i bought one (well, my employer bought me one) as a desktop machine. i don’t 
know where i could buy a headless pc or a used laptop for £30.

i also have drivers for the hardware and an install process that takes 10 mins 
(copy the image to an sd card).

they are not perfect, but a good comprise for me.


> On 4 Feb 2018, at 09:45, Ethan Grammatikidis <eeke...@fastmail.fm> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 3, 2018, at 11:46 PM, Bakul Shah wrote:
>> Not to mention The RasPis are poor at
>> reliability.  Even a xenon flash or near a RasPi could power a
>> RasPi2 down! And since they do no onboard power regulation,
>> people had lots of problems early on -- add one more USB
>> device and the thing can become unreliable.
> This is probably an impossible question, but I've got to ask: Why do people 
> even buy RasPis? Like, for anything? Even when the first RPi was new, a 
> second hand laptop could offer far more processing power and reliability for 
> the same price, sometimes excepting the disk of course. Add a base station 
> with the old printer port and there's some GPIO; not as much as a RPi, it's 
> true, but there are ways around that. One alternative for GPIO is the 
> actually cheap boards from Ti or whoever which exist to interface Ethernet, 
> WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB on one side (depending on the board) to GPIO and 
> serial on the other. I think they're programmed in Forth, but I wouldn't be 
> surprised if you can just download programs for them to do anything you'd 
> want with remote control.
> -- 
> The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. -- Chaucer

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