[Humanist] 27.676 lower-cost technology

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Mon Jan 6 07:12:22 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 676.
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  [1]   From:    "Dave Postles" <davep at davelinux.info>                     (56)
        Subject: Re:  27.673 lower-cost technology

  [2]   From:    "Dave Postles" <davep at davelinux.info>                      (1)
        Subject: RPi and technology

        Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:20:04 -0000
        From: "Dave Postles" <davep at davelinux.info>
        Subject: Re:  27.673 lower-cost technology
        In-Reply-To: <20140105095252.11D425F8A at digitalhumanities.org>

Mea culpa again then.  My information was from one of the Linux
(Format/User & Developer) magazines a few months ago.

FWIW, I think that we need to see more of Linux/BSD on the desktop, which
may well come about as new economic powers and developing nations have
their 'national' distros in their educational systems (Brazil, Venezuela,
Russia, Philippines).  These young people will be encouraged to explore
the full power of OpenSource, including Python.  I suspect that our
reliance on proprietary systems in the far west will merely prolong
consumer compliance.

Access is just one side of an equation, of course, but it is important to
bring down the cost.  It is most important of all to equalize access. 
Part of the development of low-cost technology will, again, be the
stimulation of access in the wider world, which will generate wider
appreciation of the technology and its being opened up in all senses.

>         Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:21:59 +0000
>         From: "Brookes, Stewart" <stewart.brookes at kcl.ac.uk>
>         Subject: Re:  27.670 lower-cost technology
>         In-Reply-To: <20140104064103.59D3B603D at digitalhumanities.org>
> On  3 Jan 2014 Dave Postles wrote:
> [snip]
>> The problem with the RPi is still that it has only sold 1m units, so
>> it's impact is fairly confined.
> They claim nearly 2.3 million sales, which is a million more than, say,
> the BBC Micro which arguably
> had a huge impact on programming in its day (in the UK):
> http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2320518/raspberry-pi-closes-in-on-23-million-sales
>> There are, of course, many other single-board PCs (SBPCs) out there.
>> Python is
>> useful for digital humanities (especially for corpus linguistics).  I
>> have
>> a suspicion, however, that it's (RPi's) impact, welcome as it is, is
>> being
>> overhyped.
> There *is* a lot of hype, but I think that the hype is encouraging
> awareness of computing
> kits and programming in general. I miss the days of school kids wielding
> soldering irons and
> typing in code and all the things that got me interested in this field.
> Rasperry Pi et al. are
> the start of a return to that approach.
> Best, Stewart
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        Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:50:33 -0000
        From: "Dave Postles" <davep at davelinux.info>
        Subject: RPi and technology
        In-Reply-To: <20140105095252.11D425F8A at digitalhumanities.org>


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