Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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RE[4]: Very Generous!
by rec9140 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Very Generous!"
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Please explain how a pre-order system would have been any different? There would still be hundreds of thousands of people bringing servers to their knees trying to click the pre-order button as opposed to the order button. The only difference I can think of is that there would have been a few weeks between server crashes and orders shipping.

Simple... you fill out a form during the time since May 2011 when this was announced! Very unlikely to over burned a server of this long a time. Sure spikes possibly... not as likely as this disaster...

Should have been taking PRE ORDERS for months and then they would know how many they needed. no 10K, but likely 30-50K.

Plus the foundation sits on the $$$/££££ and earns interest... win win for all.... but nope... The RPI food blogger knows better! Eben and most of them know way more about silicon design, chip design etc.. than I probably will ever know... but this is a mess.
This is an unmitigated disaster.

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