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by subminiature
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29486

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>In the school classroom replacement for old PCs the RasPi needs a case, power supply and SD card. The mouse, keyboard , screen and cables could be the same whether the computer is Intel PC or ARM. I assume that the two USB sockets are sufficient (keyboard and mouse only), along with Ethernet to c...
by subminiature
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 30 years BBC Model B
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Re: 30 years BBC Model B

<t>Besides Acorn there was the Lynx, Tangerine, Torch, Aquarius, Spectrum, Jupiter Ace, Grundy NewBrain and of course the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81 and Spectrum with Apricot, Atari ST and QL following on. Not forgetting the roots of the kit based Nascom and the computer for education the Research Machines...
by subminiature
Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:29 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 30 years BBC Model B
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Re: 30 years BBC Model B

<r>"The BBC asked seven people whose lives were changed by the computers for their memories. "<br/> <URL url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech.....y-15969065">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech.....y-15969065</URL><br/> The BBC series "The Computer Programme" started January 1982, I got a copy somewhere -...
by subminiature
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 16GB Sandisk Class 10 Sd cards on play.com
Replies: 11
Views: 2610

Re: 16GB Sandisk Class 10 Sd cards on play.com

<r><URL url="http://www.mymemory.co.uk/SDHC/MyMemory/MyMemory-32GB-SD-Card-%28SDHC%29---Class-10?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=111128_32GB_SD_Promo&origin=Newsletter"><LINK_TEXT text="http://www.mymemory.co.uk/SDHC/MyMemory ... Newsletter">http://www.mymemory.co.uk/...
by subminiature
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Devices that you will be purchasing for use with you Rpi
Replies: 33
Views: 7055

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

<t>In expecting to need a powered USB hub is there one that might be built in a case and have a way of having one neat power connector to both the Raspberry Pi and the hub?<br/> <br/> I am thinking of something like the 3.5\" ones for PCs that fit where a floppy drive might be. The ones I have seen ...
by subminiature
Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Educational Programming Language
Replies: 73
Views: 20794

Re: Educational Programming Language

<t>Quote from tufty on November 6, 2011, 08:24<br/> I have to ask - are you affiliated with V-Delta? <br/> <br/> No and have no more informatiion on them or where they are at than their web page. I have programmed in TenCORE upon which it is based.<br/> <br/> I am not affiliated with any hardware or...
by subminiature
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from obarthelemy on November 5, 2011, 19:14<br/> @subminiature: Pi is not a turnkey solutions provider. They just make a cheap PC and count on others' ingenuity to take advantage of it.<br/> <br/> Thank-you for clearing up my mistake. Someone else is going to provide the solution to using i...
by subminiature
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Educational Programming Language
Replies: 73
Views: 20794

Re: Educational Programming Language

<t>Quote from tufty on November 5, 2011, 16:49<br/> So what, exactly, would you suggest, ... I'd suggest not referring to "windoze".<br/> <br/> I don't have an answer and has been said there isn't a best.<br/> <br/> But what ever language(s) is/are picked they need shared support for materials and f...
by subminiature
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from Skygod on November 5, 2011, 16:13<br/> What is it that you think is wrong with the initiative?<br/> <br/> <br/> I am not disagreeing with anything you suggest, other that possibly what you think my attitude may be.<br/> <br/> It is the where next and the whys and hows, the setting up a...
by subminiature
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Educational Programming Language
Replies: 73
Views: 20794

Re: Educational Programming Language

<t>From the video clips the Raspberry Pi project had it's roots in wanting to address the lack of students entering computer science and those that do no having exposure to programming. Harping back to the days of the BBC Model B with BASIC 6502 assembler and the kind of projects that got some hooke...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from liz on November 4, 2011, 13:46<br/> but I'm very interested in *why* you seem so keen for this project to come a cropper. And what's with the Cambridge thing? <br/> <br/> Clearly I have not explained myself. I think the project is 1st rate and has huge potential. But I also feel that i...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>I am sure there are more and other companies but this is interesting because of the solar power as well as seeing how they did it.<br/> Musoma Secondary School, Tanzania<br/> Solar-Powered Physics and Computer Lab<br/> <br/> Deployment Size: 17 x Fanless E2 PCs Date: May 2008<br/> A secondary sch...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<r>For information:-<br/> http://farm7.static.flickr.com.....54_b_d.jpg<br/> <br/> USAID and Paiwastoon, Afghanistan<br/> Rugged Web Caching and Proxy Server for One Laptop Per Child Installations<br/> <br/> Deployment Size: 15 x Fanless T1 PCs with USB-LAN Adapter Date: January, 2010<br/> Kabul-bas...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<r>Quote from jamesh on November 4, 2011, 11:31<br/> Ref conduit prices.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.toolstation.com/sho.....743/p36119">http://www.toolstation.com/sho.....743/p36119</URL><br/> <br/> £30 for 90m of 20mm (yes, Ninety metres). subminiatures quote seems excessive. I used with stand...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?
Replies: 31
Views: 7772

Re: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?

<r>Quote from WizardOfOZ on November 4, 2011, 11:54<br/> *) Slight detour: Wired network versus wireless:<br/> Agreed, which is why I think any classroom would be better to have a Raspi with Ethernet. Although I can see some control applications where the cheaper board would be better.<br/> <br/> *)...
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

And the computer left at home. Simples.
by subminiature
Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from jamesh on November 4, 2011, 09:34<br/> And yet rooms with cables all over the place have been around for years with no problems.<br/> <br/> I disagree that there are no problems with cables all over the place and I have worked in offices where this was a serious risk and not all that e...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Fond memories
Replies: 42
Views: 9953

Re: Fond memories

<t>Started programming in Fortran on a CDC 6400 serious mathematics and dynamic fluid flow stuff.<br/> <br/> I taught BASIC and Fortran to year 9 and sixth form pupils with dial up access to Ford Motor Companies mainframe and had access in a local college to the mini computer that booted up from pap...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BBC involvement?
Replies: 8
Views: 2264

Re: BBC involvement?

<t>Last week the campaign was to give the hour gained from the clock going back to helping someone get into computing. The discussion is usually fixed on the cost to get into computing and then how difficult they are to use followed by how easy an iPad is for those who otherwise can't/wont use a com...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

Jobsworth health and safety - so we were told as far back as 1989. And I seriously would not want a room with cables all over the place, half-heartedly covered in rubber cables covers and duct-taped to the floor. I have seen the results of that too often and they still didn't fit safety glass.
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?
Replies: 31
Views: 7772

Re: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?

<t>Quote from kme on November 3, 2011, 21:10<br/> "a class period" but if that's 5-7- hours I seriously doubt the battery will last this a long. At least not when 6+ months old..<br/> <br/> A period is a lesson with a class - 45 - 50 minutes and a double at 90 minutes. But setting everyone up on a 2...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?
Replies: 31
Views: 7772

Re: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?

<t>Quote from abishur on November 3, 2011, 20:45<br/> Math time. <br/> <br/> Maths time indeed. Laptops are $300 and netbooks $100 - even in the UK . Even Dells and IBM lenovo, as used in the secondary school, are a lot lower cost that you suggest - they do buy the lowest denominator lacking RAM, GH...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?
Replies: 31
Views: 7772

Re: Raspberry pi, computer science tool for the masses?

<r>USB microphone! - I look at the potential for recording music as Linux tools for editing it are first rate. There are lots of cheap and high quality microphones in schools already and used with other equipment. USB microphones are too new and then would be something like these <URL url="http://ww...
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Developing world - A scenario
Replies: 62
Views: 8274

Re: Developing world - A scenario

http://sdict.com/en/ would be a suitable app.
by subminiature
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 12168

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>You can't have cables across the floor. The lab/room has to be correctly laid out. Trunking is £80 for a couple of metres. You can't do the cabling "yourself" anything going wrong and you are liable. I saw the issues with classrooms of BBC Model B back in 1988.<br/> <br/> Even if you can run a hu...

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