Programmers are battling for the chance to play with the Raspberry Pi – a computer that looks more like a chip. Who can say no to that $35 price tag?
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Who would’ve thought that the release of a $35 computer, Raspberry Pi, would crash two websites? Well, everybody.
Raspberry Pi is the size of a chip, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The circuit board has an Ethernet connection, an audio jack, two USB slots, and a port for an SD memory, plus RCA video and HDMI capabilities.
The $35 price does not include any extra hardware. The Raspberry Pi user guide says it’s more or less essential to buy a USB keyboard, monitor, prepared operating system SD card, and “cables.” Highly suggested extras include a USB mouse, powered USB hub, and – of course – Internet connectivity.
With no internal storage, built-in operating system, or accompanying monitor, it’s hard to call this a full-fledged computer by today’s standards. But the Raspberry Pi’s value lies in its adaptability. They are designed to be tinkered with. The computer is the chip – so some knowledge of programming is key.