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Integral Europe Fusion USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB Metallic Grey
Integral Europe Fusion USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB Metallic Grey
Offered by MyMemory
Price: 24.97

1.0 out of 5 stars Overheats and fails, 7 Aug 2014
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After 12 months of very light use, this drive began to overheat and corrupt data, then failed completely.
Reading the other reviews, there are too many people that suffered the exact same failure pattern.
I loved the design, but won't be replacing this drive because I don't trust it.


Raspberry Pi B+ Desktop (700MHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 4x USB Port)
Raspberry Pi B+ Desktop (700MHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 4x USB Port)
Offered by berlin foto
Price: 27.00

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi 1.0, 17 July 2014
I got the B+ to replace a Pi that runs 24/7. The change from linear to switching regulator means the board wastes less power, and can run significantly longer on backup battery power.

Other than that, the functionality is exactly the same, but this feels like a finished product.
The previous Raspberry Pi, let's call it the Beta had notoriously bad USB ports. USB is the canonical example of hot-pluggablity, yet doing so would cause the beta to reboot. Rest assured that you can hot-swap even the most powerful USB devices on the B+.

There isn't a photo of this at time of writing, but the board has a robust metal push/push microSD slot. The inserted microSD card overhangs a tiny bit; just enough to operate the push-to-eject mechanism.

With the flush USB connectors, microSD slot, and little details such as moving the network activity LEDs onto the Ethernet jack, these all add up to a significant improvement over the half-baked layout of the beta board.

The only downside I can think of is that a great many cases are not going to fit the new board. Either because they adhered too tightly to the old port layout, or because they held the board by its corners which are now rounded.


Netgear XAVB5401 Powerline 500 Nano PassThru 1 Port Adapter Kit
Netgear XAVB5401 Powerline 500 Nano PassThru 1 Port Adapter Kit
Price: 46.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for linux users, 12 July 2014
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Like all consumer grade gear, advanced configuration is done via a shonky windows-only application.

As a user of a different OS, you might be wondering if you'll be able to access the security settings, disable the LEDs etc, from that old copy of windows you keep in virtualBox for just such an occasion.
Yes you can; if you set your VM to use a 'bridged adaptor'.

These adaptors are plugged into upstairs/downstairs ring circuits, and the speed between them is 140mbps. Rock stable.
Obviously the 100mbps Ethernet ports bottle-neck this, but better that than the other way round.


Adafruit Low-Profile SD to Micro-SD Card Adapter for Raspberry Pi
Adafruit Low-Profile SD to Micro-SD Card Adapter for Raspberry Pi
Offered by The Pi Hut
Price: 5.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately necessary, 9 May 2014
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This item is very good quality. The sort of quality you wish the Raspberry Pi's own SD card slot had, but doesn't.

I prefer this style to the traverse style of similar Pi card adaptors because it can be inserted and *never* removed again.
The push/push style saves you the fiddly operation of trying to pull a microSD card with your fingernails.

Only buy this for the Pi, and even then, only if your case has clearance around the slot, or can be modified, because it's double the height, and still protrudes slightly from the board edge.

A bit expensive for what it is, but will surely save the Pi's cheap plastic SD socket from being ripped off by the leverage of a full length SD card.


MiniSun 4w SES E14 LED SMD Pygmy Light Bulb - 6500K Daylight / Cool White
MiniSun 4w SES E14 LED SMD Pygmy Light Bulb - 6500K Daylight / Cool White
Offered by The Light Factory
Price: 4.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining light of the future, 9 May 2014
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Bought this to replace a 15w incandescent fridge bulb.
The fatter base of this bulb meant the fridge's plastic bulb holder needed modifying to fit, but it was totally worth the effort.
I can see my food like it's never been seen before.

You can never return to the grungy dystopian world of incandescent fridge light after experiencing this.


Raspberry Pi Model B (512MB RAM, UK Model)
Raspberry Pi Model B (512MB RAM, UK Model)
Offered by Take a Bite
Price: 26.00

24 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure hype, 22 Mar 2014
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Price and public relations

This was as close to an impulse buy as I get. I did only the bare minimum research into compatible peripherals.
That was mostly thanks to the low price, which in turn is achieved by a strictly 'batteries not included' philosophy of the project.
Once you include peripherals, you're leaving impulse buy territory.

It's only after playing with the board for a while, and reading the background information, which I would've already done for a more expensive product, that I discovered what a Lemon the Raspberry Pi actually is.

Ok. The board is pretty cheap. It has a lofty goal of improving education, and the Pi foundation is a non-profit. There's your headline, and there's your perfect storm of media hype.
But it doesn't deliver.

If you're reading this on Amazon, it's more likely you're shopping for yourself or family member as an enthusiast, and not for formal education.
I think it's ok if you have expectations that you might learn something from this, despite not being the target market.

Performance and Proprietariness

The elephant in the room is the immensely powerful x86 machine inevitably sitting next to the Pi. Everyone has them. All schools have labs full of them.
Python and Scratch run on Windows. For learning about linux and upwards, including all high-level languages, the Raspberry Pi offers nothing you don't already have access to.

So what about below linux? Bare-metal assembly, hardware architecture, GPGPU development?
Forget it.

The VideoCore IV GPU, ARM co-processor and RAM are a package collectively known as the System-on-a-chip, or SoC. This is manufactured by Broadcom.
The same Broadcom that make nasty propitiatory wi-fi dongles, which cause naive linux users to assign blame to linux, when had they understood the issues, all they needed was buy Atheros hardware instead.

Broadcom is as open-source hostile as it's physically possible to be. They occasionally throw the community a bone, but be under no illusion, the Raspberry Pi is a black box of impenetrable propiatoryness.

It doesn't even boot like a "normal" computer. The GPU boots the system from a huge binary blob on the SD card. There's literally nothing to learn here.
There are also insurmountable problems with the USB controller. It's all decidedly non-standard and irksome when you start to dig deeper.

The choice of an obsolete ARM processor was also unfortunate as it excludes the Pi from running off-the-shelf ARM ports of Linux. Forget stock Debian or Ubuntu. You're limited to one of the few distros compiled specifically for the Pi.

Alternatives to Pi

I didn't buy the Raspberry Pi for any particular purpose, but instead sought to discover what it could do.
However it feels that by optimizing for price, it's been perfectly de-optimized for everything else.

Sacrifice price-point for performance:
The Pi is slow. Even interpreted languages which you're used to running instantly are sluggish to start up. Compiling is slow as molasses.
For those who see a possible cheap media centre or server, reconsider. You'd need to buy a license to play your legacy videos, including DVD. For under 50 you can get a Cubieboard. A vastly more capable dual-core ARM7 board, with onboard NAND flash, SATA port, and the ability to boot from either of them, or network boot. Serious play time.
The VIA APC around 40 is also pretty cute, being Neo-ITX it fits in a standard computer case.

Sacrifice performance for openness.
If you're going to claim "It's for the children", it had better be open. It's not OK that a curious mind asks a question and is told NO! Patents! Non-disclosure agreement! Don't event think about it!
Luckily for many projects such as robotics you don't need much power, and there's already a sleuth of open-source hardware projects out there.
Or for Linux how about no hardware at all. I believe destroying things is part of learning, and a virtual machine allows the learner to make catastrophic mistakes at zero cost.

For comparable hardware, the OLinuXino claims total moral victory over the Pi. It rightly deserves the fame, and consequent economies of scale that the open-washing, over-hyped Pi has managed to hoodwink from the media.

Hopefully I've at least made the casual buyer think twice, and rustled the jimmies of the unusually rabid Pi fanboys.

While the Pi is a dud that's outclassed by your OpenWRT router, the good news is that the time of cheap single-board computer has arrived. For whatever your goals, better offerings are out there, and are improving all the time.
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Kent AirHedz Pro Medium Phine Pin Brush Graphite Grey
Kent AirHedz Pro Medium Phine Pin Brush Graphite Grey
Price: 9.15

1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted two weeks, 9 Mar 2014
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I own several other Kent brushes and they're all of high quality.
Therefore I was shocked when, after just two weeks of daily use, the ball tips on the bristles began to physically deteriorate.
In this state the tips are flaky and rough, which could easily damage hair.
I can safety rule out any sort of chemical reaction with hair products because I don't use any. The plastic just wasn't very durable.

Additionally I received (from Amazon) the white version. Nowhere in the description does it say "colours may vary" and I wouldn't have ordered if it had, since I don't tolerate randomness when it comes to online shopping. I except exactly what I order.

I'm exchanging with for a different Kent brush in the hope it will be as durable as my others.


L'Oreal Kids Conditioner Very Berry Strawberry 250ml(Pack of 2)
L'Oreal Kids Conditioner Very Berry Strawberry 250ml(Pack of 2)
Offered by Premier Life Store
Price: 10.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids, 8 Mar 2014
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I love this conditioner because it is very "light".

Many conditioners weigh my hair down (with silicone) after a while, and I need to clarify (wash more intensely that usual) to strip this out. This dries out my hair.

While this conditioner is perhaps less moisturizing, it means I can get away with far less shampoo, so overall it's perfect.

The price was 2.00 when I ordered.


Clear Transparent top and bottom Case Box Enclosure Heat Dissipation Quickly for Raspberry Pi Computer
Clear Transparent top and bottom Case Box Enclosure Heat Dissipation Quickly for Raspberry Pi Computer
Offered by CAMAC (Ceed Cable)
Price: 12.90

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs feet, 8 Mar 2014
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For me, this was the best aesthetic match for the raspberry pi, due to its simplicity, low-tech manufacture process, and clever use of off-the-shelf parts.
It allows access to ports, something to hang onto when you're pulling cables, and ventilation good as an uncovered board.
As a bonus, for about 5 minutes you'll have the joy you get when assembling Lego.

I originally gave this case 5 stars when I thought it would be easy to acquire some suitable silicone feet. Actually it turned out to be pretty painful, so the lack of feet is a major detractor. Since it's very likely to be on a hard surface this case isn't complete without them.
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Kingston Technology 2.5-3.5 inch Brackets and Screws for Solid State Drive
Kingston Technology 2.5-3.5 inch Brackets and Screws for Solid State Drive
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not as shown in photo - It's better!, 19 Feb 2014
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The photo appears to be the OCZ / Corsair bracket without the black paint.
But thankfully it wasn't.

1. This bracket conforms to the 3.5" drive specification and has FOUR 6-32 screw threads on each side.
This means you'll be able to use your thumbscrews, and likely all manner of fancy mounting bays.

2. The 2.5" drive holes are positioned centrally. There is no chance that a long screw will touch the drive, unlike the OCZ / Corsair design.

3. The holes aren't actually holes, but two sets of slotted standoffs, for practically unlimited choice in positioning.

4. It's slightly cheaper than the OCZ, and in my opinion better quality.

This will be my goto solution for mounting 2.5" drives from now on.


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