How much I love tinkering! Hardware, gadgets, code, … you name it! Some would call it an obsession, I prefer quirkiness – which, yes, is something positive.

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Well, having said that it probably does not come as a surprise that ever since the Raspberry Pi was announced, I was very enthusiastic about this project. The promise of a cheap educational board featuring hardware that can power most anything within normal computational needs, struck me as a great idea from the very beginning. Not only does such a board open up almost unlimited possibilities for pupils and students to learn “hands-on”, but also gives rise to various hobbyist applications – for example energy efficient multi-media servers.

Their vision, he says, was to make a machine that offered a window into how computers work—not to ship a tightly shut black box, but instead a bare board where kids could learn each component, could feel the processor getting hot as it worked, and delve into the code for the open-source software running on the board.

Nick Heath, TechRepublic.com

In a strikingly detailed article Nick Heath discusses the very roots of the mini computer and gives a splendid account of how the Raspberry Pi came to be one of the most sold computers in history. Is must read not only for RPi enthusiasts, but everyone interested in tech!

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