Raspberry Pi at the library

From: Nate Hill 
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What do you all think about this?
Bobby had a cool idea I mention briefly in this post.
Please feel free to drop a comment on the blog if you have ideas about how
you might want to explore this.
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/content/raspberry-pi-library
The Raspberry Pi is so cheap I bet we could get a bunch of 'em.

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Nate Hill
nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://www.natehill.net

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ I am up with the Raspberry Pi and think it is very cool, however.... I just bought a mini PC from these guys: https://www.miniand.com/ I got the Mini X plus which has a 1.2 ghs processor, built in wifi, 2 = usb, and a better form factor than the Pi (my #1 complaint. I will also = be ordering a Hackberry A10 dev board when they are available in Sept = for $65 bucks. It has wifi/ethernet/1gb ram, SD slot/ AV outs including = HDMI, and a great form factor. My plans are to try and get Asterisk up and running with freePBX on = this, the Sheeva plug community has been making good progress on this. Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE www.snapfon.com phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com Phone: 423.535.9968 Fax: 423.265.9820 Mobile: 423.331.0725 "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. = It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 how you might want to explore this.

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ aren't those things on back-order til November or something like that? I tried to order one and when I saw how long it would take, I lost interest, because if the world is going to end in December I would only have a month to play with my RasPi

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ {NOTE TO MIKE - I'm having to "reply all" now to reply to the list - whereas before the server change, I could just "reply" and it would go to chugalug, not the original poster. This would explain the "multiple copies" people are reporting. Sorry, Nate, I'm not fixing the problem by deleting your address from the "To" line because I want to show Mike what is happening.) Nate, I tried to reply to the article on the link you provided, but it didn't seem to go through. Personally, I think this is a bad idea all around. Let's look at it financially. Sure, the cost for the guts is pretty cheap, but you have to add the cost of a case, and Wifi, and storage if you want that, and the keyboard and mouse, and a USB hub so you can plug all those things in, and ... oh yeah, the $500 HDTV you have to buy so you can see anything! Now, educationally. Why would this be more educational than a donated P4 desktop running Ubuntu? or any other hardware or any other Linux distro? Is it more educational because it's smaller? Now pragmatically. These will get stolen and destroyed. They are small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, and they will walk right out the door. And they will get dropped, stepped on, kicked, and thrown across the room. Or some 6 year old throwing a temper tantrum will just snap it in half - or some jerk teenager will do the same because it's funny or to see if he could. Finally - alternatives. I've already suggested a donated desktop - but there's no "cool" factor there - for you or for the users. So how about a Tablet. That's a bit more forward thinking than what amounts to a shrunken desktop strapped to a TV. And they are much cheaper when you factor in the cost of everything you'd have to buy in order to make the Pis useful (the aforementioned HDTVs and keyboards and mice and USB hubs...) And not much more than the cost of the item itself. There are tons of manufacturers overseas making sub-$100 tablets. I've bought tablets for less than $60. Tablets have the benefit of being an all-in-one device. Nothing additional needed. Just keep them charged, and you are good to go. You could even reset them every night or whatever. People will be far more likely to actually use them, they don't require any wall space or surface space to use, even younger children and or people who don't know how to read can use them - unlike a RaspberryPi - and it would be a safe, free (to them) way to get seniors who might be afraid to go out and buy a tablet more interested in technology (once they can hold it, play with it, and see how it works) and that's a good thing IMHO. Yes, tablets can get stolen and/or destroyed too. But they would be bigger - harder to sneak out with (slap one of those RFID shoplifting sticker on the back and you're good to go) - or you could chain them to the desk like bank pens. I would suggest getting a cheap but good case for them as well, and maybe screen protectors. But we're talking less than $15 additional cost. (Amazon is your friend.) The thing with the RaspberryPi (and it worked on me too) is you see that $25 cost - (or the more rational $35 one) - and you get excited, but you don't think about all the extra stuff you are going to have to buy to actually use the thing. The complete, enclosed, WiFi-enabled, Android-running HDMI Sticks for $50 / $60 are a better deal, because they come ready to go out of the box, and use an operating system people will actually have some real world connection with. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Chad your comment has been published. I just had to approve it. Thanks

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Oh, ok, thanks. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Really? The commenting didn't work? I probably screwed up the permissions, I'll check on it Thanks. Chad, to be clear, I wasn't suggesting RasPi for everything... just thought it might be one nifty affordable thing to try. Thanks for the feedback...

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Chattlab can print cases for them. Ask Bobby as i did one for him. There are about 1000 different ones to choose from on thingiverse.com

=============================================================== From: Jason Brown ------------------------------------------------------ I like the aluminum ones, They only cost twice as much as the Raspberry Pi itself. I would like to find the CAD specs / files for these and make a couple myself. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Billet-Aluminum-Raspberry-Pi-Case-Raspberry-Pi-Model-B-/110931656692#ht