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Tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer causes big stir on launch day
The tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer went on sale today, crashing its distributors' websites on the way to selling out within hours of launch.
Looking like little more than a credit card-sized chip of circuit board, the powerful, fully-programmable PC can plug into any TV and can power 3D graphics and Blu-ray video playback.
Its British-based designers at the Raspberry Pi Foundation hope the computer, which has been in the works for six years, will spark new interest in programming among children.
I've been saying for a while that with all the WYSIWYG and 3rd and 4th generation languages, APIs and other tools that move the "coder" further from the code, that eventually we'd run out of programmers... Hopefully this will help.
The real reinvention of the command line are things like Quicksilver and Ubuntu Unity (and especially the new Ubuntu HUD). They add ease of use and integration into a GUI environment.
Sad thing is, I don't think kids care about computers anymore.
Maybe Radio Shack will jump in and regain their once dominant position in small electronics..