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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:17 am

Dustin here from the Northwest corner of the US! I'm not a Pi owner yet but I'm on the list! I was a little slow getting to the Pi party but I've been semi-patiently waiting for some time now to be invited to order. I'm getting a little restless though!

My background is in industrial automation but recently have been sucked into the world of programming. I have been developing in VB/VB.NET for the past couple of years since it's fairly common in the industrial environment. I've been taking up Python over the last few weeks in preparation for my inevitable purchase of my RPi. I cannot wait!


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Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:39 pm

greetings pi peeps,

I'm Tim and I live on rural Morecambe Bay. I'm a volunteer in my local library - digital championing and otherwise preparing the ground for the arrival of B4RN and FTTH.

I peaked in the 1980s and learned BBC Basic. It's been downhill ever since. I have four grandsons under six and hope to keep up with them for as long as I can. I'm interested in the education application end of the operation and when I find the threads I can understand I look forward to learning from all and sundry.

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:11 pm

I'm a mature student studying Business Computer Systems in the UK. Grew up with an Amiga 500/1200 and the Pi interested me in being a machine that kids could tinker with like you could the old machines.

Very interested to see what I can do with the Pi, in terms of programming, web/media servers, potential games and what where it could find good use at university.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:39 am

I have just been sent a raspberry pi from RS and in the last day have it plugged into the back of my TV running xbmc. What is excellent is how it is powered using one of the TVs USB sockets.

Next I will be printing a case to attach to the back of the TVs vesa mount.

I am from thw UK and sell 3d printers.


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Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:54 am

Just an old geek who wanted to play with a cool computer.

Have just started building a web server on my Pi. Want to see just how much of a personal website I can get running before it runs out of grunt. Wordpress had some troubles when I got mysql running. So I need to rethink the mysql config.

Love my Pi.. Good work...

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Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:08 am

Hi Folks,

My name is Geoff, screen name geffers.

Age 63, live in UK, use Windows only when I have to, have Ubuntu installed on a HP laptop, an Acer Aspire One and two ancient desktops. Also run Debian from a USB stick for 'play' purposes.

Haven't got my Pi yet, ordered April, promised June now delayed until July :(

Ah well.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:34 pm


Apparently I had an inappropriate username/nickname that I've been using since the beginning of the interwebs. Quite hilarious actually.

Anyways, I forgot my initial introductory post, but here goes:

I love electronics.


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Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:04 pm

I'm Mike and have been playing with computers since I had an ELF II single board machine back in 1979 - the pi reminds me a lot of that machine.

I went on to write games for the Spectrum, Amstrad, ST, Amiga and PC before doing some real work and programming in MUMPS, C, VB, etc creating hotel systems, credit card handling and health insurance.

I now make Toy Soldiers for a living but am looking at the pi as a fun project to play with, do some robotics with and probably produce a Python version the the Adventure Kernel system I wrote for a book back in 1986...

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Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:16 am

Hi all
Pi arrived from element 14 last week - not had much time to play yet - but have managed to get media player and Java up and running. Despite postings suggesting that Java would be unusable, I can confirm that it does work - although not fast.

Looking forward to messing with the GPIO.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:27 pm

Hi my name is Jay. I live in the UK and am married my three children.

I build computers for myself, friends and family; help administer them as well. Preferred OS: Linux but also use Windows 7 for my necessary art software. (I so wish software vendors would port to Linux - Wine doesn't support my needed software :( Currently I personally use Fedora 17 and Crunchbang. I love tinkering with anything technical, hence my acquisition of RP :D I have lobbied my local MP to get better IT taught at schools; so I am really excited about this project and hope it really catches on. I think the current system of teaching word, spreadsheets etc is not enough. My children weren't even taught the basics of pc security ie backups, updates, security software..... My eldest daughter is at Uni now and although not technically minded is quite happy with Kubuntu on her laptop and I think probably stuns her friends with all the bells and whistles :)

I remember the early days of home computing and how exciting it was to buy a magazine and type in the code to create a game or such and then, as always seemed to happen, debugging the code mostly due to my typos!

I received my Raspberrypi last week and am now just waiting for a hdmi cable to hook it up to my monitor; purchased from amazon for £1.01 with free postage! I thought about scratch building a case, but I know think that I will wait and buy the official case when it becomes available.

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Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:12 am

I'm Steve. I'm a freelance journalist and author. My journalism focuses on information security and I'm the editor of two infosec journals, Network Security and Computer Fraud & Security, a Certified Ethical Hacker and I blog very occasionally at I'm also the author of two novels.

I have an amateur's fascination with robotics. I first started tinkering with robots (if that's not too disgusting an image) back in the 1980s when I was part of a group building a home robot controlled by BBC Micros (I was deputy editor of Acorn User for a spell). I recently got back into it when I discovered the Arduino. When I started hitting the limitations of that device, I looked around for a low-power Linux platform. So now I have two BeagleBones and an RPi (with a second on the way - oops! It was an accident, honest).

I'm also going to look at playing with the RPi as a 'dropbox' solution for penetration testing. Currently having fun with the pwnpi distro.

My wife thinks I'm a hopeless geek, and she's right. So that's okay then...

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:11 pm

Hello! I'm a web developer and hobbyist programmer. Till now I've had my programming fix using Psion pocket computers, writing daft little strategy games for them. I want to use the Raspi to reacquaint myself with C and possibly C++, so that in time I can write daft little strategy games for the Raspi too.

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:26 pm

I'm John (d'errr!!)

Been using Linux since about 1996 (Definite Linux) and before that it was Amiga's. Got my Pi because:

a) it sounded amazing
b) just fancied something to tinker with
c) when your day job is managing rubbish/waste for local government you need something to stretch the ol' grey cells

Since getting it a few weeks ago and starting to mess about with it over the last few days and follow the tutorials in Linux Format I've grown to really love it. Just ordered some homeplugs so I can connect it to the internet and a rather nice translucent red plastic case with the Pi logo on it. Seems like an ideal tool to just carry around with you. Can see the PSU, cat5 cable, Pi and a small wireless keyboard/touchpad I've seen on ebay as a great fix it tool to have on you.

As you were


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Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:28 pm


I'm Paul from Lincolnshire. I cut my teeth programming in Z80 assembler on the Spectrum and in the late 80s modified the Opus Discovery Disk Drive system to mimic the directory structures of DOS amongst other things. I then started learning assembler on the PC.

Got fed up with the day job in 94 and went to University to study for a degree in Computer Science and graduated in 2000 (it was a long course as I was offered a job during my years placement so the final year was part time). Currently planning on doing my Masters.

I still work for the same company that took me on during my degree as an Application Specialist (thats apparently the industry standard title).


Procrastination - The Thief of Time.

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:31 pm


I am interested in anything related to the raspi and PIR sensors for use as a Cloud based alarm system - not as part of an existing alarm system that uses a traditional "box on the wall".

I have developed a Cloud platform that can forward alarm signals into any alarm monitoring center in the world ( but my goal is to do away with alarm panels all together. They simply aren't needed any more. A PIR detector can easily be connected to the net with a Raspi and all it needs to do is fire out an event packet each time movement is detected.

I'm a software guy - and useless with hardware. If you can get a Raspi to fire off a UDP packet every time movement is detected, then I can take care of the rest. Users can turn their system on and off with their smart phone and my platform will figure out when the monitoring company should be alerted. Anyone interested in developing this idea with me?
Looking for people developing Rasppi + PIR sensor applications

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:15 pm

Hi all

I'm Jeff from deepest darkest Northumberland.

The Missus ordered me a RPi for my birthday the day it was released, and it arrived yesterday. Was quite a surprise actually, even though I knew she had ordered it, I had completely forgotten about it!

I remember the good old days of being sat in my bedroom as a kid tapping away at the keyboard programming my own games on my trusty 128k spectrum. Often hours, if not days, of programming only to have a power cut and lose it all (I'm sure we've all been there!)

I'm 29 and love gaming, especially StarCraft 2, but you know what I love most? Coming in from the pub after a few jars, or coming in from work, and firing up Jumping Jack or Booty!
Those were always my 2 favourite games, and to this day, they still are!
I'm sure I won't be the first to say this, and I'm sure I won't be the last, but... Kids have no idea about how easy they have it these days. Blimey, I'm turning into my dad!

I can't wait to get the RPi fired up!
I think my first mission will be to get a Spectrum emulator on it and challenge the misses to a game of Jumping Jack!

In the long run, I'd like to build myself a MAME cabinet powered by the RPi. Think that may be my summer project for when I'm not away working :)

Looking forward to spending time on the forum with like minded people :)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:41 am

I'm David Mitchell. I spend part of my time on an island near Seattle in the NW USA, and part on an island in Lake Nicaragua. I've worked in computers (mostly network management) since 1979. My first and largest unix computer was a VAX11/780 cluster, and if we can agree that Linux ~= unix then my latest and smallest is a Raspberry Pi.

I am very excited by the buzz surrounding the Pi. Even if it doesn't completely revolutionize computer education (and it might) it's certainly captured the attention of the geek class!

My first Pi project is a charge controller for for a wind generator/battery system that provides backup power for my community's access to the Internet. I found USB voltmeters here and a USB relay board here, which, along with a fist full of meter shunts will let me send power to the mains in windy times and turn on a mains charger when it's calm. Or that's the plan. During initial testing one of the voltmeters let the smoke out and it's gone back to the vendor for a post-mortem, but it's only a small setback!

It's a commentary of the present age that the system was specified in, and the parts ordered from, rural Nicaragua. The voltmeter boards are from the Slovak Republic, and the relay board from Australia.

Thanks to all for sharing your hopes, plans, questions and answers!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:14 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Mark, and I am most definitely not an alcoholic!

Having just received an email saying my RPi has been shipped, I thought now would a suitable time to introduce myself.

I work in financial services as a credit risk analyst, where I use sas, sql and vba on a daily basis, as well as shell and dos when needed. I have never bothered with "proper" programming, just the above for work - and I have no interest in doing that outside of work (unless I'm up against a deadline and need to code something for the next day!).

The RPi project triggered my interest, not because of the hardware itself - though it is an excellent piece of kit, but the community that is building up around it. Where the experienced enthusiasts and professionals can share idea's and collaborate as per any other linux/ open source community, but given the project's emphasis on education this should make it more accessible for newbies like myself! Despite being a newb, I will not be filling the boards with "how do I...", "what is the best...", posts, I am well acquainted with the search button, so I'll mostly be loitering in the background, until I think I have something to share.

Initially I shall start with Python and see how I get on - my background as stated is sql, sas, vba, so I need something that can be written at a fairly high level. Though I shall take my time before moving into other languages until I get a feel for what it is I want out of this and/or any projects I want to work on would be better suited to another language.

Now back to waiting for the post....

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:29 pm

Hi all,
I've just received my Pi and thought I'd drop in to say hello.

I'm Vaze, a commercial developer by day (C# and ASP.NET mostly) and a Linux hobbyist when not in the office. I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland. When not doing super geeky things with computers I also have a keen interest in photography.

I look forward to getting to know you all (any my new toy!) better over the next wee while.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:16 pm

My name is Chris Goodwin. I live in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. 42 years old, married, one child. The first computer I ever used was an Apple II+; the first one I ever owned was a Sinclair ZX81, with the 16K RAM pack that kept crashing the system. After that, the computers were, in order, TI 99/4A, Commodore 64, Amiga 500, then various PCs. I've run Linux as my primary (and, mostly, only) OS for about eleven years, but have lately been using Windows more because games.

I got my first Arduino about a year ago, and received my Pi about a week ago. I haven't done anything with it yet except bring up the Debian image on it and get a wifi dongle working on it (albeit slowly). My son (age 10) is fascinated by computers that connect to TVs, and wants desperately to play with the Pi! We're going to sit down together with it, and maybe get Qemu going for both of us as well.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:45 am

Just got my Raspberry PI, just in time for my 5 day weekend. Intended to use it as a media center and got Raspbmc up and running on it. Now that is out of the way, time to learn something new to do with it.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:22 pm

Hey guys, I made this really simple and elegant wallpaper fo the Raspberry Pi. I hope some of you like it :)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:44 pm

Hi, I'm Ian Roberts, a bioinformatician working in Cambridge UK. I've got some experience with developing python applications and statistical programming in R. Was curious about seeing what the Pi could do, and am thoroughly enjoying the experience to date - even the small wifi dongle thing turned out to be a rewarding experience ( In fact, haven't had so much fun with a PC since about 1984. Looking forward to learning new things and making contributions where I'm able.
Ian Roberts

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:48 pm

This post is mostly to just "register interest". Only 8 weeks to go according to the last shipment estimate ... :?

Until then I hack with Arduino, and I started with relay based "computing" as a hobby even before Sinclair sold his first calculator.

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Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:13 pm

hi,i'm louis george and i'm new here :)

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