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Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:07 am

My name is Christian. I'm a (recently terminated) webmaster in Paris.

My first experiences with programing came from high school, when I learned LOGO and some BASIC on an Apple +.

When I went off to university (college, in the United States) my parents sent along a brand-new IBM PC (two 5 1/4 diskette drives, green monochome monitor!), since the entering students were all required to have either a PC or a Macintosh as they began their studies, in 1984. I therefore got fairly proficient with MS-DOS and batch files.

I never quite mastered a programming language, but became fairly proficient with macros and spreadsheets. In the early 90s I extensively used Compuserve, so that with the rise of Internet, I was an early adopter, right as I moved to Paris to continue my studies. I learned HTML at a stage when web sites were built in text editors, which qualified me as one of France's first webmasters in 1998, a job that I have since exercised at several companies, gradually moving away from web site management to content management, social media and SEO. But I digress...

The tinkering itch never quite disappeared, and frankly flared dramatically when my son showed interest in programming and hardware. Getting involved with the Raspberry Pi therefore is a return to subjects not covered in my earlier years, and a chance to develop my son's interest in everything from networking, programming, hacking/modding, etc. I'm as yet unfamiliar with Linux, having so far installed Ubuntu on an old dual-boot PC, just for fun, which at least showed me that I'd be spending some time actually learning to use this OS at a command-line level, a heady return to the 1980s and DOS, which I loved.... This means I "sort of get" the spirit of Linux, but haven't really immersed myself yet, so this is as much about learning for myself as for my son!

I'm also en ex-future pro photographer, ex-roadbike racer, geocacher, barefoot runner (President of the French section of the Barefoot Runners Society) and all-around geek.

A bientôt !


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I got my 1st piece of Pi!

Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:42 pm



now I'll I gotta do is wait fer sumthin' to stick it into...

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:01 am

Hi, I'm twocvbloke, I used to build & repair computers for a living, and still tinker with them at home now and then, before I had to stop working due to a condition I have which causes excessive sleeping and rather messed up sleeping patterns. I never really got into the programming side as me and software never agree with anything we do... :lol:

Anyway, I grew up just after they stopped teaching proper computing in schools, we still used old BBCs and their Acorn successors to do things like word processing and drawing, but never really anything "In depth" with what makes the programs work, and as the Winders PC took over from the Acorns and their RiscOS, we ended up only learning how to type out a CV in Word, how to put together a Spreadsheet in Excel and how to make a presentation with Powerpoint, presumably they expected us all to end up working in some dreary office as admin staff or something!!!

Most of the computing stuff I learned was through trial and error at home, things I got told about by friends at school (like how to use Word97 to access the network storage bypassing RM-Connect and play with others' files, naughty I know!!), and once it became easy to access, finding stuff on the internet on how to make DOS do useful things...

As for small computers, well I've always had a fascination about them, the way they're designed to be so small yet perform like a full-sized system (though with limited capabilities of course), my last proper "small" desktop computer was a Mini-ITX system, based on the Via EPIA M10000 board and shoved into the Travla C134 case, a tiny computer for what it was able to do, like playing fairly decent games aswell as brows the internet and whatnot, aswell as an older Via EPIA 5000 which I had planned allsorts for, but never came to fruition, it just acted as a small uncased fileserver for a while, then it stopped working, annoyingly... :roll:

Over the years I've played with various computers, from Sinclairs (ZX81, never could work that one out, ZX Spectrum, and ZX Spectrum 128k +2 which was fun with the tape deck built in), the odd Commodore64 v2, Amiga A500+ and A600s (still have two of the latter), and many DOS-based PCs & laptops of varying shapes and sizes. Most of the PCS I've just used Windows on, I have tried a few different forms of Linux, but, cos of school, Windows is so ingrained on my brain that I found it difficult to switch full-time, and cos a lot of programs and games I use require full windows environments so even WINE couldn't completely move me over... :|

Anyway, enough blithering about me, I bought myself a Raspberry Pi kit on Monday, RS says up to 18 weeks for it to bake in the oven before delivery, so, I'm going to have plenty time to learn bits and pieces about the Pi while I wait!!! :lol:

I don't really have much of a pan for my Pi, so in the interim I'll probably use it for a dull purpose like as a media player for watching my Star Trek and Top Gear videos off my desktop PC and playing them back on a TV, or something along those lines, I'm sure though that I'll learn how to do more with it as I get used to it, after all, it is an educational computer, regardless of who owns it... :mrgreen:

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:03 pm

wkulesza wrote:Hey R-Pi users and fans!
Now with the help of raspberry, im hoping to create an affordable digital signage platform solution on the go!
That was the exact thing I wanted to do to. Take a look at the solution we've put together. Would love more beta testers:
Creator of Screenly (, the most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi and Sonar (, Google Analytics for the physical world.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Hi, I am Sekhar and I ordered the Raspberry Pi a couple of weeks ago and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. I have virtually no programming skills and my main goal was to build a low cost media center using XBMC. Hopefully, someone will come up with a Plex player for the Raspberry Pi which I can use to access my media remotely.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:04 pm

I'm tonyb in Seattle. I administered a few SCO Xenix systems back in the 80's, but really have not done much under hood stuff for a long time. I went through some chemo sessions a few years ago to get ready for a marrow transplant, and am finally ready to start exercising my brain again.

I bought my first computer in 1979 for over 2,000 dollars US, according to an online calculator I found, that should be about 6,600 now. It was an Apple ][, 32k ram, 100k floppy, 1mhz cpu, 40 column display on a tv set, and an all uppercase keyboard. And it was amazing.

I got the same feeling when I heard about the Raspberry Pi, which I am not so patiently waiting for. And what other hobby has toys where the prices have dropped so much, and you get so much more!
Question: linux != tanstaafl ?

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:27 am

glad ya got that chemo behind ya, Tony! couldn't imagine a wider chasm of amusement...

chemo \____________________________________________________/R-Pi

let's just keep ya on the :arrow: side of that gulf, eh? :mrgreen:

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:31 am

just wonderin'...

1) are posts *always* moderated?


2) is there a general natter section to, um, "natter" whilst awaiting delivery of the object of our mutual interest?

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:24 am

bytehead wrote:just wonderin'...

1) are posts *always* moderated?
No, just your first few. It's an anti-spam measure.
bytehead wrote:2) is there a general natter section to, um, "natter" whilst awaiting delivery of the object of our mutual interest?
There certainly is - scroll down to the bottom of the main forum page, and natter to your heart's content in Off Topic!
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:58 am

Morning folks. I'm Greg and am located in Maryland in the U.S. I don't have a Raspberry Pi yet and am just in the research stage of my buying, so I don't know if I'll get a Pi or not. Although it's cool enough that I think I'll get one.

I like to tinker with Linux and the Pi seems like a perfect toy to do that with. I don't know what the final use for it would be, maybe a media center or a weather station PC. Or I'm also looking at getting a Ham license, so I'm sure I'd be able to figure out a use for controlling radios or whatever.

It's pretty low powered, so I'm wondering if anyone has a Pi set up running off a battery using solar or wind to recharge it.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:51 pm

liz wrote:
bytehead wrote:just wonderin'...

1) are posts *always* moderated?
No, just your first few. It's an anti-spam measure.
bytehead wrote:2) is there a general natter section to, um, "natter" whilst awaiting delivery of the object of our mutual interest?
There certainly is - scroll down to the bottom of the main forum page, and natter to your heart's content in Off Topic!
I saw that Category and thought "well...I *do* wanna natter about this device ultimately" so gave it a miss...but now that you mention it...I can't imagine a more apropos place than "anything but the topic at hand" ;) Thanks folks seem to have it all goin' on...most excellent :)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:23 am

Have been interested and learned electronics in a Vocational school since 1966.
My first computer was a Timex-Sinclar then on to a VIC 20, Commodore 64, XT, AT, now have put together several desk tops and have a bunch of disassociated computer parts and also a Ham Radio person. QRP is my main intrest at the moment (less than 5 Watts total.)

I have some Apple products and run mainly Ubuntu (12.04) and now playing with Raspberry PI, Arduino and looking at PICs.

This is a fast changing field.
The speed of the modern day processors is astounding. Too bad the rest of products have not kept up. To my way of thinking when the pc is turned on in 2 or 3 seconds the computer should be ready to go. I am still impressed that ubuntu is at least 4 times faster than Window to boot up.
Enough of this carping.
On to having fun.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:30 am

I'm Stewart, in Toronto. By dint of noticing that was still showing Raspberry Pis available for order when all other sites had crashed on launch day, I have two Pis. One of them is now with the very talented Brent Marshall, who is doing clever things with data visualization.

I first learned to program at the age of five, on my dad's computer bureau's (bright orange!) ICL 2900. I subsequently did more programming on the school's networked BBC Bs. These were all ganged together on one switch, so some lucky little oik got to throw the switch and hear a massed chorus of BOOP BEEPs.

We ended up with an Amstrad CPC, and I started programming on that. I wrote some type-in games for Database Publications' "Amstrad Computer User", then reviewed games for several years after. I also wrote for several Amiga computer magazines. Yes, my cix account (scruss) still works ...

I've been using Linux since 1995, and Unix since the late 80s. I'm very taken with what the Raspberry Pi can do; it's many times more powerful than the mainframes I used at Strathclyde over twenty years ago. I'm also a radio nerd (callsign VA3PID). My day job is designing wind and solar power plants.

I've been using the nickname "scruss" online for more than two decades. Unless it's on a gaming site (where some little dweeb thinks my e-mail address is his), any scruss you'll meet online is me.

My biggest regret about the Raspberry Pi is that it doesn't go BOOP BEEP when it starts up.
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Introduce yourself!

Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:58 am

Heya Raspiez!

Just got my first RPi and am loving it. I have recently gotten into Linux so the Pi is coming along pretty naturally so far. I have a bunch of questions but will save them for the appropriate forums. I'm really excited for custom images (Crunchbang is my current favorite flavour of Debian and I'm dying to see what they pull off) I'm also interested in getting a basic 2 player minecraft server hosted on the little fellow.

Other than that I've dug out my legos and my friend (who went in on the purchase with me) is putting together a case :)

Pleasure to be part of the crowd! Please feel free to message me!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:15 pm

Hi guys

I am Simon - i have been using unix since about 1987 and have been a sys admin since about 1988 and have used pretty much all of the versions of unix since then.

I started programming in basic when the ZX80 turned up and moved on to Cobol/VB then finally i am now using linux php mysql and apache.

I hope to provide beginners help guides to make it simple for the noobies to get up and running.

Nice to meet you guys


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:17 pm

I'm James
I got my Raspberry pi this week in Australia, and have just got it all hooked up and booted it up and it is all working nicely.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:17 pm

Hi, Im James, 22, from the UK. I work as a software developer (doing embedded debian stuff every day). Im also a moderator on the DaniWeb forums. Got my pi about a month ago.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:20 pm

Hi folks, We took delivery of our little unit today and so far im impressed. Im a 1970's kid and cut my teeth on the 1980s home computers like a lot of folks here no doubt. I owned a VIC-20 but since that went I never really touched a computer again until the IBM clones of the 1990s. I work for a big software company in the telecoms and network management area doing customer support. I want my kids to learn some of the enthusiasm we had as kids and using computers to learn and create things. Ok they might not specialise in computer science or programming but it wont hurt to learn a little bit.

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:43 pm

Hello all. I just signed up since my first Raspberry Pi is scheduled to arrive today... I can't wait! I have a BeagleBone which I have used very little. I have done some Arduino / AVR programming as well. I am an avid Linux enthusiast having used Linux since 2003.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:10 pm

Hi, I'm Andy from the UK. I've been programming since I got my Atari 800XL at the age of 8, studied electronics at college, went on to complete a PhD, then abandoned the life academic for a job in industry. I now work as a digital circuit designer.

Unfortunately I don't get much opportunity to play with real hardware in my day job so I'm interested in doing some electronics projects with my Raspberry Pi (which arrived 4 days ago :D) to remind myself what lungs full of solder smoke feel like.

I have two lovely young daughters who might some day give me time to play with my Pi, or even want to to play with it themselves, but at the moment they're more interested in crayons and filling nappies with unspeakable horrors.

I also like to pretend I have time to cook, eat out, watch football, tennis, cricket and snooker, delude myself that one day I'll remain injury-free for long enough to participate in sports myself, and play video games.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:30 am

Hi I'm Holy One, 33. I like yogo, long walks in the woods ..

I'm not an IT professional and I don't programme for fun.

I bought the pi as an ultra low power/footprint home server solution to replace my p3 700.

So far so great!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi, my name is <insert random text here> I live in gtr Mcr.

I can't programme. I hate Linux / CLI. :P

However I do love tinkering! :) and I have pi's.

I had a couple of projects in mind mainly to do with enclosures/cases for the pi, alas I've already hit major snags which is why I joined the forum... will be posting manic hysterical screams for help soon.
RPI-1: Logitech mk260 wireless Keyboard&Mouse / Comfast Wireless USB ( Realtek 8188) New one ordered! :p / Sony Ericsson 5v 850ma charger...

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:29 pm

Hi I'm Jacko.

Technical electronics, and all that. I don't like Raspberries, and so mine will be called bramble.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:36 am

Hello. I'm Andrew.
I'm a relative Linux noob, more used to using Juce by Julian Storer, who's written a very nice cross-platform set of development tools and libraries (PC, OSX, iOS, Android and Linux) [I'm just playing trying to get JuceDemo to run reliably]

It' be interesting to see the difference between Android and Linux ports of his code on the Raspberry pi :)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:00 am

12, from England.
I was given an RPi by a family member and am having a lot of grief (the great devil of technological failure has shown his ugly face again :twisted: :( ) getting it to work ;) ! I'm a BIG gamer so I might make a few games on the RPi, and I've made a case for it as I'm a HUGE Lego buff.
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