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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How to order from Farnell
by Grumpy_Mike on Wed 29th Feb 2012 15:51 UTC
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Due to a phone line fault since Monday and only repaired at 2:30pm I missed all the web site crashing and frenzy.
I have an account with Farnell already but couldn't find how to order it.
Then I read this post and saw the Farnell order code of 2081185 so typed it in and went direct to the page. A click on the buy button, and I got a confirmation email timed at 15:04. So I have one on order but I am not holding my breath until it arrives. I will be surprised if I get it in less than two months, and I suspect it will be closer to three.

It is all very reminiscent of computers in the 80s with naive companies getting swamped with orders. You just knew this was going to happen, which is a pity because it has eaten up a lot of the goodwill they had generated. Let's hope there is some left to make the project successful over the long term.

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