No, there isn't.
pagenotfound wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:56 amAll of that was probably true in the beginning. Nowadays the RPF should have millions in the bank, can set up production in Japan and Brazil, and have some reputation in the industry as well as among banks. Shouldn't be too difficult to get a better deal.
Also, frankly, producing only 150000 in advance (with most of them 2GB models)...
I guess the underlying issue is that RPF/RPT don't have a clever hard nosed manager near the top who can take care of these matters. From my own experience these people can do seemingly impossible things but it's also dangerous to let them into your company. So I don't really know what advice to give to Eben&Co if they can't do it themselves.
The 150K pre-launch was gleaned from the recently posted Q&A by interpolation.jamesh wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:52 amSo many people who think they know better, when in fact they are ignorant of the facts. For example, does anyone outside of Raspberry Pi, know the reason why there were only '150000' made up front (not the actual number). We know. Anyone out there know why the 2GB version was given priority in manufacture? We know. People can guess if they like, everything so far is pretty far off the mark, but I won't be providing the actual facts.
It's worse than that, at least at the Columbus OH store. As of last weekend, none of the models are on display or available to put in your cart while you shop. You have to ask for them at checkout, and then the cashier goes to fetch it from the pickup counter. I don't know if this is a theft prevention issue or what, but I imagine it probably hurts sales (no impulse purchases).W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:13 amLucky you. The nearest to me would be a 8 to 10 hour drive.So they're doing that nonsense again.Unfortunately Micro Center will not let you buy the RPi4 on their online store. They are available at the stores only.
From LTX test heads connected to PDP8s with "removable platters"... Fun times, especially when you did not secure the catches properly and launched one across the raised floor, to a (singular) departmental PC with a external 5 MB drive that cost $20,000 for the drive, to running an entire hardware design group's accounts (hundreds of designers) on a Unix box with a 5 disk 10 Gb Raid array, to having a 128 Gb SSD on a Pi as a play toy on my desk that cost under $20 and having 256 GB of storage on my phone.W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:53 amIBM 2314: 29MB per (removable) pack.pfletch101 wrote: ↑Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:53 amOn a similar note, in the early 1980s, I was involved in some high level negotiations between my (clinical) department at a University hospital and the Bioengineering Department about the joint purchase of a 'large' hard disk for our joint use. The beasty in question was about the size of a washing machine, required an air-conditioned environment, and cost nearly $100,000. Its capacity? 80 MB!W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:48 pm
You might be surprised. One of the research chemists at a company I worked in that era got permission to add an HDD to his PC. He was given a budget of $1000. He was ecstatic when he found a company that was bringing out a new line of HDDs with discounted introductory prices. He was able to get a 15MB drive for $985.
IBM 2311: 7.25MB per (removable) pack.
Both used 14" platters. The packs for the 2311 were 6 high (10 tracks per cylinder), and for the 2314, 11 high (20 tracks per cylinder). Those were both from the days when the head actuator was hydraulic, though the 3rd party "plug replacement" drives for the 2314 used a voice coil linear induction motor, where the coil was about 4 inches in diameter. Fun times...