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by jack.chaney
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Debian
Topic: CRON addition
Replies: 3
Views: 7534

CRON addition

I have been adding a cron task as a time saver, and it might be an advantage to have it added to the standard distribution. I add a "cron nightly" with sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get -y upgrade. This keeps things fresh and I don't have to worry about older versions that stop working.
by jack.chaney
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pi for Seniors
Replies: 11
Views: 10902

Pi for Seniors

Hi, My name is Jack Chaney from the U.S. and my mother is in a senior center with a large number of other seniors, who, for many, grew up in the time before PCs were common. Many of them have a great desire to keep in contact with their children and grandchildren (some great-grandchildren). There ar...
by jack.chaney
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: HDMI input?
Replies: 7
Views: 38737

HDMI input?

I haven't done any checking with the hardware or schematics on this, but an idea struck me about a possible project to pursue. I just want to avoid a blind alley before getting started, in case anyone already knows the answer. Does the HDMI port on the RPi serve as an input as well as an output? The...
by jack.chaney
Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Anyone got any advice on running a Code Club?
Replies: 13
Views: 5917

Re: Anyone got any advice on running a Code Club?

Have not run a "code club" but have been in charge of youth based groups in the past. If you are starting a youth based group, you need to determine your goals. As the organizer, and initiator of a "club", you need to maintain your motivation to keep the process moving, and you a...
by jack.chaney
Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Seems like a new idea?!
Replies: 0
Views: 587

Seems like a new idea?!

I had an idea, and did a bunch of searching without any luck finding someone trying this. I was interested in locating a RAID stack that uses SDHC cards for the drives. I was thinking the "I" in RAID applies since you can get multi gig cards for dirt cheap. The second advantage is; power c...
by jack.chaney
Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: RPiLPP or, another way to spell LAMP
Replies: 0
Views: 1032

RPiLPP or, another way to spell LAMP

In the realm of IoT and web services there is a very popular model called LAMP. LAMP is an acronym that sands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. The model is used for many web service systems, most notably those using WordPress. WordPress is a good example of what is obtainable using PHP, and PHP is ...
by jack.chaney
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Netflix homepage shows a raspberry pi...
Replies: 5
Views: 9153

Re: Netflix homepage shows a raspberry pi...

I think they should pay a licensing fee for using the Pi in their advertising. In lieu of litigation, the need to provide support for Netflix running on Raspberry Pi. ;)
by jack.chaney
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Docking Station
Replies: 8
Views: 11668

Re: Docking Station

Hi, Lots of great suggestions. All the stuff I have seen gives me the impression that the Raspberry Pi is still a new product and opportunities to create devices are available. I am going to play around with some connection ideas and a little mechanics, to see if there is a simple solution for what ...
by jack.chaney
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Docking Station
Replies: 8
Views: 11668

Docking Station

Hi, has anyone come up with a docking station for the Raspberry Pi. The two part kind like larger laptops use to keep from plugging and unplugging all the cables. I think it would be real handy in an educational environment, so the students only need to take the board (small case) from location to l...
by jack.chaney
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Linux from Scratch
Replies: 6
Views: 2139

Linux from Scratch

I have done a large number of LFS installations (going back to v2 of LFS), and always enjoy what gets implemented. Mostly because there is no baggage that is unnecessary which makes the system run blazeingly faster than almost all the "standard" distributions. The exercise of making an LFS...
by jack.chaney
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: C++ bare metal coding
Replies: 5
Views: 3359

Re: C++ bare metal coding

Hi, nice comments. C++ does buy a substantial improvement in maintainability, and organization, but it does require a bit of overhead to make all of those features work properly. The mention of linkages and actual creation of the code are managed pretty well with GCC or whatever compiler is being us...
by jack.chaney
Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Best Database
Replies: 34
Views: 111217

Re: Best Database

Hi, Just wondering if any consideration has been made for Derby. I've used it quite a bit and it only requires a JRE to run (the whole thing is written in Java). Good performance, relational model, and SQL access (and my second favorite price "free"). Comes from the Apache project so it op...
by jack.chaney
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: STICKY: The projects list. Look here for some ideas.
Replies: 234
Views: 435390

Re: The projects list. Look here for some ideas.

I picked up the new Raspberry Pi 2 and am very impressed with the upgrade to usability and speed. I hope this is the right forum to be asking this question, and I tried to do a search and haven't found anything about it. Is there a project underway to use the core section of the Pi B 2 and port it o...
by jack.chaney
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Dual Boot
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

Re: Dual Boot

I feel for anyone that has wanted to implement a "feature" on a well established software package. NOOBS and by extension Raspbian are what can be considered well established, even though the Raspberry Pi and their users are still relatively new in the computer market. What makes it "...
by jack.chaney
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: MIDI Sequencer
Replies: 4
Views: 5134

MIDI Sequencer

Hi, Just getting started with the community and came up with an idea for a project, that I would like to persue. Our church has an organ that I got to see being installed, and was ammused when the two computer boxes that were inside the case, behind the keyboards, had the classic scrolling Linux sta...

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