My name's Jon, and I live in Southampton, UK. I've been involved for over 30 years with computers of one sort or another since a physics teacher at my secondary school introduced me at the age of 15 or so to a Science of Cambridge MK14, which got me into machine code programming (typing programs in in hex codes: no assembler for a machine that small). He also introduced me to a Compukit UK101 where I learnt BASIC as well as machine code, then the school finally got Commodore PETs. I then got a job at the local university programming a Z80-based NASCOM system, DEC PDP-11s and VAXen, then a 68000-based UNIX box, then PCs; also built and ran a departmental network of around 200 nodes till I left the University in 1999. I've owned personally a MK14, TRS-80 Model 1, BBC B with loads of addons, too many PCs to mention (my home has more functional computers than people). So as you can see I'm in no way a technophobe
. And yes, I'm a science fiction nut (no surprise there I suspect).
I got my start with computers because of one man who cared enough to buy machines for kids to use at his own expense. Back then, schools didn't have computer courses. I was appalled to discover that 30-odd years on, students still aren't getting opportunities to learn about how they really work, and feel it's time to "pay it forward" and do something about it. To that end, I'm about to try to start a local Raspi interest group in the local area (will post more on that in the user groups forum) with a view to getting them into schools.
What am I going to do with my Raspi when it arrives (hopefully at end of June)? Well apart from showing iit to interested people, I'd like to port a BBC Micro emulator to it (well the Raspi was inspired by it and it doesn't seem to been done yet for some reason). I'm also interested in porting glquake (aka Quake 1), but will have to give myself a crash course in OpenGL and OpenGLES first.