Eben at the IET: live stream tonight
Eben’s giving a talk at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Professionals event this evening. Updated to add: video here! One of the subjects he’ll be talking about is open hardware, which I know a lot of you are interested in – I hope you can find some time to watch!
I’m off to watch Twitter like a hawk. James May from Top Gear has just been tweeting about his Raspberry Pi this morning, which has had us punching the air in a masculine fashion. Unfortunately, he has hit a small initial bump in the road. In cases like this, we strongly recommend
stealing borrowing the SD card from your spouse or child’s camera.
I’ve just discovered that my Raspberry Pi arrived yesterday. #NowToBuildATimeMachine #Ace
— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 17, 2012
I’ve started fiddling with my RPi and realised I forgot to order the SD card. #WhatYouSeeIsNotAllYouNeed #RubbishInRubbishOut
— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 18, 2012
#RaspberryPi A good mate of mine is a professor of computer science. Unfortunately he lives in Canada. #AFriendInNeedIsAFriendInHammersmith
— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 18, 2012
I hope James likes the Pi. Having him on board can only help encourage kids to tinker with it. Maybe he will build a robot or Top Gear style autonomous car with it …
I was gonna send a tweet to him asking him about using it in TG… in fact, I am gonna ask him.
mmmr does that mean the PI is slow and reliable ie Captin Slow or is it powerfull and supersized ie Mr May’s Toy Story?
Dunno how it is in the UK but here in Costa Rica they sell SD cards at supermarket checkouts along with batteries and choccy bars.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a Pi. We’re going to be evaluating it as a mini NAS server that we can stick in a cupboard and forget about.
Liam Fraser has written up an article in the Linux User & Development magazine – issue 118, page 48 – on setting up a Pi as a file server. You may be interested?
I’ll be there tonight, apparently it’s a sell out with over 400 people rocking up!!
Godspeed Captain Slow!
Will there be a recording of this available at all for those of us who are stuck working tonight :(
Ignore me…Just noticed it will be :)
Erm, it seems to be at 7pm, not at 6…
7pm UK time
19:00 Lecture commences
20:00 Networking drinks (free to attend)
Seems to be starting at 6:30?
EDIT 6:30 GMT
Many thanks Liz for the live stream link. I have to present the Pi to my kid’s primary school next Monday (near Dublin in Ireland) and your talk is a big help. Now to go and build a Gertboard in a hurry!
That was great, well done Eben.
Did you get them all back?
Tony “pyTony” Veijalainen
Info about the recording url? They said in chat that it will be quickly available as recording and they pointed something in lecture room but it was not shown on live video.
Thank You Eben!
I had a bit of a problem getting “tuned in” to the broadcast,
but once I got a “lock” I was unable to put my laptop down.
I couldn’t even refill my coffee cup on the chance I might miss something.
Enjoyed the talk. We got some real insights into exactly how surprising the level of interest was…
Was lucky to be at the IET tonight (happened to be in London for a course on something completely different). Really inspiring talk – and I was especially interested in the education focus. Would love to hear more about getting involved in that side of things – my employer might have some relevance…
What is it with webcasts that no one running them seems to try to listen to what’s being broadcast – they’re nearly always too low in volume, and most computing systems have no way to boost the source level, even if it means decreasing the signal-to-noise ratio (not a big deal for spoken audio, that’s more of an issue for music). I think I’m going to come up with a universal audio level balancer – maybe based on a Pi, if its output can be controlled adequately for this purpose (hint, hint, GPU HDMI audio output blob mavens ;) ).
Also the lip-sync was awful – started 2secs out, ended ~15 secs out
lipsync was fine for me. Volume was low, but apparently that was the player’s fault and refreshing the page fixed it…
Just watched the archived version of the IET talk – really interesting with plenty of info & facts I hadn’t heard before :-)
For the people asking about RasPi appearing on TopGear – do we /really/ want to see what bizarre method Clarkson finds for making them explode? ;)
Of course we want to see what bizarre method Clarkson finds for making them explode!
Not sure how well that would go down with the people still waiting for their Pi on backorder! ;-)
Still would be cool if they do something vaguely productive with it before it’s atomised doom… tho with may knowing what Clarkson would do, he’d probably have it on man lab anyway.
Oops, I just watched (listened) the whole stream… DAMN YOU :) another 90 minutes I wanted to spend making my RaspberrysPi…
“An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte!”
better to modify that 25 because noone 25$ version is on market. Place the right number, 35.
*sigh* This tends to be a bit of an FAQ – the $25 version is due out before Christmas…
Xmas of what year? I wait 8 (EIGHT!) months before to have a raspberry that is old before to be in my hands. Now there are 512Mram version with 2 hole for files, I have the “old” raspberry 1.0. I i knew in advance there is so long queue. No more rpi for me. Im waiting cubieboard: ordered 1st week of october, landed here after 2 weeks.
I am sorry, wrong typyng: “I i knew in advance there is so long queue.” right is: “If i knew in advance there is so long queue, I never place order.”
You can’t really blame the Foundation for that though – they’re a victim of their own (unexpected) popularity!
I know nothing about the cubieboard, but I’m willing to bet its community is a lot smaller than the RaspberryPi’s!
Which is obviously fine for those people that have the skills to do what they want, without help/support from the community…
I had not really thought about this too much, but I learnt to program of a ZX80 an spectrum and a BBC so I learn BASIC, Pascal, Modula 2, 6502 and z80 assembly language as well as the x86 when I started working.
What’s amazing is that the pi has outsold the BBC / Spectrum, massively given in the timeframe, I would not be at all surprised if there are more than 2 million units out there in 1.5 years.
With the increasing economies of scale (free memory) in the latest release, moving production back to the UK and the untold social capital that the foundation is banking I predict that within 5 years (I only say 5 years because it’s always 5 years right?) the Raspberry Pi foundation could / will be one of the fastest growing tech companies on the planet. It’s based in Cambridge, which is about the best place to be this side of Silicon Valley, arguably better given the density of Cambridge.
In terms of what you can learn with the pi and the capability of the platform we really could be seeing a massive explosion of creativity within a generation.
When the history of this device is written I think that the ambitions of the foundation will massively exceed their ambitions.
I don’t know about your figures. As far as I’m aware the Spectrum sold 5 million units. The RPi has a long way to go.
Thanks to those involved in setting it up, it made my journey back home on the cattle truck train a lot less tedious. :-)
I would just like to congratulate Eben and IET for a great webcast. Due to working commitments I couldn’t make the event in Manchester. I am glad to hear more about the focus on education and I am looking to get more involved with the local schools on these projects.
I am about to start the work on the gertboard and organise some teaching literature for my kids to have a go at.
RE memory card theft… I emptied 3 cameras to get mine working!
The fermentation liquid for Beer is called WORT.
Mash is the Whisky brew product.
Poor Eben wants to drink his Pi …and eat it, too! Can’t say I blame him, and I’d be hitting a mash-based byproduct before a wort-based one, given all the hard work he’s done and then the abuse we pile on him! :D
Is there any way that I can download this video? My Internet quality is not good enough for streaming.
We really need to sell more of those printed MagPi magazines. We sold about 260 of them so far, which means we are facing a rather large loss. So please help support us, so that we can continue to provide the option of a printed magazine. Thanks.
Another brilliant and inspiring talk from Eben. Thank you.
On the same day I watch that video I read this news about Mircosoft and Facebook taking the reigns of computing education in the UK.
A very worrying development. Is it really so that after all this time the Raspberry Pi Foundations motivation and philosophy has not been heard in the UK government. That they are going to sell out computing education to two foriegn corporate powers?
To MicroSoft who traditionally depends on closed source software. Who has vigorously fought against free and open source software and sharing. Whose very philosopy is not sharing but exploiting an ocean of consumers. Everything totally opposed to educating the masses or education in general. Think about their push for secure boot and signed softeare on future devices. They want you to consume not create.
To FaceBook. Well, of course every UK school pupil will now have to have a FaceBook account, whether they like it or not or whether their parents like it or not, just to follow the curriculum.
Looks like the ICT teachers will be taking the 20000 pounds on offer to implement the FaceSoft curriculum in the comming years. It might be left to the enthusiastic physics and other teachers to provide real computing exposure to kids via the Raspi.
(Mmm..perhaps that such a bad thing, after all Tim Berners Lee held up as a light to follow in the news article was a physics grad.).
So, to Eben or Liz or someone, what is the Foundation’s stance on this new government announcement? Is it good or bad in you eyes? How will it impact the foundation and it’s many followers? How will affect the uptake of the Raspi and the foundations educational efforts in schools?
In short, how wil lthe foundation respond to this, in my view, distressing development?
As far as I can tell, those companies are offering to fund the graduates rather than tell them how to do things… those future teachers then can train kids better in computer science, which in turn would give those companies a better pool of computer literate people to hire…
so yea, they are doing it for business reasons BUT they are helping Brits achieve more in computing in the process.
Do you have any links to this “rather than tell them how to do things” idea. I find it hard to belive that there would be no strings attached.
Because all I’m finding is stuff like this:
“What are you doing on the 26th October? Fancy coming along to QPR and hearing more about Windows 8 in education” on the face book page: https://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftUKEducation
The whole page is full of it.
OK… I was basing my answer on the first link btw… so you are right in that Microsoft is indeed ‘butting in’… I just hope the government supports the foundation more, students would benefit more from it.
“If your school is using Windows XP and Office 2003, support ends April 2014. Upgrade for benefits of the modern desktop.” – quote is from their facebook page.
Sure, upgrade to linux and Raspberry Pi!
Worse still it’s from thier “MicrosoftUKEducation” page. Yes that is there plan fro the UK.
I just picked a link from their to an article that might me education related. Sometingabout “critical thinking”. Turned out to be a promotion of Bing.