A Slice of Raspberry PI Anyone?

For those of you who have missed it Raspberry PI is a UK project that aims to make a powerful cheap computer available to all for around $25. In typical eccentric IT pioneer style it has a quirky name.

The pioneers of the project want to encourage more people to take up skills such as programming or general hackery in order to improve everyones knowledge of computing. In many ways it is inspired by the old days in the 80s where in order to do something you often had to write it yourself. I should know I wrote many things on anything from BBC Bs, through the way cool (for the 80s) Archimedes, Spectrum, Atari 800xl, Amiga and Atari (doomed) Falcon. It was all kind of fun, you learned quite a lot about computing usually with some frustration along the way. In my case even on the slow 1.79mhz Atari (so none of your gigahertz rubbish please) I learned many things including how to write my own database, graphics, machine code, basic input/output and the world of languages and programmes that could do what you want in less than 48k.

To be honest I am not quite sure what I will use it for, but I have a few things up my sleeve. Perhaps some cool mobile devices? A media server? Who knows but as it uses Python and Linux many things are possible.

If anyone else is interested in some strange projects with it drop me a line.

For more info see the Raspberry PI website




About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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