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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some details I learnt today
by TheAwesome on Thu 1st Mar 2012 12:33 UTC
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RS is actually a really well reapected company for electrical/electronic parts in Australia. We use them for all our Universiry stuff.
Element 14 (Farnell in Australia), seems to be fine.
To the people who thought it looked more like a social site,
It sounds like that's because you were on the forum/community site...
My earlier thought that everyone was told they had none in stock was correct.
Element14 called me today to check my credit card details, so i talked to them for a bit.
So far (11 hours ago), theyd processed 12,000 orders in Australia, with anothee 50 pages more to process. (I dont know how maby on each page though)
I was also told that right now no orders have been associated with being part of the first batch,
and that once the order of the orders had been sorted, and therefore who gets one from the first batch,
The buyers will be notified by email as to where they stand.
First batch people should receive theirs mid march,
The rest in april.

To the people who thought the distributors were crap,
You try and run a multi national company that is simultaneously releasing a product with such high demand ans have less down time.
They were down for less than an hour, that's pretty good really.

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