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I finally got an email from Farnell & Element 14 .. and was invited to pre-order my Raspberry Pi :)

They reckon end of July, beginning of August till I get it though :( .. ah well, at least it's ordered.
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So, then (soon) you will be able to make use of the MagPI magazine. 8)

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Already soaked it up .. and will get the others whilst I wait ;) .. cheers.
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I'd be interested in a review by you Mark on the Rasberry Pi. (It's pronouced Pie btw, not P.I. :P)

I'm thinking this could be a pretty neat tool I could give to my younger brother & sister, for them to use to play primary school games, and further practice they're typing skills.
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I'll certainly entertain the idea of some writeups .. but you'll have to wait a while, and most things may have already been covered elsewhere by then
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I'll certainly entertain the idea of some writeups .. but you'll have to wait a while, and most things may have already been covered elsewhere by then

You could do some *cool* expriments with the Rasberry Pi
https://mindplusplus.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/the-raspberry-pi-my-first-hardware-experiment/
and write about it. ;)

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He missed out Peltier cooling .. putting the Pi on top of his fridge ;)
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Not exactly a PC but nonetheless (according to the makers) can run Ubuntu
Always Innovating HDMI Dongle:

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The HDMI Dongle is available immediately for licensing. It comes with an optimized hardware design and a fully
Open Source software solution including Angstrom, Ubuntu and Android.

http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/company/pressrelease-4.htm
http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/products/hdmidongle.htm

The HDMI Dongle is expected to hit the shelves with a first licensee during Summer 2012.
Prices expected to be MSRP from $49 to $99 (depending on configuration)

Yet another:
Allwinner A10 Android 4.0 mini PC available from AliExpress for $74.

http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/05/17/74-usd-allwinner-a10-android-4-0-mini-pc-usbhdmi-stick/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=74-usd-allwinner-a10-android-4-0-mini-pc-usbhdmi-stick
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As I hoped, there seem to be a raft of them hitting the market in China .. it remains to be seen if any of them will make it over here, and how much that will add to the price .. but I'm hoping their existence will spur on budget suppliers like Trust, Xenta, Sumvision, etc. .. to run with the idea .. heck, it could be a way for them to enter the cheap PC market  :o

BTW, nicely spotted (again) .. they both look very interesting for differing reasons :)
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Yeh, I spotted those on Linux.co.uk .. but agree with SeZo about the price .. I think they'll be hard pushed to sell many, with the raft of similar devices now appearing at MUCH lower prices .. unless of course they have something to distinguish themselves that I'm missing.

The base model is similarly specced (maybe slightly lower) to the FXI Cotton Candy .. which is expected to be around £125, and even that seems somewhat overpriced now.

Though the 4 USB ports will come in handy (compared to the Cotton Candy's 2xMale and 1xFemale microUSB)
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This TizzBird F30 looks interesting but dunno about the price and availability:
http://valueplus.co.kr/english/product/detail_view.html?uid=27

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Hmm .. that it does, but there are LOADS of Android media players coming out .. will it run, or is it easily crackable to run Linux though ? .. this it part of (my) criteria for inclusion here ;)
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will it run, or is it easily crackable to run Linux though ? .. this it part of (my) criteria for inclusion here ;)

I am still researching this one. But I like the One Touch HDD installation...

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Scrap that one, it is too expensive.
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