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Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:57 am

Quote from jacklang on November 28, 2011, 08:05
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi.....649670.stm

I heard that: "A £15 computer created by a Company in Cambridge"

Would be nice to contact BBC and see if you can get to chat with them - maybe they would do a follow up with you and get the aims and the charitable status right....

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Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:43 am

We've got a pretty good relationship with the BBC, Piglet, and they've been really generous in giving us the opportunity to explain what we're about - if you look back through this thread you'll find several interviews we've done for BBCR4 and R5 you can listen to, as well as some filmed bits for Click and Newsnight. We can legitimately be described as a company; we have all the structure of a company. We just happen to be a not-for-profit company.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech.....y-15916677 <- Rory Cellan Jones expands on the theme. There's an audio player at the top right which plays the segment from Today that we've been talking about.

http://www.develop-online.net/.....in-schools <- The Department for Culture, Media and Sport namechecks us here, too. We'd rather it was the Department of Education, but we'll take what we can get!
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:53 am

Quote from davidgoodenough on November 28, 2011, 11:46
Nice article in the Register:-

http://go.theregister.com/feed.....pberry_pi/

You just beat me to it! I really, really recommend you guys read this - it's a more in-depth discussion of what we're up to than a lot of the media we've seen so far has been.
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Quote from liz on November 28, 2011, 11:53
Quote from davidgoodenough on November 28, 2011, 11:46
Nice article in the Register:-

http://go.theregister.com/feed.....pberry_pi/
You just beat me to it! I really, really recommend you guys read this - it's a more in-depth discussion of what we're up to than a lot of the media we've seen so far has been.
Everything is well written, but one point took my attention: "But the ARM side is a standard v7 core...".
As I knew, the R-Pi is an ARMv6 device.

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Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:26 pm

Quote from Montekuri on November 28, 2011, 12:18
Quote from liz on November 28, 2011, 11:53
Quote from davidgoodenough on November 28, 2011, 11:46
Nice article in the Register:-

http://go.theregister.com/feed.....pberry_pi/
You just beat me to it! I really, really recommend you guys read this - it's a more in-depth discussion of what we're up to than a lot of the media we've seen so far has been.
Everything is well written, but one point took my attention: "But the ARM side is a standard v7 core...".
As I knew, the R-Pi is an ARMv6 device.

It's a small enough niggle that I don't think we're particularly bothered - and a good example of how horrifically confusing ARM's numbering scheme is!
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Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:37 pm

More from David in Edge today:

http://www.next-gen.biz/featur.....spberry-pi
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:21 pm

Everything is well written, but one point took my attention: "But the ARM side is a standard v7 core...".
As I knew, the R-Pi is an ARMv6 device.

Thanks. I knew I should have double-checked that. You're right, the ARM core in the Broadcom part is actually ARMv6 and I updated the article as soon as I realised the error this morning.

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Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:42 pm

http://www.cambridge-news.co.u.....112011.htm <- Our local paper interviews David. A bit of a step down from the Wall St Journal from last week, but we'll take everything we can get!

http://joanna-goodman.posterou.....-mixology#
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Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:36 pm

Some excellent press (the register article very well done). There is some serious following for this project, hoping for some great things very soon.
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Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:02 am

http://coburndomain.org/index......-released/ (Thanks Coburn - nice to see forum members writing about us elsewhere!)
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Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:24 pm

This article was written by a big Television Network of my country (O Globo):
R$ 50 Computer uses Linux and shows movies in high definition
http://g1.globo.com/tecnologia.....nicao.html

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Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:38 am

Three new articles last evening:

Raspberries - as cheap as chips
Why did they want to make a computer costing just £15? Jenny Chapman went to see David Braben, founder of computer games company Frontier Developments and prime mover behind the Raspberry Pi
http://www.cambridge-news.co.u.....112011.htm

$25 Raspberry Pi Device to be Ready for Christmas
The ultra-cheap, open source computer Raspberry Pi, may appear by the end of the year according to David Braben, who also added that a finished version for developers will be available soon.
http://www.itproportal.com/201.....christmas/

Classic Computer BBC Micro Turns 30
The popular-in-the-UK, unknown-in-the-States microcomputer that gave us the original space-trading sim Elite is 30 years old tomorrow.
...
Braben later went on to produce LostWinds, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Kinectimals, and is the brains behind the $25 USB stick "Raspberry Pi" PC.
http://www.gamepro.com/article.....-turns-30/

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Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:12 pm

Not sure if you know about this yet. This is from The Government’s response to Next Gen. Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries Cm 8226 http://www.dcms.gov.uk/publica...../8646.aspx :
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16.
In addition to the curriculum review and the pilot IT GCSE the Government
recognises the potential developments such as the Raspberry Pi computer project
have for stimulating and motivating children to understand basic computer science
in schools. Much as the BBC Micro inspired a generation of computer programmers
in the early 1980’s the Raspberry Pi could provide the platform for teachers and
pupils to gain hands on programming experience. Raspberry Pi is an example of
how games developers are finding innovative and affordable solutions to tackle the
perceived issues highlighted in the Next Gen Report.
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Very cool getting mentioned in an official government report.

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Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:49 pm

Quote from bgeddy on December 1, 2011, 13:12
Raspberry Pi is an example of how games developers are finding innovative and affordable solutions to tackle the perceived issues highlighted in the Next Gen Report.
Very cool getting mentioned in an official government report.

I read that as...Raspberry Pi is an example of how games developers [and industry in general] will fund plugging the holes in our education system...

or is that just me???
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:55 pm

http://romillys-robots.blogspo.....ry-pi.html

http://www.geek.com/articles/c.....s-2011121/
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:12 pm

http://www.i-programmer.info/p.....mming.html

Kind of misses the way we're doing things, and asserts that we won't be any use in schools because we've only talked about the hardware so far. Those of you who pay attention, of course, will be aware that a software stack for schools is being developed, and that a schools release, with case, scads of software and accompanying learning materials, is being prepared for Q2/Q3 2012.

Who are these geniuses who get the software written before the hardware exists, anyway?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.u.....17249.html

Ian Livingstone namechecks us! I am all abuzz.
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:13 pm

Quote from liz on December 2, 2011, 12:12
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Kind of misses the way we're doing things
Though, 'what does an R-Pi offer that couldn't already be done with PCs that schools and students already have?', is a reasonable question to ask from a first world perspective; it's obviously an issue much greater than availability of hardware, tools or cost.

That then leads to the question of whether students would be any worse off learning with tablets, notebooks, laptops or even the PC they already have and the question of R-Pi's usefulness in that.

It's likely that people cannot see how the R-Pi will be such a big game changer, cannot see how it will encourage programming in itself any more than other hardware which currently exists. We've had the tools to teach programming for years it's just that we haven't taught it and there's now a realisation that maybe we should.

Perhaps they aren't seeing the big picture, and perhaps I'm not; it could be that the R-Pi Foundation isn't painting it clearly enough ?

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Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:22 pm

Baby steps. We'll be painting it dayglo orange, with trumpets, for the educational release, but we need to get the beta release out with the hacking community first so we can populate a nice suite of resources and make sure we haven't slipped up anywhere.
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Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:00 pm

Quote from liz on December 2, 2011, 12:12
http://www.i-programmer.info/p.....mming.html

Kind of misses the way we're doing things, and asserts that we won't be any use in schools because we've only talked about the hardware so far.

More importantly, the author fails to understand the problem that R.Pi solves in the first place - schools can't afford to purchase and maintain a computer programming lab built from traditional PCs and expensive software packages.

I've seen Eben talk a little bit about the ten reasons why we aren't educating programmers, and how the Raspberry Pi solves exactly one of those problems: that computers are too expensive. But I don't think I've heard any of the Trustees enumerate all of the ten reasons - perhaps this would make a good topic for a future blog article?

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Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:06 pm

Quote from liz on December 2, 2011, 12:12
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.u.....17249.html

Ian Livingstone namechecks us! I am all abuzz.

While Julian Benson was interviewing Ian Livingstone for the Huffington Post, Livingstone's co-author, Hope, was writing this piece for the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec.....kills.html

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Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:19 pm

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But I don't think I've heard any of the Trustees enumerate all of the ten reasons - perhaps this would make a good topic for a future blog article?


Good question, and I would refer you to http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/
Let me try to answer:
1. No examples/mentors/role models: "I don't know anyone who codes"

2. Access: About 20% of UK people do not own a computer (source OFCOM 2008) Those that do are often discouraged from experimenting. In other countries, or in the lower socio economic groups access is even more limited

3. Expense: "Development systems cost hundreds of pounds, and are hard to use"

4. Fear. "If I type the wrong thing I might break it" “We can’t let students write or run their own code on the schools system, as they might introduce a virus”

5. Complexity. The learning curve to get started, for example to program in VB on a PC is quite steep. Some systems (for example Android) cannot be natively programmed

6. Culture: "Coding is only for propeller heads/boys/geeks" “Computer people are all like the IT crowd”

7. Computing is “just more ICT” as presently taught in UK schools – boring

8. Lack of skills base in schools: "I know more about computers than my ICT teacher, who usually teaches PE and RI" “I don’t know where to start and my teacher can’t help”

9. Perceived difficulty: "I can't write anything significant on my own - it takes a big team”

10. Career Prospects: "Coding leads to low paid jobs" "Coding jobs are all offshore" “The school points system/University entrance doesn’t value Computing”

These are roughly in the inverse order to the ACCTO criteria (Advantage, Complexity, Compatibility, Trialability, Observability) criteria of Everett Rogers
given in his book "Diffusion of Innovation"
We might be able to do something about the first 5.

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