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by FX4
Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: OpenELEC vs Raspbmc vs Xbian
Replies: 70
Views: 123154

Re: OpenELEC vs Raspbmc vs Xbian

I have tried all three and I am pretty committed to the Raspbmc project as it has the most functionality. That being said I have had some surprise stability issues come and go. In particular it seems to be the most sensitive of the bunch to which SD card the system is installed on. The faster the SD...
by FX4
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbian with XBMC image download
Replies: 68
Views: 47893

Re: Raspbian with XBMC image download

Going to be a long wait, as in never.
by FX4
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Heat Sinks, Do YOU need them.
Replies: 86
Views: 189727

Re: Heat Sinks, Do YOU need them.

Do you have a link to the data sheet for these temp limits? 100c seems high to me 150c is just crazy. I'm not saying they don't but I have never seen a semiconductor operate correctly at those temps. These values usually mean the junction or silicon temperature which can be significantly higher tha...
by FX4
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should I wait for next gen
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Should I wait for next gen

Why is it that with every technology you see these type of posts? Some technologies have a 10 month turn cycle. You will almost never have the latest and greatest. My six month old MacBook Pro is completely out of date now... Should I have waited? No, I needed a new laptop. If it does what you want ...
by FX4
Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping backlog comming to an end?
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Shipping backlog comming to an end?

I follow your math but I think 5-10% RPis is extremely optimistic. I think another aspect you are not considering is that a lot of PCs get a second life as Linux boxes because the hardware to run it is a lot less intense than Windows. The actual quoted number for Linux systems is 1.41% as of Januar...
by FX4
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping backlog comming to an end?
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Shipping backlog comming to an end?

I follow your math but I think 5-10% RPis is extremely optimistic. I think another aspect you are not considering is that a lot of PCs get a second life as Linux boxes because the hardware to run it is a lot less intense than Windows. The actual quoted number for Linux systems is 1.41% as of January...
by FX4
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping backlog comming to an end?
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Shipping backlog comming to an end?

Last number I saw was a little over 200,000. I think there are a whole lot more Ubuntu users out there than RPis.
by FX4
Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping backlog comming to an end?
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Shipping backlog comming to an end?

Did order from Element 14 or Allied? Allied is the one stating long lead times which is why did not order from them.
by FX4
Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does it come in a case?
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: Does it come in a case?

Just so that you are aware. It is only the complete circuit board at this time. You need to buy everything else. Case, power supply & cord, keyboard, mouse, monitor/television, SD card(s). Assuming you own a television you can have a fully functioning system for under $100.00!
by FX4
Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping backlog comming to an end?
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Shipping backlog comming to an end?

I ordered RPi two and three and Element 14 stated a three week wait. I thought, cool the first one took eight weeks. Five days later I'm notified they shipped. I'm pretty happy with the fast shipping time. I wonder if the backlog is pretty much filled now?
by FX4
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

Well I don't think it is cost effective unless you are dealing with expensive VGA monitors but I found this converter too at monoprice: http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)
Replies: 122
Views: 30732

Re: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)

I too like the idea but would also prefer a single colour. Yeah, this design seems perfect for my intentions, however I find the colour slightly distracting. It's great and I understand that it's part of the name, but it's just not for everyone. Personally I'd prefer a fully clear 'enthusiast' vari...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)
Replies: 122
Views: 30732

Re: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)

The Pibow has a slot for a ribbon cable which allows it to come neatly out of the side if you're using one with the GPIO - I think it's the first case I've seen that does that. the adafruit case has one as well but i think that's it for the cases that have sides So does the Axiris case. It actually...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: MRTG?
Replies: 21
Views: 20174

Re: MRTG?

I was thinking about buying a Pi just for network monitoring. I'm not entirely certain it has the umph to do the job.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

I see.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

Mortimer wrote:But as I pointed out the product you linked to was several times the amount some RPi users are paying for an HDMI to VGA converter, so arguably not cost as cost effective and technically inferior.
$32.00? I didn't see anything at that price point.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

I think that many people fail to understand one very important fact: The PI's "HDMI" port can also be used to connect to DVI-D monitors! Look at the back of even older flatscreens, (the ones that are dumped at charity stores), and you will see a second white connector, next to the blue VGA one. Ver...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

Mortimer wrote:I agree Joe. I may have misunderstood but I thought FX4 was advocating the use of a composite to VGA converter instead of HDMI to VGA.
I don't think advocate is the correct word. I provided a cost effective solution, nothing more.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: MRTG?
Replies: 21
Views: 20174

Re: MRTG?

LOL, I was thinking the same thing. I am watching this thread closely.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

Yes but those VGA connectors were provided for backwards compatibility for older HTPCs. This years televisions don't have a VGA connector. Samsung just swapped out my Plasma and the replacement has no VGA. Exact same model three years newer.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

Why would anybody want to down convert HD video to VGA? You don't. That being said the OP was looking for a cost effective solution to a theoretical problem that I don't believe will exist except in rare cases. I provided one. No one else has. If you want me to agree that the designers made an error...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Possible VGA monitor workaround?
Replies: 38
Views: 10672

Re: Possible VGA monitor workaround?

You guys are going after the wrong output: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011407&p_id=4722&seq=1&format=2 32.00 Although I think the developers got it right. I have one VGA monitor left that still functions correctly. The others, four or five in the last tw...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Setting up internal Pi-Fi Network
Replies: 6
Views: 2308

Re: Setting up internal Pi-Fi Network

If your school is like most universities your setup is going to get flagged as a rogue network and blocked.
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: IT education for the unemployed and disabled
Replies: 12
Views: 2504

Re: IT education for the unemployed and disabled

Information technology is a broad field. Certainly as things stand now it could be used to learn some rudimentary LINUX skills. The problem with the RPi is that it does not have enough computational power to teach you the skills employers seek. It's not powerful enough to teach how to build or admin...
by FX4
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:59 am
Forum: For sale
Topic: axiris.be acrylic case
Replies: 0
Views: 1683

axiris.be acrylic case

I didn't see this case advertised here and I ordered one and got it in about a week all the way across the pond. I'm so impressed with quality of the case I thought I would pass it along: http://www.axiris.be/en/images/stories/parts/rpi_002_500.jpg Not the cheapest case around but it is one of the b...

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