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by MarkSmith
Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: What subjects and applications can you name?
Replies: 1
Views: 1373

Re: What subjects and applications can you name?

<t>Apologies if this has all ready covered. At the weekend I was talking to an ITC teacher and she asked me had I heard about R-Pi, not so much the hardware but the software. This grew into a conversation about software to hook her students with. It early days, so it may not have been compiled for t...
by MarkSmith
Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!
Replies: 56
Views: 14498

Re: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!

<r>Depends on the age of the kid. 16+, I would be tempted to say just learn C/C++ and stop your whining and do it properly. <E>;)</E><br/> <br/> On saying that, experience tells me that me that you have to find an angle to get them interested first.<br/> <br/> One of mine was music the other art, wi...
by MarkSmith
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I?m puzzled
Replies: 27
Views: 4496

Re: I?m puzzled

<t>Well, let’s say that Raspberry Pi are pulling an Ubuntu and taking the (probably) the only main stream, non commercial version of Linux, DebIan and commercialising from it, with their hardware under a community banner. What’s the impact?<br/> <br/> Other (commercial) 32 bit ARM development boards...
by MarkSmith
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Kits?
Replies: 7
Views: 1704

Re: Kits?

If you do get the Beagleboard, I would recommend you choose parts that run @ 3.3v rather than 5v as you will have less problems adapting them
by MarkSmith
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I?m puzzled
Replies: 27
Views: 4496

Re: I?m puzzled

<t>Does it matter if there is a commercial undertone? We get cheap tools, Broadcom get a larger pool to recruit from and a heap of clever stuff that can be given away with their products.<br/> <br/> If they suddenly decide to change direction, someone else will fill the gap. Microchip are starting t...
by MarkSmith
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The Future Of Computing.
Replies: 14
Views: 4755

Re: The Future Of Computing.

<r>The Jetsons home....I still dream of it. <E>;)</E><br/> <br/> I think the next change in the computer paradigm will be when the AI systems that truly understand self describing data. Until then things will continue to get faster and cheaper and as storage goes up the price will come down but it w...
by MarkSmith
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Farewell dmr
Replies: 8
Views: 2555

Re: Farewell dmr

It’s often the way. Mike Green’s, The nearly men, catalogues other great men whose achievements are famous though often accredited to those that monetized them.
by MarkSmith
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of programming language X
Replies: 42
Views: 10490

Re: Pros and Cons of programming language X

<t>Smalltalk<br/> Although I am not a Smalltalk programmer, it was a language learned to forced my (old school) mindset from linear procedures to object orientated. This issue can be often seen in C++ and PHP open source programs on the net that do not really utilise the OOP strengths.<br/> <br/> Pr...
by MarkSmith
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which interface will be easiest to access (GPIO, SPI, I2C, UART)
Replies: 24
Views: 4177

Re: Which interface will be easiest to access (GPIO, SPI, I2C, UART)

I think that the early pioneers will be looking for hardware I/O. And while they may be forgiven if the software support isn’t there, patching and compiling a kernel is nothing new. A lack of hardware will be a wave a negative press that will take a lot of time to overcome.
by MarkSmith
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Newsnight, Oct 10
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Newsnight, Oct 10

As usual, for the UK, we have misfits occupying government positions, making decisions about subjects that they are truly... clueless about. Let’s just pray that the R-Pi team don’ get a minister overseeing the project else the price will go up to £200 and the spec down by three quarters.
by MarkSmith
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Math Girls
Replies: 3
Views: 1926

Re: Math Girls

<t>Quote from rickyjames on October 7, 2011, 15:58<br/> Success with computers like the Rpi requires logical thinking and nothing trains a kid for that better than math. <br/> <br/> Yet most human advances are abstract followed by logical progressions.<br/> <br/> While math is an important tool, it ...
by MarkSmith
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB Device Mode
Replies: 26
Views: 5060

Re: USB Device Mode

<r>Quote from abishur on September 29, 2011, 04:20<br/> The answer to the end of the post is that the schedule was for November in general, a couple people have assumed it means early November <E>:P</E> The scheduled release date is for late November / early December.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Will tha...
by MarkSmith
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Alphasmart-alike
Replies: 5
Views: 2710

Re: Alphasmart-alike

GPIO as with SPI, I2c, and serial has plenty of support in the Linux kernel and can usually be accessed via the sysfs interface or directly using http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel.....n/gpio.txt
by MarkSmith
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI
Replies: 45
Views: 8932

Re: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI

<t>Elite, an arcade game with a bit of long term strategy.<br/> Warcraft, an arcade game with a bit of long term strategy.<br/> <br/> Other than the graphics has anything changed?<br/> <br/> @thebuell, we do rather well in the space industry as well but...check out the reasons for the R-Pi and unive...
by MarkSmith
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Fun with Brandy BASIC
Replies: 9
Views: 3954

Re: Fun with Brandy BASIC

Wasn’t the BBC BASIC V source code released at https://www.riscosopen.org/content/
by MarkSmith
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: CP/M (Wordstar, DBaseII, Supercalc)
Replies: 10
Views: 6278

Re: CP/M (Wordstar, DBaseII, Supercalc)

@Jongoleur, me to, I have been using it as a boat anchor for years now ;)
by MarkSmith
Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:58 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry PI with an arduino...
Replies: 26
Views: 16792

Re: Raspberry PI with an arduino...

<t>The R-Pi should talk to the Arduino via the FDTI USB interface out of the box. As for the IDE, it should work once it has been recompiled, any real issues will be performance, which is not an R-Pi issue. The simple text based Arduino IDE sacrificed a lot of performance for portability. This will ...
by MarkSmith
Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: CP/M (Wordstar, DBaseII, Supercalc)
Replies: 10
Views: 6278

Re: CP/M (Wordstar, DBaseII, Supercalc)

<t>Dbase II, that brings back some happy memories....mainly working around the irregular sector numbers on 5 1/4 floppies... maybe that was the PC version..... the screen was defiantly green...how come on the MeeGo boot sequence its white on black and not green on black.....given the feature list do...
by MarkSmith
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2896

Re: Any default platform updates?

<r>I'll take a look at geany, thanks.<br/> <br/> Am also looking at a couple of Ncurses based IDEs. Has anybody any experience with<br/> Motor <URL url="http://konst.org.ua/motor/">http://konst.org.ua/motor/</URL><br/> Tiny IDE for Ada/Anything <URL url="http://www.pegasoft.ca/tia.html">http://www.p...
by MarkSmith
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2896

Re: Any default platform updates?

Couldn't agree more about VIM and EMACS, just how many learning curves do you need to throw at somebody starting out.

Since there is no preferred IDE, I will look out for something light weight with generic compiler support.
by MarkSmith
Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2896

Re: Any default platform updates?

<t>Ref. Eclipse, I just wondered if you plan to use it or a lightweight alternative in R-Pi distro. I know IDLE could be used with Python. I was thinking more of a single general IDE for C, Pascal, basic... type of thing.<br/> <br/> Ref. FTDI, I plan to start working with the Debian distro from lxde...
by MarkSmith
Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: R Pi to microcontroller.
Replies: 8
Views: 3722

Re: R Pi to microcontroller.

<t>As Python seems to be a default language, I am thinking that connecting to a FTDI FT232R via libftdi in python will make a useful starting point.<br/> <br/> I'm also looking at adding a microcontroller tool-chain probably for the Atmel AVR family at first. My choice here is mainly that I can prog...
by MarkSmith
Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2896

Re: Any default platform updates?

<t>I should have been a little clearer; primarily I plan to add a few smart sensors to the Raspberry Pi.<br/> <br/> I'm looking at adding a microcontroller tool-chain probably for the Atmel family at first. If the R-Pi team where shipping with an eclipse based front end for developing for example, t...
by MarkSmith
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 15423

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>While I agree that in an educational environment the open source ethos may be a better fit. Getting people on and through the learning curve is primary concern.<br/> <br/> In my home...<br/> General Browsing and homework is performed on Windows based machines.<br/> Games usually on the Playstatio...
by MarkSmith
Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2896

Re: Any default platform updates?

Thanks, any clues to if it will be shipping with some sort of default development environment?

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