I registered my interest with RS at 6.04am on the day of the launch, and patiently waited. In due time I placed my order, and waited. Our Raspberry Pi was due to be delivered on Wednesday, we waited. Wednesday arrived; however, I departed for New York that morning... before the Raspberry Pi was delivered.
I figured on Tuesday evening that this was bound to happen, so I prepared for it. My 11 year-old son would have to bring it to life in my absence - I could hardly let him wait until I returned. So late on Tuesday night I used Win32DiskImager to write the Debian image to an old 2GB SD card that I used to use in my camera. I left an HDMI lead, a USB keyboard and his mother's Kindle USB PSU on the lounge table with a hastily written set of instructions that ended with "email me from it when you've got it going". I crossed my fingers.
I've programmed several machines in my time - I was very much a BBC programmer and earned a crust with some brotherly adventure writers. In the commercial world, Windows has been the bread-winning technology of choice for many years - my exposure to Linux has only been when I've poked around inside my WD NAS. My son, well, he's used Windows since he's been able to reach the keyboard, and has recently played around with the BBC emulator - old habits die hard.
As you can see, we're perfectly qualified to use the Raspberry Pi...
Before the flight took off from London Heathrow, I sent a final email message home: "Has the Raspberry Pi arrived yet?"
On landing in New York, I receive the following email message when I switch on the Blackberry:
Ths is from the rasperry pi!
Internet abit slow but that doesn't matter.
I am chuffed.
I guess you can't get a more honest, unbiased and heart-warming review than that - from someone who doesn't have an axe to grind, yet.
The instructions.. well, they're at home and I don't have a copy of them with me. If anyone's interested, I'll post them up when they're scanned in.
Point proven - it's simple enough for use within an educational environment.
And after a brief discussion at parents' evening on Tuesday, I am beginning to see how the limited scope of the ICT course could be usefully complemented by the Raspberry Pi.
Let's see how we can squeeze the Raspberry Pi into the next homework.
Well done team, and thanks.