Free 4GB SD Cards!


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by monkeyra » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:04 am
Hi all,

I'm giving away free 4GB SD Cards to every person who submits a Raspberry Pi tutorial. It can be on anything Raspberry Pi related. I'm hoping to build a useful "how-to / tutorial" database for people to use, and the best way to get it off the ground is a bit of bribery :lol:

http://www.rpiforum.net/forum/topic/56- ... bmissions/

Cheers

Nick
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by AndrewS » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:24 am
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What's wrong with these official forums and the official Wiki? Lots of guides on there already... :?
http://elinux.org/RPi_Guides

I don't see the benefit in fragmenting useful info across multiple different sites. :|
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by monkeyra » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:32 am
Hi,

2 Reasons really:

1) A wiki, unless you're conversant with it's percularities and mark-up, isn't user friendly for people to submit information to. Whereas mine uses BBCode, so if you can use a forum, you can submit a tutorial.

2) These forums aren't user friendly, it's a very basic setup and not really a joy to use at all. That's just my opinion of course ;)
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by AndrewS » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:38 am
If you haven't already done so, you may want to add your site to http://elinux.org/RPi_Community :)
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by extravagoose » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:53 pm
monkeyra wrote:Hi,

2 Reasons really:

1) A wiki, unless you're conversant with it's percularities and mark-up, isn't user friendly for people to submit information to. Whereas mine uses BBCode, so if you can use a forum, you can submit a tutorial.

Last I checked this forum also uses BBCode...

monkeyra wrote:2) These forums aren't user friendly, it's a very basic setup and not really a joy to use at all. That's just my opinion of course ;)


Easy enough to use in my view...

I'm with AndrewS here - I see no reason to fragment the knowledge base or information
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by ren41 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:33 pm
I'm finding the experience here much better since I reset my user prefs away from the defaults. None of the other forums I use are hosted by phpBB and I don't think having to click your user name to access the UCP is especially intuitive, so I had no idea that the appearance could be configured.

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by monkeyra » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:52 pm
Thanks for your input, not trying to start a war, just trying to make things easier for people and offer something back to those that contribute that's all.
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by Pygar » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:35 pm
Any tutorial from me would be on the level of Monty Python's "Gumby Flower Arranging", so I am not in the running- but I do want to thank you for being so interested in the future of RasPi as to actually go so far!
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by monkeyra » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:50 pm
Pygar wrote:Any tutorial from me would be on the level of Monty Python's "Gumby Flower Arranging", so I am not in the running- but I do want to thank you for being so interested in the future of RasPi as to actually go so far!


Thankyou Pygar, that's exactly what it's all about :)
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by alexeames » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:59 pm
I think there's plenty of room on the internet for lots of forums and blogs and magazines about the Pi. But I do think forums are not all that good for long tutorials (ok for simple ones). Blogs are better, if the owner takes the trouble to do it properly. There's more flexibility to use multimedia and make the tutorial easier to follow with formatting etc. And then there's the small matter of limited editing on certain forums. ;)

It takes longer to write a complex tutorial than the amount of time you can edit a post on here. Why would anyone go to the trouble to write a long tutorial and then be unable to edit it when things change? It's a double-edged sword though - perpetual editing - means if someone gets the hump they can edit all the threads they've ever posted in and trash whole sections of forums.

I love forums, but you've got to use the right tool for the job :idea:
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by AndrewS » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:35 am
alexeames wrote:It's a double-edged sword though - perpetual editing - means if someone gets the hump they can edit all the threads they've ever posted in and trash whole sections of forums.

On a wiki it usually stores all previous versions of the page, so any vandalism (even if it's by the original author) is easy for other users to revert.

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Absolutely :)
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by Jim Manley » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:29 am
I've just submitted the tutorial "Adding USB Drives to a Raspberry Pi" (http://www.rpiforum.net/forum/tutorials ... pberry-pi/), which details how to add/remove USB flash and hard disk drives to/from a Pi via mount/umount if operating from the command line or a drive doesn't automagically show up in the file manager on an X window desktop such as LXDE.

I can use a 4GB SD card now that the new Debian Wheezy beta is available and pretty much fills a 2GB card :D
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by monkeyra » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:48 am
Cheers Jim, PM me your address and I'll get one shipped over :)
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by JoeDaStudd » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:56 am
I like the enthusiasm, however I'm not too keen on having to create yet another login.
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by mtux96 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:16 pm
AndrewS wrote::?:
What's wrong with these official forums and the official Wiki? Lots of guides on there already... :?
http://elinux.org/RPi_Guides

I don't see the benefit in fragmenting useful info across multiple different sites. :|


When it comes to tutorials, I seem to find multiple Guides useful as different people have different methods to do the same thing. And often while they may have the same method, they might explain it differently that different people may comprehend differently. I find multiple different version better because sometimes I do have problems understanding one over another.
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by Jim Manley » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:51 am
Frankly, no one has cracked the nut on organizing the tutorials on the eLinux wiki or anywhere else, AFAICT. I have to use a Google search to find anything on that site, and even then, I get a lot of cruft from non-Pi parts of the site. Many of the pages can't be filtered using a keyword like "Raspberry" and/or "Pi" - people aren't always including those terms on their pages. It might help if there were a page naming convention that included something like "Pi_" on every page associated with the Pi boards.
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by monkeyra » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:42 am
Hopefully if I get to the stage of having enough tutorials to warrant extra categories, then it'd be a doddle to arrange in an orderly manner.

EG, you could have categories on:

1) Default linux distribution installation
2) Installing hardware
3) Media Centre guides
4) Emulator guides

etc etc, it's really only limited by imagination and content available.
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by monkeyra » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:33 am
Just a bump for anyone who wants a free SD Card. I've posted a fair number around the world now to various people, and have plenty more to send out :)
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