What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a palm sized computer that plugs into your TV with a keyboard and mouse. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the day to day tasks that your home PC would normally do – EXCEPT, it’s the price of a couple of cinema tickets. This little beauty can also play high-definition video!
Where did the idea come from?
The idea behind a computer so cheap and tiny came in 2006, when Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A-level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.
- 512MB @ 700MHz
- 2x USB Port
- RCA Video
- 3.5mm Audio
- LAN Input
- Audio Output
What do we think?
At around £25 the Raspberry PI is an excellent buy for many reasons:
- It allows younger users to gain essential programming experience where they wouldn’t usually due to the high chance of “bricking” their more expensive computer systems
- The Raspberry PI has a substantial level of performance and is capable of a HD output upto 1920x 1200 – all on a single board.
- Its extremely cheap!
So that’s our input, what do you think about the Raspberry PI Micro Computer?
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Thanks to the hard work of our friends at Centrastage, we are now pleased to be able to extend our Managed IT Support solution to cover Mac OS X.
Now our clients using Mac OS X can have the same level of reassurance and rapid support that our Windows and Linux users currently enjoy, including 24/7 monitoring, regular maintenance, patch management and remote assistance.
Support for OS X is currently limited to Intel-based Mac’s running OS X version 10.6.1 Snow Leopard or later.
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