Beware of cheap cases

In anticipation of receiving my Raspberry PI imminently; I decided to purchase a case. I had a quick look on the web and chose a rather slick looking one on eBay. I received it today and eagerly unwrapped it only to discover…complete disappointment. The case appears to have been made in someone’s shed; using a sheet of plastic and a soldering iron. The quality of the case was shocking. The sides were coming apart and the plastic had clearly been over-melted in parts. An enthusiastic GCSE design & technology student could probably have had more success.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for home brew cases, but not when people are charging over £20 for a bodged job on eBay. Had I made it myself, I may well have lived with it.

My advice to my Pi pals is to shop around and be careful of what you buy.

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Update from RS Components

 
 
 
Welcome to the latest Raspberry Pi update from RS 
Great progress this week on moving towards deliveries and mass production…

  • Together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation we’ve successfully completed compliance testing and certification work for CE, FCC and C-Tick.
  • This means we are now starting to ship our share of the first 2000 boards that arrived in the UK last week.
  • We have opened our dedicated Raspberry Pi Store to those lucky people who were first in the registration queue to place their orders.
  • Now that the Raspberry Pi boards are compliance certified we have triggered our manufacturing processes to move into volume production.
  • As new batches of Pi’s become available over the coming weeks we’ll be inviting the next in-line into the Raspberry Pi Store to place their orders.
  • The next batch is already in production so we’re expecting more deliveries shortly and we’ll continue to keep you updated via our regular email and online FAQs.

And while we’ve been compliance-testing the boards, a number of engineers have been road-testing the product! You can see some first reviews of the Raspberry Pi at DesignSpark.com including Raspberry Pi and Custard. As the anticipation continues to build, our Pi Perspectives are getting lots of attention too – these are the views and opinions of leading academics and scientists across industry and education.

With any luck, by the time you read your next weekly update, the first Raspberry Pi’s will be out in the world. Thanks for your continued patience and please rest assured that your Pi will be on its way as soon as we can bake it!

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Testing, testing…

Just received the following email from RS Components. I’m sure your all still chomping at the bit to get hold of yours.

Welcome to the latest Raspberry Pi update from RS Components!

Much has been happening behind the scenes since you received our last update, not least the start of compliance testing on the Raspberry Pi.

Why are we doing this? Compliance testing is an essential part of bringing any electronic product to market. The Raspberry Pi is being tested to make sure it conforms to all the regulations that apply to electronic devices around the world. This means that we can be sure the Raspberry Pi we deliver to you meets the correct standards and is as safe as you would expect any electronic device you purchase to be.

We’re working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to manage the testing process as quickly as possible, while ensuring all tests are carried out to guarantee safety. More information is being posted on the Raspberry Pi website , as well as on our own FAQ pages rswww.com or DesignSpark. We’re also regularly tweeting updates on progress. Follow @RSElectronics on twitter to catch the latest news.

Alongside this, we’ve also been contacting the first group of people who registered for a Raspberry Pi from RS, to help us plan delivery of the initial batch of boards. In next week’s update, we’ll provide more information on how we’re managing the queue and the order process.

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Email received from RS components updating on availability

Dear Customer

Thank you for joining the Raspberry Pi revolution and registering your interest in Raspberry Pi’s Model B board from RS Components.

We have received extraordinary levels of demand for this product. To help ensure as many people as possible can experience the Raspberry Pi concept, we are initially limiting boards to one per customer, and we will send you regular updates on availability. As boards arrive into stock, they will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, in order of when requests were received.

Thank you for your patience; we will be in touch as soon as possible with more details.

Patience is a virtue

So my first hurdle is actually getting hold of the Raspberry Pi. It was released to the general public at 6am on Wednesday 29 February 2012. They have two UK distributors – RS Components & Premier Farnell (element14). Stock disappeared instantly as demand was extremely high. Both distributors have created an “Express your Interest” or “Pre-order” pages for you to sign up to get your hands on one.

I signed up with both, and RS Components were the first to send me a confirmation email.

Oh well as my Gran always says – patience is a virtue…

Apple & Raspberry – Two of my 5 a day

Welcome to the Project Raspberry Pi blog.

I have started this blog to see if it would be possible to overcome a problem I have found. Basically I want to create a very low-cost PC that can be used to run Apple iTunes that would save me having to run a MAC or PC 24/7. I run an Apple TV & Buffalo NAS unit, however, it is not possible to use “HomeSharing” with out iTunes running on my Mac. I want to create a low power, low-cost device that can run iTunes to be able to stream content to my Apple TV.

I have chosen to use the “Raspberry Pi” credit card sized PC for this, as it seems to initially tick most of the boxes I need.

At this stage I’m not even sure if it is possible to create such a device, but this blog is going to track my progress. Watch this space…