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by john_wage
Tue May 01, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Sub $150 7" Touch Screen Pi
Replies: 20
Views: 12568

Re: Sub $150 7" Touch Screen Pi

like has been said before, that resolution is too small for successfully running a conventional desktop environment.

only way you could make it work is to install a panning program, which would be very annoying to use without a proper mouse anyway.
by john_wage
Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:36 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Mini peripherals for RPi (Monitor, keyboard etc)
Replies: 19
Views: 14681

Re: Mini peripherals for RPi (Monitor, keyboard etc)

<t>I've used Debian with some xxx*480 screens, it's just barely enough for a desktop environment, I've come across some windowed applications for Debian can't be resized smaller than around 480, sometimes 500 pixels in height.<br/> <br/> For using anything smaller than xxx*480 with a desktop environ...
by john_wage
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Inspiring 20 year old video clip.
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Inspiring 20 year old video clip.

Stumbled upon this today and found it to be kind of relevant to what the RPi community has going on right now.

http://www.wimp.com/predictedinternet/
by john_wage
Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Balancing Robot
Replies: 183
Views: 49388

Re: Balancing Robot

<t>I'm no expert for sure, but it has been my understanding that using a lower level micro controller to directly process the input and necessary outputs is faster than running it through a laptop (or RPi) and process it in an OS type environment.<br/> <br/> I have no idea if the RPi would be fast e...
by john_wage
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: This changes everything....
Replies: 11
Views: 3039

Re: This changes everything....

@piglet

Don't believe the "60 fps human eye" thing, it's nothing but complete uneducated garbage

Eye+brain interpretation of visuals is nothing like technological timed 1-frame shutters, and even comparing the two points to nothing but incompetence.
by john_wage
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: This changes everything....
Replies: 11
Views: 3039

Re: This changes everything....

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> But as a basic gaming platform it should be fine. The GPU could outperform a Wii for example, and that has some great games.<br/> <br/> What fps do people expect nowadays, Quake3 runs at over 30 afaik?<br/> <br/> <br/> I would like to dispute the use of the words ga...
by john_wage
Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:59 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: This changes everything....
Replies: 11
Views: 3039

Re: This changes everything....

<t>RPi is nowhere near capable of running Source Engine...<br/> <br/> The video of Quake3 is fooling a lot of people, keep in mind Quake3 is a surprisingly lightweight engine for how "decent" it looks, and any FPS gamer would tell you that the FPS is not high enough to call "playable".<br/> <br/> No...
by john_wage
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Tip if your HDMI doesn't seem to be working
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Re: Tip if your HDMI doesn't seem to be working

if voltage drops upon increased current draw, that points to a bad power supply in my books.
by john_wage
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Hello new user here with some ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: Hello new user here with some ideas

<t>The IC has little to no value in the application you are looking in to, it's the LCD panel that is important.<br/> <br/> In any case, you will need a driver board to translate the HDMI signal to whatever interface the LCD panel uses. These boards are not really feasible DIY projects though.<br/> ...
by john_wage
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberry pi already failed ?
Replies: 222
Views: 36025

Re: raspberry pi already failed ?

What worked for you in 1990 might not be the only good way to learn programming today, ever considered that you're just biased toward simpler systems?
by john_wage
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: List of Foods that Just Aren't Nice
Replies: 74
Views: 9134

Re: List of Foods that Just Aren't Nice

I hate cotton candy, it makes your hands and face sticky, reminds me of some kind of toxic glass fiber insulation material, and it really only tastes like synthetic diabetes.
by john_wage
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: tweet about psu inefficiency...
Replies: 13
Views: 2896

Re: tweet about psu inefficiency...

<t>What would it take to reduce waste power in your PSU?<br/> <br/> A better (more expensive) PSU!<br/> <br/> What would it take to reduce even further?<br/> <br/> Even better (even more expensive) PSU.<br/> <br/> …<br/> <br/> …<br/> <br/> These steps can be repeated until you reach your budget limi...
by john_wage
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing power Stability Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 4874

Re: Fixing power Stability Issues

won't the bleed resistor sag down on your initial power supply?
by john_wage
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Come and help us beta test the new forum
Replies: 26
Views: 4543

Re: Come and help us beta test the new forum

Tabbed indents in pasted code get translated to 3 spaces. Couldn't come up with anything else to complain about..
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi Don't ... No.1 in a series of things to not do...
Replies: 23
Views: 11206

Re: Pi Don't ... No.1 in a series of things to not do...

As long as the magic smoke didn't escape you should be fine.
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Im selling my pi
Replies: 74
Views: 12156

Re: Im selling my pi

<t>JamesH said:<br/> <br/> <br/> So stop commenting on the delays (since you already know why and how), and you won't get people defending/explaining them. Seem like a win win to me.<br/> <br/> <br/> I don't go around complaining/posting about it, I simply stated earlier in this thread that the very...
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Im selling my pi
Replies: 74
Views: 12156

Re: Im selling my pi

<t>@JamesH<br/> <br/> I'm fully aware that nothing can be done about it now, and it was probably difficult to foresee and do something preemptively in the past as well.<br/> <br/> But looking at the big picture, as a customer it's really none of my business or interest how the entire manufacturing p...
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:50 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Which battery to use and charging circuit
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Which battery to use and charging circuit

<r>Did some quick googling for potential batteries that I might use if I was looking for a portable solution.<br/> <br/> Major positive about these are the dual 5V and 12V outputs, that would be 2 problems solved in 1 pack.<br/> <br/> Edit:<br/> <br/> Product was out of stock.<br/> <br/> Here is ano...
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Which battery to use and charging circuit
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Which battery to use and charging circuit

Also those RC batteries are made for a very high discharge rate, I don't know how that will affect their performance, but any serious vendor should be able to offer proper datasheets on batteries, because it's important.
by john_wage
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:48 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Which battery to use and charging circuit
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Which battery to use and charging circuit

<t>I misunderstood your post then.<br/> <br/> About the latest items, they should be OK but it's hard to know for sure, not much information available on them, the 5V regulated switching PSU seems a little bit iffy, it might have too much switching noise left on the output signal (cheap ones often d...
by john_wage
Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Which battery to use and charging circuit
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Which battery to use and charging circuit

I just don't see why you seem to be looking for DIY solutions for products that are readily available on the market already.

And the fact that you're basically asking others to do it FOR you.
by john_wage
Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Im selling my pi
Replies: 74
Views: 12156

Re: Im selling my pi

<t>Why would anyone even think that by "the people responsible for the retailing of the RPi" I would mean the foundation? because they're obviously not.<br/> <br/> Foundation have done an excellent job. I'm just not happy with the distributors, I feel that they have been playing it too safe, instead...
by john_wage
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: No power light anymore...
Replies: 5
Views: 1948

Re: No power light anymore...

make sure you don't have shorts anywhere.

for instance small metal flake might have wedged between solder points that don't belong to be connected.

things like this can happen when you handle uncased circuit board systems..
by john_wage
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Im selling my pi
Replies: 74
Views: 12156

Re: Im selling my pi

It's true that the people who are in charge of the official retailing of the RPi are mostly responsible for this phenomenon, by being unable to supply even a fraction of the demand at any reasonable pace.
by john_wage
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Which battery to use and charging circuit
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Which battery to use and charging circuit

<t>The battery pack you linked to has the wrong connector interface, you should have one with micro-B USB, unless you want to do some soldering.<br/> <br/> Also try to find something that is closer to 5V.<br/> <br/> Also as a side note for general portable battery applications:<br/> <br/> I've notic...

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