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by chinaguy
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+

Are Synology NAS devices popular in schools? Synology/QNAP NAS drives are very popular in schools, mostly run in a Department. The Music and Arts Department tend to run cross platform Windows/Apple computers so sharing resources and files across this type of setup is easy with a NAS. You just have ...
by chinaguy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+

Is there anything else in the Piserver setup procedure that you had problems with, or found hard to understand, and that should be improved? Everything basically, you have lost 99.9% of teachers by using MAC address. Having some video tutorials that go through every fine detail of setting up a PiSe...
by chinaguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+

I will be back in the classroom in 3 weeks and will be using the new PiServer so can someone make the setup instructions simple. For every teacher with my skill set with computers there are 99 who haven't got a clue about Computer Science, electronics, circuits, resistors or even tying knots in stri...
by chinaguy
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+

I connected a "Dumb" 16 port switch to the network and got 15 RP3B+ showing in Add Client Window and can login PiServer from the connected Pis. Our network manager did not want to start "Hacking" the network so they gave my a simple 48port switch that had been in the back of the cupboard. Not sure w...
by chinaguy
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+
Replies: 14
Views: 757

SOLVED PiServer in a School not finding 25 * RP3B+

I have built a new computer room in a School with 26 RP3B+, a laptop running PiServer and here is the PROBLEM I think the SCHOOL LOCAL AREA NETWORK! I used these instructions https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/piserver/ but they appear to be out of date and no mention of how to Netwotk Boot the RP3B+,...
by chinaguy
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Can't Bluetooth Pair with MicroBit
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Can't Bluetooth Pair with MicroBit

I can not get the Raspberry Pi 3B+ running Buster to Pair with a BBC MicroBit(latest firmware 253), it keeps timing out. I can see the Microbit in the Add Device Window but the pairing requests Time Out. Basically I want to use the MicroBit with Scratch 3.0 but can not connect the Microbit in the fi...
by chinaguy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: When are we getting 10-11 inch HD1080 Screen
Replies: 1
Views: 249

When are we getting 10-11 inch HD1080 Screen

The only thing I wish for now to go with a RP4 is an official 10-11 inch 1080 screen so I can build a great computer room in my school, the 7 inch display is just I toy. Having to carry the Pi-Top CEED screens in my luggage from the UK because the price in Shanghai means I can buy a complete Lenovo ...
by chinaguy
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The RPi4 makes no sense to me. Fight me!
Replies: 30
Views: 2389

Re: The RPi4 makes no sense to me. Fight me!

The RP4 makes perfect sense to anyone who works in the commercial computer sector and industry. The RP is fast becoming the standard go to device for many applications, I have seen them in Smart Media LED advertising boards and Tourist Information centers.
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi as ebook server
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Pi as ebook server

I run a PirateBox made from a Raspberry Pi 3B+ with the messaging service not activated , Ia version call LibraryBox may become available for the RP in the near future.

https://piratebox.cc/doku.php
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

Firstly let me thank Jamesh and Gbaman for their hard work and dedication to the cause of promoting Computer Science in education, I am truly humbled by their efforts. As a primary computer science teacher I just need Scratch 3.0 to work on the Raspberry Pi and PiNet to allow me to run a classroom n...
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

Just downloaded and installed Buster, Raspberry Pi 3b+/Scratch 3.0 from scratch.mit.edu Scratch 3.0 CPU running at 60% when not running a series of Scratch 3.0 Scripts When Running CPU running at 70-95 %, but more at the 70% usage level with spikes up to 90%(running Pacman in 2 Scripts) Big improvem...
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

As long as the graphics updates are included in the PiNet repository as I just spent a week building a PiNet server to use with my Primary Classes in school. Also I hope someone roles out Stretch with a new update of PiNet as this will make me very happy!
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion
Replies: 800
Views: 75032

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion

I now own 13 Raspberry Pi's :roll:

Congratulations on a GREAT job and I can run Scratch 3.0 in the classroom!
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

Looks like I will have to buy 30 new RP4s :evil:
by chinaguy
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

Scratch is probably the most popular coding package in use within schools today. Basically it allow me to teach coding to primary aged pupils as well as replacing Logo/Turtle Graphics,QBASIC. I did for many years force Microsoft QBASIC to run on more advanced versions of the operating system and Log...
by chinaguy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

I humbly apologize for the tone of my post, but many of you can see my frustration in the matter. I suppose its all down to the success of the Raspberry Pi that is the root of the problem as it was never foreseen how successful the little project board would become. One of the compromises the RPF ha...
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/scratc ... -upgrades/

Well an update would be most appreciated.
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Re: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

The Raspberry Pi and Scratch Foundations receive millions of Pounds/Dollars in Government and Charity Donations with the said intentions of improving the computer education of the general public and students in education. This Scratch 3.0 issue using 99-100% has been a know issue ever since the Scra...
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW
Replies: 38
Views: 3087

Scratch 3.0 please fix it NOW

Can the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Scratch Foundation get their heads together and fix the Scratch 3.0 using 99% cpu error. I will be using a room full of 30 RP3B+ in September for Primary School classes and I need this issued FIXED!
by chinaguy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Tutorial: Compile VLC with HW acceleration - Stretch, RPi 2/3
Replies: 182
Views: 82204

Re: Tutorial: Compile VLC with HW acceleration - Stretch, RPi 2/3

It worked well for me on 2 RP3 this week. Works well for 1080 video files up to 30fps, I tried it with my GoPro files at 1080/50fps but it did not work. Only dissapointment was not been able to use the Shortcuts to control the video playback, any fix for this issue? Many Thanks for the GREAT WORK do...
by chinaguy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: HiFiBerry DAC no sound
Replies: 1
Views: 1262

Re: HiFiBerry DAC no sound

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-max ... y-pi-usage

looks like an error message or two that prevents the sound device working.
by chinaguy
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: listen to my music from NAS Synology
Replies: 3
Views: 1577

Re: listen to my music from NAS Synology

I would like this aswell. I have a RP3B new out of the box set up and running(using it here to write this) and I have several Synology NAS drives in the house. I am a bit of a MS fanboy so have no problem getting the NAS to work with Windows machines. I have tried several different sets of instructi...
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Picademy
Topic: Picademy in Shanghai
Replies: 0
Views: 8696

Picademy in Shanghai

Dear All,

Is there a Picademy in Shanghai? I am a Computer Science teacher from Yr1 to A Level so would like to open a Picademy in my school.

How can I go about this?
by chinaguy
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: How do you Teach KS1 and KS2
Replies: 4
Views: 3816

Re: How do you Teach KS1 and KS2

Thanks scotty101, I have been a Computer Science teacher for 20years from KS1,2,3,4 and 5! I was wondering what other teachers did for a living in the classroom. I have been a member of Barefoot and CAS so have been stealing their lessons for a couple of years. You can check some of the photos from ...
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: How do you Teach KS1 and KS2
Replies: 4
Views: 3816

How do you Teach KS1 and KS2

Dear All, Since this is all we get from the Government as a Guideline for our Computer Curriculum, WHAT DO YOU DO in your classroom? Computing Purpose of study A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires...

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