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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:28 am

Hello RPi community!

I'm John Groenhof, and I currently live in Denver, CO. I was interested in the Raspberry Pi from the moment I heard about it, but I just recently purchased one after hearing about the AirPlay trick. I've already gone through the AirPlay tutorial and have gotten it working, so now I'm going to be playing around with my RPi just as as a learning tool. I'm enrolled in a BSIT/Software Engineering program, and I think the RPi will be a fun practice tool. Reading around on all of the uses people have gotten out of this device has me encouraged to do some hardware interfacing (something I've never tried) with it, so I think that will be my next focus. I'm already having fun with this amazing little PCB, so thanks to the foundation and to Eben and Liz!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:46 am

Hi there
Gor my Pi and connected it up with stuff I had around, a phone charger, spare keyboard and mouse, using the USB hub in my PC monitor and with the Pi connected to an old TV. Plugged in a USB wireless adpater and it all worked great.
My office is full of retro, 48K Spectrum, Atari ST, Falcon, Amiga 1200, Atari Lynx, Playstation with loads of SW and magazines, so first thing I did was load Fuse the spectrum emulator, works great, with 1,000's of games downloadable from World of Spectrum. Next ScummVM and loaded up Beneath a Steel Sky, halfway through it already !
Connected a USB hard drive, can now access it from any PC, anywhere.
Next thing to do is get a relay module from eBay and try some GPIO stuff thats controlled from my mobile phone.
This is what I love about the Pi, exploring, There's always something new to play around with. Whats next ????!!!!!!!!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:21 pm

Hi all.

I'm Nino Miano from Italy.
This video'll show you my first project with Raspberry PI.

Bye, Nino

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Hi my names Mark , currently unemployed , although I can work, but alas s like many engineers have been caught in this massive technology change hence my interest in Rasberry pi , amongst other embedded technologies
These include picmicro, atmel and of course raspberry- pi

I come from an electronics background servicing anything and everything inclusive valve guitar amplifiers, and have done since my interest began at six years of age

I build and make my own circuits boards develop small projects and have a fair knowledge of c , java , c++ , website design , and various other internet related technologies

I’m here to learn as much as possible, hopefully to develop some extremely interesting applications for use with raspberry pi and hope to enjoy what I think is possibly the forefront of one of many futures on the horizon

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Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:39 pm

Hi, folks!
New to the Pi, and to Linux (in all its forms), but not to programming...
I'm a 60-yr. old ex-IBM mainframe guy, who, in the past several years has gotten involved in quite a number of non-Mainframe technologies, including PLCs, HMIs, Windows apps, etc.

Hoping to learn enough about the RPi, and its ins and outs, to implement an industrial application that's currently done in a windows app...

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:00 pm

I'm very new and keen to see RasPi evolve its own destiny.
My early thoughts?
What if a RasPi was simply configured asa "mesh" interface so that it could network, transparently with any other RasPi's nearby (using a £4 WiFi USB thingy?) Call it a RasPiNet if you like.....
Anyway, I'm watching this Forum and trying out a few ideas. But I'm still in the Stoneage by the standards of what I read here!
Ug, Ug.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:42 pm

Hi, my name is Philip. I'm currently a Cisco tech and have been working with computers since the TRS-80, when I would install the upper/lower case mod chips and additional memory for people. I've been a Linux fan for over 15 years so the RPi seemed only natural as a new toy.

I got my RPi last night and installed XBMC to stream video from my media server. It works great and it's kinda geekie fun to just see this tiny board sitting there acting like an all-growed-up computer. My ultimate plan is to install it in an arcade game housing and run LAME, but that can change depending on what other fun stuff I can find to do with it.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:40 pm

Hi all. I'm Dave Akerman, "Pi In The Sky" guy. A child of the 60's I watched the Apollo missions in awe and assumed that by now we'd have a permanent base on the moon and have men on Mars. I'm a keen photographer, so when in Feb 2011 I saw a Youtube video showing 2 guys put a foam box into "space" to take video and pictures I immediately decided to have a go myself. The hobby combines my interests in space and photography with my job (I'm a self-employed PC/embedded programmer) and background in electronics. So whilst I thought I'd just do the one flight, I soon realised I'd discovered "my" hobby, and to date I've done 17 flights 3 of which with the Pi.

I've programmed a variety of machines, starting with an ICL something via teletype and IBM something at Uni with punch cards. I built a Z80 machine of my own design at 18, had a Camputers Lynx for a while, then worked on CP/M machines then PCs, PICs, AVRs and of course the Pi.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:01 am

Hello fellow R-Pi enthusiasts, my name is Anderson. I've got too many questions already to make this too long, but I'm a long time tech enthusiast that has only recently started experimenting with computers with any seriousness. Given that paradox, expect plenty of (somewhat noobish) questions from me :D

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:13 am

Hello my name is Viny.

I love computers since my first one in 1981...
I love programming but I do not it very often except my someone challenges me to write something very difficult or just to help.
I love to teach and I used to teach to young adults who dropped out of school.
I love the Raspberry Pi because it remind me the old good time and I love the idea of transmitting the programming bugs to kids.
I love my wife and my kids...

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:49 am

Hello All
I'm Gary 58 years old, my Raspberry Pi arrived today, I'm not sure what I'm going to so with it yet. I have built a Linux desktop from scratch, Frankenstein-ed from a bunch of old Windows hard and optical drives with a new case power supply and motherboard. it is my second Linux build. I ran Linux Five-O for quite a while until it's demise. Now running Linux Mint on a AMD Athlon II system. I have everything but the HDMI cable I need to fire up the R-Pi up I'll get that tomorrow (I thought I had one or two in stock, but that was not the case.) My original thoughts were can I make something similar to a Roku. I have next to no programming experience other than getting Spotify to run on my Linux desktop. I'll be hooking up R-Pi up to a 32" Vizio LCD HGTV. Anyway old guy trying new tech, I've used computers in my Industry, Air Transportation since about the early 70's with the likes of Mimeograph machines. I looking forward to the Raspberry Pi challenge it will present me with.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:38 pm

Hi. Fred from London here, just joined :)Image

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:05 am

Hello everybody,
My name is Phong. I live in Vung Tau City (Viet Nam) and studying Ba Ria Vung Tau University.
I want to learn about Raspberry pi but I don't have money to buy :cry:

Someone can gift me a Raspberry pi?
Please write a low price for this item and declare it as a gift. I mustn't pay tax.
Thanks everybody!

My full name is Nguyen Thanh Phong
Address: 612 Nguyen An Ninh, P8, Vung Tau, Viet Nam

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:17 pm

My name is Jan,living in Denmark and i just got my share of the pi.Very cute!
Looking forward to get my hands "dirty" with the hardware (i/o), programming
and learning alot from you.

A very big hug to the people that made the raspberry pi and this forum.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:46 pm

Hi, I'm ian from southern England.

I'm a programmer and I've just launched an Android app for controlling micro controllers via Bluetooth.

Is there an area of this forum where I'm allowed to tell people about my app?

I don't want to if I'm not allowed.



Its a thing that allows you to do things with things.
Take a look.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:51 pm

IanMc wrote:Hi, I'm ian from southern England.

I'm a programmer and I've just launched an Android app for controlling micro controllers via Bluetooth.

Is there an area of this forum where I'm allowed to tell people about my app?

I don't want to if I'm not allowed.


Welcome Ian, the best place to discuss apps would probably be in the subforum "The Pi Store"
Dear forum: Play nice ;-)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:54 pm

Thank you abishur!

I'll nip on over there and get Raspberrifyin'

Its a thing that allows you to do things with things.
Take a look.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:46 am

Hello Everyone!!

My name is Sean Lee from Taiwan.
I am a Linux programmer and enjoy hacking devices.

There is an article mentioned about how playing games on RaspberryPi with PlayStation joysticks. ... tion.html

Thanks. :D

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:15 pm

My Raspberry Pi arrived at lunchtime :)
It took longer to assemble the perspex box than it did to get the chip running!
We'll buy a USB k/b and mouse tomorrow and finish the config
First impressions, by God, it's fast! :)

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:19 pm


Finally got my hands on one these the other week after thinking about getting one for the last year. Messed around a bit with it so far and impressed.

I work in academia and specifically remote logging of environmental parameters - wind, temperature, etc. One of the things I am always lacking are options for higher sampling rates and more storage capacity than what off the shelf units can provide. I am hoping that the RPi can play nice with these instruments and start recording data from them as well via USB or the RS232 RxTx ports.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:53 pm

Hello, im here to make friends

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:50 pm

Hello there!

I'm a long-time computing enthusiast, a Linux user, and a soon-to-be RISC OS user (for the first time since I encountered an Acorn Archimedes back in primary school twenty years ago!). My handle comes from the fact that I'm one of them thar girl geeks, and because I've always liked the Lemmings series of computer games (a "Lemme Fatale" is a type of enemy creature found in one of the games :P).

I'm here because I agree wholeheartedly with the aims of the Raspberry Pi Foundation (and think that the provision of such incredibly affordable hardware is a brilliant and enabling thing for all), and also because I would like to try to get to grips with programming. I was given the Raspberry Pi User Guide as a gift recently, I ordered Super Scratch Programming Adventure! yesterday, and I'm currently waiting for a Lapdock setup to arrive with me - I'm really looking forward to getting started.

Anyway, yes, hello, and thankyou to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for your excellent work - it's given me the confidence to try something new that I had previously found daunting, and I'm really grateful for that. I look forward to sharing in the magic that the Raspberry Pi is so clearly bringing about!
Classic - Raspberry Pi Model B (512MB) with Motorola Atrix Lapdock
Lemcon-One - Raspberry Pi Model B (256MB) PiMAME TV-Box

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:19 am

Hello, my name is Melvin (or Mel) and I'm 70 years old today (Yea I made it! :P ) I just got a Pi today as a birthday gift from my son. I have a question/problem, but I'll make a normal post to ask it. I live near St. Louis, Illinois (if you don't know where that's at, it's about smack-dab in the middle of USA). I'm retired United States Air Force (1985), retired computer programmer (2007) and retired Wal-Mart employee (2011). All I do now is loaf around playing with my 7 computers at home.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:41 pm

Hello - my name is Ed. I am getting older also (although not as old as Mel) and I think this is all one great idea. It reminds me of the days when personal computing was brand new. I sincere "thank you" to all that are involved.

I received my raspberry pi just yesterday and have RaspBMC running on it. I am having a little bit of a problem getting the MPEG-2 codec enabled but I will search for answers elsewhere in the forum.

Thanks again!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:44 pm

Hello to all you RPI'ers. My name is Fred Hatfield and I have a long, long history in electronics,
computers, amateur radio, cryptography and many technical fields.

I started out rewiring old pinball machines to create tic-tac-toe games when I was a kid, taking old radios and adding machines apart to see what made them work. One of my first jobs was working
at a jukebox distributor who also sold gambling slot machines where I learned repair techniques
and electromechanical ideas.

I attended Louisiana State University and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, I took a job with Western Electric where I learned to design and manufacture devices to replace relaly componenents in dial telephone central offices. During the 1950's, my department leased an IBM 1620 computer that fascinated me, so I learned how computers worked by coming in 2 hours early every day just to experiment with the machine and that is how I learned programming.

I left the company to start my own business using computers to route long distance telephone calls,
generating paper tapes to control CAD machines, etc. Along the way I began to participate in the 'home computer' movement of the 50's by obtaining devices being created that used micros built around 4004, 8008, 8080, 6502 chips, etc.

When the first operational computers appeared, I bought the KIM-1, APPLE-1, PET, etc., and learned programming and hacking each one. I formed the Amateur Computer Society of Columbus, Ohio during that time and it is still operational today. I integrated my amateur radio K8VDU activities with digital electronics and participated with one of the first radio scanning projects.

So I find the Raspberry Pi to be another extraordinary device that offers an exciting entry to the world of software applications, fun and useful projects, and unexplored ideas. I hope to use my
whatever experience I can still muster to delve into this beautiful adaptation of digital "art".

Thanks for the opportunity to meet with other admirers of the RPI!

Fred Hatfield

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