Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 11:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The BBC reviews the Raspberry Pi. "The device may inspire a new generation of computer programmers or it could leave children used to smartphones and tablet computers baffled and bewildered. A great experiment with the way we teach computing has begun and we can't be sure how it will end." Mine's coming the week of May 21.
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Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

The quality of that article is just embarrassing (particularly for me, a BBC licence fee payer).

The use of language is terrible, the opinions are based on conjecture (schools Pi's will be shipped with an enclosure so his whole premise about open circuits being daunting for children is moot) and he even has to fall back to a school kid to write his review.

What's worse is this article isn't even an exception. It's a typical example of how technologically inept this guy is (and I'm not the only person to notice this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/24/educating_rory/ )

The Beeb would do well to hire an IT expert with real expertise than the muppets they currently pay to write.

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On a plus side, My Raspberry Pi is ETA'ed for next month ;)

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

In the meantime far more capable (and open) cortex a8 based boards with 512/1G, nand, wireless, vga, SATA, etc are starting to hit, at similar price points:

http://micdigi.com/2012/04/hyston-will-release-the-google-tv-box-ba...

Interesting times are coming.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Yeah, boards like these are nothing new. However it looks like the Pi is starting a trend of selling them at low prices - which wholeheartedly I welcome.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

schools Pi's will be shipped with an enclosure so his whole premise about open circuits being daunting for children is moot


This brings up the question of why do we want to hide the circuits from the kids? Shouldn't we show them the guts of the machine, and maybe inspire them to want to learn more?

I understand the need for a case, but I think it should be clear.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The Beeb would do well to hire an IT expert with real expertise than the muppets they currently pay to write.


Yeah, but those with real expertise are busy getting stuff done. It would seem the old saying "those who can't do, write about doing it" is particularly true in the IT industry.

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phoehne Member since:
2006-08-26

My favorite part is the bit about python being for older kids and that girl is 18. How old do you have to be before you can try C in his world? 37?

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Heh, everyone know you can shoot your own foot off with C, 'think of the children!'

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