The impossible has happened.
The Raspberry Pi that I wished to buy back in February finally became available. The order has been made, and it is now due to arrive in mid-September, 7 months after the initial hysteria.
Since my first blog posts, I have seen a lot of search queries bringing people to this site, primarily “Raspberry Pi peripherals”, “Raspberry Pi Dwarf Fortress”, and “Raspberry Pi porn”. The half-joke post about peripherals needs to be revisited, since I have paid 65 dollars for the unit, shipping, power supply, and HDMI cable so far. I have plans to use an SD card and keyboard already in my possession, but the price is still much greater than the advertised “35$”.
This unit will have all of the processing power of a Pentium II 233. Anyone familiar with Dwarf Fortress will know that an overclocked 3rd gen i7 will belch black smoke and reach temperatures of 200 degrees F if you run a 6X6 embark zone and decide to crack hell. The Raspberry Pi will likely be capable of a 1X1 embark zone capped at 30 dwarves, not cracking the first cavern. It is a gutless machine, and Dwarf Fortress has higher processor demands than a next-gen Crysis game.
It’s disappointment after disappointment with this thing. I bought into the novelty of the device after seeing articles of how it can control LEDs and educate children to make future programmers, neither of which I give a crap about. I intend to create an always-on emulation machine, which I will likely use twice at parties before forgetting about it and going back to dorfing on my main rig.
Unlike the computers I currently use, this one is only able to be used via an HDMI cable, which means that I will likely be dicking around on a TV and typing lines of text 700 characters wide – hardly a benefit. I’m skeptical and negative at the moment, but oddly hopeful about this little machine. We’ll see how things turn out once it’s actually in my possession.