Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Warning: A Raspberry Pi is not a Raspberry Pie!

I feel compelled to write a few lines about this, as a result of widespread confusion and the increasing number of accidents reported relating to this issue.


Much of the blame for this confusion, I believe, is due to two factors:-
  1. Many people now buy most of their kit and provisions from the inter-webbie.
  2. The level of literacy is at an all time low. The inter-webbie is littered with typographical errors, poor spelling and bad grammar.

"guysand that, dont evun like talk proppa, like whot they yous too indie ole dais!"

A Raspberry Pie is a cordless device which can be purchased ready made (you just have to apply some power) or can be constructed by a DIY enthusiast from RAM (readily available material).



Construction starts with a light aluminium chassis to which is added the Motherboard. This is a thin base of pastry, best made by your mum.

The motherboard is then populated with chips (No wait! That is a chip pie, strike that). The motherboard is populated with raspberries, and then covered with a user interface, also made from pastry. At this stage, you may like to add a few USBs (upper surface breaks) which will help later to secure peripherals (e.g. custard, whipped cream & so on).

The final stage of manufacture is completed by heat-treating the assembly at an elevated temperature (say 530 degrees Kelvin) for about 60 minutes.














So that's the Raspberry Pie, now to the "Pi".

Unfortunately a Raspberry Pi may look like a green cereal bar, but:-
PARENTS! DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR CHILDRENS LUNCH BOX!




While there is a relatively low risk of eColi, there is a high risk of eMail, Spam poisoning and various eCommerce maladies. The Raspberry Pi is also very bad for childrens teeth.

A Raspberry Pi is actually an SBC (single board computer) created with the aim of re-igniting childrens interest in computer science, as the BBC Micro did 30 years ago. I wish them well, but wonder if the world has moved on.

However, its clear that sales have exceeded its creators expectations, and not just by a small margin. They may have initially thought 10,000 units a little optimistic, but actually, hundreds of thousands of units have been shipped to eager punters during the last few months.

So who is buying them? Well, me for a start. Like many others, I see the Raspberry Pi as an excellent, low cost, experimental SBC. Its low power consumption makes it a good choice for "always on" applications such as video monitors and mini servers.

So even though I was actually in the market for a Raspberry Pie (and despite my initial mouth-watering disappointment) I won't be returning my Pi.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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