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Raspberry Pi computer

Postby kirschy » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:27 pm

If you're looking for a cheap computer you may want to take a look at the Raspberry Pi. There are two versions (literally named A & B). Version A costs $25 and version B costs $35. (No those aren't typos. These are ARM based systems that are designed to be extremely affordable, even for people like me with no money...) These low cost computers were created to help teach computer science by providing low cost computers for kids. Basically you buy the board, connect a keyboard and mouse to it by USB, hook it up to your TV, and voila you have a working computer. Sounds interesting. So I thought I'd post it here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16316439

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi
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Re: Raspberry Pi computer

Postby si1vergecko » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:38 am

I remember hearing something about this at some point and thought that it was an interesting idea but I did not know how well it would be executed per say.
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Re: Raspberry Pi computer

Postby kirschy » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:26 am

si1vergecko wrote:I remember hearing something about this at some point and thought that it was an interesting idea but I did not know how well it would be executed per say.

We'll have to see how it goes with that. I think the initial batches are just going to be a circuit board you plug stuff into, but they were talking about offering them with a small plastic case at a later date. As for how well executed it will be... It sounds fairly capable (given the descriptions), though I think a lot depends on the applications it comes bundled with.

It definitely makes you think though. After all if they can make a PC (w/ networking) that only costs $35 this way it seems to me that goes a long way towards making sure everyone who wants/needs a computer can get one.
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Re: Raspberry Pi computer

Postby Ensign Janitor Tzap » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:15 pm

Hmmm........

I keep hearing about these relatively cheap computers that keep coming out every few years.

Problem is that to make them fully functional as a Desktop, or Laptop computer.
You need to add on a Power Supply, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive, WiFI/Networking,
as well as a Operating System and Application programs.

By the time you piece meal it together, your quickly over the $100 range,
and maybe even over $200 depending on all the adapters you need to use.

I have been seeing an Iphone/Black Berry knock off's that sells for $199.00.
But if you go with the 2 year subscription terms agreement, you get it for .99 cents.

This seems to be a growing trend, getting people to buy Cell Phones,
or iPads to do their web surfing, E-mail, Streaming Video, store music/video and edit it.
Do gaming on it, word processing, as well as just take phone calls.
What about printing out documents, or scanning in documents?
Most Cell Phones have a built in camera.
Thus, taking a snap of a document, and using an application program too then edit it,
before you save it, wouldn't be that tough.
Printing can be a bit more involved.
The printer needs to be connected to another computer that is WiFi capable.
Or the printer itself is outfitted with WiFi capability, and a print buffer/spooler.
Thus, you can send your pictures, or documents wirelessly to the printer.
Or to the computer that has the printer you want to use for printing it out on.

I remember when the first PDA's and early tablet computers came out.
There was one that had a thermal printer built into it.
As you might have guessed, it wasn't received well.
The thermal paper would tend to smudge if you held it to long with your fingers.
Or the paper would turn black when left out in the hot sun to long, and or by a hot surface. #-o

I've seen Walmart employees using something similar now.
But these units only use standard paper, or adhesive paper for sales tags.


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