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Old 12-18-2012, 12:52 PM   #16
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I just picked one up and set up a media center using XBMC for my parents with it.

Old hard drive I had laying around, $12 for a remote that plugs an IR receiver into a usb port, and some cables, and it works awesome. Has no problem streaming HD movies. I fit the entire setup, harddrive, cables, computer, etc, in a box the size of a shoe box, so the only thing coming out is a powercord and the HDMI cable. Pretty sweet setup for a media center, especially considering how little I have into it (probably $80 total).

In fact, it works as well as a media center (running XBMC) that my laptop that I'm currently using to do that task at home will likely get replaced with another raspberry pi so I don't have a full on computer doing nothing but sitting by the tv.

I'm very impressed with it for a $35 computer.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:24 PM   #17
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Hook it up to a 3D printer and use it to build its own case. Lay down the foundation, drop the motherboard in, and continue printing.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #18
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That would be very cool to document on video. Just make sure to pick a non conductive material for the case!
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:15 PM   #19
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I don't know what I'm gonna do with it. I have a spare monitor, mouse and keyboard. Probably just use it for an extra web browser, email checker at first. I have plenty of media server type stuff with the other computers/video game consoles. I like to tinker with computers so, this'll be right up my alley.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:16 AM   #20
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i am thinking of trying my hand at some small scale home automaton with it.

also if i ever get around to solar panels, it looks like you could use it for a simple solar tracking device.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:42 AM   #21
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Wow, what an ugly shirt.

Picture makes me think of this:


I'll bet the Rasberry Pi would make a nifty sequencer, if you could get something that was like SEQ303 & ARPx8

combined to run on it.

It has a composite out, so you could use a crt from an old b&w portable TV,

and you could build a functional keyboard froma a calculator,

to keep the size minimal.

Or, maybe not. Looks like a Python-based midi sequencer is not going to be as useful as a Windows netbook, or even a QY10.

Dang, there goes my excuse to want one.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:23 AM   #22
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I have one

I have one. A friend has one. We have both been fooling around with them.

Someone asked about the purpose, one purpose is to provide an inexpensive compute platform for teaching and education. In schools, in developing nations, etc. It is a "better" implementation for this purpose than the one laptop per child project. As it develops, buy one give one, is a likely outcome. They are using us geeks to fund development.

Arduino is better at controling external devices, but it is a very different platform. Arduino has just a few ways to program, all basically C derivatives. I had my Raspberry Pi blinking and LED using Python in just a few minutes out of the box while surfing the web from the same Pi to read tutorials and such.

A word of caution. The GPIO pins on the Pi are raw, right out of the processor. Don't ask too much from them. Before you go too far, build a simple buffer to pass them through.

Happy Pi hacking.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #23
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Hard to find these in stock. They are sold out everywhere.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #24
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FWIW, Newark supposedly has an exclusivity deal and they have them in stock. Our company ordered a bunch last week and got them in a few days.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:51 PM   #25
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FWIW, Newark supposedly has an exclusivity deal and they have them in stock.
They got nuthin'.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:05 PM   #26
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They got nuthin'.
Interesting... this was exactly a week ago when we got ours (from the Canadian side of Newark) and now I see everything's out of stock. Guess I should've ordered a few for myself back then :(
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:37 AM   #27
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Now that they're available I'm thinking of buying one for tooling around with RISC OS Of course I'll have to see if I can remember anything of BBCB as well ... that should be fun
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #28
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Up and Running!

So, I got back from vacation on Wednesday and my Pi was in the mail box waiting. I took a day off to get settled and collect the remaining elements (7 port powered USB hub) and began the set up.

The packaging







The, um, machine?



Putting it all together







Everything hooked up



1st Boot



Raspbian Desktop



After some minor customization, we have interwebz!

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:34 PM   #29
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I want one!

did you power it from the USB hub?

so not a large amount of current is necessary?

looks as if it could easily replace a couple of desktops in my house.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:47 PM   #30
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I want one!

did you power it from the USB hub?

so not a large amount of current is necessary?

looks as if it could easily replace a couple of desktops in my house.
It runs off a micro-usb power supply like the ones that android phones plug into.
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