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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Giving up on it -- but I think my reaction is ENTIRELY based on their lack of a North America presence, and that their sites are being actively blocked here -- or it's being rejected on their side.

Starts to sound like the old late night K-Tel record ads... "Millions sold in Europe".

Until they add a vendor with better North America (specifically New England) support, looks like I wouldn't be able to order even if I wanted to.

Probably Karma payback for my being able to watch Hulu and Netflix while across the pond...

Just curious grumpyMike -- where are you from? Could indeed just be a regional issue.

-- edit -- nevermind, you're in England... That would do it since they appear to be out of... well... Starting to remind me of when Circuit City opened up stores in New England in the late 90's, and then were totally pissed off nobody knew who they were when they held a "Job Fair" -- IT, business and marketing professionals showing up when they were looking for cashiers. Wasn't pretty. Indignation from them over people never having heard of their business in a market they had never sold in... RIGHT. Pissed off people with a decade or more experience (like ex WANG and DEC employees) annoyed at having their time wasted on a retail chain instead of an actual IT company. The joys.

Edited 2012-02-29 19:07 UTC

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