Last updated 07:42 23/08/2012
Brett Morris, marketing manager at Ultrafast Fibre in Hamilton, tells Chris Gardner why he's dipped his finger in the new Raspberry Pi micro computer.
What is your favourite gadget?
My favourite gadget has to be my new Raspberry Pi. It's a low-cost micro computer, which is about the size of an iPhone, and it can do most things an everyday notebook can do, like word processing, games and playing High Definition video . . . if you know what you're doing.
They were released internationally a couple of months ago and there are very limited numbers due to the high demand and low price of NZ$50; it must be one of the only ones in New Zealand. That fact alone makes it exciting to own one.
What do you mainly use it for?
The Raspberry Pi was invented so everyone could afford a computer and learn how to programme and that's exactly what I use it for. I'm a very amateur programmer and the Raspberry Pi is perfect to learn and make mistakes on, with no risk of breaking an expensive machine.
I'm currently trying to set it up to run like a normal notebook, so far I've installed a Linux-based operating system (the same operating system found on Android mobiles) and an internet browser. I also use it to run HD movies on my TV - it's much easier than connecting a chunky laptop. (A Smart TV is next on my list).
What would you change to make it better?
I think you are getting a lot for your money, so there isn't much I'd change on the current model, except maybe a cover to protect the electronics. In saying that you can pick up a case for about US$13. Maybe for the next generation they could look at adding some internal memory so you don't have to carry around your SD cards separately.
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