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by CaptSunset
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Micro SD help please!
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: Micro SD help please!

One and another thing... there are lots of tutorials around that refer generically to the 2B & 3B operation. Prob'ly not an issue, but all the earlier Pi models 'clicked' the microSD card into place- click & push in again to release the card. The 3B just slides the card into place, and is not presse...
by CaptSunset
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Guess who's using the Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 0
Views: 466

Guess who's using the Raspberry Pi?

I couldn't resist posting this snippet from Jesse Smith, the honcho of Distrowatch : " Right now, I have a Raspberry Pi at home that came with Raspbian. Raspbian is based on Debian, which currently powers the DistroWatch server. As I was working with these two Debian systems a lot, I installed Linux...
by CaptSunset
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Who uses Raspberry Pis?
Replies: 15
Views: 2522

Re: Who uses Raspberry Pis?

You might check out Adafruit, a US pi supplier & homebase for makers, cosplayers, and generally people who do odd things with very little (boards). (It seems the majority of Pi boards are owned by adults, just because they can afford to own half a dozen... got 5 myself!) https://blog.adafruit.com/ T...
by CaptSunset
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: M$ announces ARM emulator soon
Replies: 39
Views: 6071

M$ announces ARM emulator soon

I read this whole article and nary a mention of Raspberry Pi paving the way... "Microsoft will add an emulation layer to this version of Windows 10 for ARM that will enable x86/Win32 apps to run. (Yes, this is the Windows 10 "Cobalt" emulation technology I wrote about recently.) Microsoft officials ...
by CaptSunset
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Having an SD Card Reformatting Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Having an SD Card Reformatting Problem

Hi Guys- I have a number of Samsung EVO 32 Gb SD cards in use on several Pi's, so this issue gives me a real concern. :o Sorry for the excess detail, but I'm not sure what is important info here... None of them have ever failed or even misbehaved, so I've never tried re-formatting after using them f...
by CaptSunset
Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is there a Character Map Utility?
Replies: 13
Views: 2865

Re: Is there a Character Map Utility?

Hey Scruss, we're nearly neighbors; I'm in Michigan.
(btw, Corner Gas, Royal Canadian Air Farce, New Waterford Girl, etc. :lol: )
by CaptSunset
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Thanks for Pixel!
Replies: 11
Views: 3685

Re: Thanks for Pixel!

Thanks very much Kusti- That article is very useful for getting the ball rolling, especially since a more reliable Chromium has now been integrated into Pixel. I hadn't actually been focusing much on the 2 catalog computers; most of the time the library users are mainly doing external things ranging...
by CaptSunset
Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is there a Character Map Utility?
Replies: 13
Views: 2865

Re: Is there a Character Map Utility?

Thanks much guys! I've successfully installed gucharmap on a Pi 2B running the new Pixel. for the record: It gave me a moment when I thought it wasn't working, because I expected the chosen character to highlight with one click, and it didn't appear in the Select bar. Two clicks does the trick :D Th...
by CaptSunset
Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Thanks for Pixel!
Replies: 11
Views: 3685

Thanks for Pixel!

Hi everybody- Pixel seems to be running brilliantly on my test Pi. I especially wanted to thank Simon Long & you all for leveling the playing field somewhat for GUI users. Our local library has a couple rows of coal-powered vintage desktop computers in carrels all Cat5 cabled together. Those carrels...
by CaptSunset
Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is there a Character Map Utility?
Replies: 13
Views: 2865

Is there a Character Map Utility?

Hi guys- I frequently seem to need a few special characters, like º , £, © ... There's a standard utility in windows accessories they call Character Map. You can select & copy from a grid of all possible ASCII characters. Is there something like it available in the Raspian world? I've looked here & ...
by CaptSunset
Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: GUI Login doesn't work on new PIXEL
Replies: 6
Views: 2933

Re: GUI Login doesn't work on new PIXEL

Hi Mitch; I've only booted Pixel a few times so far (since yesterday ;) ). No problems at all arriving at the Desktop with the default setup. (This being the stock Pi user.) I overwrote and then reformatted an older 16G card using the recommended SDFormatter software before copying on the extracted ...
by CaptSunset
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B

OK , this is sorta solved, but revealed another issue. First I tried TopGuy's idea of zipping it, but 7-zip wasn't installed and apt-get gave me trouble finding it (spelling: 7zip, 7-zip, 7-Zip, etc), so I tried the GUI built-in Archiver. The Archiver seemed to work, and I could copy the package ont...
by CaptSunset
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B

Thanks, guys, I will give those methods a try; one is bound to work, right?

If we had a Like button, I'd like you both. Wait, that came out wrong... :D
by CaptSunset
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B
Replies: 4
Views: 964

File Transfer Problem: Early Wheezy on Pi 2B

Hi guys, this is sort of embarassing 'cause I know I knew this, but am now kinda flummoxed. I'm giving a lady friend one of my 'old' Raspberry Pi 2Bs, it had whichever version of Debian Wheezy was current when the 2B first came out, but as my first Pi, it was frequently if ignorantly apt-get upgrade...
by CaptSunset
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?

Guys thanks much for helping me think this through... I have about a dozen walwarts in use; some permanent (like the HTPC Pi), some frequent (like phone, tablet & camera chargers), and some occasional (like my Pi photo projects). Only the last do any moving around, and for that I use a booster cell ...
by CaptSunset
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?

higher current versions look good even for Pi plus disk systems David, good point; they do make one that fits in standard box but they squeeze in 2 3 prong ACs and 2 USBs, and it is kinda pricey. As far as the cost, my last wallwart cost me U$ 8.50 when you factor in shipping, and a local big box o...
by CaptSunset
Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Ideal AC/USB Outlet for US/Canadian users?

Hi guys- I'm wondering if any Pi people are using AC wall receptacles such as the Pass& Seymour GFI designs, which it appears could eliminate the need for a wallwart. They are rated between 2.1 & 4 amps, but I don't yet know if they are current-limited. They come in several layouts; the basic 2 USB ...
by CaptSunset
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using the Pi for SMS
Replies: 8
Views: 3731

Re: Using the Pi for SMS

Thanks guys, I learned more here than I did rooting around the interweb. My interest is partly because we here live in the immediate vicinity of an aging nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan. My new Droid has an emergency alert feature but apparently our area is not set up for pushed a...
by CaptSunset
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using the Pi for SMS
Replies: 8
Views: 3731

Re: Using the Pi for SMS

'My password is the last 8 digits of Pi.'

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: (falls off chair)
by CaptSunset
Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Claws Email
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: Claws Email

Hi Rory- you do have a choice of email clients... Just recently both Firefox and Thunderbird have been 'reborn' from Iceweasel and Icedove for the Raspberry Pi. I haven't used Claws , but have used Thunderbird for many years, and not just for the handy calendar feature- it handles gmail very well to...
by CaptSunset
Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

Re: What does this mean?

Thanks fellows, just fyi:

Farnell is the parent company for both MCM and Newark in North America- two of the 3 major suppliers of Raspberry Pi gear here without exorbitant global shipping costs.

It's sure not the way I'd Brexit...
by CaptSunset
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

What does this mean?

At least for those Pi users not in the UK, this BBC news needs a bit of clarification: "The maker of the Raspberry Pi mini computer is being bought by Swiss electronics company Daetwyler Holdings for 1bn Swiss francs (£700m). The deal values Premier Farnell shares at 165p each. The shares soared 50%...
by CaptSunset
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using the Pi for SMS
Replies: 8
Views: 3731

Using the Pi for SMS

SMS seems to be gaining in importance; one example is that recently Google, Microsoft and Netflix all asked me for a number for them to send SMS verifications- not email and not landline. I was a bit surprised at the lack of interest here in using the Pi for texting. It seems a good use for any olde...
by CaptSunset
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Latest Version of Firefox and Thunderbird on a Raspberry Pi [obsolete]
Replies: 95
Views: 161943

Re: Latest Version of Firefox(and Thunderbird) on a Raspberr

ESR means Extended Support Release, much like LTS in Ubuntu/Mint versioning. I can see why this is useful, from just this comment over at Mozilla : "Version 38.8.0, first offered to ESR channel users on April 26, 2016"; they do go thru versions like popcorn. There are apparently added vulnerabiliti...
by CaptSunset
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: USB Access Denied in Wheezy GUI
Replies: 0
Views: 421

USB Access Denied in Wheezy GUI

I have a feeling that the answer to this is going to make me feel really stupid, but here goes: OK. I've built a 1st prototype that looks something like an old 5x7 Speed Graphic camera, except using the 7" Foundation display where the film would go. All my first timelapse tests and some important in...

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