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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by trevellyon on Wed 29th Feb 2012 15:03 UTC
trevellyon
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2012-02-29

I love this rage an paranoia that is been generated about the so called poor planning of a charity who’s aim was to improve the IT in the UK by creating a readily affordable computer.

I have watched the entire media storm getting bigger and bigger and logged on this morning in a vain attempt to buy one of the first batch and almost fell over laughing when I saw the distribution partners.

Not only did I recognise them as you can count the number of UK based electronics distributers with one hand. I recognised them from years ago as they are the main two distributors who supply electrical components to the educational institutions in the UK and have done for longer than I can remember.

When I was studying electronics at school back in the 80’s that was where you got your components from you had to make a list as part of a project they were even named in exams.

I was even more amused when dropping my son of at school this morning and popping into his science class and asking if they had a copy of the RS catalogue and the teacher had it in his hand in around 30 seconds told me that for what the whole point of the entire Pi exercise had a good chance of doing just that.

The thing I don’t think they thought of in the six years they have taken developing this alongside doing their day jobs is just how popular it would be.

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