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  1. Seeing as its 11/11 thought I would post some interesting facts recently coming to light. So if you are into historic computing and code breaking read on. The cracking of the enigma code machine in WW2 was'nt the entire picture of what actually happen at Bletchely Park. In fact it was only part of the story and there was a second machine in use by the Germans (Hitlers Black Berry) called the lorenz SZ40 and was only cracked due to the creation of the first programmable computer called Colossus. (Which is still working today) Invented by Tommy Flowers (he improved on an earlier machine called "Heath Robinson" -sic) and a code cracker called Bill Tutte. This is nothing to do with Allan Turing who cracked the simpler Enigma. Both men sworn to secrecy by the British government, never recognized for what they did in turning the cause of war and saving millions of lives and introduces the world to computers. Both sadly died without their parents or even public ever knowing what they did. So if you can search for it on your favourite torrent sites (uknova or thebox) look out for "Code Breakers Bletchley Park Lost Heroes" this particular program is very good if you can get it as it actually goes into the detail of how the code was cracked, using a good old piece of chalk and black board. Failing that look for you tube referring for Tommy Flowers.
  2. Good news they replied and they are still ploughing ahead with the project and included Ethernet as an option. Sounds like it is going to be the size of a credit card. Plus "We'll be offering a version with built in 10/100 Ethernet, hub and extra RAM for a $5-10 cost adder." Plus I think some additional interface capability to add peripherals (camera?) Anyway here is the updated site with a bit of info. Plus sign up to their newsletter if you want to be in on the first post production models. http://www.raspberrypi.org I am getting excited.......
  3. Ha yes I did watch it. Very good program, I didn't realise how big the UK was in setting the trend for pc development. I was a zx spectrum 64k user. Taught myself basic must have been 12 at the time. Thought I wouldn't make a career out of computers (doh). I still have the complete series BBC micro live. The closing credits did not have music but actual machine code which you could tape and upload to your computer. (early internet or was that ceefax) ah them were the days......
  4. Alas I have not got a reply yet from my enquiries. Has anyone else heard anything?
  5. Hi I think this would have great potential for lots of projects due to its size, and low power plus its cheap. A ultra small PC no bigger than a USB key, running ARM processor and Ubuntu and less than $25 US Facts are a bit limited and it very early days but check out the (brief) web site and email them if you are interested. There are also a few You Tube videos kicking around. Still need an external mouse KB and monitor and no wifi or ethernet (yet) but if you set it up to run headless it would be pretty cool for the odd weird project. I am certainly going to buy one or two and do away with bigger PC's running all day for maintenance type work. http://www.raspberrypi.org/ Cheers.
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