From the first time I saw a Raspberry Pi laptop last October, I knew it would be a great portable platform for demos and classes. I found the lapdock easily enough, but the adapters to mate its microUSB and microHDMI plugs to the full-sized USB and HDMI plugs on the Raspberry Pi were another matter. There really aren’t many US sources for unusual adapters like a Female-to-Female microUSB adapter, and there are fewer for exotic adapters like a Female-to-Female microHDMI adapter. I tried to search for a matching set on eBay but couldn’t manage to find exactly what I needed. I ended up direct ordering parts from suppliers in China; however, one part, the Female-microHDMI-to-male-HDMI adapter, vanished inside the local post office in the middle of the Christmas rush, and the e-mails back and forth to China to get it replaced drew out the process until mid-March!
Once I finally got all the pieces together (a week after the recent Columbus Raspberry Jam), it fired up perfectly the first time. Now, I don’t have to set up an LCD monitor and cables and power cables and USB cables and a powered hub; I just connect the Raspberry Pi to the lapdock with two cables, lift the lid and watch it boot.