Over the past few years computers have become much smaller and cheaper. The machine which was placed in a huge room few decades ago now softly resting on your lap. Still, computers aren’t cheap enough that you spontaneously buy while grocery shopping. Usually, you carefully plan your next PC, because you have to use it for at least a couple of years.
Here Raspberry Pi comes to the limelight as a single board computer costing only $35 (The Raspberry Pi Model-B). You can directly connect it to the internet, and it will be able to display high-definition videos. Even cooler is that the Pi is powered by Linux. So you don’t have to pay for an operating system.
The Raspberry Pi was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, an organization founded in 2009. The organization is supported by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and tech firm Broadcom, whose system-on-a-chip powers the device. In February 2012, Model-A was released to the market followed by a more powerful the Model-B released on May 2012.
There are two different models of Raspberry Pi in the market as Model-A and Model B. Though the architecture of the two models looks similar, there are some differences in memory capacity and the connectivity functionalities. Model-B is equipped with 10/100 Ethernet port and has a 512MB SD memory, much faster comparing to the 256MB RAM in Model-A.
Not a miracle. Just a clever arrangement of electronics. It’s equipped with a System on Chip (SoC) that is widely available in mobile phones. It drags less power but is super powerful. This chip integrates a processor and a graphical processing unit. The processor runs at 700MHz; Just as a Pentium III machine!
Model-B also has two USB 2.0 ports to add keyboards, mouse, external hard drive and many more. A micro USB port is used to supply power. You can use a mobile phone charger or a USB charger for this. A great plus point in Model-B is the Ethernet (LAN) adapter which allows you to connect this sweet little thing with internet or for a LAN.
With the HDMI output you can easily connect this to your TV. Don’t worry if the TV doesn’t have HDMI, there’s a composite video output and a 3.5mm audio output. The expansion header in the Raspberry Pi port will surely draw your attention if you are an electronic geek. These general purpose Input Output pins (GPIOs) allow you to connect this device with various devices such as game controllers etc. The Raspberry Pi has no persistent internal memory. Don’t worry, just a simple plan is provided with a SD MMC adapter.
No worries. It’s Linux. That’s partly because it’s free; But mainly because Pi’s ARM processor doesn’t support all operating systems running in the Intel architecture. Furthermore all the Linux distributions are not going well with Pi. So you cannot have Ubuntu Linux with Raspberry Pi. But don’t worry. You have the chance to have a choice from Debian Linux, Raspbian OS, Fedora, Arch Linux ARM, RISC OS, Free BSD and many more. Can easily download from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads
I’m sure you’ll love to have this tiny gadget on your hands to test its power and the potential. For just $35 you’re getting a PC to test your codes. Easily execute your Python, because by default Raspberry Pi supports it as an educational language. Any other languages that supports ARMv6 can be executed with this.
Here you can find out how this single board computer has been utilized in various real world applications. Even to feed your pet cat.
The GPIO pins can lure you into interesting electronic experiments. The unit can be powered with 4 AA batteries. It has a USB input, HDMI and LAN support. The imagination is yours; Time to step in to your lab!
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JOIN SRI LANKA’S FIRST EVER STARTUP WEEKEND!
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
24 (Friday) 6:30 pm - 26 (Sunday) 9:00 pm SLST
Tilko Jaffna City Hotel
70/6, K.K.S. Road, Jaffna-Kankesanturai Rd Jaffna ,Sri lanka Jaffna, NP 40000
SPIKE is for those who
SPIKE is for those who who are interested in tech and start-ups. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an investor or just curious about the whole deal, SPIKE presents an engaging primer to start-ups. The event is free for all.
CIO Forum over breakfast on
CIO Forum over breakfast on “Software Robots – Friends or foes. The choice is yours.”
Date: Tuesday – 28th June, 2016
Time: 7.30 am onwards
Venue: Balmoral Hall, The Kingsbury
Entrance : Invitation Only
(Tuesday) 7:30 am - 9:00 am SLST
The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) and VirtusaPolaris
Giving an introduction to the
Giving an introduction to the WSO2 IoT server is WSO2’s Director of API Architecture, Sumedha Rubasinghe, who will cover the below.
Join us on the 30th to view some cool demos, meet our experts one -one and learn more about the interesting new things we are doing in the IoT space.
ATTENTION ALL STARTUPS! Seedstars World is
ATTENTION ALL STARTUPS!
Seedstars World is coming to #SriLanka,
One of the largest global pitching platform for startups, where startups can grow and disrupt.
To register click on the link below and type in the code to gain access:http://
Invitation Code: SSW_Colombo_2016
Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1.0 million USD in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in 60 countries
The eight best startups from Colombo will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed stage startup of Speedsters World Colombo 2016. The wining startup will join the global Speedsters family and take part in the regional and global Speedsters Summits.
You can also look forward to an event filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions, networking sessions, and a flight ticket and hotel accommodation for the winner to go to Switzerland to compete for $1 million in investments.
(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm SLST
Trace Expert City
Bay 06, TRACE Expert City, Maradana Rd, Colombo
Financial Crime over the last
Financial Crime over the last 30 years has increasingly become a concern to governments throughout the world. This concern arises from a variety of issues because the impact of financial crimes varies in different contexts. It is today widely recognised that the prevalence of economically motivated crime in many societies is a substantial threat to the development of economies and their stability.
Banks worldwide have been struggling in the battle against financial crime. Recent high-profile examples demonstrate that the rate of anti-money laundering compliance enforcement is continuing to rise – Gavin Neilson & Will Furneaux of PA Consulting Group
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(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SLST
Royal College Union Skills Centre
Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 00700
ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter
The annual Great Place to
The annual Great Place to Work ® Conference is a premier event, where over 300 professionals convene to network and learn from leaders at recognized Best Workplaces.
(Friday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm SLST
The global economy is seeing
The global economy is seeing a disruptive force changing its landscape in a much bigger way than the blue chip; the tech startups of the world. Over the past three years, Sri Lanka has seen an immense growth in its Startup ecosystem. Disrupt Asia will be the first of its kind event held in the country in which the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka will gather in one gracious occasion. This includes investors, mentors, Government agencies, media and of course the startups.
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(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm SLST
Change is a constant process
Change is a constant process that affects us as a society and as an individual. It can cut across different fields and disciplines, impacting human lives in multiple areas. Sri Lanka has seen an increased development in infrastructure, connecting diverse people from across the island.
Simultaneously, there is a boom in different industries with startups and small industries mushrooming across the country. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to engage with this phenomena of change in everyday life.
Await details on schedules and tickets!
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