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by fruit-uk
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Automation and using in the home - Is it legally safe?
Replies: 16
Views: 2610

Take a look at some of the european devices, perhaps from Germany as a start eg. http://www.conrad-electronic.co.uk/ce/en/category/SHOP_AREA_17200/Smart-Home;jsessionid=DB47EE2ACD88F9DEF98D2B5597D80139.ASTPCEN22 although that seems to have expanded omewhat since I last looked! https://www.elv.de/ is...
by fruit-uk
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Concept behind wireless sensors...
Replies: 3
Views: 710

by fruit-uk
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 1847

elsmandino wrote:What I meant to ask is what actual home automation software is recommended.
http://fhem.de :)
by fruit-uk
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Laser Range Finding Sensor?
Replies: 3
Views: 5056

Some robotic vacuum cleaners used a rotating laser device, there are a number articles describing how to use these for other rangefinding purposes.
Might be cheaper to find a non-working cleaner and hope the laser still works
by fruit-uk
Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Why cant I download the LATEST RASPBIAN Raspberry Pi website
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

reltek wrote:I need to download the latest Raspbian OS or NOOB and I have been trying for the last 2 to 3 hours many times UNSUCCESSFULLY.
I often see that too when I need to d/l for a new Pi, same with Magpi pdfs
I only try it once, if it fails then I use wget
by fruit-uk
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: use a modem adsl usb with raspberry pi
Replies: 7
Views: 1783

If you have a device that will convert ADSL to PPPOE then I believe that pppd can handle that - but ICBW :)
by fruit-uk
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: boot Raspberry Pi 3 from a USB mass storage is very slow
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

If you want speed then use a USB HDD.
by fruit-uk
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: [solved] Public /29 subnet question
Replies: 18
Views: 3368

I'm running a public block on Smallwall(was m0n0wall) but the setup looks totally different to the way things are being described here :/ Not saying they are wrong of course, it's a different device. Are any of the articles here any use? https://en.avm.de/service/fritzbox/fritzbox-7360/knowledge-bas...
by fruit-uk
Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: raspberry pi 3 case with hard drive bay
Replies: 7
Views: 22432

I have several using a stackable case such as https://www.modmypi.com/raspberry-pi/ca ... ry-pi-case though I generally only use two of the acrylic sheets and various spacers to create a lower profile.
The HDD is held to top or bottom with Velcro straps
by fruit-uk
Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:12 am
Forum: Add-ons
Topic: Measuring PSU max current
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Inline USB voltage/current displays are available (search for USB volmeter or similar) but possibly not very accurate and won't show instantaneous values such as HDD startup current.
by fruit-uk
Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Stripping Raspbian.
Replies: 16
Views: 3728

Why don't you start with the Lite version and add in the bits you need?
by fruit-uk
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Should i get rid of my insulation tape?
Replies: 39
Views: 7576

Probaly, same as you should stop using Scotch Tape ;)

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/peeli ... es-x-rays/and many sinilar
by fruit-uk
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Automatic Car Battery Cut off to prevent rundown andAAA call
Replies: 48
Views: 6036

nigratruo wrote:Hmm, where are these devices?
Try searching dashcam battery saver or similar
Here's an example page https://dashcamtalk.com/battery-discharge-prevention/
by fruit-uk
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Automatic Car Battery Cut off to prevent rundown andAAA call
Replies: 48
Views: 6036

There are a number of devices already available to monitor battery voltage and shut off power to low power add-ons such as dashcams.

As mattmiller stated, not a good idea for anything else!
by fruit-uk
Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Pi2 to boot from SD card & use op. system from USB storage?
Replies: 13
Views: 2294

Hi, I have RPi2 model installed with Gentoo Linux on the SD card. I have installed on this a Moodle site for my 10-15 students. Can I set this system so so I can boot from SD card only, but to use the operating system from the USB storage device ( 1TB )? Probably, it certainly works for raspbian in...
by fruit-uk
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: How much money and/or time to get Chromium added to repos?
Replies: 12
Views: 1831

Jason_25 wrote:IThe only reason I can see after searching for Debian not having Chromium already is because they could not keep up with security patches. That is not a valid excuse to drop software.
You really think that?
by fruit-uk
Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SD Cards Blowing
Replies: 71
Views: 8279

Raspbian is not a good OS to use for 24/7. I have several jessie Pis running 24/7 however since the early days nearly all my Pis have OS on HDD Could boot from SD card and run from USB stick. I have a couple like that too but they are not used that much. Given the memory used in USB sticks and if w...
by fruit-uk
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: I'm in the twilight zone.... using dd to create SD failing
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Did you sync before unmounting?
Otherwise you may have three dead cards, unlikely but...
by fruit-uk
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi 3 SD card can't be formatted
Replies: 10
Views: 1543

It may have gone into ReadOnly mode - means it's dead, something or action has corrupted/broken the card
by fruit-uk
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Home automation Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Alternatively look into remote-controlled sockets and see if you can replay the signals with a Pi. You might be able to literally record/replay them via Audacity , an RF transciever , an USB soundcard and some passive components. I'm using this method with HomeEasy socket adpters and an RFXtrx USB ...
by fruit-uk
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How do you organize your microSD cards?
Replies: 11
Views: 1749

I keep mine in a box in small ziplock bags with a description written on the bag
by fruit-uk
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Bonding a DS18B20 Sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

My recollection is that the ground leg of the device provides the best thermal path for temperature measurement - so make sure this is close to the bit you want to measure
by fruit-uk
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi powered AI beats human pilot in dogfight
Replies: 12
Views: 2441

Suppose we are going to see a deluge of threads asking how to replicate this :(

Another step towards the end of us all!
by fruit-uk
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Supply chain
Replies: 88
Views: 11106

leave won. Now leave. Now. Such compassion... One can see his point, he's worried about losing money, see https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1001102#p1001102 My guess is that ,many voting Leave don't worrry about how their stocks are doing, they have none, they are more likely to be...
by fruit-uk
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Supply chain
Replies: 88
Views: 11106

Seems to me that Jeremy Corbyn is not Labour that the Labour Party now has become sadly.

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