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2019-08-28 by: Chad Smith
From: Chad Smith 
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Hello,

Long time, no ping.

I hope you all are well.

Somehow I got volunteered to mentor a high school senior who wants to
"Design computers"....

So, I was thinking Raspberry Pi smart home stuff, maybe?

Thing is, I'm in China - and I don't know where to order Pis here.

This leads me to a couple of questions.

Any suggestions of where to find simple projects that will actually teach
(me and) the student something?

Any idea of where I can find legit RPis in China?  (Dongguan, Guangdong -
near Shenzhen and Hong Kong).  I could swing down to HK - but... um... ya
know....

*- Chad W. Smith*
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=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Shenzhen is your best bet. I wouldn't go near Hong Kong right now. Working with some of our teams there, its a mess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG7x5C8OnAg

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Wed, 28 Aug 2019 15:39:32 +0800 Chad Smith wrote: It's been a decade and a half since I was there, but I'd expect there to be retail for them or something similar in in Dongguan, and I'd think you couldn't visit Shenzhen without having people proposition you to buy Pi knock-offs from trenchcoats in alleys.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Thank you all. I'm not so much concerned with dark alley trenchcoats as knockoffs. I've bought tech here before and it's not always what it appears to be. I did have someone in the Shanghai airport try to get me to buy their "Brand New iPhone X" - with the box and a receipt because they needed money for a plane ticket. I told them I didn't carry that kind of cash, and I had a pretty much brand new phone, and they should just take their "iPhone" back to the store and get their money back. It took me over 20 minutes to get rid of this guy. I was eating lunch at the time. He wasn't wearing a trenchcoat, though. *- Chad W. Smith*