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Re: Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's
Posted by: Richard Adhikari 2015-10-29 13:16:49
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Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards. Customizations will include reconfiguring the Raspberry Pi board layout, adding functionality, redesigning the interfaces, and changing board and memory configurations.


Re: Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's
Posted by: LewisG 2015-10-31 16:40:14 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
CORRECTION to previous post--

"What's really telling is that the Uptons have been forced, in the last few weeks, to admit that only about 2 out of 7 of their sales have been to the children originally targeted."...

Should have read...

"What's really telling is that the Uptons have been forced, in the last few weeks, to admit that only about 2 out of 7 of their sales have been into channels which can only be loosely identified, classified, or categorized as having ANYTHING to do with 'education'. It is much more probable that 100 000, 200 000, perhaps as many as 300 000--rather than 2 million--schoolchildren are actively involved in using the RPi. It is also just as likely that Letters of Intent, Potential Contracts, actual Contracts, and outright sales of product allows the discussion of "...sales of two million...".

Not to put TOO fine a point on this discussion, but nothing is ever made of the fact that these big-money decisions are made by ADMINISTRATORS, who have NO idea as to what is required to actually TEACH the material demanded by the Raspberry Pi.

The Uptons obviously never learned R. Frost--

"...I have miles to go before I sleep..."

Perhaps they should.

Re: Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's
Posted by: LewisG 2015-10-30 13:23:07 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
It's really sad, but the track being taken by the Raspberry Pi seems to be anything BUT the humanitarian venture originally proposed, from the original too-burdened weak design to the latest design shortcomings, consisting of half-baked "OEM" offerings, 'new' modules using old technology, and an absolute disaster of a display.
What's really telling is that the Uptons have been forced, in the last few weeks, to admit that only about 2 out of 7 of their sales have been to the children originally targeted.
From--figuratively--day one, when one of the Uptons said that theirs was a "...fractal marketing plan...", it has been painfully obvious that there has been no plan, except to continually "play catch-up".
From the beginning--too little, too late; long-range goals and planning were completely ignored.
Eben, however, is to be wholeheartedly commended for his vision which is no less valid now than it was.
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