The Raspberry Pi has been at the top of my ten year old nephew's Christmas list for months now, and every time he comes to visit he asks me to power up the Model B I bought back in March, and of course I’m more than happy to do so -- any excuse.
What can you do with a Raspberry Pi? If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s time to check the best online and offline resources for ideas and projects to help you start using the computer to its full potential!
It doesn’t ship with an operating system; it often doesn’t come with a storage device. The Raspberry Pi has proved a hugely successful mini-computing device, picked up by schools and colleges (the target audience), enthusiasts and people wanting to build compact home media centres (among other things).
Most current in-car infotainment and "telematics" systems follow a common theme in their design. For the sake of safety, branding, and a sustained source of revenue, they shackle vehicle owners to an integrated system that does poorly the things that smartphones already do well. The "connected car" dream has arrived in small doses on selected vehicles, and it has idiosyncrasies that drive vehicle owners who've become used to the power and simplicity of smartphone apps a little bit crazy.
Pretty much every tech company makes its own tablet now, so why not Oracle, too?
The enterprise software and hardware company has unveiled the "DukePad," a tablet powered by a Raspberry Pi and JavaSE Embedded 8. It's not actually for sale, but Oracle described it a few days ago in a technical keynote at its JavaOne conference and posted all the details on the OpenJDKWiki. In addition to providing instructions, open source software, and pointers to the necessary hardware, Oracle said it is "working with suppliers to make available pre-made kits that can be more easily assembled."
After three days of talks, networking and learning from the brightest minds in Python programming, PyCon UK culminated with an Raspberry Jam – the coming together of programmers, teachers and 35 children to play, hack and program with the Raspberry Pi and Python.
Education was a very prominent theme at this year’s conference and the Raspberry Jam, sponsored by Bank of America, was proof positive that we can all play a part in the much-needed revolution of the UK’s tired and broken approach to IT education.