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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Then you are not an electrical engineer.

No, it just means I'm not a European... near as I can tell, that was the lions share of it. European businesses with websites that don't function properly in North America.

Oh, and it wasn't just Opera... Notice I also said it didn't work in Chrome OR Firefox? I'm used to sleazy asshats who don't know enough HTML/CSS to build a website properly crapping out pages that don't work in Opera... and this wasn't a browser issue; as evident by it being reported as "Not available in your region" in FF.

You are comparing Farnell to Jameco ? Seriously ? Jameco is like a local convenient store comparing itself to walmart.

Sarcasm lost -- that's WHY I chose Jameco; as to be frank, I think the local convenience store could have handled it better. I choose the corner mom and pop on purpose to show just how ridiculous it was.

Farnell in the USA is at
Which as I said elsewhere I didn't even REALIZE was part of "Farnell" -- I've at least dealt with Newark. (Though at first my brain didn't register when someone said Newark they meant the company and not the place).

[q]Just because your browser has issues has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the companies. Both companies allow purchase orders and have accounts set up with major organizations like dunn and bradstreet. They hold millions upon millions of dollars of components in stock and are preferred distributors for atmel, microchip, TI, NXP, freescale, Xilinx and others, it doesn't get any more legitimate than that.

combined with
Their web sites are not their primary way of doing sales, many still prefer to call to place orders. People that do regular orders even have specific sales reps they deal with on a first name basis.

That isn't any of these companies typical web site load.

THANK YOU for reiterating EXACTLY my point! -- Companies set up for corporate mass orders where internet orders are an AFTERTHOUGHT are NOT who one should be going to for setting up orders of a primary via internet sales of single item purchases of hobbyist boards!

Edited 2012-03-02 03:28 UTC

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