[squeak-dev] A $140 pc for running Squeak

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Fri Jul 1 04:04:44 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 7:32 AM, tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org> wrote:
> I just got my pi-top CEED (don’t ask me what that stands for…) and after a few minutes setup - inserting the SD card into the provided Pi3, connecting up a couple of cables, inserting the little plastic-magnet ‘feet’ etc - I was up and running.
> What on earth is a pi-top CEED you ask? Well, think of a small iMac all-in-one with a quite decent 14” lcd and a pi3 inside. Add your own spare mouse/kbd, plug together, insert power plug (psu provided) and press  the Magic Button. A moment later you have … what? Err, this is a bit odd looking… ah, escape to a normal desktop and all is well. Run some updating to get stuff sorted out a little (the Scratch version definitely needs updating for example) and all is well.
> It’s a Pi3 in a nice case with a nice display, a beefy power supply, a neat way of providing space for some add-ons, a proper power switch and a slightly odd OS wrapper. See www.pi-top.com for more details.
> For US$140! OK, so maybe you have to spend $20 on a mouse & keyboard too. And perhaps you want their speaker unit for another $20. You can get just the lcd/case/pus for $99 if you already have a spare Pi. Given that the Pi 7” touch lcd is $70 on its own, this seems a steal to me.
> I’m planning to use my three in Scratch classes over the summer.

Nice. I'd been interested in the pi-to before. First time seeing this,
and a bit cheaper.  Though I liked the picture of a pi-top showing a
breadboard rather than a protoboard.  What age group are you working

cheers -ben

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