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An aerodynamic vehicle includes a central body with a vertical axis, an outer wall and a bottom wall, a first rotatable disk concentric with the central body axis and rotatabl...
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They are taking the hobbits to Isengard.

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The guy who invented the camera phone (originally camera, laptop and cell phone all linked together by various cables) to photograph and share pictures of his new born daughter, would be really proud of +Jonathan Beckett  and his daughter :)
 
After getting the younger children into bed this evening, myself and our eldest daughter got the Raspberry Pi out of it’s box. In the spirit of Heath Robinson contraptions, we “built” the computer in the lounge, connected to the TV set.

- 4Gb SD card borrowed from camera, imaged with Debian Linux, downloaded from the Raspberry Pi website.
- Power cable from an Amazon kindle.
- HDMI cable from the XBox, connected to the TV.
- USB Keyboard borrowed from the G3 iMac in the playroom
- USB Mouse borrowed from the G3 iMac in the playroom

Amazingly, it all worked. The Raspberry Pi lit up as soon as the Kindle power cable connected, and it went through it’s boot sequence pretty quickly.

After showing our daughter the “Scratch” development tool, she went off exploring the various installed applications on her own, before I spotted “Geany” - a cross-platform integrated development environment. The kind of thing I spend all day using at work.

Ten minutes later (with a little guidance from me) she had built her own website, and kept saying “COOL BEANS!” when she refreshed the browser (it must be the latest playgound thing to say).

If tonight was anything to go by, these little computers ARE going to help kids learn, purely because they get the fun of building the computer, as well as making it do things… her interest was already there because she helped plug it all together. The fact that we did it all out of robbed parts of other things just made it more fun.
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