By KIM BELLARD
Like many of you, I have been intently following the war in Ukraine, cheering for President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people, while hoping it doesn’t end up in WW3. I thought about trying to write about it, then I saw that Raspberry Pi just turned ten, and I thought, yeah, that’s more my speed.
And, of course, easier to relate to healthcare.
For most of us, a computer is our smartphone, tablet, or laptop. We buy them already designed and built, complete with an operating system and other useful software. There’s an almost unlimited range of other software that can easily be downloaded to run on them. Ease of use is paramount.
This was not always so. If you are of a certain age or have studied the history of computers, you’ll know that in the 1970s and early 1980s, (home) computers came in a kit. You assembled them and figured out what you might want to use them for. Then came Apple and the PC revolution. Our expectations about what computers could do grew as our expectations about what we had to do diminished. Between 2006 and 2011, Eben Upton and his collaborators sought to change this.Continue reading…