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Raspberry Pi Media Center by [Nazarko, Sam]
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About the Author

Sam Nazarko

Sam Nazarko is an 18-year-old student, currently studying Computer Science at King's College London, UK. He has been using computers since the age of four and has developed a huge passion for them. He has a wide range of experience and knowledge about both Windows and Linux platforms at desktop and server level. He enjoys developing tailor-made solutions for clients, which range from C# application development on Windows to C development on Linux, and has expertise in system deployment and administration on a large scale. He has recently been involved in open source development, harnessing his skills in embedded systems development by delivering Linux distributions for Apple TV and Raspberry Pi that deliver XBMC.

Sam is planning to launch a technology startup in 2013, which will focus on embedded system development and custom-made solutions.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4801 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (20 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B97Y4BO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
How should I describe it? In short - this book is too short. It feels a bit thin, a bit rushed to be finished. The info is exact, but at places not quite enough.

To be honest, I expected something different. It is just wrong on some levels and here is how it all intersects.

Generally all software starts living in the same manner: Install; Boot; Dive in. This scheme is omnipresent. There are certain specifics of course: installation media, execution space, configurations, execution process, etc. but the structure stands and Raspbmc is no exception from this common factual rule set. Sometimes details might be tricky, but it is not a common situation where you get stuck and without any support. In that sense Raspbmc is a little dream - it is very self-sustained and even ... OK, I'll say it - self-conscious at some level. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.

After the first two chapters I was kind of outraged - many facts were introduced and still somehow I didn't know anything about Raspbmc. I mean that I was doing the prescriptions automatically and the required understanding came from the experience, instead of being somehow suggested by the book. Just after I put the SD card with the newly installed image and ran Raspberry Pi, I realized how autonomous and durable this system is. It downloaded its components and tried to install itself. There was some error with mounting the partitions, so the install program suggested me to reboot the Raspy. I did and the installation went quickly and without any other hassle. Nothing in the first chapter gave me even the slightest idea for that power.

I think here is the place to share my expectations. The rest of the book is rundown of the functions and the abilities of Raspbms. Actually of XBMC.
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Considering that Sam Nazarko had such an important role in generating Raspbmc. The book itself is virtually useless. I wanted to install it on one of my Pi's and found that the resources on the Internet were far more useful. half the instructions in the book just didn't work, and the book provided no information what to do then. To be perfectly honest the book was just a waste of money; I am glad I got the cheaper Kindle version rather than pay for the hardcopy book.
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Useful little book. As headline says - it is a 20 minute read and overprice for what it is. Most of the material is, of course, available on the internet but this book does collect it all together from one of the true experts on using the Pi as a media centre.. Even so, one or two questions are not answered in the book so you still need the internet forums to set the thing up. Book could do with a bit more content.
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Format: Paperback
I'm a complete newbie to raspberry Pi and I had literally no experience with it or Linux before hand. I was expecting that this book will have sufficient information for me to be able to install the Raspbmc. I was wrong. The part of the book where they talk about Mac installation is only a half a page long. There are no direct download links, no alternative install methods, no possible errors that you could encounter no nothing so I had to stop there and search forums and online tutorials to get more information. It feels like the book was made in a rush. Definitely not worth the money.
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Hi there,
It seems that reviews published on Amazon.com do not make it to Amazon.co.uk and vice versa ...
This review was published on Amazon.com first ... and, so, I am republishing it here in case you may find it of interest ...
I also moderately often order French and German technical books via Amazon ... and I suspect that reviews of these books probably do no make it on to the French or German Amazon sites ...

Here it is .. "fresh from the US of A" ...

It is said that a wise Imperial College professor of computer science was once asked whether he was overawed by some of his very gifted young students. His reply was along the lines that youth, genius and energy can by well matched by experience and cunning. I take this to mean that in many scientific and engineering disciplines truly original discoveries are rare and that what appear to be novel research or software engineering techniques often turn out to be applications or "rediscoveries" of things that were known earlier.

This book is written by a young computer scientist studying at one of the other illustrious London University colleges - Kings College in this case. The "about the author" section states that he started using computers since the age of four and has over the course of his childhood and adolescence developed a "huge passion for them". This book falls into the category of presenting and organising much complex material (both procedures and background information) .. so that our Imperial College Professor's "mystique" will stay "unblemished".

The RaspberryPi is an interesting "little Linux" board that uses a Broadcom variant of ARM.
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