dealsraspberry pi model b for $35.00

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This thing looks interesting (for a geek like me). I read the faq here:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

and started imagining all of the possibilities:
powering the devise from a power USB hub, wondering what software i would need to play videos, would it mount to the back of a small monitor and turn it into a portable video player?

Seems like it could turn any TV into a "smart TV".

Cool stuff, unfortunately, I don't have the time to play with it.

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I ordered mine back in February and the receipt said i would get it around mid August. Can't wait to play around with it though.

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This thing could be really cool to implement as a MythTV front end box. I wonder if it would work?

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@ford310nm1: Me too. Not going to hold my breath till it arrives though. If it gets here in mid August I'll be happily surprised. With their track record of being on time and making enough components to supply the demand I won't be shocked if it's pushed back to December.

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My buddy finally got his and started playing with it but its a bit unstable. Has a tendency to hang ALOT

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In for one. I'm hoping to make a media player for the car.

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I ordered one back in March from element14 and it arrived at the end of June. Came to $43 with shipping and tax. Getting my case in the mail today. Should be good for streaming from my media server and is cheaper than an ATV

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Who would be stupid enough to buy something from a website that doesn't give you the total price until AFTER you've already paid for it?

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Bought mine from RS electronics a month ago, and I can say, it's a nice general purpose hobby device. It doesn't have enough horsepower to plow through true HD video, it CAN play it, but is choppy at times, and sometimes will skip frames to keep in sync. It really shines with 720p video, and looks nice on an HD monitor/TV. Do note, that any video that is not HD, such as DVD rips and other low res video, that looks good playing via XBox, PS3, or Streaming players, will look like utter garbage (lower than VHS) on this, as it does not scale or post process, which would require a faster processor.

Also, a big note for people that use portable hard drives to port their music from computer to streamers. Since the RPi uses a USB supplied power, it itself cannot bus power any devices that require any power above 125ma. In fact, loading the two USB ports with input devices that draw 150ma, caused it to hang. So independent powered USB devices must be used (USB flash are OK though).

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Just got mine three weeks ago, ordered in March I think. It's pretty neat. No problems so far with video playback and streaming, although YMMV. Be sure to check your SD card against the tested cards. Not all working cards are tested, but all tested cards work. If you're a linux junkie, you'll find many uses for this little guy.

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Got mine from RS and am running OpenELEC on it; works well, but for any HD video it requires h.264 encoding to play back smoothly. It DOES play 1080p video just fine though. SD video is as expected, but looks fine compared to my PS3 or X360 (former playing files directly, latter being transcoded via TVersity).

Fair warning though, it's NOT what I'd call snappy. It's clearly a hobbyist device and shines at that, but it's no HTPC replacement (as I was hoping). It'll give basic functionality in a fanless profile though; I'd call it an excellent guest bedroom HTPC. Figure somewhere between Pentium Pro/2 performance when it's not using hardware decoding. Enough to play a SD stream with minimal chopping though.

For those planning to power it off a USB hub, STOP. It requires a 700mA power supply minimum; USB spec is 500mA maximum.
(Though I'm a bit tickled by the fact that mine is running off an old Blackberry charger.)

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I love this thing. It took forever to receive it, but it makes me giggle every time I think about the fact that I have a full Linux computer running off of the USB port on my surge protector.

This thing also firmly ingrained in my mind how profoundly little I know about using Linux. I had to get a Dummies book.

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In for one. When it shows up it will be like Christmas since I will have probably forgotten I ordered it.

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I love mine though I need to look for a usb hub thats powered before I can turn it into my htpc front end. Also thinking about other things I can do and one is a portable htpc front end thats easy to move with the projector my family sometimes puts outside to watch movies on a big sheet.

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10-12 weeks????

Won't it be obsolete by then?

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This would make a great Jasager Pineapple!