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Old 10.05.2013, 00:13
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Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Hi,

I was one of the first to receive a Raspberry Pi in Zurich area - I've made my registration to buy one as soon as Farnell started selling them.

My first experiences were (re)playing with Linux (it's been quite some time), trying to make Doom run in Full HD - just amazing - and trying to play full HD movies with it.

Then work took over and I had not much more time to explore it.

Some few weeks ago, I decided to install RasPBX, a freem implementation of Asterisk on the Raspberry Pi. It's also related to my trade, but because I've never touched it, I decided to give it a go.

After basic phone configuration and tests, I decided to buy a Sunrise Pre-paid SIM card and using my old Huawei Dongle from Portugal, try to use the GSM Dongle driver to make and receive calls. It worked like a charm.

I then started with sending and receiving SMS and USSD (those network codes like checking your balance). This is where the problems started. Either because of the driver design or because Sunrise does not follow standards, I had to download the driver source, change the code I needed to make it work - and try again and again to compile it... After that: success!!

Since then I've not played a lot more with Asterisk... I've bought another Pi (this time the 512MB model) and two boxes (clear one - new - and a black one - old RasPBX) and I've been making some testing with remote X consoles with Windows and trying to make RiscOS work...

Not much time though to continue exploring.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Cool! Where do you buy them? The cheapest I found was around 56CHF which is way too much for PI.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

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Cool! Where do you buy them? The cheapest I found was around 56CHF which is way too much for PI.
My first Pi I bought it through Farnel.
My second Pi I decided not to order it online and instead went to Digitec, where it costed CHF 56.

I really don't think CHF 56 to be that much for what it does.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

I just bought one last week

I bought mine online from the UK, from http://modmypi.com - the model B there is 25 GBP plus 8 GBP for the postage. It arrived (along with the other things I ordered from them) in just a few days, very good service.

So far all I've managed to do is light up an LED, flash it a bit, and print "Hey!" when I touch two wires together, but I haven't had it very long...
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Yeah, ok, maybe I am a bit picky, but it contradicts the idea of a $25 computer.
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I just bought one last week

I bought mine online from the UK, from http://modmypi.com - the model B there is 25 GBP plus 8 GBP for the postage. It arrived (along with the other things I ordered from them) in just a few days, very good service.

So far all I've managed to do is light up an LED, flash it a bit, and print "Hey!" when I touch two wires together, but I haven't had it very long...
For CHF48, I could not wait that long (post and etc...) !
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Yeah, ok, maybe I am a bit picky, but it contradicts the idea of a $25 computer.
Well, keep in mind that $25 computer was for the Model A (no Ethernet, 1 USB).
The model B (the real Raspberry Pi in my opinion, not the crippled model A) was supposed to cost $35. Given that $35 = CHF 34 (at least today), yes, it costs double in Digitec.

Anyway, I always think about those Linksys, Belkin and whatever home routers: they have ARM SOCs with 10% of the power (not talking about memory and expansion) of a Raspberry Pi and look at what they cost!!

But then again it is Switzerland and the convenience of having it right away just bought me...

As for the case, it was just show off! They're bloody expensive, but sooooo cool!!

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For CHF48, I could not wait that long (post and etc...) !
I ordered it on Thursday, it arrived on Monday. I don't consider that a long time to wait. And we haven't got a digitec over here anyway (yet!) so I'd have had to wait for digitec's postal service anyway. The main reason I went for modmypi was because of the other stuff they've got on sale there to go with it.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

replacement / enhancement for Squeezebox using Squeezelite and a USB DAC. Works like a charm
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

I'm rocking Raspbmc with the 1channel plugin, feeding my TV-Show addiction... it works just too well
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

I would do a lanparty if those run some game
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Old 09.12.2013, 22:43
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

XBMC (Open ELEC)

Squeezebox server, player.

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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

openelec for videos / streaming TED / youtube / internet radio
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I can't seem to get zattoo working on it though.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Just set up opoenelec on it yesterday because Samsung smart TV is so awful
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Old 11.12.2013, 18:07
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

I originally had RaspBMC, but then switched to OpenElec, seems to be less resource intensive.

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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Personally I see these things, or their ilk, moving out of the hobbyist space and into mainstream computing.

Linux OS plus Libre office would be all that's needed for the average office drone, combine that with an open/active directory account you then have a workstation that's effectively throwaway should it fail. That's got to be tempting for companies.

The truth is that a good majority of people don't need 4 core 3.0GHz intel Core/Xeon processing power for what they do, and assuming the improvements with ARM related SoCs in recent years continue then this good majority will soon turn into the vast majority.

I must get hold of one of these things.
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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Yes, they don't need their own hard disk, I just have a bunch of NAS drives around the house (got all the CDs ripped to flac, and DVDs to mkv)

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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

This might be slightly off topic her but I'm looking for somebody to do a little development work for an idea which could run on a Pi

Any pointers appreciated

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Re: Things you do with your Raspberry Pi

Pi Zero is out now. 4 GBP. Or free with a copy of the latest Pi Magazine
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Pi Zero is out now. 4 GBP. Or free with a copy of the latest Pi Magazine
The first computer given away free on the cover of a magazine!

No ethernet port and not as fast as a Pi 2 though.
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