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by Beakster
Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: [Guide] Beginning Bare Metal on Raspi
Replies: 36
Views: 32017

Re: [Guide] Beginning Bare Metal on Raspi

Hey guys, Great work on creating the project on github. I've just checked it out and built it. One thing I noticed was that it failed the first time saying: /opt/gcc-arm-none-eabi-4_6-2012q2/bin/arm-none-eabi-ld: cannot open map file bin/kernel.map: No such file or directory make: *** [bin/kernel.el...
by Beakster
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: Bare metal motivations
Replies: 8
Views: 4414

Re: Bare metal motivations

Just got my Pi yesterday and my plan since I heard about the Pi was to do some bare metal stuff. The reasons I have I think align well with the R-Pi's project aims, I want to further understand low level computing. My 9-5 job is a C# programmer, and working with such a modern language that essential...
by Beakster
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI
Replies: 45
Views: 9347

Re: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI

I was never big into Elite, maybe too young, but I loved Frontier....
Have a look at http://pioneerspacesim.net/ Its a free opensource implementation of Frontier, using SDL I think, and should run under Debian on the Pi.

by Beakster
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Chips inside Smartphones
Replies: 0
Views: 668

Re: The Chips inside Smartphones

<r>There\'s a radio series on BBC Radio 4 just now called \"Stephen Fry on the Phone\" where Stephen talks about the evolution of the mobile phone. The most recent episode entitled \"The Chips inside Smartphones\" talks about about the history of the ARM chip.<br/> <br/> You can listen to the whole ...
by Beakster
Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Choices of OS?
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Re: Choices of OS?

I don\'t think Ubuntu are officially supporting the ARMv6, so Debian and/or Fedora are the likely candidates now.
by Beakster
Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Give one to be able to Buy one?
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Give one to be able to Buy one?

From what I\'ve read they may apply the buy one give one scheme to the first 10,000 units, but that\'s not yet confirmed. Even if they do, it just means you need to wait a few more weeks until the first 10,000 are sold, then you can buy one.
by Beakster
Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Nvidias Portable Computer System Patent
Replies: 30
Views: 5626

Re: Nvidias Portable Computer System Patent

<r>Just been reading about Nvidias Portable Computer System Patents on some other forums and a few people are mentioning the Pi and wondering if this will be released as a competitor.<br/> <br/> I suppose it\'s not likely to provide too much competition are the target market will be quite different ...
by Beakster
Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Devices that you will be purchasing for use with you Rpi
Replies: 33
Views: 8627

Re: Devices that you will be purchasing for use with you Rpi

Whatever it is I require to connect up it to another computer via JTAG for debugging. Some kind of voltage converter I think it is. I already have a USB-Serial adapter ready. Need to do a bit more research about it first though.
by Beakster
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 19615

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

<r>I really don't think there is anyone British involved in the computer industry today who would be recognisable to kids. (Although perhaps we should as some kids, I don't know any).<br/> <br/> However, how about Mike Dailly <URL url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M....._designer">http://en.wikipedi...
by Beakster
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 19615

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

<t>Quote from clivebeale on November 2, 2011, 16:46<br/> How about some Brits? It's a UK charity. And we did invent Computing after all 8O <br/> <br/> I just can't think of anyone who fits this criteria and is also recognisable to kids.<br/> <br/> If it was 15 years ago I would suggest:<br/> Dominic...
by Beakster
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 19615

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

<r>I was surprised and disappointed to have heard nothing back from him <br/> <br/> I didn't say it would be easy <E>:D</E> but you won't find anyone more suitable.<br/> <br/> Getting him to even consider it will of course take some effort. If it were me I'd start here <URL url="http://www.facebook....
by Beakster
Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 19615

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

<r>Hey,<br/> <br/> As said above, most of the computing world celebrities we know of won't be recognisable to children but I've thought about this for a while and I've come up with the perfect answer.<br/> <br/> Mark Zuckerberg <URL url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.....Zuckerberg">http://en.wikip...
by Beakster
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Virtual box in ubuntu running xp?
Replies: 10
Views: 3416

Re: Virtual box in ubuntu running xp?

<t>Quote from rja24 on October 31, 2011, 13:14<br/> I had 256mb ram on my old laptop with a 1ghz proccessor and it was "ok" not lightning fast i was just thinking would xp know it was on a arm even in a virtual machine? "hack" it?<br/> <br/> XP had that whole 256MB to itself though. If you are emula...
by Beakster
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Demo scene?
Replies: 33
Views: 10119

Re: Demo scene?

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on October 31, 2011, 13:46<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Why is it a turn off? You have full access to the GPU 3D system via OpenGL. For example, Taiji, a pretty standard 3D benchmark works fine via the OpenGL drivers. You also have OpenVG for 2D graphics. [/quote]<br/...
by Beakster
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 356
Views: 129889

Re: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi

Great news. Really looking forward to using RiscOS :)
by Beakster
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Demo scene?
Replies: 33
Views: 10119

Re: Demo scene?

<t>I love demos on the Amiga. I\'ve never seen any on the archimedes though. I did think about demos on the Pi, but the fact that we don\'t have access to the GPU is a big turn off from this perspective. Also that the Pi is so powerful (compared to 16 bit micros of the early 90s) means that writing ...
by Beakster
Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does R-Pi boot?
Replies: 21
Views: 4109

Re: How does R-Pi boot?

<t>The current solution sounds just fine. In the future it would be nice to have something like U-Boot in the GPU so we can boot from external USB devices without requiring an SD card to be in the Pi.<br/> <br/> For now I\'ll probably just make up an SD card with U-Boot on it and use that to boot va...
by Beakster
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Hardware Product in Show award!
Replies: 24
Views: 3681

Re: Best Hardware Product in Show award!

Congratulations! Well deserved! :)
by Beakster
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!
Replies: 56
Views: 14984

Re: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!

<r>Quote from thesynapseuk on October 27, 2011, 17:09<br/> What seems to be forgotten again and again on this forum and on threads like this in particular is that kids will NOT engage in anything that takes too long to get results in. <br/> <br/> How about this for a crazy project idea to address th...
by Beakster
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!
Replies: 56
Views: 14984

Re: Lets get a beginner programing thread in here!

<r>I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm most interested in programming the R-Pi in Assembler and executing my code directly from the boot loader without Linux or any other operating system getting in the way.<br/> <br/> I hadn't done any ARM assembler until recently when I started working thro...
by Beakster
Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some OSes I will be playing with
Replies: 11
Views: 4459

Re: Some OSes I will be playing with

<r>The one I\'m most interested in is <B><s>[b]</s>AROS<e>[/b]</e></B>. I hadn\'t heard of Inferno before so would like to give that a try.<br/> <br/> Also, don\'t forget <B><s>[b]</s>RiscOS<e>[/b]</e></B>, <URL url="http://www.riscosopen.org/">http://www.riscosopen.org/</URL> the ARM\'s original op...
by Beakster
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: AROS - A lightweight multitasking OS, perfect for the Pi
Replies: 18
Views: 9368

Re: AROS - A lightweight multitasking OS, perfect for the Pi

<t>I imagine the first ports will just use the framebuffer. Liz mentioned there will be an area of memory we can write to that will then get put on the screen by the GPU. It would be great if we can get some 3D acceleration too though.<br/> <br/> I\'m worried about the sound. So far as I understand ...
by Beakster
Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: If you could order now..
Replies: 151
Views: 31528

Re: If you could order now..

<t>1 Model A, and 1 Model B for me.<br/> <br/> I'm going to be back in the UK for Christmas so hopefully I can save on postage by having it sent there if it's released before Christmas. I really hope that they can offer a good price on international postage though, some companies really take the P w...
by Beakster
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Mono project
Replies: 27
Views: 13658

Re: Mono project

<t>However, in "real world" terms, programming on the Mono / .net VMs is almost exclusively done in C# or VB.net; neither of these are much cop as teaching languages, and both of them tend to "tie the student in" to MS technologies. Little better than teaching kids to use Flash and Dreamweaver, IMO....
by Beakster
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: *.exe files on XP compiled to Arm
Replies: 50
Views: 11653

Re: *.exe files on XP compiled to Arm

<r><br/> My question is, what is with all the programs that are written for x86 XP.<br/> Is it possible, may be with some small modification, to make them run on that ARM XP?<br/> <br/> Windows XP for ARM doesn't exist and never will. Even if it did you would then need some kind of emulation layer t...

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