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by SamusDrake
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A more powerful Pi model.
Replies: 11
Views: 2777

Re: A more powerful Pi model.

You know, I would never have thought of the possibilities one could do with a Pi that has pink fluffy unicorns! I think you're on to something there!

Seriously though, I was hoping the idea of a variant would be less trouble than another unrealistic request for a Pi 4.

Thats cool beans, though.
by SamusDrake
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A more powerful Pi model.
Replies: 11
Views: 2777

A more powerful Pi model.

The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful machine, and most certainly one I know the computing community is very proud of. We now have quite a few Pi models for different purposes, and the Foundation has maintained an excellent commitment to keep the price fair, so that all can afford the machine and to the p...
by SamusDrake
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Java
Topic: Java Tutorial
Replies: 7
Views: 4210

Re: Java Tutorial

Its a general purpose language with a "write once, run anywhere" principle. So long as the target machine has a Java "Virtual Machine", it should run your application(but not in all cases, sadly). Although technically not as fast as C++, Java is fast enough for most tasks. Java is popular for being ...
by SamusDrake
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Java
Topic: Java 8 Microedition graphic hardware support
Replies: 0
Views: 860

Java 8 Microedition graphic hardware support

I'm looking into Java 8 Micro Edition, but not sure if its graphics api will make use of OpenGl ES 2.0. At the moment I'm using just the standard edition of Java and Java2D to draw images to the screen, but when it comes to running my apps on the Raspberry Pi, the performance is painfully slow. As f...
by SamusDrake
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Graphics programming
Topic: opengl what to use to draw a window
Replies: 2
Views: 1989

Re: opengl what to use to draw a window

There is an option to use an experimental OpenGL driver with the recent Raspbian distros. You do need a Pi 2 or 3 to use it, though.

Personally, I got no improvement with it but your mileage may vary...
by SamusDrake
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip
Replies: 11
Views: 4406

Re: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip

Thanks to all who have replied.

Cheers!
by SamusDrake
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip
Replies: 11
Views: 4406

Re: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip

Theres certainly more options than I expected for Z80 home projects. I've been weighing up the ZX Spectrum Next as well, as I started computing as a child back in the early 1980s with the 48K+, but I have a feeling thats going to be expensive... I do have one last question, to save opening another t...
by SamusDrake
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip
Replies: 11
Views: 4406

Re: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip

Well, I'd have to learn how to solder, but I really like that kit! And if I only need a Pi Zero for output and keyboard input, its right up my street.

Thank you very much for the assist!
by SamusDrake
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip
Replies: 11
Views: 4406

A Pi using an external Zilog Z80 chip

Hello all. Just popping in for a bit of guidence... After 17 years of programming, I'm finally making an effort to learn Assembly in order to strengthen my C skills - and for other things. I have a strong interest in much older chips such as the Motorola 68000 and the Zilog Z80. My skill with electr...
by SamusDrake
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: C/C++
Topic: The MagPi does C :-)
Replies: 124
Views: 27140

Re: The MagPi does C :-)

Impressive to find a text that encourages beginners to start with command line, aIthough I would have fainted with delight if it had also given a quick introduction to make files.

Otherwise, very good for a magazine, and stands head and shoulders with some books that cost about £20.
by SamusDrake
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: C/C++
Topic: SDL2 2.0.4 runtimes for Raspbian.
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: SDL2 2.0.4 runtimes for Raspbian.

Had some time this morning and gave it a shot - building from the source at the top of the downloads page does indeed update both compiling and linking to the newer 2.0.5.

Crisis averted!
by SamusDrake
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: C/C++
Topic: SDL2 2.0.4 runtimes for Raspbian.
Replies: 1
Views: 793

SDL2 2.0.4 runtimes for Raspbian.

I have written some demos using SDL2 for Raspbian(Using "Pixel"), yet current application tells me that I am compiling against version 2.0.4, but linking against 2.0.2. I obviously have no trouble with the developer libraries, thanks to the many tutorials out there, but when it comes to the runtime ...
by SamusDrake
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3785
Views: 254430

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hello, my name is Steven and I live in Suffolk, located in the UK. At this time of writing I am 36 years young(ish) and love the art of programming. I enjoy writing Java games during the week alongside the day job which is shop work, but relish the chance to escape to the countryside at the weekends...

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