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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 1st Mar 2012 17:55 UTC
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The Raspberry Pi is a neat little device as long as it's price point stays within reason after shipping charges and whatever else. But, I think people are confused as to what it's good for.

As a media center, it can in fact do up to 1080p hardware video decoding. The catch is that the stream must be encoded in h264. It will not handle 1080i so for those wanting to use this for live hdtv, forget it. It might be able to deinterlace sdtv but that's not a certainty.

A lot of people seem to have missed that the ethernet port on the model B actually uses the usb bus. This may or may not be a problem, it depends on the users needs. The point is that if you think you're getting a full speed ethernet port, you may be in for a surprise.

This little device, in some areas, will probably do well. But, the hardware is not's not even that impressive spec-wise. The attractiveness is driven by it's price point.

What will be fun is to see how many different ways people use the device.. I'm not talking about people making a web server or anything along those lines. I'm talking about projects that are more creative.

I'm one of those who will be playing with a few of these... To anyone wanting to do the same, I strongly urge you to read the fine print and understand what exactly you get because so far I've heard some pretty wildly overestimated assumptions about what the hardware can do.

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by Valhalla on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:53 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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Yes I'm also very curious as to what creative ways people will utilize this hardware. I'll be getting one myself once the frenzy dies out a bit.

I'm (irrationally) getting some Commodore 64 vibes from this device and it's also such a fresh breath of air in this day and age of locked-down walled garden devices. Perhaps not surprising that it's coming from the U.K with their strong roots in the home computer era of the 80's and 90's, with machines like ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Amstrad, Commodore 64 all thriving there back in the days.

The specs may not be astounding, but for the asking price they're great and it will be interesting to see just how much people will be able to push this hardware.

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