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by MG2R
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: It arrived!! (And I've got some questions!)
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: It arrived!! (And I've got some questions!)

OK then, for the record: I'm using a takeMS SDHC 16GB class 10 card and it works perfectly!

*cheerfulness*
by MG2R
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: It arrived!! (And I've got some questions!)
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: It arrived!! (And I've got some questions!)

<r>Jeej! It arrived! pics: <URL url="https://plus.google.com/photos/114774128950272893084/albums/5732490794132295585"><LINK_TEXT text="https://plus.google.com/photos/11477412 ... 4132295585">https://plus.google.com/photos/114774128950272893084/albums/5732490794132295585</LINK_TEXT></URL><br/> <br/> ...
by MG2R
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Robotics platform; build or buy? and motors or servos?
Replies: 13
Views: 4645

Re: Robotics platform; build or buy? and motors or servos?

<r>zedin said: <br/> <br/> <br/> So I think I am going to go ahead with motors with encoders.  The question I have is what sort of motor driver to get.  I have seen most can handle 2 motors but I also saw <URL url="http://www.robotshop.com/dagu-.....ler-5.html">http://www.robotshop.com/dagu-.....ler...
by MG2R
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Robotics platform; build or buy? and motors or servos?
Replies: 13
Views: 4645

Re: Robotics platform; build or buy? and motors or servos?

<t>zedin said: <br/> <br/> Without sounding dumb.. (trying to read up on all this before I get started).  What is the motor stall current?  I have seen it listed (along with other current/voltage specs) on motors but not really sure what it means.<br/> <br/> The technical explanation of the stall cu...
by MG2R
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

zedin said:


Define "mid-range" =p

I have this one (or really similar) from a few years ago..

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_1.....ckType=G22



You're all set
by MG2R
Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

Ravenous said:

That reminds me, zedin needs to add a mid-priced multimeter to his shopping list. Indispensable for all electronics (especially looking for shorts on veroboard).
Big-ass +1 on that!
by MG2R
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<t>Ravenous said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Years ago I had a job helping out in the college electronics labs - for first year students.  The first day was always how to solder and the exercise was as follows.  The small, elderly lab tech (who was a soldering god by the way) would give each student twelve s...
by MG2R
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<r>zedin said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Now to find some projects to start with...<br/> <br/> <br/> Check out <URL url="http://www.letsmakerobots.com">http://www.letsmakerobots.com</URL> <br/> <br/> zedin said: <br/> <br/> the old soldering iron I have is a fixed 40W weller.  Do you think for doing circuit...
by MG2R
Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Your drink of choice
Replies: 33
Views: 4929

Re: Your drink of choice

JamesH said:


For goodness sake, what a bunch of....well, non beer drinkers.

Beer is the only drink. Proper beer, not that fizzy crap.

[Special dispensation for Gin and Tonic, which is OK in certain circumstances)



What he said
by MG2R
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<t>zedin said: <br/> <br/> And should I try to get a 'kit' that has various components (leds, wires, etc) thrown in or just buy what I need as I go?<br/> Cancel the last paragraph of my previous post (can't find the *edit post* button). Since you don't have any components, it's handy to get a kit of...
by MG2R
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<t>zedin said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I think I have decided on the Arduino but am also looking at the Uno.  And should I try to get a 'kit' that has various components (leds, wires, etc) thrown in or just buy what I need as I go?<br/> <br/> <br/> I have a Uno lying on my desk... It's pretty decent The N...
by MG2R
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<t>exartemarte said: <br/> <br/> Note that the Arduino community uses peculiar terminology, calling programs "sketches" and expansion boards "shields" and giving processors names such as "Duemilanove" which the average English speaker can probably neither pronounce nor spell. This supposedly makes t...
by MG2R
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<t>Andre_P said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Get hold of an experimental matrix board (sorry can't remember the proper name it's too early in the morning).<br/> <br/> <br/> That would be a breadboard indeed, very handy!<br/> <br/> exartemarte said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Secondly, previous advice notwithstanding, ...
by MG2R
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?
Replies: 39
Views: 5236

Re: Suggestions for learning electronics/robotics?

<r>I myself am a hobbyist in robotics. I also have a love for the arduino as µC (have used PicAxe before, but that is just not powerful enough).<br/> <br/> A *very* good starting point would be <URL url="http://www.letsmakerobots.com">http://www.letsmakerobots.com</URL>. It's a very alive community ...
by MG2R
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I've got the best mail... EVER
Replies: 13
Views: 2785

Re: I've got the best mail... EVER

<t>robleady said: <br/> <br/> I guess that means I'm not getting one of the first ones.<br/> I was in at 6.01 GMT, just before the server became DDOSed to death, registered my interest without really knowing what it was for (expecting to see a "buy now" button). After I never heard from them until n...
by MG2R
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I've got the best mail... EVER
Replies: 13
Views: 2785

Re: I've got the best mail... EVER

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Damn. I was expecting<br/> <br/> "Hi, Kylie Minogue is interested in meeting you, and would like to hook up for a slap up meal at Mrs Miggins Pie Shop. Drinks are on her"<br/> <br/> <br/> Oh, the RPi is SO much better than any girl you can find!<br/> <br/> EDITED to...
by MG2R
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I've got the best mail... EVER
Replies: 13
Views: 2785

Re: I've got the best mail... EVER

<t>A few minutes ago, the following message from RS rolled into my inbox,<br/> <br/> "Congratulations! We’re pleased to let you know that you are in the first batch of our registrations for Raspberry Pi. This will mean you will be one of the first to place your order as we are offering Raspberry Pi ...
by MG2R
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "You did well!", "I'm not mad" and other stuff like that
Replies: 37
Views: 3979

Re: "You did well!", "I'm not mad" and other stuff like that

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Have to admit, though, it's given me a bit of a knock, and has made me think very hard about whether I want to continue doing this in the long term.<br/> <br/> <br/> Don't give up, Liz! You're doing great! Sure, there are a-holes out there that shout loud, but most of ...
by MG2R
Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Farnell UK - link for ordering
Replies: 25
Views: 6215

Re: Farnell UK - link for ordering

pfffft, need to find this for their Belgian site :/

edit: nevermind that; just found it… 33 euros excl VAT… Not paying that!
by MG2R
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "You did well!", "I'm not mad" and other stuff like that
Replies: 37
Views: 3979

Re: "You did well!", "I'm not mad" and other stuff like that

<t>In the past few days, the Foundation has gotten quite the load of crap. People telling them how much they s*cked and that they hated the team who apparently couldn't even handle a little product launch, etc, etc.<br/> <br/> Well, I am NOT mad. I thought it'd be nice to open a thread here to let E...
by MG2R
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Getting prepared for release date.
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Re: Getting prepared for release date.

<t>I consider myself to be an end-user too, although I've set up my own linux data/web/minecraft/anything I can imagine server here at home and done a little bit of programming and figuring things out myself.<br/> <br/> I'm planning a couple of different things for my Pi:<br/> <br/> <br/> I'm first ...
by MG2R
Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power lead
Replies: 9
Views: 2610

Re: Power lead

I presume you're talking about this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazon.....038;sr=8-1

That's indeed a micro-USB cable. All you need to do is plug it into a 5V regulated supply
by MG2R
Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: logo tweak
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

Re: logo tweak

I'd go with only the right leaf...
by MG2R
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 389718

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

<t>Abishur said: <br/> <br/> I've also considered 3D printing, but haven't been able to find a place that actually does it (or advertises how much they'd charge you for doing it)<br/> Any ideas?<br/> <br/> <br/> I'd recommend Shapeways as well. I've just received my first model (a little pendant) an...
by MG2R
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Convert an old ATX PSU to a power supply (for your r-pi)
Replies: 26
Views: 9926

Re: Convert an old ATX PSU to a power supply (for your r-pi)

<t>Quote from pvgb on December 21, 2011, 22:44<br/> Mutilating some cables and soldering them up is within my level of ability. I leave opening up PSU cases to those both braver and better trained in the specific issues within PSUs.<br/> <br/> You do not HAVE to open up the PSU... You could just as ...

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