While on my blog, it’s been fairly quiet over the past week or so, it was not in vain. Careful readers may have picked up on a leak earlier in the list of CID and CSD values which included an entry for the Raspbmc SDHC 4Gb card … oops!
Anyhow, I was chosen as one of five RoadTesters to review the Raspberry Pi New Year’s Party Pack for element14 Community. Interestingly, if memory serves me correctly, this is the first RoadTest to be offered to Australian and New Zealand residents only. The RoadTest itself was shipped out extremely quickly, with the parts arriving on the 18th December 2013, well packed as normal.
I was delighted to see that this time, it was dispatched from element14’s Australian warehouse in Chester Hill – just less than five minutes walk from my place. Inside, aside from the goodies was this hand-titled envelope:
I like it when someone puts in the effort to pen something by hand! It’s too easy to type! As you can see, I was so excited that I ripped it open like a savage before I scanned it …
This time, I even get a letter with a colour letterhead. The submission was due today, and so I was busy last night getting it all up and online. It was a bit of a marathon effort – it’s not easy doing a RoadTest when you might not be able to walk to the TV and plug the damn thing in because your ankle’s busted! Not to mention, the need to try and film a video on my own in that condition. Having lost a few days to Christmas and New Year, family circumstances and the lack of motivation which comes from pain and being bedridden, time was not on my side this time.
As a result, I didn’t quite deliver as much as I had hoped, but it’s still a substantial effort on my behalf. If you’ve ever thought about building your own Raspberry Pi based media centre, do consider reading my RoadTest where I cover the parts of the bundle and user experience and also my Blog post on their Raspberry Pi Projects area covering customization and configuration.
I hope you find it informative and enlightening. I’d just like to thank element14 for selecting me as one of the lucky recipients and for their support of the greater electronics and electrical engineering community as a whole.