40 Replies Latest reply on Mar 13, 2012 11:26 AM by DRY411S

    End of my frustation

    waltert

      After following the Raspi infos and discussions for month, I did not get a device or a preorder, even an interest entry.

       

      So I decided to stop my frustation today and have ordered a Beaglebone. This has about the same functionalties as

      the Raspi, but it is better suited for embedded developments, eg. 64 GPIOs, 4 UARTs, .....

      It comes with a Linux distribution and one could even implement Android on it. And TI has some nice daughter boards

      in the pipeline.

      OK, it is more than double in price, I have to pay around 90 € including tax and shipment. But its worth to start with

      my project soon, instead of burning my time waiting for Raspi, Gert-board, etc.

       

      So I will have a close look next year to the Raspi project and wish to all of you successful projects.

       

      Walter

        • Re: End of my frustation
          andylamb

          The Beagle is OK, but the RP GPU is what sets it apart for the price. Pluse the buzz that has happened will create a very strong community on the web.

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            USvER

            Same, i was monitoring RaspberryPi.org from the start... and i get so frustrated when i didn't receive any notification when they started to sell not by email nor by RSS... And now when i come here i see sold out and no preorder as mentioned on RaspberryPi.org... WTF???

             

            And as far as i can see there is no shipment to my country... and it will cost me more than raspi itself... WTF???

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                ukscone

                as far as i know everyone got an email (i got several) on the 27th basically saying that the raspberry pi  would be on sale from the 29th @ 6am GMT. yes they could have phrased it better as you sort of had to "understand" their sense of humour but everyone got the heads up before the raspberry pi went on sale exactly as they said people would.

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                  Predator04

                  well seeing how they told you a time.. i dont see why they needed to email you aswell? seems you are the only person in the world that didnt get up early or go to bed late. they had preorders up for a LONG time if you missed it then you were about 2 days late to the site. you only have yourself to blame

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                  USvER

                  I see you got yours... so you can't understand my frustration... so GTFO...

                  They didn't say clear about selling... only about some "good" news... So yes i waited a good news on email and RSS...

                  And got bad news now... They postponed sell date couple of times, and they don't reported about boards back to them from factory... So i think that they will say something like "We got our bords and will do some more testing and start selling at ..."

                   

                  So either way they wrote not clear... Why they do that? What purpose? Trickery? Yes they did...

                  They promoted their shop.... Why? Trickery? Yes they did...

                   

                  So many frustration... In just one day!!!!!

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                      ukscone

                      but that is not what they said to do. they said there would be an announcement and to go to the website at the appointed day and time to see what it is/was. that is actually the correct way to do it as sending 100K+ emails at once means that some people wouldn't get it until much later, for some it would be marked spam and for others it might not turn up at all.

                       

                      it is not their fault if you decided to not do what you were told to.

                       

                      as for the delayed selling date. well that never happened. they originally said they HOPED to be able to sell by q4 2011 but never guaranteed it would and the next date they mentioned was they HOPED to be able to start selling before March 1st which they did.

                       

                      yes they did say that they would be selling from their store but things change all the time and if you'd followed the instructions given to you then you would have known that.

                       

                      No trickery, No broken promises just someone who didn't follow the instructions so it's your own fault and i have no sympathy for you

                        • Re: End of my frustation
                          Chris Goodwin

                          I got no email. I checked my spam folders also.  No emails.

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                              ukscone

                              Chris Goodwin wrote:

                               

                              I got no email. I checked my spam folders also.  No emails.

                              Nothing on the 27th? I got three (different addresses, gmail, self hosted and ISP) and everyone I checked with in the states, england, australia, france & bosnia got theirs.

                               

                              it was also on the front page of the website and thus rss too but you should have received an email on the 27th although 100k+ emails at one time can cause some problems with the blacklisting services

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                                  Chris Goodwin

                                  Russell Davis wrote:

                                   

                                  Nothing on the 27th? I got three (different addresses, gmail, self hosted and ISP) and everyone I checked with in the states, england, australia, france & bosnia got theirs.

                                   

                                  it was also on the front page of the website and thus rss too but you should have received an email on the 27th although 100k+ emails at one time can cause some problems with the blacklisting services

                                   

                                  Nothing at all. The only emails I have received from RaspberryPi were the autoresponses when I signed up for the forums and created my store account, on Jan. 5 and 10 respectively. 

                                   

                                  I'm on Gmail, and while they are aggressive about stopping spam, they filter it into one place. I looked in the spam box as well, and nothing. 

                                   

                                  I'll agree that I "should have" received an email, but for some reason I didn't.  And I can't be the only one. 

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                                  John Beetem

                                  I was watching the RasPi forum a lot  on Feb 29th (I'm in California, so 6 AM GMT was 10PM) and a lot of people -- many of them regulars on the forum -- did not get the e-mail.  Even though RasPi's e-mail was sent out to the 100K or so people in small batches, many didn't get there.  One theory is that intermediate mail servers saw so much traffic from a single source that it discarded the e-mail as spam.  I wasn't on the e-mail list myself.

                                   

                                  A plea for civility [to posters on this thread]:  There are lots of disappointed people and RasPi was clearly overwhelmed by demand, but name-calling and accusations aren't going to help.

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                                      USvER

                                      What i'm taliing here is not about tech problems with email... i'm talking about intentional hiding important information from users:

                                      1) Email that was sent was totaly unclear about what will happen.

                                      2) There was no information about selling date until last moment

                                      3) Information about selling was not sent by email

                                      4) Information about selling was posted on a static html page thus no RSS

                                      5) Information about new shop was posted on static page in last moment without email or RSS

                                       

                                      So this is pure trickery... They do it on purpose, you can read on twitter(liz wrote: I am contractually forbidden to say. But I suggest setting your alarm clock)...

                                       

                                      That's why i'm angry... They just fu**** me up... All that time i spent on raspi monitoring is trashed for some unpredictable purpose(to lower server load??? or maybe to rise chances for  the "right"  people????????).

                                      Any way this is just frustrating =\ Total unrespect for raspi team for this set up...

                                        • Re: End of my frustation
                                          alfon1917

                                          OK, so you have this theory that they did it on purpose, in order to prevent you from buying a Pi from the first batch. Perhaps you are correct, but it seems an awful lot of trouble just to harm you. Do they have very serious reasons to hate you?

                                           

                                          From your last message it seems you have been following Raspberry Pi on Twitter. If this is so, I am really amazed that you didn't get the meaning of "Set your alarm clock". Every one else did. It is clear that the agreement between the foundation and the distributors (Farnell and RS components) prevented the foundation from pre-announcing the sale. So they did the best they could: They made it clear, without explicitly saying it.

                                           

                                          I also did not get a mail. Since Liz and the rest of the foundation have no reason to hate me, I assume this was a technical glitch, instead of a conspiracy against me. But then again, perhaps I was collateral damage of the conspiracy against YOU...

                                           

                                          Of course, in spite of the fact that I didn't get the mail, I had read in advance the site announcement, and on the two last days was following the twitter posts. So I knew exactly what was going to happen on Feb 29, 6:00 GMT. I did lose some sleep, spent around 3 hours trying to order through the two broken sites, and just may have been successful. My impression is that the foundation handled this in a very professional way, in spite of the fact that they are volunteers, not professionals. On the other hand, the distributors clearly messed up. Seems they didn't take seriously the warnings about the enormous traffic. On the Farnell site, I once managed to get a pi into my shopping basket, only to get a message that there was no price for this item, and have the sale aborted (this was, if I remember correctly, around 6:15-6:30). Then I tried the French Farnel site, only to find that it was impossible to preorder with a credit card. Then finally, after more than an hour, I found out that I should try to order through Farnel - export (I live in Greece). Now if the foundation had known in advance, and had the funds, they would have ordered a first batch of 200.000, and everything would have been fine. Only, as we say in Greece, if my grandmother had weels, she would have been a bicycle.

                                           

                                          Seriously now, there were 10.000 pis in the first batch, and more than ten times as much people who wanted them. There is no way on Earth they could satisfy everyone. No matter what they did, there would be more than 100.000 people left out of the first batch. This is what happened. Most of those who didn't make it accepted this gracefully. I assume it was inevitable that there would be one or two who wouldn't.

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                                              USvER

                                              They just don't warned me(and all others in the world) about this facts:

                                              1) Selling date

                                              2) Where to buy (they even deceived about raspberrypi.com)

                                               

                                              Last info about boards was "we are wating them from factory and will test them then sell"... So as for me they culd'nt sell boards without first testing them... They was clear about preorders... They say that there wuld not be preorders... But now they sold them by preorder(total trickery)!!!!

                                              They just made it all in very last moment for some NOT PREDICTABLE purpose... may be you are right about their NDA with farnell, but this is not excuse for them...

                                              I'm reading twitter now just post factum to see what was said there and it seems that it was alot more information there(discrimination)!

                                               

                                              PS: I know that demand is higher than availabily but i dont even get a chance! RasPi fundation deprived me...................

                                               

                                              PPS: Let's see what wuld happend if they warned all about sell date in 1 week... All users wuld start registering on farnell and wuld created real traffic.... Farnell admins wuld then have enaugh time to prepare servers for selling... All win.... Users wuld prepare their accounts and servers wuld be prepared for realy high traffic... ALL WIN!!!!!!!!!! So here is the question why wuld someone hide selling date from people!!!!!!!! Totaly unpredictable!!!! trickery beheviour!!!!!

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                                                    USvER

                                                    So raspi is not for kids??? Ok... another discrimination...

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                                                        mcb1

                                                        Well put DaddyW.

                                                         

                                                        If Yurly sat down for a moment and thought carefully, they did say in the forums that they were testing BEFORE they left the factory.

                                                         

                                                        Let me explain ...Why would you want to ship all the way to UK, then test and reject any duds. You would also need the factory to gear up again to manufature.

                                                         

                                                        Re the distributors not having stock...well again why would you ship to the UK, then have to distribute to the various countries based on orders?

                                                         

                                                        You me and the rest of the forum are technically minded, but the logistics side of the distributors probably have absolutely no idea what a RaspberryPi is (apart from something you eat), and are moving truckloads of goods every single day.

                                                        The damn catalogue for Element14 is at least two reams of A4, so have a guess how many individual items that is.

                                                         

                                                        I suggest you leave your computer alone for an a hour or two, go for a walk, take the chill pill, or something because this ranting isn't going to get one any quicker.

                                                         

                                                        If you still can't settle, then think about this.

                                                        What would happen if the charity had ordered 100,000 (say $20USD each = $2million USD) and they didn't sell so well.

                                                        The money came from their OWN pockets, and the factory sure wasn't going to give a credit or pay when you can.

                                                         

                                                        So do yourself a favour and end your frustration by settling down, waiting like us older people, and have a more relaxing day, you sound like you need it.

                                                         

                                                        Mark

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                                                            USvER

                                                            I just can't leave this like that... You either don't want to understand what i'm talking about or just trolling...

                                                            so 1 by 1:

                                                             

                                                            Logistics:

                                                            RasPi said that they will shipping orders form the UK. So yes that was their plan, to sell from their own shop and ship from UK!

                                                             

                                                            Testing:

                                                            There is so many info in their forum one can't read it all... I read all news and once their site will start functioning normaly i can post here their direct words about testing and selling... From what can i remember they wrote something like this: "We will come for boards by plane and will ensure that there wuld be no delay. And after we test them we will start selling."

                                                             

                                                            Pre-order:

                                                            They was clear about no pre-order and that they have enough money for all their neads! So please dont say that this is alot of money and bla bla bla.. They culd do preorder from the start and rise money for 100k order... But this is not question of the money... This is about how much you lose when you get error in shematics etc.

                                                             

                                                            In all 3 cases fundation changed all prior known information in a very last moment and didn't warned the community... and if you don't see it you are blind!

                                                             

                                                            PS: Why wuld someone grownup go to the personal with kid(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem)

                                                              • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                mcb1

                                                                No I'm not trolling, I've got better things in life to do.

                                                                 

                                                                Don't bother posting the quotes.

                                                                 

                                                                Like I said earlier, take the chill pill, and find something else to do.

                                                                 

                                                                Hanging onto this sort of thing can be detremental to your health, and if don't believe me, go ask anyone what causes stomach ulcers.

                                                                Its done so unless you have a time machine, it can't be undone.

                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                If you really have so much energy, devote some time to useful stuff that supports the charity original purpose, ie making programming available.

                                                                Make some tutorials or other material that people can use, rather than pointing out what they shouldn't have done.

                                                                 

                                                                Mark

                                                                 

                                                                Re the personal bit (I assume that it was because of an earlier poster...I didn't mention 'kid').

                                                                As I read it, its a reference to the behaviour, not the fact.

                                                                Anyone can be accused of acting in a particular manner, regardless of their age (or gender).

                                                                 

                                                                Also re-reading some of your posts, I would be careful, as I'm not sure all the quotes are entirely accurate.

                                                                (Unfortunately unless they were saved, its hard to check at the moment)

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                                                                    USvER

                                                                    Thank you for your care about my health. =) I'm fine... And i don't get this so close...

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                                                                        USvER

                                                                        Some citations:

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                        "You will be able to buy a Raspberry Pi from the end of February, from this website."

                                                                        "We have no plans for preorders."

                                                                        http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/633

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                        "The good news is that this finally means we have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20. Eben and I may be going to China to make sure that the boards can be brought up properly for that date if necessary. We’ll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month."

                                                                        http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

                                                                         

                                                                        "Althrugh we are still waiting units to arrive from China you can start buying Raspberry Pi today."

                                                                        Static page wich are gone now.

                                                                         

                                                                        So... trickery... in the very last moment...

                                                                          • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                            jbeale

                                                                            I sympathise with your frustration.I was also unable to buy a RPi, despite spending a few hours trying online at the appointed hour.  For what it's worth, from my point of view the RPi communications were not intentionally misleading. The had a plan which they described, but they changed their plans at the last minute (understandably, and I think for the better long-term, although this is not yet apparent) and were prohibited by their vendor agreements from publicly explaining the details in advance. And they had some miscommunications on Twitter also, after the fact, due to vendors not being on the same page with them (literally and metaphorically).

                                                                             

                                                                            FWIW, the educational package "RPi for kids" release is planned to have a case included, and more software, and it doesn't start until this Fall (? -anyway later). The initial board run is for the hardy hackers who are willing to blaze their own trail and put up with various inconveniences.

                                                                             

                                                                            For the vast majority of us, like me, who were NOT able to buy a RPi yet, you can still get started trying some things out in a virtual environment. See for example:

                                                                            http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions

                                                                            http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/Raspberry_Pi_Fedora_Remix

                                                                            http://russelldavis.org/2012/01/27/setting-up-a-vm-for-raspberry-pi-development-using-virtualbox-scratchbox2-qemu-part-1/

                                                                            http://russelldavis.org/2012/01/31/additional-raspberry-pi-vm-information/

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                                                                                Fossks

                                                                                I guess in time all will even out.  I'm willing to drop my frustration even though I was online a 12:45 am (Canada - EDT) and didn't get through.  There were a lot of people online at that time.  The problem is the implemented sales solution didn't work.  One earlier poster said that they were taking pre-orders 2-days before...who was?  No one was supposed to know until 6:00 GMT on 29 feb that RS and Farnell were the distributors. 

                                                                                So at 1am I was on the RPi shop and the main site. RPi shop was gone and main page was down.  By the time the .org site was up on static HTML it was around 1:12. I followed both links to buy.  Problem is the main RS and Farnell sites are setup to cater to the UK.  In both cases there are NO direct links to US or Canadian partners. Eventually I found that Newark handles US and Canada.  The RS partner in Canada still doesn't have any RPi info.

                                                                                I'm still a little pissed that I essentially on a "black Friday" type event, I had to walk around the back of the store and crawl through a window while UK residents walked through a wide open front door and got the first 10 bluray players for steal.

                                                                                The implemented process was faulty and no one at all can say that if you weren't on at 6:00 GMT then you're just a sore loser. Many people were on at that time. I would assume that even if I new every step in advance and got on the main pages at the right time, that all the extra steps that a Canadian would have to go through would have meant that all 10k would have been gone by the time I would have gotten to the order page.

                                                                                 

                                                                                I guess I'll go back to sulking until 10 may, when supposedly my RPi will begin its long journey to my door.

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                                                                                    alfon1917

                                                                                    a) My understanding is that the different international branches of Farnell had different portions of the total batch allocated to them. In this sense, the UK customers could complain because the UK batch went out first, and international customers were able to preorder for hours after that. Whatever the case, this was not the responsibility of the foundation.

                                                                                     

                                                                                    b) I understand your frustration. I live in Greece and had to wake up before 8:00, visit many different sites (Including the Farnell UK, Farnell France, Newark, before finally landing on the Farnell-Export site (which is for customers from countries where there are no local distributors). I spent around two and a half hours in the process. If the Farnell people had been kind and smart enough to provide the foundation with a list of specific URLs for the order pages appropriate for each country, the addresses would have been posted in the raspberrypi.org page, many people would have been spared lots of time. There would have been less traffic at the sites, which means the first batch would have sold out much earlier - probably within minutes. But then again, the same number of people would have been served.

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                                                                                  alfon1917

                                                                                  USvER wrote:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Some citations:

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                  "You will be able to buy a Raspberry Pi from the end of February, from this website."

                                                                                  "We have no plans for preorders."

                                                                                  http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/633

                                                                                   

                                                                                  This is taken out of context. "We are adequately funded and will not take preorders", was indeed a frequent statement. But, it was a reference to the practice of taking preorders and possibly a down payment), for a product that is not yet produced. Taking preorders for a product that has been produced and is on its way is a totally different thing. And, if you want to be a pedant, you 'll then have to admit that the foundation didn't take any preorders - Farnell did.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  USvER wrote:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  "The good news is that this finally means we have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20. Eben and I may be going to China to make sure that the boards can be brought up properly for that date if necessary. We’ll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month."

                                                                                  http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Did you notice the verb "should"? this verb is used to express probability, not certainty.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  USvER wrote:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Some citations:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  "Althrugh we are still waiting units to arrive from China you can start buying Raspberry Pi today."

                                                                                   

                                                                                  What exactly is your issue with this? the use of "buying" instead of "preordering"? Yes, not an 100% accurate choice of verb, but the meaning is 100% clear if you read the entire sentence.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  USvER wrote:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  So... trickery... in the very last moment...

                                                                                   

                                                                                  No trickery. Just a change of plans, which has been necessary as the release time approached and it became evident that the demand would be too high for the foundation to handle on its own. As far as I know, the foundation has not signed a contract with you. If they have, and went on to breach the terms of the contract, then by all means go on and sue them.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  PS: Why wuld someone grownup go to the personal with kid(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem)

                                                                                  First of all, if you think you have been the victim of an ad hominem attack, this just means that you don't know the meanng of "ad hominem". People have been commenting on your behaviour.

                                                                                  So raspi is not for kids??? Ok... another discrimination...

                                                                                  Yes, Pis are targetted mainly at kids, but kids have no credit cards and are generally not allowed to conduct online transactions. So it is for grown ups to buy them and give them to their kids.

                                                                  • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                    andylamb

                                                                    I would be obliged if you would keep your posts on element14 and out of my

                                                                    inbox, that lengthy reply was not required by me.

                                                                      • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                        John Beetem

                                                                        This is what worked for me:

                                                                        To turn off e-mail notifications, edit your profile by clicking on your name at the top of the screen (assuming you are logged in).  Then go to "manage e-mail notifications" and turn off notification of all discussions.  You also need to "edit preferences" and then select the "Email Notification Preferences" so that the default is no longer to get e-mail notification of discussions.

                                                                • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                  yopichoi

                                                                  To this day (March 6) I have yet to receive the e-mail with the announcement...

                                                                    • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                      DRY411S

                                                                      I have yet to get an email announcement either.

                                                                       

                                                                      I am entirely sympathetic to the OPs frustration, and share some of it. I wasn't following twitter, RSS etc, because I had registered on the RPi site in good faith that I would be given a chance to be one of the first to order.

                                                                       

                                                                      This could have all been solved so easily if RPi had posted an announcement and sent an e-mail to everybody in the queue and EXPLICITLY said that they were having to walk away from their previous statements about ordering only from them if you had pre-registered. If that staement had told people that the best way to be at the front of the queue was instead to subscribe to RSS, follow twitter feeds, visit the site daily, then everybody would have been back on the same level playing field.

                                                                       

                                                                      As it happens, I don't think I was anywhere near the front of the queue (if they had over 100K emails to send) as I only recently registered. But I do resent the fact that other people may have managed to jump ahead of me who weren't registered at all.

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                                                                  Predator04

                                                                  trickry? looks like your the only person who had no idea what was going on. they told you when they were going on sale and when you can buy them. i dont see the problem... ya you didnt get a email but since they already told you... it was first come first served. if you wernt wanting to sit in line then tuff.

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                                                                      USvER

                                                                      William Neal wrote:

                                                                       

                                                                      trickry? looks like your the only person who had no idea what was going on. they told you when they were going on sale and when you can buy them. i dont see the problem... ya you didnt get a email but since they already told you... it was first come first served. if you wernt wanting to sit in line then tuff.

                                                                      Please either post a proof of your words or read thread more carefuly...

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                                                                    USvER

                                                                    Ok go troll in some other place...

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                                                                        ukscone

                                                                        Yuriy Brazhnyk wrote:

                                                                         

                                                                        Ok go troll in some other place...

                                                                        not trolling just explaining the facts of life to you.

                                                                         

                                                                        if you don't RTFI then you can't complain that things didn't work out for you.

                                                                         

                                                                        if anything you are the troll as trolls don't follow instructions and then complain about things now working how they think they should.

                                                                         

                                                                        so go back under your bridge and wait for the next goat to cross

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                                                                            • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                              ukscone

                                                                              Yuriy Brazhnyk wrote:

                                                                               

                                                                              I wish your GF will say i'm pregnant. But will not mention that not from you... And when you will find it out she will say: "No trickery, No broken promises just the facts of life". FU and have a good life.

                                                                              not exactly sure I see the similarity but as long as she sends an email and posts to a website then it'd be fine although my wife might not be exactly happy with it.

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                                                                          spikesmith

                                                                          Wow.  Just had an email inviting me to order my RPi.  Generated (I presume) by my filling out the 'register your interest' link that appeared shortly after the initial stocks ran out early on the 29th.  I'm a (fairly) happy camper again - I'll be happier when my new baby arrives and I can play with it properly.  Wonder if anybody does a Raspberry Pi emulator for Windows or the Mac >;-)

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                                                                              ukscone

                                                                              Spike Smith wrote:

                                                                               

                                                                              Wow.  Just had an email inviting me to order my RPi.  Generated (I presume) by my filling out the 'register your interest' link that appeared shortly after the initial stocks ran out early on the 29th.  I'm a (fairly) happy camper again - I'll be happier when my new baby arrives and I can play with it properly.  Wonder if anybody does a Raspberry Pi emulator for Windows or the Mac >;-)

                                                                              yes there are several vm's available. the links are somewhere on the wiki http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard

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                                                                                grumpyoldgit

                                                                                Yes. There are plenty of threads on emulation on the Raspberry Pi forum. When the site is up again search for Qemu. You basically load up the Debian image but there are lots of switches that need fidling with.

                                                                              • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                                yamhamdan

                                                                                Why is everyone arguing? To cheer you up, have some ponies! :3

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                                                                                • Re: End of my frustation
                                                                                  Tablecloth

                                                                                  I didn't follow the Raspberry Pi outside of "Hey that's cool.  I'll add this to favorites."

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Then I read this message.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Ladies and gentlemen, set your alarms!

                                                                                   

                                                                                  The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come towww.raspberrypi.org to find out what’s going on.

                                                                                  GOLLY GEE that was hard to plan for.  Life lesson, plan ahead and keep your head on a swivel.