New Raspberry Pi 4

June 24, 2019

A bit out of the blue, comes a new Raspberry Pi. The 4th major revision of the popular SBC.

It’s spec looks very good. Faster processor, more RAM (choice of 1GB, 2GB or 4GB but at a price of more $$$), dual HDMI video, USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet, WIFI, Bluetooth 5.

Some things have changed on the new Pi. The connector positions have changed, so you’ll need a new enclosure and power is now provided by USB-C connector so you’ll need a suitable USB adapter or a new USB-C PSU. The dual HDMI are micro HDMI connectors instead of standard HDMI.

From earlier interviews with the Raspberry Pi foundation it wasn’t expected to be available until 2020 but it looks like Broadcom was able to get their latest SoC ready a good 6 to 9-months early.

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No more Maker Faires ?

June 10, 2019

Very sad to read that TechCrunch reports financial troubles have forced Maker Media, the company that runs the Maker Faires and also the company behind Make magazine, is laying off its entire staff and stopping all operations.

This follows on from the sad news last year that Maker Faire UK had stopped.