The Pi is Here!

Ever since I heard about the Raspberry Pi, I wanted one. The possibilities are endless. A completely portable server, a full fledged media center, a smart thermostat project, home automation console… The list goes on and on. I registered interest as soon as the project started shipping with both RS Farnell and Allied Electronics. Eventually, after a long wait, RS sent me the invitation to order one. I ordered one and was told it would ship in 5 weeks. Well, what do you know, 5 weeks got over and it was shipped. It reached in a record 3 days from UK to US and yesterday I had a blast unboxing it, loading the OS onto the loader and connecting to the TV. Here are the unboxing pictures:

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The Raspberry and I are going places 🙂

Starting afresh

First, a few quotes from Terry Pratchett. Who is Terry Pratchett, you might ask. Well, he is the well known and beloved author of the Discworld series of novels. Seriously though, I have found more quotable quotes in his books than all the other books I have read combined. His style of writing is unlike any other that I have seen. It is quirky, very witty, humorous and often inspiring.

So, here they are:

Talent just defines what you do”, he said. “It doesn’t define what you are. Deep down, I mean. When you know what you are, you can do anything.” He thought a bit more and added, “That’s what makes sourcerers so powerful. The important thing is to know what you really  are”.

From the book “Sourcery”

“If Esk had been properly trained in wizardry, she would have known that this was impossible. All wizards knew how to move things about, starting with protons and working upward, but the important thing about moving something from A to Z, according to basic physics, was that at some point it should pass through the rest of the alphabet. The only way one could cause something to vanish at A and appear at Z would be to shuffle the whole of Reality sideways. The problems this  would cause didn’t bear thinking about. Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path  of the bicycle of history.”

From the book Equal Rites.

“I think I know”, she said at last. “Out with it, then.” “It’s in sort of two parts.” “Well?” “It’s a witch’s hat because you wear it. But you’re a witch because you wear the hat. Um.” “So-” prompted Granny. “So people see you coming in the hat and the cloak and they know you’re a witch and that is why your magic works?” said Esk. “That’s right,” said Granny. “It’s called headology”.

From the book Equal Rites