History Lesson: Knowing Our Place in Time

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The print magazines are important for preserving the legacy, as well as being a great monthly joy to read. Each copy of The MagPi magazine is deposited with the British Library. The legal obligation for publishers to deposit copies of publications has existed in English law since 1662.

60 years from now, when people think back to the history of computing and the involvement of the Raspberry Pi during that time, I like to think that The MagPi magazine is one of the places they go to look.

We hope to spend some more time studying the history of computing here in The MagPi. In 2021, Tim Danton wrote a book for our sister publication Wired called The computers that made Britain. It’s a wonderful book and I highly recommend picking up a copy. It’s full of stories of all the amazing people who made the computers that led to Raspberry Pi.

During this time, we looked at the practicalities of using Raspberry Pi to explore computing concepts, covering both classic computers and state-of-the-art coding techniques, in our Retro game with Raspberry Pi.

Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi 2nd Edition

In the future I hope to combine the two, looking at some of the histories of these classic computers and emulating them with Raspberry Pi computers.

We’ve also made a concerted effort to go both low and high end in the latest editions of The MagPi magazine. Thanks to readers who noticed and wrote with compliments. The idea is to welcome newcomers with introductory projects and basic computing techniques, while simultaneously having more detailed projects and programming techniques for those of us who are further along in our computing journey. . In the future, we hope to reach greater and further coding heights in time while remaining friendly and on the cutting edge of technology. Exciting things!

Of course, there are problems with computing here and now. Although it’s much more accessible these days than it was in the 1950s, it’s fair to say that getting hold of a Raspberry Pi computer is currently a bit difficult.

I’m glad that Eben Upton has spoken out on these issues again to give Raspberry Pi fans an indication of where things stand. Hopefully, as the global supply chain loosens, we can pick up as many Raspberry Pi computers as we want, whenever we want.

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