So I have been meaning to post this for quite some I wanted to gather all my thoughts on this and place it here for replies. I would have done it sooner but you know life.
When I heard about the Pi2 Hitting I was ******. They made this sticky at the top of the forum about how they were not coming out with anything new for quite some time so don't worry about it. So I have 6 Pi's, 4 in a stack and 2 stand alone at my house and I have another 4 at my parents house all stand alones. I only invested in this 4 months ago tops now. I am running berry boot with raspbian, XMBC & RetroPie all on one image and quickly deploy-able. I have got all sorts of hosting, cross platform communication, data storage & streaming etc throughout the houses all setup, spent quite some time getting all the features working as intended and bug free. I just locked it all down about month ago. You can even see my historical posts in here asking for help as I went along. Lets not even talk referrals I just had two friends but two each just last month.
Then Oh BTW we didn't preview anything or notify or I dunno perhaps change our posts or you know perhaps generally be honest with our customers, we said nope not gonna don't worry about it. Oh Wait BOOM here is the new PI. All for what? a revenue stream that wouldn't dry up for last 5-6 months while everyone waits for the new deal. I just don't get it, is it really about the money?
About the money, well I guess I got about 650 bucks into it when its all said and done, that's for me not a god awful amount but its still 600 bones I would wait to spend till the new model hit. Heck I waited this long to make sure all the software I needed was out there developed and stable. That now lets ultimately be honest I am going to go out and upgrade all of them, still going to wait a little longer for all the transition issues to be resolved. So that's gonna be a chunk of change.
Why do I mention it this way, well because the pi is only $35, that's freaking amazing !!! So in the big scheme of things that ain't crap. So why cry, its only a couple bones. Well because lets be honest who just owns one of these things? They are like Doritos's do you really open the bag and only eat 1 chip and close it up and set it down. No you are going to refer and buy more for different tasks and give them out as gifts etc. Thus 650 bucks later.
Now I want to be clear I am not unhappy that they came out with a new product, I am GLAD they have a new and improved, I am just unhappy about them not being a little more honest about there business practices, as so many companies seem to do these days. It just stinks imho /rant off.
The Above has been I guess is highly negative so I am attempting to keep this section more positive. I was also attempting to be sarcastic and funny to an extent to. Heck I said I was gonna buy even more I think I can speak my peace. So lets go onto feature requests and perhaps someone can explain to me why these are already just not included. ( There is probably a reason I just don't understand why you wouldn't include it and figure out how to solve any issues that arrive form it ) So I guess the only way they will get implemented is if people ask for it and this is why I am posting it.
The Pi is so close to being a PC replacement on so many levels as long as its not attempting to do high end gaming graphics it can handle it, however sometimes slowly depending on the task. With just a little more umpfh it would be a major competitor in so many categories. Just think about all the daily activities that we conduct with electronics that don't need a beefy machine to get the job done. The energy reductions along make it amazing again compared to the alternatives. With the newer model its that much closer to a true contender however I think two items are holding this back and it really all comes down to Data, its Storage & Transfer of said.
USB 3.0 & or Sata / E-Sata
USB 3 This has been the standard for quite some time now and speed of information transfer is king. Yes you can buy a bigger Micro SD card say 64gb. But that's really not going to do it when a average quality move is 5gb's. Its like today standard Solid State Drives, they only need to be big enough to house the operating system and offload all your data to a external standard HD. So even say 10gb Micro SD card is all you really need.
Which means you need to be able to connect something else to the device that houses all your data and makes it quickly accessible and usb 2.0 is not fast. Moving 5gb's across my network from external HD to external HD with pi's take a couple hours, when in comparison other devices with the same externals can do it in 20 mins.
So lets just say a Sata port is out of the question, why not USB 3 at least then? This one really baffles me. But moving onto Sata. So why not include a dedicated HD port. Doesn't have to give the unit a bois or anything or even make it live at start keep the micro SD and structure the way it is. Just let OS's get drivers to power it for use after there up and running. Okay so maybe power is a concern so Sata is out because that takes power from the Pi. Why Not E-Sata and make the drive provide its own power source. Ding Ding Ding Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.
I get they are trying to keep the power consumption low and unit costs low. Again I am extremely impressed with what they have done, really I am. I just don't understand why you would not do the above. If its worth doing its worth doing right ( at least in my book ). If its attempting to keep costs down then have a few different models it still wouldn't make the price go up to much.
Maybe I am just a grouch of the IT World I could go on how ISP's need to provide more upstream bandwidth. Either way these have been the thoughts and rants My family, Friends & Myself have been having over the past couple weeks and I was like I should post this rant up.