Status update

A brief status update for those of you wondering when boards are going to arrive. As you may have gathered, there’s been a delay at the factory; we’ve been assured this morning that a first batch of boards will ship to us either today or first thing Monday.

In other news, if you don’t own an alarm clock, this weekend might be a good time to do some shopping.

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This is getting tense!

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So very very excited!! :o)

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I take it I’m going to have to wake up early to buy one of the first batch then?

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Oh damn, I hate getting up early -_-

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I cant wait!

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alarm clock? will there be a countdown for sale? any news on the shipping cost to america?

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I will be up at the crack of dawn!

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Looking forward to the day I can actually order one..

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I’m not a morning person so I’ll be staying up all night.

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+1 on that :D

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Let me guess… 1st March, 4:01:59am…. 3/1 4:1:59…..

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hehehe, that would indeed be the sum of all awwwww… (or as more conservative people call it: awesome)

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That is so scathingly brilliant! How in the world could they have known in May 2011 that the first Pi wouldn’t be available to ship until 3.1 4:15 … in 2012!!!

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What choo talking about, the first of March is 1/3/2012?

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What the hell are theese numbers from?

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You just keep thinking that you missed it back in “January” while the rest of us are ordering our R-Pi units – in fact, everybody else keep thinking that while I buy all 10,000 of them!

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I see what you’re doing there. Nice spot!

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Martch 14th is actually “International Pi Day” – This would be the most appropriate date IMHO :)

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3/1? Didn’t we miss that?

2012-03-01 04:01:59 is 1st March 4:01:59, or do you mean 16:01:59? I never get those am and pm right. :-)
(ISO 8601)

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Took me second or two! Brilliant!

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Wait, what? I have to get up early on monday? -.-

Oh well. Raspery PI > sleep.

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Not on Monday – we’ll be giving you plenty of notice, so you will be told when you’ll have to set your alarm in advance.

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Very exciting :P

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might be worth pointing that out in bold letters or come monday…you know

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Request, please announce the time (UTC/GMT) so there is no question of which time zone one needs to address.
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Greenwich mean time (GMT)
I’m EST (-5) , New York.
Yeah, I need a multi-time zone alarm clock…

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I live on the continent, so that’s GMT+1

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What `delta` will be between announce and actual start time? May i go to sleep a little? :-(

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Tuesday? :)

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As Felix Furtak wrote:
“Martch 14th is actually “International Pi Day” – This would be the most appropriate date IMHO ”

2012 03 14 15:92:65 (hm, that would be a strange time, we have to go for 4 decimals then :D)

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I doubt anyone will be able to sleep knowing that they may be ordering their Pi … no alarm clock needed :D!

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Please allow us to order them at European Time and not US :) It will be great for once

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I don’t know what you’ve had happen with timing, but I think it’s more important that people in neither place can’t get a PI because they’re at work, and so the time of release should be at a mutual OK time like 11pm GMT = 5am Central US— At least even if people are asleep, they’ll mostly be ABLE to get up and buy one vs having offices grind to a halt as every employee buys a PI. (Yes, that is something that could happen):D

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Why should being at work preclude people?

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Ah just let it happen :D
not every one can get a pi from the first batch so the halting company will fail at getting one :D ;)

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Well, unless it hit spot on exactly every person’s lunch hour and everyone had a computer to use to order, it makes sense to release it at night. actually, though, I got the time thing wrong- that’s 5pm. try 5 am GMT= 11pm Central us. There.

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Just do what Apple does, sell it in their own country first.
Isn’t the PI designed to put UK students ahead of the game away!

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If I’m not mistaken, it is meant to be an education tool for all students. It is meant to bring inexpensive computing to everyone. Wouldn’t following in Apple’s footsteps be a step in the wrong direction?

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If the Raspberry Pi was made by apple it would have rounded corners, the case would cost 2x as much as the board to manufacture. Also it would cost $400, because one of the same quality but without the logo can be had for $200 right now. You would be wise to buy Raspberry Care, because if you dont they will push out an update that makes this hardware incompatible and force you to pay for the hardware all over again just to get the next OS. Im with David, lets not use Apples business model.

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+1

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Don’t forget — they would sue existing raspberry farmers for infringing on their name.

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I’ll bite. Apple sells a device with an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 256MB RAM and 8GB Flash in a case with Apple logo and rounded corners for $99: http://www.apple.com/appletv/

Sure it’s not a general purpose device out of the box, but it’s a far cry less than $400.

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:D +1

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I’m Sorry but I don’t think Apple got where they are today by being poor business leaders, Yes they are expensive and the PI is not, but when you look at the logistics involved and demand management, Apple have it spot on. How upset are people in the UK and Europe going to be, when for instance 9900 of the first boards get purchased by users in Russia, china or India and only a handful get sold to genuine customers in Europe or the states. I maybe wrong and we all get one of the first boards, but I’m banking on allot of people being unhappy. At the end of the day this is a business and should not be treated the same way as open source free software, there are a limited number of PI’s which should be sold wisely as I’m sure other companies are keeping a close eye on Raspberry and I’m even more certain that some people on here want to make big gains for themselves and don’t have the same charitable drive as the owners

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Why should one part of the world be any more or less annoyed if another part of the world gets the majority of the first batch. It really doesn’t matter who gets them does it? The next batch will follow rapidly, and the one after that. It’s only time, and not even that much of it.
There are bound to be annoyed/upset people – there are 100k people on the mailing list – so 9/10 people are not getting something from the first batch.
There are also bound to be speculators – but I would advise anyone to just wait and not buy overpriced Raspi’s – you will get a Raspi at the advertised price, within a couple of months max, should you not get one from the first batch.
WIth regards to other companies keeping an eye on what’s happening – I think you might be quite surprised! But unfortunately I can’t say why.

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If it takes 2 Months to manufacture 10000 units and the first batch are to be sold to the general public and the following batches of, let’s say 100000 are to be sold to the intended customers (student/schools -worldwide) then this would be a lead time of 20 months. By this time I’m sure other companies will have filled the void and will be selling similar devices for much higher prices. This isn’t a bad thing, but does dissolve the spirit and drive behind the PI. I hope you’re right and Raspberry can increase their production lines to meet the demands, even better would be if Eben could get the UK tax rules changed and have the device manufactured in the UK, which was his original plan.

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I am sure they would – *if* that was the model. It’s not. I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised come launch day.

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Actually, just with the small batches they’re doing now, they’re able to get 10k every 1 (only one)month at up to 100k a year. The couple of months was probably if you failed to get one a second time.

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The initial 10,000 is something of a test run. If it goes well and all the problems are shaken down why should the next take anywhere near as long?

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Dude, chill out, and be patient. Jeez.

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+1 to that.

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Apple got where they are because of sheep; Those that can’t think for themselves, those that have to have what the celebs where walking around with (ipod classics), those that can’t stand having a lesser product, students showing off with mummy and daddys money.

Apple..Digitally ring fencing and tracking the igeneration.

I wonder what would have happened if the creative zens looked shiney, my original 60GB is still going strong.

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Great news!
Any idea on how long the shipping will take ?

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Cryptic! I love the suspense. You’re killing me!!

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Ship? SHIP?! Do you know how long a ship takes from China to the UK? :-)

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Calm down dear! It’s only a micro board!

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He doesn’t mean literally by ship, just means that they will be sent. They have said in the past that at least for the first batch or two that they will be ‘shipped’ from China to the Uk by air.

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My experience with airmail packages from China is that they take a realy realy long time to arrive. You can wait for about three weeks before you get a package from China to Europe. You are mostly waiting for them to actually put it on the plane. When it is on it, you will get it in less than a week. So I realy hope that the “premium postal service” is being used to deliver the RPis.

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Hongkong post is taking a long time right now. But the “batch-of-pies” will not be going trough the mail. They will be shipped with fedex or something like that. 2-3 days should really be possible.

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Not too long if its a SPACE ship – about 40 minutes :D

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Does somebody know where are the boards tested – in the “chinese” fab or in the UK?
Thanks.

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Yes. Someone knows. I’m guessing the guys from the foundation know that….

Oh wait. You wanted to know… They said right here on the site that they are testing them “remotely”. i.e. with foundation people in UK testing them in Taiwan or china or wherever they are right now.

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Liz wrote me last week, that quality assurance has been done in a mostly automated process, controlled remotely by the foundation.

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It is done in china

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Are you expecting a shipment with the full set of 10,000 boards to leave china today/monday or just a subset?

Also – you are going for airfreight right?

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The time has come :) Sorry for my bad english im italian!
Please give me feedback about this “checklist”:
1 – buy RPi from website
2 – i need power supply. where can i found it?
3 – i need SD card, i will buy 4gb sdhc card soon. or better to take 8gb?
4 – i need an OS -> i’ve already downloaded Debian for RPi then i will use windows utility to copy it on the SD card right?
5 – i will need a case, i will create something to fit the RPi into and wait for some cool idea from the community
5 – buy usb hub with power supply and connect keyboard and mouse

-> Enjoy my RPi :)

am i missing something?

thanks

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do you have Amazon in Italy? ;)

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you are missing reading the faq and wiki…

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You are right, i just read the FAQ and i didnt pay attention to wiki. i’m gonna read the wiki right now! thanks

We have amazon here in italy but the store is not as “big” as amazon.co.uk or amazon.com, it has less product indeed.

Thanks for info

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1 – buy RPi from website
Yep

2 – i need power supply. where can i found it?
Buy a USB to micro USB cable. Here’s one from monoprice: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030307&p_id=4868&seq=1&format=2

3 – i need SD card, i will buy 4gb sdhc card soon. or better to take 8gb?

Just depends on how much space you intend to use. You might as well go for the 8GB, it should only be a couple of dollars more.

4 – i need an OS -> i’ve already downloaded Debian for RPi then i will use windows utility to copy it on the SD card right?
You can use windd to do that or if you have a linux install use dd or Pi card

5 – i will need a case, i will create something to fit the RPi into and wait for some cool idea from the community
Yep. Cases will be available later though.

6 – buy usb hub with power supply and connect keyboard and mouse

If you want to have an open USB slot, then definitely.

Neither the wiki nor the FAQ is in Italian guys :)

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thanks a lot!

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can’t you just burn the iso to the sd card?

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No, because there are no lasers involved. :D

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… Facepalm… Ok, can you encode the data into the storage medium using a program which refers to the process of doing so “burning” using whichever iso file you happen to chose?

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From the perspective of the operating system and tools that perform low level access SD cards are far more like removable media drives (zip etc) than they are like optical discs.

So while the process of writing the Pi image to the SD card is not too different conceptually from burning an ISO to CD the tools and terminology used are different.

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I have somewhere a program able to put the contents of an iso file onto a sd card, but I can’t find it. I remember unetbootin and others you use to put iso’s onto a thumbdrive.

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A few thoughts:
1. If you are happy with just keyboard and mouse as USB devices, you could just get a mobile phone charger capable of sourcing at least 700mA, and plug the keyboard and mouse directly into the RPi.

2. If you buy a USB hub with a decent power supply (say, 2 amps), you could use a USB A micro-USB B cable to power the RPi from the same hub it is plugged into for the keyboard and mouse. AFAIK the RPi microUSB power port doesn’t have the data lines connected, so it’s not a problem that the RPi is connected twice to the hub if one of those connections is to the RPi power port.

Note that the two RPi USB ports and the Ethernet are all hanging off one chip, which itself hangs off one high-speed USB 2.0 connection into the CPU, so hanging all your USB peripherals off a hub is fine – there isn’t any more bandwidth to be had by plugging some stuff into one RPi USB port and some into the other port.

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website
website
website
website
DIY
local store

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If you have a POWERED USB hub, you could hook the Pi up as the master AND as a slave. From what I understand, the USB power is power only, so the Pi could suckle juice from the very hub that it is controlling. This is just a guess, but it is what I am planning to do since I have a powered hub lying around.

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Here’s some useful information in the circumstances…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperventilation_syndrome

(But remember, PAPER BAGS…)

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Didn’t paper bags to aid hyperventilation become medically prohibited in the past few years?

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Possibly, I was just thinking of the people who’ve just come back in from shopping with their purchases in plastic carrier bags. We wouldn’t want them to improvise, would we?

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Here in Wales we have to pay 5p for a carrier bag, hich raises the cost of ownership of an RPi.

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I really hope your site/store will be able to handle the load… I’m getting the feeling that many of us will luck out simply due to the fact that the server utilization will be so high.

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IIRC the shop is hosted on a different server by a company that does online shops and can cope with the sort of traffic expected.

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Wait. I do own an alarm clock, but I just went shopping. Is that bad ? Will that affect my chances at order time ? Oh no, what have I done ?!

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Since the Foundation is UK based, I think it is not unreasonable to imagine they will start it up during reasonable UK hours.

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Will you please consider not turning off order entry when unit 10,000 is sold? I do not mind waiting as long as I have one on order.

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Nice.. I`m ready for it :-D

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Will you notify mailing-list subscribers _BEFORE_ start?

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You DO know how many mailing list subscribers there ARE???

Doesn’t really matter when we’re told, it’ll be first come, first served and devil take the hindmost!

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Of course; Eben is not likely to tell you to buy an alarm clock without also telling you when to set it!

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I was beginning to think that we might be told where to PUT it…

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Perhaps you should seek sponsorship from Timex…

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With the Oscars and all, it’s a stay up late night for us europeans anyways.

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Does it run Windows 8?
Can I use a 750W PC ATX PSU to power it?
Will it ship with everything I need and I won’t have it engage in thought to get it going?
Will it come with a 50″ monitor, so I don’t have to buy one?
Can you just tell me personally and not the others that it’s about to go on sale?
Can you put 32GB of memory in mine?
;)

Sorry.. daft questions over…
Sooo excitied.. and nervous that I won’t get one!

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If you can start that PSU with the kind of load the R-Pi will put… there should be no problem :D

The PSU might transform more energy to heat than the R-Pi itself :))

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you don’t need to start the PSU the “standby power” (5VSB) will be more than enough.

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No, as they said, they would need windows’s cooperation.
Why?
Mostly, at least to use it, probably not a hdmi/composite cable though.
$999.99+SH
Not a server’s chance in a buy frenzy.
For 1.5 to 2x the price. (SD cards of good quality+capacity are expensive…)

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Is it okay to write shipping address in english-russian style (like “Saint-Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург), Razvidnaya street (Улица Разводная)”) or there may be problems with encoding and better leaving english-only address (which may cause russian mail employees’ mind blowing )? :D

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I was actually wondering whether the postmen in Russia are somehow examined with respect to their knowledge of the latin alphabet?

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Just want to minimise risks. Already had problems with misunderstanding “house” and “apartment” and address styling (in UK address is written apartment.building.street.city.country, in Russia it is vice – versa), so, instead of apt#10,bld#13 they ship to apt#13,bld#10

Sorry for my english

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frankly, the way you guys do it in Russia makes more sense to me. Biggest to smallest.

I do the date the same way most of the time: year-month-day hour:min:sec

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Та брось ты, пиши на английском. Покрайней мере из-за границы в Украину регулярно получаю корреспонденцию, проблем не было.

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I actually don’t expect to grab a Pi from the first shipment. This site (and the shop) will likely be DDoSed to hell once the word is spread. :D

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Already Pre-warned my boss might be taking a day off at short notice if the shop is due to open during work time or sleep deprevation might be an issue. He just laughed.

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I expect to buy one while at work.

It’s fairly likely the second one will go on the company card…

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ok, so I have a AC power supply that plugs into a us wall outlet- 2 prong 120v to mini usb
Its a motorola model-FMP5202C
http://www.reaganwireless.com/product.php?id=1001

so it says:
input 100-240v 50-60Hz, 120mA
output 5V=850mA

would this be able to power a R Pi

since I have one and not the phone it used to charge

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No.
The amperage is ok, but you need MICRO-USB, not mini. From the newer phones.

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in my case I’ll use my BlackBerry 8520 micro-usb charger, 5V@700mA.

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I stayed up for 85 hours straight for a Windows 7 Beta scheme slot – which ended up completely open in the end because the system couldn’t handle the pressure. While I hope that similar strategies will not be required for the RasPi launch – I am prepared. I am, and always will be, prepared…

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So damn it. I’m going to travel these days and I think I’m loose the chance to buy one of these.

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Maybe they could make a separate site with nearly all text to minimize size of the page to load.

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dangit i meant to post to the one above

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regards,
It’s a great news

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Must… refrain.. from… F5’ing… the… site… to… death… F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5!

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Cannot wait! I want to try and get one for my son’s upcoming birthday! I will cross my fingers!

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The big question is who will need alarm clocks?

1) If the release is morning UK time the the US will need them. Which would be nice for a change.
2) More likely it will be evening US time to pander to the poor yanks as usual and ignoring us brits.
3) Less likely judging from the alarm clock teaser is early evening meaning asia will need to get up early.

You can’t please everyone but early afternoon GMT would be a good mid time for everyone.

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It will be a staggered release, in each country at either 4 A.M. or at the most inconvenient time for the buyer – designed to have only 10% of the 100k+ users subscribed to the mailing list available to buy one at that time in order to prevent a server meltdown ;-)

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That would just be cruel, every 4 or 5 hours a new batch going one sale, would be a wreck by the end of it. Better put the men in white coats on standby :)

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Early afternoon GMT is about 2pm? That’s 6-9am US. People will be working and at school by then in most areas. I say release during the night. Of course, if you want ~8am so much, ~8am GMT. Speaking for the “poor yanks” We’re happy to get up at ~2am if you’re unable to survive *gasp* getting up out of bed at night for Pi.

:P!!!!!

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I do mean all 300 million of us. (versus 60 million Brits) Naturally, since it’s a British computer…

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Get up? I’m usually STILL up at 0200!
;p

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When do you get up in that case?

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Can we settle on a day? I have been staring at my screen for 5 days I need a nap..

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Better stock up on Red Bull – you have to wait a bit more :)

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Just stay up a little more, it will be soon.

(hoping one competition will fall asleep when the start selling :))

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Could we not pre order if they re ready to ship happy to wait if issues with boards.

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Wait… have you not preordered YET ? The stickers are still available for preorder on the shop site – go NOW or the preorders will be closed.

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I cannot wait to buy one of these!

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buy buy buy!

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I’m ready to buy one!

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If you don’t get a first batch, there are increasing chances of getting a case with successive batches. I have it on good authority (random voices inside my head) that each case interior has inscribed Liz’s best waffle recipe.

Guessing there is about 10x demand vs supply. So at least I can feel better if I miss out on the first batch…

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So you told us when they’re gonna be SHIPPED. What you didn’t tell is when they’re expected to ARRIVE! ;-)

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I sleep with my computer which acts as a alarm clock, I’m ready, please don’t make it 3 AM my time… lol

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Rest assured, it will be 4 AM … ;-)

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well that gives me 3 hours to sleep…

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It’s going to be like getting tickets today for my daughter to see One Direction. Nigh on impossible and they you see the £30 tickets selling on eBay 10 minutes later for £300+

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Monday

Server crash in 5 4 3…………..

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Oh sounds great! I need 2 of boards for university :) One of projects is a router and the other one will be used for streaming (HD 1080p) etc.
What is about time zone (US, UK, EU)? I’m form Germany!

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Only one unit for one person, remember

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Oh ok thx.
Any idea about the time?

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Be patient, and we’ll tell you.

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Thankfully, even if we’re impatient (and I suspect we all are, and aren’t hiding it very well) I have confidence that you’ll still tell us. :)

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per person or per credit card?

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Per card I think, but be honest, please

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Oh no I wanted one to make into an alarm clock. Now i have to buy an alarm clock as well :(

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Just download the emulator and run a Linux alarm clock program on that, if just running an alarm clock program directly on a PC-Linux/WIndoze/Mac/iOS/Android platform just won’t do! :)

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I hope the second batch is coming soon. How many raspberry are in the second batch?

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Sombody start a book on the sale start time and the point when the first 10ks unit have been sold.

I’ll take a LEAP at a start on 29th of February @ 7:00am GMT and ending 2hours later…. (good luck with the server loading ladies and gentlemen).

Another interesting one will be to see how soon they appear at inflated prices on ebay….

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2 hours? I think more like 10 min if their servers dont get hammered to death. IMHO their servers will fail and it will be choppy. I have participated in a number of things like this and never once have I seen the servers stay up the first time. Can you say DDoS by rampaging customers?

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Today is my birthday and I’m desperate because the Raspberry will be my gift!

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so i suspect that we will not be able to buy Pi at the end of the month as you say

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Excuse me if this has been already answered, but where will the boards be shipped from? Sure, they are manufactured in China, but what will be the “sender” address on the actual package? The reason I’m asking is that in many (if not all) countries in the EU, a package from outside the EU has to pass customs, whereas a package from within the EU does not. And yes, I do know that the FAQ vaguely talks about the boards being shipping from the UK, but everyone here seems to be talking about China, so I’m not sure.

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Made in China, Air Freight to then shipped from UK and it was hinted at other distribution centres by Liz somewhere I read but no details.

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And I’m not going to be giving any more details out at the moment – you’ll see why when sales start. (Don’t worry; it’s not for sinister reasons.)

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WAG here. UPS has a logistics center in Atlanta Which is about 15 hours flight from China. When the plane takes off the message goes out we have 10 hours until we order. That gives us 5 hours to buy them all (about 5 times what it should take) before the plane lands. UPS breaks down the shipment in Atlanta and sends out by country/region. So nanner-nanner-nanner us Yanks will get ours first!

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:) With all the excitement building, I think I’ll be waiting for the second (or third) shipment.

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Where is the form to put my request??

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Question: several friends at my company (and I) want to buy one board each one. Can we order one for each person, sharing the address?

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No. You’ll have to order separately.

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What is about to pay with same credit card (visa)?

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No. It’s one per customer.

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Hmm that would be another adress and another person! A friend from college ask me to pay for him because he hasn’t a credit card or paypal.

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Can’t wait :D

Last minute python cramming time!

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This is fantastic news. Keep doing all the things you are all doing and Pi day will soon be upon us.

A few days away.
All ten thousand units sold.
Well earned rest for team.

Maybe not a snappy as my last attempt, but at least the form is better.

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rest?!… no.. just the start of round 2! ;)

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Ha! good point.
I’m hoping some R&R will be indulged in before round two gets underway, or will the report from the last champagne cork have barely faded?

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i hope shipping wont cost more than the pi does

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Someone said they will probably ship via Royal Mail from UK. You can look for the price at their website. Weight will be approx. 200-500 gramms (i think).

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So Does that mean approximately 5-10 pounds?

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The weight is less than 60g before packaging. Assuming Royal Mail, then to New Zealand you’ll be looking at around £2.50 for P&P.

However, Liz has since stated that it almost certainly won’t be Royal Mail now but another courier. I wouldn’t expect the price to be more than £5 to the other side of the world and Liz has stated that P&P will be charged at cost.

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Oh, boy.

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wait to try bsd install…….

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Thanks for the update. All of you are doing a great job!

I hope to get one from the first run. If I don’t, that is ok. I’ll wait for the next batch.

Jeff Greer, M.Ed.
Instructional Technologist

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I have been waiting since may last year for this. From back when this website was just a holding page announcing the pi.. I will cry if this gets released before 2am GMT on Thursday (when I get paid)..

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credit card?

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Actually, what all will get is a small alarm clock. To get the Raspberry board, you reply, ” I got the clock” . Then it ships !

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Can’t wait. Going to use two alarm clocks! :)

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I guess you will require immediate payment. Will there be some short term reservation period in wich we can make a payment (10 minutes or so)?

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Afraid not.

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so you saying that the raspberry pi I’ve commited to buy could be sold from under my nose because I was too slow entering my card details!!! :-(

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Natural selection….

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More like survival of the fastest connections…

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Are you taking any precautions against server overloads? I’m just imagining the servers getting bogged down, if not crashing, with the load of that many people simoultaneously spamming F5 for a few minutes before the release ;)

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Yes, we are – I’ve discussed this in a bit more detail on the forums.

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And what if my secret plan was to make an alarm clock from Raspberry Pi itself? ;-) With NTP, TV as time display and 5.1 sound system for “waking me up”.

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Then you will have two! One for each ear.

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STFU and take my money :D

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Liz,
You really need to think about going to bed…still up at 12.19

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Think on – WHEN will Liz be activating the Shop?

;-)

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This is gonna be crazier than the Nike Galaxy riots!

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I can’t whit for this experience. My kids r going to love this.

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I’d say it is pretty obvious that there will be no shortage of demand. I am also guessing that I am not going to be able to get in on the initial run.

The main question I have is when is the second batch going to be ordered? I know that you guys are using this first release to gauge demand, but lets say that (as I suspect they will) the first batch of 10,000 is gone within minutes…

Any rough idea when the next run would be? My fear is that a second run will be delayed until there has been time for community feedback and adjustments in response to that feedback before going back to production…

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I’d say that the primary reason for not ordering 1M on the first production run is because financing a little less than $25M for the production is a bit too much for the foundation. I’m guessing they might have had to contact a bank for the $250k they’ve had to pay to the factory already. If they sell out in 10 minutes, it will be easy to convince the bank that financing another batch is “safe”.

But even if there is no bank involved, and they’ve been putting in their own savings, then the same argument holds: You don’t want to spend money on the second $250k before you’re sure the first batch sells out.

Now here on the forum we’re all pretty convinced that the 10000 pies will sell out in ten minutes flat. But are you willing to bet $250k on that? What if there are just 1000 people interested and they are registering 10 or 20 times each?

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Well. I still don’t get why there’s no pre-order?
Maybe I should search the forum :P

Just take pre-orders of say 1-5 units / person.. I don’t think people would mind to pay 1-5 * $25-35 in advance, I certainly would not.
Worst case scenario, the foundation and/or “china” steals my money and lives happily ever after in Bahamas, oh well, gg to them then :)

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I’m really happy that the foundation isn’t falling into the Sinclair trap. For those that don’t remember (or just weren’t around) Sinclair got himself a bad name for taking pre-orders, announcing optimistic launch dates and missing them by *months*. It was much less fun than this waiging for the foundation to open the floodgatess

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Raspberry pi doesn’t always give release dates. But when it does, it’s about alarm clocks. -.-

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Well, I have my alarm clock ready! I have even built it myself ( http://r00li.com/arduclock ) – it has some great features – it works, looks horrible and shows a correct time for about a month (it sadly lacks RTC module). So when do I set it to ring (it can actually play a star wars or a knight rider theme)?

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But I was going to build an RPi alarm clock!!

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Will there be a limit to how many board per house hold ? I have already 6 to be ordered :S

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oups just read earlier comment 1 per credit card !

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**** ***** wait so ****** long like ****** duke nukem ****** forever.

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I will not sleep this Sunday and Monday…

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I am really looking forward to RPi, especially now, when my currency to dollar course has dropped significantly :) Good job everyone with this unique device!

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When the Pi goes on sale, its going to be worse than bid sniping at eBay…..

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Stop doing F5 at the main page (I was doing just that past couple of days). Now, you could just sit back and watch “Raspberry Pi Live” at http://dazzlepod.com/raspberrypi/ and be the first to know when Raspberry Pi is available for order!

The live widget polls the main page (http://www.raspberrypi.org) every 5 seconds for new posts and visitors viewing the widget will see results from the poll request made by the server. Enjoy!

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DON’T DO IT – IT WON’T HELP – it will just put an extra load on the foundation’s servers.

The first announcement will be VIA THE MAILING LIST

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Good way to get your IP/Domain blocked I would guess!

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wait wait wait

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Liz, I think I’m right in saying (apologies if I got the wrong end of the stick) that in a previous post, you mentioned that there would be a fair way that you’ll be selling the Raspi’s? Not just the ‘one per person’ thing, but other criteria would be taken in to account? Now that we’re this close to the selling date, are you able to share any more details with us about the critieria that you’ll be using?

I’m as keen as any one else to get hold a Raspi, but if I do not meet the criteria at this stage, then I’m happy to back away for a few extra months and wait it out, if I have to that is.

The more we know now about the critieria now, the better. It might even save your selling site some bandwidth, and us a broken nights sleep anticapting being successful! :)

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Sorry my last paragraph was awful! Too many now’s and completely messed up ‘anticipating’ :)

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I’m afraid I think you got the wrong end of the stick. We consider first-come, first-served about as “fair” as is manageable; it could be a discussion about that that you’re remembering.

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Do you plan on creating a separate ordering facility for actual students? I have told my lecturers of the Raspberry Pi and they are indeed interested.

Being poor starving students, is there any hint that someone will mass produce low cost DVI-D capable screens for the Raspi? Or will we have to rely on our phones for that?

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A phone would be a terrible screen device – just use your TV or computer monitor.

AFAIK< there are no special privileges for students. As will be clear shortly, there shouldn't be any problems with getting hold of a device once production gets going.

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James H and Liz, you are both terrible teases!

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Great, it take that as meaning after the initial 10, there will be a quick ramp up. I need these things for projects where 100+ would be useful and I can’t be the only one. I hope you have a plan for getting them to Africa without the usual dodgy local distributors who add huge mark-ups and no value.

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Brill, that means we’re all in with a decent shout, assuming we can rouse ourselves from our beds! :)

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I wait!!! I wait!! I wait!!……………………….

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raspberry pi, come with me, all days i will prepare a breakfast of jelly and peanutbutter. to share :)

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>might be a good time to do some shopping.
Does Eben mean strictly GMT+0 00:00?

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I can just imagine where I’ll be when it comes to the rush buy. Damn school gets in the way of everything. Although…… I do suppose I’d be invited to see the head teacher if I said I was at home waiting for pi……and I do suppose the kids need teaching….
Not sure what’s more important

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I went through the RPi shop’s purchase process yesterday (I bought some Keyboard stickers) to check that it all went smoothly. This helped to calm my nerves and also gave some money to the foundation.

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This might be a dumb idea, but it might make sense to split the quantity up within periods of the day, like at 8 am launch the first 5k. Then at 1pm launch the last 5k….

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People, we are all so full of ideas about how best to sell the Raspi, but at the end of the day it is down to the Foundation. Let’s give them some credit please, and just let them do their thing. They won’t let us down, they have done a fantastic job sticking to their princilples so far, and in the end we’ll all get our Raspi’s anyway. Not long now, just a little more patience.

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Give that man a gold star. :) (Thank you!)

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I’d prefer a Raspi if that’s ok? :)

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Word!

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Sitting in NZ. Will be smack in the middle of the day. :)
Can’t wait!

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Is midday not a bit early for smack? :-)

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Apparently it’s quite more-ish

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Actually, Morocco is better known for its hash than for smack.

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Did I miss the email announcing the time the units will be officially up for sale? Has the time been announced?

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No.

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Ok, I was getting nervous. I’ve been follwing the RPi develpments since mid-2011.
Thanks.

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I feel kinda pranked. You said: “In other news, if you don’t own an alarm clock, this weekend might be a good time to do some shopping.”

now you twitter: “We* get them tomorrow – you guys won’t for a few days. Watch Twitter, the mailing list and the website for announcements.”

???? maybe in a year….

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It’s allways hard to wait for this long.
I feel your frustration :)

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Maybe in a week.

The RasPi folks are doing us the courtesy (which they don’t owe us) of trying to keep us updated.

A bit churlish to use their openness as a stick to beat them with …

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The thing is that they said on Saturday we’ll be ready this weekend, so i guessed they got the shipping. Is it possibly to get those shippings from china on sundays??? I guess not and so, they knew that they don’t get the boards until monday…

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You seem to be doing an awful lot of guessing. Nothing in the post you’re responding to said we’d start selling on Monday.

After we’re done revolutionising school computer science, perhaps our next trick should be to improve reading comprehension levels among internet users.

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OR maybe you could actually make status updates that talk about the news regarding the status and not about alarm clocks… maybe :D

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FYI, the shipping industry obviously is 24/7… it doesn’t all stop just because it’s Sunday :)

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on top of that i have headache because i sit the whole day in front of my pc waiting for the release, I even stood up at 6am to look for a possible release…

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It’s your problem.
It’ve been said that there will be announcement on release time so everyone will have chance to buy one.

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I am really impressed with the way RaspberryPi organization, Liz and Liam are handling anxiousness people on this website and Twitter. Appreciate it very much.

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Still on tenterhooks here…

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Are they here yet …. Are they here yet .. ?

.. I need a wee ..

Seriously, i cant wait to get one ordered. I’m a techy in a high school and i look forward to showing the computing teachers the Raspberry Pi, and hopefully getting them to include it in their lessons.

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Things are going to get ugly later on today!

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Well it is after 2AM in the morning (monday) in Germany.
‘m watching Oscar :D but that is just because I’m waiting for R-Pi!
Go go go guys!

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Hello There!!

Is this board initially shipped to the US and/or Spain?? I actually live in Colombia, but I have a P.O. Box in the US and another one in Spain. If this is the wrong place to ask, I do apologize, and will ask for further guidance.

Kind Regards!!

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It’s shipped all over the World

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I’m not sleeping tonight aha ;)

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I have a lot of plans for our future RasPi. Please be on my hands already!

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10:17 PM in Phoenix Arizona 05:17 AM in the UK watching
Watching Finding BigFoot and I’m sure they won’t find it!

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i keep throwing my money at the screen but nothing happens!!!!

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I don’t know why I am sooooo excited over this, I always laughed at the people who stay up all night to get an I phone. But now im staying up all night for a raspberry hahaha

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C’est quand vous voulez ;-)

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I dont think the first batch will be on sale very long.

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Well… I guess that the need for Alarm clock was not for Europe. Can’t wait to have the opportunity of buying one.

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Kind of silence here. Everybody’s waiting or keep reloading home page?

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Its like wiating for Christmas as a Kid, I’ve not been this excited since 1983 when i was waiting to get a ZX spectrum.

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This joke must be in German language – sorry.

Morgens, halb zehn in Deutschland: Wo ist mein RaspberryPi?! *rofl*

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Iss einen Knoppers! Beruhigt deine Nerven! :D

(E) Eat a knoppers! Calms your nerves!

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:D :D

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been up all night waiting for the R-Pi to hit the store can,t wait much longer my nerves are shattered but will carry on regardless. could be a long day !

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Really hoping to get my hands on one of these today. Hope everything goes okay for you guys!

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Is there any other activity on the mailing list, or will it only be an announcement email sent on that channel?
If there are other activity, then I’m not getting it…

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Hi there,
First time posting! Because i can’t support the pressure anymore :( ! Any news? something? anything? :( :)

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I need to goto the loo, but don’t want to miss out….. oh well, i’m taking my phone with me…. hurry… =)

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Please let me sleep this night…

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We all need to sleep that nigth ! I hope we will have good news today.

There is only 2 days before the end of february so, max 2 days of web page refeshing ;)

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I look forward to ,

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I wonder what is the webserver load at those moments, i’d love to see the mrtg/cacti/whatsoever graph for it :]

BTW yes, i am waiting and refreshing as well ;)

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My phone just announced that the Pi was available. (I have an app that monitors the site)
My heart nearly stopped and I frantically F5’d the site….
… my phone is a liar…. :P

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You should buy some smarter phone :)

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I was going to make one using my Raspberry Pi :P

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im waiting , waiting , waiting…..

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I can’t take this much longer, please tell us something.
store page is auto-refreshing every 60 seconds , its like watching water boil

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I’m totally lost by the folk waiting up late, refreshing the home page etc. etc.

The Raspberry Pi won’t be on sale today, the team have just said that they will tell us today when it will be on sale:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/general-discussion/theres-a-little-update-from-eben-on-the-front-page/page-2#p45013

…or have I missed something?

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Nope, you haven’t missed anything…lots of other have though.

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According to Liz, it’s ‘not on monday’.

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Is there stats which model will be more proffered, A or B?

I am getting a B.

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Is waiting for my slice of the π

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Firstly, R’PI was said to be available maybe at the end of september …
hum … october … not ready yet … in fact november …
hum wait a minute, december ? … ok …
still not here, let’s say january ? … a bit late … maybe february ?
Why not march ? (*)
Please stop teasing everyone, just announce the R’PI when it will be REALLY available …
(I have bet 100€ with a friend of mine that the R’PI will not be available before March please make it late for some few days ;)

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I be preparing to stump up that bet.

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Someone figured it out already: It will be released on March 1st at 4:15am, that signifies PI 3.1415

Get an alarm clock..

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If it goes this way, I hope the Pi foundation won’t leave me as disappointed as Dharma Initiative !

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I wouldn’t count on it since the UK, where this is based, does not use that date format..

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I hope you have a spare 100 euro.

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Well something is sure, if I loose my bet, my friend will probably buy 3 R’PI … If I win I will buy 3 R’PI ;)
(at least, one R’PI in the first batch, and 2 more in the next one)

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waiting with baited breath!! the anticipation is almost killing me so I hope it’s not going to be too long !!

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May I ask a personal favor? Please give us a sign-up sheet so that we can claim our dessert and not have to fight for it!

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And may I please be claimant number one? :)

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Is it just me, or did another square appear in the RPi store?
Almost as if the product is ready to be placed there any moment!!!

Damnit! I want it now nya :3

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I’ve seen this square all the times I’ve entered the store…

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Me too

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Just noticed that too!
Refreshing my page every five minutes. :D

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EPIC – just received my review unit – this is soooo cool. Unboxing video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zekXWEXADM

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Cool iPad2 Rick Roll. Chrome’s URL checker is an amazing thing

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rickroll :)

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i think , this is joke. very bad joke.,.,,,

i m refresh webpage to 3 days. :( :( :(

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Why do moaners think anyone cares what they think ?

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Well…. I think I am going to start losing hope soon.
What say you fellow RPi followers, will it come today? I say no.

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If you mean “no” to will it be on sale today, the answer has always been “no”:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/general-discussion/theres-a-little-update-from-eben-on-the-front-page/page-2#p45013

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Please tell me, what will probably be the final price for RaspberryPI – model B shipped to Czech Republic, including taxes and shipping, without any acessories?

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Ohhh! Thanks for the heads up, so Tuesday is the whole “alarm clock” launch?

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Looking forward to full production!

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Hi All, Like everyone else I am hoping to get one of the first batch of Pi’s which I assume are cooling on a window ledge as we speak. If however the numbers of people trying to get them are as high as the 100,000 mentioned earlier in this post then 9/10 people will be left a little disappointed. I am wondering how soon after the first batch have been sold will you be going to production on the second batch. Apologies if this has been answered already.

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Nope, it’s a completely valid question.
The FAQ and forums say nothing about the second batch.
Only link that talks about the batches (on hand) is the one below.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/633
AFAIK, Tuesday will be your first and only chance for a few weeks at least.

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I think that you have to put a limit in the quantity of items that one customer can buy, if not one can buy hundreds of more..

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Read the FAQs, it is limited to 1 per person

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I’m having recurrent dreams about all the stuff I want to try with Ras Pi… I need it ASAP.

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Tuesday…..

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The main problem is that foundation trying to run SAP and Oracle on raspberry.
Then business starting :)

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They mention one little thing about an alarm clock and everyone rushes to conclusions (including me) I guess the shear excitement is getting to the better of us. Are there any plans for a t-shirt saying “I survived the release of the raspberry pi”?

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Do Want!

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Reminds me of Black Friday except…. less chance of getting trampled.

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