Ha!, this not so young tinkerer was born in a time when there were no bits or bytes to be had for the common man, it was an analog world. We counted vacuum tubes, then transistors in pounds, shillings and pence! Everything was almost impossible to source.Am I wrong that most of the senior embedded tinkerers were born from the era of counting bits/bytes, dollars/cents and avoiding difficult to source components?
A computer was a far away dream when I was 10 years old. I recall finding a book that described how to build a "computer" from relays and rotary telephone dials, it was at least some kind of crude calculating device. I did not have the skill or resources to pursue it.
Digital logic, TTL, came into my life age 13 or 14. Now I can start counting bits! Expensive bits they were too. I did not get to program a computer, a main frame, till I was 17. The micro-processor, bare chips mind or crude, expensive dev boards, could be first had when I was 20.
And kids here today are complaining because they can't by lots of full up Linux running computers for the price of a Big Mac! Amazing what progress has occurred.
It certainly takes patience, time and effort.Investing in a development platform is a long-term commitment that one does not take lightly.
It certainly seems to have done that. There over 10 million Pi out there and I see new projects every day. No doubt thousands of projects I do not see. The bigger Pi fuel all that enthusiasm admirably, and for a very good price.I thought that moving to the raspberry pi camp would offer the inspiration, resources, and support needed to chase random ideas for projects.
This whole squabble over the Pi zero is like kids fighting over the free toy that drops out of a corn flake packet at breakfast time.