigabyte file I needed to upload to YouTube. Using my laptop would have taken at least a week and I would have had to keep it turned on all that time, and it would have consumed a lot of power while slowing the system to a crawl, and potentially crash.

So, I copied the file to my RPi, logged in using TightVNC and started the upload using the Chromium browser that came with the Raspbian. I then exited the VNC and let the Pi do its job. It took three days and three nights of continuous upload (my DSL does not allow high upload speeds), which was a lot less than I was expecting based on my past uploads from Windows. And I was able to turn my laptop off every night because the Pi was just doing on its own what it was asked to do.

So, I’m very happy with the RPi and plan to get several more of them and use them for specialized tasks each. And of course I will make more video tutorials and even write some software for it.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:54 pm

I am not new to the forums here, but the last time I was here was around 2013. The system nuked my account, but says my old email address is still in use. D'whut?

I got my first RPi at the end of 2012, and quickly became interested in electronics in general. Within two months, I designed built my first circuit. It was a photoresister with an LED; the LED got brighter as ambient light got brighter. WOW... I am soooooo cool for thinking that up!! :shock: :o :mrgreen:

I went whole hog into it, and purchased several books. I also got a slew of components and basic tools, including... a Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope. There was a code on the net (maybe not authorized!) which activated all of the features,

Problem is, I have a serious mood disorder and have cycles of severe depression. In fact, I am medically retired because of it. All too often, if I take up a new hobby, but soon after starting it, I have an episode, I do not get back into it. I think it is because my mind associates it with the bad period of time.

But I am going to give it another shot.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:33 am

Hi everyone! I'm Greg from California. I'm glad to be part of this group and looking forward to learn more.
It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:38 pm


My name is Anh. I am a software engineer and web developer by trade from Southern California. I was just recently diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer and have been mostly bedridden since Nov 2018. I try to keep my brain occupied with my newly discovered love for the Raspberry Pi armada and trying to leverage my existing skillset to apply to this new hobby.

I have gone from one Pi3B purchased years ago for Retropie (it was the mini NES craze) to now 2x Pi 3B+, 2 x Pi 3A+, 5 x Pi Zero W and 2 Pi Zero in about a month. The fleet is managed with Red Hat Ansible and I have started publishing Ansible roles to Ansible Galaxy specific for the RPI in case others might find them useful. So far I have roles to compile and manage RealTek's RTL8812AU and 8812BU WiFi adapter drivers, uhubctl, along with crypto mining software CGMiner and BFGminer that are specialized to use USB stick miners.

In the process of setting up PRI as a web server and getting that Retropie up and running again.
Oh noes, the kernel panic again :shock:

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:29 am

Hi all!
My name is Johannes, I'm a physicist from Germany. I have worked very little with the Raspberry Pi so far :? .
I came here to get help reviving my 3B+ (viewtopic.php?f=63&t=236442) 8-)

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:18 am

I'm Danny Staple, the Orionrobots guy, a builder of robots since long before the Raspberry Pi, and now mostly using Pi's in robots. I love code and electronics, and mentor people in developing their skills. I make videos of my work from time to time on youtube at my channel [].

I have a bit of a passion with robotics, as a creative technology endeavour, in my own way and on my own time. Although I have a technology related career, making stuff my own way has lead me to learn so many skills, build my own lab, and to share that passion with as many people who I can. I get fired up over demystifying and getting the power to create in as many hands as possible. In those passions, the Raspberry Pi (along with the Arduino, and a flurry of simple, inexpensive development boards), and the community of makers and educators have been huge part.

I am also the author of the book Learn Robotics Programming, exploring making and programming robots with the Raspberry Pi. I've spent time on not just code, but building techniques, choosing parts, bits of electronics and leading readers to the community.

I love the Pi, Makerspace and Python communities, and happy to lend a hand with my technical skills where I can.
I came here today to comment on PiWheels - Ben's rather awesome project making large projects like OpenCV less cumbersome to get up to date.

I'll see people at PiWars this weekend, where I am a reserve team with a Raspberry Pi 3A+ based robot.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:42 am

Hi all...I'm Steven
I enjoy music and robotics

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:53 am

Hi all. I'm noob, this is my first raspberry. I hope to get help here.



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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:28 pm

Hi all, I'm Tim
I enjoy traveling and music

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:45 am

I'm Ricardo, from Portugal and I love IT in general!
I hope to learn from the community 😊

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:45 am

Hello World, my name is Bill.

I 'cut my teeth' on vacuum tubes and relays. Started into the solid state world with the Raytheon CK-722 transistor and then the digital world in the '60. I have spent most of my life working with computers from Super-Mini's to controllers. My first 'personal computer' was a Heathkit H-8. Another of my very early 'personal computers' was a Digital Equipment Company (DEC) PDP-8 mini-computer, probably the longest lived commercial computer ever made. The PDP-8 has a fascinating history. DEC tried to discontinue the PDP-8 several times (especially after they introduced the famous VAX super-mini) but the customers almost revolted and demanded that DEC continue to produce it.

I worked in the commercial nuclear power industry for many years mainly involved in instrumentation and watched us move from pneumatic instruments to networked electronic systems. Did some design work with single board computers (that we designed) and custom interface hardware. Boy would a Raspberry Pi have made that work easy!

I don't consider myself to be much of a programmer but I have written code in machine code, assembler, and a few dozen other languages. Probably not pretty but it all worked.

And like another member that posted in this thread, I really liked the Zilog Z-80. Most of my early work though was with the Motorola 6800 family and then the 68000 series. The 6800 was a lot of fun because you could manually clock the chip.

Basically I don't do Windows and have pretty much been a Unix, Linux person. My first exposure to Linux was version 0.9 Slackware and quickly moved to Debian Buzz. That Raspberry Pi primarily uses Debian for their base is a big "plus" for me.

The Pi will probably mostly be something to tinker and play with though I do have a few 'practical' use ideas that I might pursue.

One thought that immediately comes to mind is that the Rasberry Pi is probably the very best choice for someone wanting to implement a IoT that is also concerned about security and privacy. The idea of allowing such as Amazon or Google to collect data from one's use of an IoT system is quite repugnant to me!

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:23 am

I am Hossein.
doing My PhD at the University of Auckland. on IoT , automation and fog computing.
I am working on different scenarios to design an architecture for fog contained a number of raspberry Pis.
i hve many interests that will post them all n my topics.
hope we will enjoy this space.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:27 am

Hi! I am Juan and I love the Commodore 64, Python and now I am tinkering with the Raspberry Pi. Cheers!

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:38 pm

Hey there.

My name is Paul, though I also go by Pablo.

I've been coding for years, especially in Python, and am looking to share and learn new things.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:23 pm

Hi, I'm Wuffell. Confused engineer willing to learn :lol:

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:00 pm

Hi I'm new! A friend of mine was cleaning out his basement and just gave me all the things he didn't use anymore. I now have a pi but I don't know for sure which one, but it has a micron chip. I tried to make a picture of it my avatar but with the compression that's only going to be so helpful.

There was also a card that came with it, I think it has NOOBS on it? The packaging the card is in says element14 but I can't be absolutely sure it hasnt been used before. I got it to turn on twice, once with the NOOBS card but I wasnt sure what to do and when I just told it to use Raspbian it gave me a warning about wiping the entire thing so I decided to back away and to some research before messing around. The second time I got it running was with the card that had been actually used, I think it was some headless something and wanted a password so I backed off on that too. Since then I haven't gotten it to really run properly again? The first two times was over HDMI but since then it's been RCA so I suspect there's something I will have to do to make it default over there.

speaking of, since I've completely gone tangent anyways I might as well just be upfront with everything. I have never liked solid state storage, the write/erase issue has always bothered me. I read a bunch of things and now I'm afraid I know just enough to get me in trouble but not enough to actually get what I want. I've used TAILS for awhile now so I don't mind having a read only system that only goes read/write for updates and important things, but while I use TAILS I did not program TAILS so I have no idea how to get it to happen completely with Raspbian. I'm seeing things about being able to tell the system that it's read only, moving the tmp to RAM, now I'm also seeing something about zram? and that cache and tmp might not be the same thing so you have to move a lot of things to RAM? It's all so confusing for me. Like I said I've run TAILS for awhile and I've actually run several linux systems from flash drives so I am totally ready to only have a limited amount of RAM to be able to actually use, I am prepared to basically give up multitasking when using the pi, but I don't know how to set up the system in the first place.

I guess I'm here to read and learn and hopefully get something bootable?
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:04 am


I am David.

At the start of my third career (1st: law, sort of - 2nd: real estate - 3rd: telecommunications) and first wife, I finally put my hardware/software lurking experience into a business of selling a complete accounting package I translated by hand into CP/M along with a beefy TRS80 clone. This evolved into custom programming - but only for extreme requests.

Since my now ex-wife wanted an unreasonable piece of my computer businesses, I quit all that. It took a few years to shed all my customers.
I concentrated on the telecommunications job (largest national telco) and also remarried.
LOVED the last 15+ years of that job. Basically an analyst, I only worked on problems no one else could fix AND only after my staff failed, others had failed 10 + times, or it was a request from someone high enough up that I didn't know their name, usually. West coast, mostly. I was supposed to be tech only (Fiber, T systems, network) but ... legal, hardware manufacturer defects, major account relations failures, policy, equipment purchase evaluation, internal systemic breakdowns, company screw-ups. (Since everyone had failed before it came to me - I couldn't lose!) At least, always something new. On call 24/7/365 - I would get calls from the Pentagon, or Getty Trust, Kaiser Health, or FAA at 2am and was expected to make someone happy somewhere. I taught some special test techniques across the country. Quit when upper management would not allow peers to get jobs out of our department as it was shrinking.

Retired now many years. I have a modest pc cluster in my garage. Using RPI to handle the security and camera system around the house. Having fun re-writing a few drivers.
I use FreeBASIC. It is a free BASIC compiler, very mature, easy to link to C, multi-platform. It produces VERY fast and small executables: near c speed. Friendly, helpful crowd at their forums.

Oh, I am a troublemaker and once I start I talk too much. Someone following somebodies 'rules' were usually what created my largest problems at work.
One can be very honest (I **always** am), never break the rules, not follow anyone's advice, and still fix the problem to everyone's satisfaction.

I look forward to learning about the PI, and perhaps extending the functionality a little bit.
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