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by blc
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycle My Pi
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Recycle My Pi

Absolutely not throwing any shade on the OP - this is a great idea - but I think it's quite easy to underestimate just how hard setting up a scheme like this can be, especially if you intend it to scale (and if you don't intend it to scale, what's the point?) Administering something like this is go...
by blc
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycle My Pi
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Recycle My Pi

liz wrote:There are other charities looking out for your used Pis - check out https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/#computer-aid-connect for one of my personal favourites.
That'll probably be why this thread is so quiet :)
by blc
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycle My Pi
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Recycle My Pi

Did this ever go anywhere? I mentioned this in a message to the OP, but I'd be quite keen to help out with this.
by blc
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The Holy war of editors
Replies: 37
Views: 5002

Re: The Holy war of editors

I remember during my early tinkerings with Linux in the late 90's that the installer for one distro (I don't remember which) had a description for each package you could install (if you chose to edit the package loadout manually). Emacs was described as: "Eight Megabytes Always Constantly Swapping: ...
by blc
Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi3 Touchscreen
Replies: 21
Views: 1859

Re: Pi3 Touchscreen

I saw this earlier but couldnt find a uk supplier. Perfect! When you say a good power supply - Im running my pi off a 2.5A mains adapter, would that be good enough? Is it easy to set up? Im in the middle of developing some python to switch an immersion heater on and off, so would rather not have to...
by blc
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi3 Touchscreen
Replies: 21
Views: 1859

Re: Pi3 Touchscreen

I have a Waveshare 7" LCD which has an HDMI interface and 1024*600 resolution. I can use the touchscreen natively in Raspbian (provided you apt-get update/upgrade) with no third party drivers. I found it at £46 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waveshare-Capacitive-Interface-Raspberry-Beaglebone/d...
by blc
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)
Replies: 29
Views: 5582

Re: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)

aBUGSworstnightmare wrote:
I have some PCBs left which I will sell at cost. Will PM you with some details.
If you have any more left over I might also be interested.
by blc
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)
Replies: 29
Views: 5582

Re: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)

Subscribed to this thread love weird things like this , here's a idea you know them marquees on the top of arcade machines , if you scaled a cab to the screen you have. It would be awesome mini video version of this http://youtu.be/DTg7XHteBTE That is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind :)
by blc
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)
Replies: 29
Views: 5582

Re: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)

It's a neat little PCB, and there's nothing esoteric going on there (microcontrollers, FPGA, other "LCD driving" hardware, etc). Those displays are really interesting; their form factor is so unlike what you'd normally encounter. I have a couple of projects I want to get off the ground, and some of ...
by blc
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)
Replies: 29
Views: 5582

Re: Pi Zero driving unusual TFT display (768x128pixel)

That's a really unusual screen size! I'm sure I could think of more than a few uses for such a non-standard form factor!

I'd be interested to hear more about the PCB you've designed for it.
by blc
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PCB power plug
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Re: PCB power plug

The 4-pin female power connector for PATA HDDs/optical drives is the "AMP MATE-N-LOK 1-480424-0 Power Connector". I'm sure if you have a poke around TE's MATE-N-LOK series (http://www.te.com/usa-en/plp/mate-n-lok/ZndJ.html) you can find the male version you'd need for your PCB. Then you'd have an ex...
by blc
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How do you organize your microSD cards?
Replies: 11
Views: 1009

Re: How do you organize your microSD cards?

Simple: if they're in my storage box then they're erasable. uSD cards are so small that it's damn hard to label them, and I have multiple generations of Pi which need different software loadouts depending on what I'm doing with them. If I have a long-term need (i.e. more than a few weeks) for a uSD ...
by blc
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: See who has finally decided to get a raspberry pi :D
Replies: 12
Views: 1368

Re: See who has finally decided to get a raspberry pi :D

I think Nintendo just saw one of the various Raspberry Pi powered 3D printed mini-Nintendos and thought "Wait a minute....we should make that!" :lol: And so they finally did it. I wonder how you would acquire additional ROMs with this system. You don't. You get the 30 games that you get and that's ...
by blc
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I really wish RPI-0 had these two pins!
Replies: 10
Views: 2264

Re: I really wish RPI-0 had these two pins!

This is the sort of thing (relatively simple 2 layer PCB expansion) the Compute Module is designed to do. Asking for it on the Pi Zero is barking up the wrong tree. ... No. I'm a relative beginner when it comes to PCB design and I'm taking on a Compute Module project. Just designing the voltage reg...
by blc
Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Looking to buy a new laptop
Replies: 15
Views: 2357

Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

I'll say the same thing I said here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=152506 To be honest, unless you have some specific aesthetic requirements in mind then I would recommend a second-hand Lenovo ThinkPad, either something in the "thin & light" X-series or the "regular" T-seri...
by blc
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Laptop recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 2262

Re: Laptop recommendations

The only thing on your list that's going to strain any relatively recent processor - i.e. released in the last 4-7 years - is the video encoding. And since you mention DVDs I'm assuming we're talking standard definition video to h.264/x264, which really isn't much of a strain at all. To be honest, u...
by blc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycle My Pi
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Recycle My Pi

Apologies for the double-post...

I also agree that donators should be responsible for posting them in; they don't weigh much and they should be small enough to be classed as a letter rather than a parcel.
by blc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycle My Pi
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Recycle My Pi

None yet, I'm still trying to work out logistics, can't really have them sent to my house (no one to collect them) which only leaves school. The other snag is do I get people to pay p&p to receive them and do I pay people to send them to me. Also need to work out how to manage who I send them to. I...
by blc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Supply chain
Replies: 88
Views: 8786

Re:

Seems to me that Jeremy Corbyn is not Labour that the Labour Party now has become sadly. He's closer to traditional Labour values than Blair and his "New Labour" cronies (aka, neo-conservatives) ever were; there's a lot of ill will towards him from within the party because of that. Plus the fact th...
by blc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Supply chain
Replies: 88
Views: 8786

Re:

I sincerely hope that, when the Tories finally decide who gets the poisoned chalice of leading the party, a general election is called. If you want to make sure that your voice is heard, that you are represented, then that is the time to take action and that is the time to hold to account those who...
by blc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Supply chain
Replies: 88
Views: 8786

Re: Supply chain

To try and keep things on track before I go off on a rant... The Pi supply chain is in China, so even if we do actually pull out of the EU then our relationship with China may not be affected. That is, of course, assuming that a politician actually has the guts to follow through with their promises ...
by blc
Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Can the Raspberry Pi 3 Emulate PS2?
Replies: 13
Views: 48144

Re: Can the Raspberry Pi 3 Emulate PS2?

Pi couldnt run dolphin. It requires a very good cpu/gpu to get any performance. Ps2 I think would be the same. Yes, that's really the whole point... even if you could get it to work, would you want it to ? And I stand by my point, there is NO PS2 emulator; period. This is a nuance of course, but th...
by blc
Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: A good article on CPU design
Replies: 3
Views: 1613

Re: A good article on CPU design

I thought links to The Register were frowned up on around here :lol:

But that should be an interesting read during my lunch break.
by blc
Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Can the Raspberry Pi 3 Emulate PS2?
Replies: 13
Views: 48144

Re: Can the Raspberry Pi 3 Emulate PS2?

Nein. Streng verboten ! The PS2 is proprietary software, not compiled for Arm; not to mention the hardware of the PI (the GPU) probably couldn't cut it... even if the software WERE in the public domain, and even if it WAS compiled for Arm... ... which it isn't ! ... Are you serious? PSP software is...
by blc
Wed May 25, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dave Jones - Orange Pi One vs Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 8
Views: 5176

Re: Dave Jones - Orange Pi One vs Raspberry Pi 2

Dave has quite openly admitted - on his own channel and The Amp Hour podcast - that he doesn't "do" software, he's a hardware guy. But even allowing for that Dave screwed this one up IMO. He compares it to a Pi2B instead of a Pi3B. IIRC this Orange Pi One has a 1.6GHz processor - well of course it's...

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