Gem Gem Saga

I’m giving a workshop at the Royal Leamington Spa Backspace event on Sunday 26th October. So that the attendees have something to try out I’ve created a worksheet which will turn Al Sweigart’s Gem Gem game into the much more exciting Gem Gem Saga !

Here is a link to that worksheet if you’d like to give it a go.

Drop me a comment if you find any mistakes with the worksheet and I’ll correct them.


Raspberry Filling and Raspberry Pi

Blinking heck. I’m on the front page of the Raspberry Pi blog. Thanks Liz, and please send any contributions to the user manual to


Raspberry Pi and me



Received my Raspberry Pi on Friday; thanks Myra.  Tried Fedora on it (too many bugs) and then Debian (but I had the Feb version, Doh!).  The February version didn’t have all the software I needed so this morning I’m getting just released April version.  Wooo..



Raspberry Pi for £15 (less than $25)

Very excited to hear the continued development of the Raspberry Pi computer.  Not much bigger than a USB stick it will have the following specification (provisionally):

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
See David Braben (of Frontier Developments) talk about the reasoning behind this little computer. Much of the UK is driven by the consumption of computer software and this little beast will open up that access to even more people, especially our children.  However, more importantly, we need to encourage the future producers of computer software and getting this into the hands of children could help.  With the right development environment it could bring forth an innovative era in computer software (and probably games) much like the sub-£100 ZX81 did back in 1981!
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