A lot of people here have probably heard of it but here is some background.
The Raspberry Pi is a cool little computer (http://www.raspberrypi.org
) it is cheap and bare bones but fairly powerful (not by todays Intel and .
The background is that the idea was founded in the UK as a tool to get more schools into teaching useful tech to kids... the setup costs of most were prohibitive for the schools.
The machine is basically a cell phone processor (Broadcom SoC) clocked at 700MHz (overclockable) with 256MB or 512MB of RAM. The fun part here is it has 2 USB ports and HDMI out (as well as composite video). The unit boots from an SD card.
You can order them world wide for about $40 US delivered, takes about another $30 of accessories to make it workable (input devices, case, wireless)
I personally have 2 and use one for running a Raspberry Pi specific flavour of XBMC ( [url]raspbmc.com[/url] ).
I find it works great (a tad slower than most would like but it plays my HD media without issue). My girlfriend is loving it and I have it set up nice and user friendly for her (turn on TV, the enviro power bar turns on the Raspberry Pi and XBMC starts up) she is now watching things on it nightly.
My question to put out is what other cool things are people doing with them or think we can try doing?
XBMC (or OpenELEC) tend to be the obvious choices but I have 2 of them as I said so I have 1 to play with (without interrupting my girlfriend that is
) and want to try something different to play with.