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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Fri 27th Apr 2012 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence
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2007-03-26


My Commodore 64 "boots" in 2 seconds. As I kid when I wanted to code I'd turn it on and type away. Even a boot time of merely 30-60 seconds could have been enough for me to get over my coding urge and do something else.

I don't know about your household, but in mine I couldn't just turn the computer on. There had to be this whole charade of me talking my parents into letting me: "yes I have done my homework", "no I wont get annoyed if I lose at a game", "yes I will let my litter brother on the computer later today", "I will come off for dinner without arguing",... and so on.

Plus waiting for games to load dwarfed any PC booting time. Sometimes I'd just program my own games because it meant I could use the computer sooner than if I sat around waiting for the cassette to load (and hoping it would load as that was never guaranteed to happen).

In fact I remember when we first got a floppy disk drive for the Amstrad CPC 464 - it felt like magic.

Kids have it so easy today, they have no idea. Yet I can't help thinking they've missed out because of it.

Linux has a very wide range, but only 2 are included. It can be a hassle to install others and this might put people off.

apt-get install [language of choice] doesn't seem that hard :p

Edited 2012-04-27 14:40 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 14:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

Well, my father died when I was 13 and my mother didn't like me, I was an unwanted child. My brother was 15 years older.

He did take away the cable from the computer to the TV so I did do my homework, but I just put a piece of metal wire between them. The picture wasn't great, but I remember I could play Elite.

He lived in the attic and when he came down he put on the intercom, the other one was in my room, as an anti-burglar system. I used it as an early warning system to quickly turn the computer off.

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