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    News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    There will be two new VIA APC variations named Rock and Paper.
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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Paper and Rock? I'll wait for Shotgun!

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    2 network cards?

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    So more than 3x the price of a Raspberry Pi then....
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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Was waiting for these type of devices to go mainstream and for competition to appear. Though name APC is no go - APC (VIA Android PC), UPS (Parcel Service), UPC (Internet Provider). Bit confusing at first.
    Anyway, just have to wait now for the market to respond.

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Quote Originally Posted by bdaniel7 View Post
    2 network cards?
    Where?

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    So more than 3x the price of a Raspberry Pi then....
    Indeed - the big appeal for many of us with an RPi is the price, so can't really call this a competitor imo. It does, however, look like a funky bit of kit!

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Quote Originally Posted by bdaniel7 View Post
    2 network cards?
    Nope

    Could make a really nice, cheap and powerful router with 2 NICs....
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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Nope

    Could make a really nice, cheap and powerful router with 2 NICs....
    It might be possible using a mini PCIe LAN card - provided the expansion slot on the board is mini PCIe rather than mini SATA. *

    Or use USB NICs

    * EDIT: Also not just a USB bus, i.e. not electrically PCIe but just USB.
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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    I wonder if an "usb network lan card" would work to connect a second card...

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Rasberry Pi hasn't actually done much for its actual goal?

    It is a great ultra low cost ARM solution, but their goal was about promoting tinkering and learning. I think those are not hardware or software problems, but teacher and school problems.

    Whilst I was cut my teeth in BBC BASIC, I think that might be due to the fact I've an above average intellect, rather than it been accessible. I remeber fondly things like Click and Create by these guys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clickteam

    It allowed you to make simple games, but included all the building blocks, even some sounds and graphics.
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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks that the Rasberry Pi hasn't actually done much for its actual goal?

    It is a great ultra low cost ARM solution, but their goal was about promoting tinkering and learning. I think those are not hardware or software problems, but teacher and school problems.

    Whilst I was cut my teeth in BBC BASIC, I think that might be due to the fact I've an above average intellect, rather than it been accessible. I remeber fondly things like Click and Create by these guys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clickteam

    It allowed you to make simple games, but included all the building blocks, even some sounds and graphics.
    I got one to play with but the sad truth is that the box stares at me, waiting to be opened.
    It was hampered by delays, by the time I eventually got it I'd forgotten I had even ordered it. I haven't had the time to even plug it in to see if it works.

    A lot were shipped to schools and colleges so perhaps it will be part of the IT/Computing syllabus at some point. It is surprising nothing has hit the headlines.


    The cardboard does look very flimsey on this Paper model

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    Re: News - VIA announces new cardboard clad Rasberry Pi competitor

    So....This is a more expensive raspberry Pi with very little features. Seems legit.
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