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Caleb Kraft
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Re: Awesome
Caleb Kraft   7/29/2013 11:29:21 AM
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Yeah, people in this community are usually very willing and eager to share their info. There's a comradarie that is very prevelant with the open source projects.

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KB3001   7/29/2013 6:48:46 AM
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This is indeed the ket to wider adoption. Unfortunately, many cool technologies underestimate this aspect in their planning.

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Re: Innovation Unleashed
betajet   7/28/2013 11:01:53 PM
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There are many interesting RasPi projects described at element14.

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Re: RasPi DS?
betajet   7/28/2013 10:56:55 PM
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RasPi does have a Broadcom ARM Peripherals data sheet that documents BCM2835 GPIOs and serial peripherals connected to RasPi's expansion header.  This is enough for most users.  The full data sheet is not available, but since you can't buy the BCM2835 in small quantities it wouldn't be that helpful anyway.  Some people are upset about this, but it is what it is and there are plenty of alternate boards available, like BeagleBone.

BeagleBone and RasPi address different markets.  BeagleBone is targetted at EEs who need lots of I/O pins and serial peripherals, or people who need an integrated Ethernet controller for performance and/or a USB host that's better behaved.  RasPi has better video processing, so it's preferable as a media center.  The price difference between RasPi Model B (plus an SD card) and BeagleBone Black is minimal.

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Re: Pi DS?
rick merritt   7/28/2013 9:02:18 PM
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@PatK: We had heard the same thing--that the lack of documentation is preventing commercial use. We'd like to know more about that if anyone has specific example or anecdotes.

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Pi DS?
Patk0317   7/28/2013 6:53:36 PM
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I have had several professors tell me they refuse to use RPi because Broadcom will not release a DS for the MCU. Does this bother anyone else? RPi is losing potential adopters to Beagle Bone because of this.

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Re: Awesome
Patk0317   7/28/2013 6:51:10 PM
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Actually a bit coin is internet money if you will. Based on the fact that if enough people agree it has value then it is money. Google it, it is an intersating concept.

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rich.pell   7/28/2013 4:15:00 PM
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Yup, noticed that after I went back to reread the thread. Further investigation does indeed reveal existing dedicated Bitcoin mining hardware that can far outperform the Parallella, at least in this application.  And there are now even USB Bitcoin miners, as noted in the Raspberry Pi tutorial mentioned, which shows how to use the Pi as a headless controller and monitor for these devices.  Very interesting.

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Caleb Kraft   7/28/2013 12:56:41 PM
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I actually brought that up in the parallella aritcle's comments. They said it doesn't work great for bitcoin mining, but you've got the right thoughts!

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Caleb Kraft   7/28/2013 12:55:40 PM
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I have no idea, but it would be hillarious to sign that email address up to some spam lists. The dog would be quite pleased!

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