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Re: Blew some minds...

Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:46 pm

That's what happened when I spoke with friends about the Raspberry Pi.
Our conversation shifted to technology and I brought up the project.

...Jaws dropped.

...Minds were blown.

In the aftermath, I believe I've brought some over to the 'other side'.
They are going to wait after the first batch or two goes out. In particular, one is a grade school educator. She's interested not only for herself, but more for her students. I have someone in mind next. After I inform him, this can get even more interesting over the next year. I have a good feeling about this.

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Re: Blew some minds...

Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:54 pm

Thank you, JJD! Word of mouth is so important - we really appreciate you spreading the Raspi love a bit!
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Re: Blew some minds...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:14 am

Don't worry it still blows my mind.  I've been hanging out on these forums for a while and I'm still stokked to buy one or five.  A credit card sized computer is nerd porn no matter how you slice it.

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Re: Blew some minds...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:48 am

Yes, it really is amazing what you guys have managed. I am really interested to see what sorts of labs and tutorials people are able to come up with for the educational side of things. I'm hardly a novice, but I reckon I'll still learn a lot.

P.S. Just got the maths question wrong. Time to put the kettle on. Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

Now, a RasPi replicator / home automation server would have some interesting networking principles that could be worked into a tutorial... It would also teach some electronics as well. Is anyone developing an optical isolator expansion so that this can be facilitated without risking the boards?

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Re: Blew some minds...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:15 am

"Yes yes... Barney bring me that optical isolator expansion.

Mr. Freeman, you can throw the switch."

"Now where is that cat..."

8 ÷ 7 LOL Wut?

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Re: Blew some minds...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:02 am

I know the feeling about people 'not getting it'.

I've tried explaining it to people here in Thailand and first they cannot grasp the concept of a computer not being able to run Windows (they only really comprehend x86 architecture) and then the issue of using a TV as the monitor and not a 'standard' VGA screen.

Then I show them the videos and they cannot believe the size. When I then say that these are pre-production and the final device will be even smaller, I get looked at as though I'm on some sort of mind altering substance.

And finally, when I tell them the price, there almost ready to get on their phones to get me some medical treatment

Most PC users here just want something that they can use to read e-mail and browse the 'Net, so this will make computing available to the masses here.

Even a cheap 'standard' PC costs more than a couple of months gross salary, so it's too expensive a luxury for them to even consider purchasing. Getting the price down to around 1 weeks salary changes the situation considerably.

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Re: Blew some minds...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:58 am

Ya when i told my friend about the RPi he about cr*pped himself. When i told him i could overclock it with a line of code, he asked me if i was on drugs lol. He wants to see one if i can get one that is

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