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by tech_monkey
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Sonos replacement
Replies: 14
Views: 42099

Re: Sonos replacement

Why not use Raspbmc or Open elec. Raspbmc available here http://www.raspbmc.com/ not too sure about the link for Open Elec. Not only would this give you streaming audio but you would also have the option of video as well if you wanted it. There is also an app for your smartphone to act as a remote c...
by tech_monkey
Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone

Tried a keyboard but no joy. Have tried both OTG and non otg usb cables, and a powered USB hub as well.
Anyway the lapdock I saw on Ebay has now been sold .
by tech_monkey
Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone

Well test one works. Got an Hdmi connector and connected the phone to the TV. This works with no setting up. Bought an OTG micro usb to Type A socket cable but this didn't work with either a mouse or keyboard. Maybe next try a non OTG cable. Then finger crossed. Mind you if it doesn't work on the ph...
by tech_monkey
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Using a Motorola Lapdock with another make of phone

Just realised my new dual sim Android mobile has micro HDMI and USB sockets so I am thinking I can connect a lapdock to it, and use it as a tablet/laptop. I assume this should work. Has anyone else done this, with non Motorola phones. I have managed to source micro hdmi male to micro hdmi female and...
by tech_monkey
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Building your own computer
Replies: 13
Views: 1717

Re: Building your own computer

@ Jim. Glad I'm not the only one. I built my first crystal set radio when I was about 10. Saw a program on TV about how prisoners in WW2 built crystal sets and then the presenter built one using a germanium diode and a few other things. I can still see the look on my mums face when I asked her for a...
by tech_monkey
Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Building your own computer
Replies: 13
Views: 1717

Re: Building your own computer

I actually designed and built a computer. It was part of my HND electronics course work. We where given the specs on an 8 bit processor chip, and told to design a computer using this chip that when booted up would a run a program stored on an eprom. It basically flashed a few LEDs connected to some ...
by tech_monkey
Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat
Replies: 111
Views: 14982

Re: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat

I did see a semi-passive one once, that we where asked to test. It was designed for liferafts. It was about the length of a Pringles can but about half the diameter. From what I remember it did have a small power supply but would only go active when it detected certain radar frequencies. after we sp...
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat
Replies: 111
Views: 14982

Re: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat

You can get active radar reflectors.
http://www.sea-me.co.uk/
http://www.echomax.co.uk/Echomax_Products.htm
Mind you they are all rather large. But you could possibly use one as part of the mast rather than on top of the mast.
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?pat ... &id=322902
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Add-ons
Topic: Please design a Primary School Board
Replies: 57
Views: 5774

Re: Please design a Primary School Board

Finally its only taken 27 posts to get to this point. Wouldn't it have been better to have said all this at the beginning.
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Add-ons
Topic: Please design a Primary School Board
Replies: 57
Views: 5774

Re: Please design a Primary School Board

Can't see why you can't say start with a gert board and then go from there. Since this would give you some idea of what the kids are capable of doing and if you really need anything different. Also you obviously didn't read my last post completely, as I said "Does your school have A level students, ...
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Español
Topic: Video lento
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Video lento

Qué formato es el video y la configuración que he probado en XBMC.
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Add-ons
Topic: Please design a Primary School Board
Replies: 57
Views: 5774

Re: Please design a Primary School Board

Maybe a Gert board Lite version.
Does your school have A level students, maybe a project for them would be to design this board. Or talk to your local technical college, they are always wanting project ideas for their students.
by tech_monkey
Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Sadly, I've given up on RPi
Replies: 19
Views: 3972

Re: Sadly, I've given up on RPi

Is it always after an hour or is it sometimes more or sometimes less. It could be a device gets disconnected when not used for a while, and then tries to reconnect when in use (power saving mode on many laptops and phones etc work like this and some desktops as well). And when this device reconnects...
by tech_monkey
Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: ME-TV on RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 3731

ME-TV on RPi

Does anyone know if ME TV will work with the PI and if so which distro is the best to use.
https://launchpad.net/me-tv
by tech_monkey
Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How many posts are moderated?
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: How many posts are moderated?

Being a moderator another forum, it can be quite hard to moderate all posts. While we moderate as much as we can the odd post or three will slip through, but then some of the other forum members will normally report the offending posts etc, and then its a race between the mods to delete it, send war...
by tech_monkey
Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Need help to get a Rotary Encoder working
Replies: 16
Views: 8629

Re: Need help to get a Rotary Encoder working

And how you connected it up to the GPIO.
by tech_monkey
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat
Replies: 111
Views: 14982

Re: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat

Just had another thought. Solar cells won't actually last very long as they will get covered with salt water, which will dry and possible leave a nice salty crust so efficiency will go down.
by tech_monkey
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat
Replies: 111
Views: 14982

Re: Auton, The Autonomous Sail Boat

Great idea by the way. Why not make it a trimaran. With mission critical stuff in the centre hull, like comms, pi , GPS and power. Outer hulls would have aux power and sensors. Since the boat is moving why not have a small propeller in the water which turns as the boat is moving and then use this to...
by tech_monkey
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: [HELP] Vpn OpenSwan IPsec
Replies: 21
Views: 14956

Re: [HELP] Vpn OpenSwan IPsec

On my Ubuntu machine, I log in then select the VPN I want to use from the network manager. I can even set it to automatically start the VPN when I log in.
This is available IKE which isan IPSec VPN client. MAybe try this and see if its any better.
by tech_monkey
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: [HELP] Vpn OpenSwan IPsec
Replies: 21
Views: 14956

Re: [HELP] Vpn OpenSwan IPsec

Does it have to be Openswan. You may want to take a look at what packages are available in Raspbian and see if another VPN IPsec will work. Are you able to use another Linux/Debian based machine and do the same then compare logs. I am about to have a play with the network manager and set up a PPTP V...
by tech_monkey
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Getting past TSA in the USA
Replies: 21
Views: 12815

Re: Getting past TSA in the USA

Having travelled extensively over the years. In one year I lost my luggage 7 times. Always got it back though. And one time Iberia phoned me up to say they couldn't locate my luggage and here is the compensations codes for my insurance company etc. About 15 minutes later there is a knock at the door...
by tech_monkey
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Español
Topic: Alimentación
Replies: 23
Views: 34664

Re: Alimentación

Puede posible obtener un cargador en una tienda de chino (Bazar Chino).
by tech_monkey
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Help ! I hate soldering.
Replies: 40
Views: 3353

Re: Help ! I hate soldering.

What type of iron do you have, and what type of solder are you using. If the solder takes ages to melt then your iron is probably not up to the job or it hasn't reached its operating temp. Or it could be the solder itself. I use a temperature adjustable iron. This works wonders, as I can set the tem...
by tech_monkey
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: need remote power switch
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

Re: need remote power switch

Here you go more remote power switches than you can shake a stick at. http://www.digidave.co.uk/jshop/section ... 95518848d0
by tech_monkey
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: media center case
Replies: 21
Views: 19393

Re: media center case

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