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by sandwich
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: fatrace not working
Replies: 1
Views: 102

fatrace not working

Hi all, Due to the recent bug with the impetuous PCMANFM writing infinite bytes to its error log, I became interested in identifying which programs are doing the most writing to the file system. I was alerted to the existence of a utility called fatrace which is used on other Linux distros and so I ...
by sandwich
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Hostname is off-center in login screen
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Hostname is off-center in login screen

neilgl wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:47 pm
My Debian 10 on a PC has the time of day in the centre.
What is running that Qemu?
The screenshot is just meant to demonstrate the problem that exists on my Rpi OS system.
What you see there is Debian x86 which I was running in Qemu on the Rpi 4.
by sandwich
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Hostname is off-center in login screen
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Hostname is off-center in login screen

My Pis don't have the hostname there at all, so it is probably something you added. Check the settings on your taskbar. I've been running the same Rpi OS 64-bit for over 6 months so there's been a lot of package removals and installs. I'm not sure which one of those reverted Rpi OS back to its Debi...
by sandwich
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Hostname is off-center in login screen
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Hostname is off-center in login screen

Does anyone know why Debian and Raspbian have the host name off-center in the login screen? (see attachment) It's the kind of "in your face" mistake that says "we don't care about quality". Not that Rpi should change distros, of course. But maybe a patch to fix it would be a good...
by sandwich
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: My /etc/hosts is being ignored
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: My /etc/hosts is being ignored

Turns out the problem is Firefox. It's ignoring /etc/hosts whereas ungoogled Chromium respects it.
by sandwich
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Laptop replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Laptop replacement

Hi Raspberry Pi, I've been using a Raspberry pi 4 8GB for over 6 months as my "daily driver", replacing a laptop that died. It's generally been a good experience because it is just fast enough for everyday tasks and the memory is sufficient 99% of the time. As a long-term daily user of the...
by sandwich
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: My /etc/hosts is being ignored
Replies: 3
Views: 163

My /etc/hosts is being ignored

Hi folks,

I don't have an outgoing firewall set up at the moment and I've loaded up /etc/hosts with domains that I want to block e.g.

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0.0.0.0 facebook.com
0.0.0.0 twitter.com
However I find that Raspberry pi OS 64-it is ignoring that file.

Can anyone tell me why and how to fix it?

Thanks.
by sandwich
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Android
Topic: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)

I developed proof of concept code which could convert blocks to text but the rest is still on my To Do list. I think it would be better if Debian were to finish what they started. For instance currently the latest API available is for Android 7. And the build-tools package they provide is too old f...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Android
Topic: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)

Drag and drop' visual programming is not to everyone's taste. Egad, that's what it is. Yeah I'll steer clear of that. As for real Android programming, I agree it requires Android Studio running on a fast machine. If the Debian people were to port the full set of tools to aarch64 then it would be ac...
by sandwich
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Android
Topic: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)

What about the MIT app inventor 2? https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/archive/2016/projects/4758962813534208/ That appears to be IoT specific. What most people want to do is write apps for phones. As a side note, I build Android apps with gradle (on an x86_64 PC) without Android Studio, I've never...
by sandwich
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Android
Topic: Android programming is possible (there's a catch)
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Android programming is possible (there's a catch)

Many threads and blog entries have given people a false impression that you might be able to use the Raspberry pi to write Android code and build APKs. This is not the case in the usual sense, because although you can install various broken parts of the Android SDK from the Debian project, you canno...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: clang 7
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: clang 7

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:00 am
Raspberry Pi ARMHF Operating System ( forked from Raspbian ARMHF Buster)
Raspberry Pi ARM64 Operating System Beta Status (based of Debian ARM64 Buster)
I don't think anyone is going to accept that new name. It's too long.
by sandwich
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: clang 7
Replies: 4
Views: 219

clang 7

Hi,
Does anyone know why Raspbian 32-bit only has clang 7, but Raspbian 64-bit has clang 10?
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

So when should we expect to see your after market mechanical keyboard that can be swapped onto a Pi400 on the market? Actually I think what should be happening is, Rpi foundation should embrace ergonomic designs and not put the keyboard up on top of the desk at all. The NUC is a better design in th...
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

You need to consider things like durability, quality, support, supply chain management, etc before you can compare raspberries to raspberries. Just because someone is selling a mechanical keyboard using knock off cherry switches at what seems like an amazing price point, it does not mean that they ...
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

jamesh wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:12 am
- it's not intended to be revolutionary, but evolutionary.
Well it's good to have you say that. Maybe a future iteration will suit my needs.

BTW the $140 NUC price is for the 7th gen Celeron, still being sold on Newegg and other places.
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

No case (I'm sure that there will be 3d printed designs, and possibly already are), but your list for the Pi4 exists in the form of the CM4 and the CM4IO board. Not only does the CM4IO board have an RTC and battery holder to go with, but it also exposes the PCIe lane directly, permitting direct con...
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

The Pi400 may not be to everyone's taste, but it will be very very popular nevertheless because it hits a specific feature set and price point. Not everything that's popular is good. For instance, smoking is popular among some people, even though qualitatively it's like drinking out of toilet (it's...
by sandwich
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

With a large enough order I'm sure Rpi foundation could get a good deal on a custom mechanical keyboard with room enough under the keyboard for the Pi, a fan, an SSD and an power supply. That would probably be about the size of an actual Commodore VIC-20 so they could feel even more nostalgic. It w...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: SD Card Capacity & Raspberry Pi OS
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: SD Card Capacity & Raspberry Pi OS

Thanks in advance for any help digging my way out of this 'rookie' phase. Don't Panic! When you reboot for the first time, the bring-up code will resize the 2nd (root) partition to fill the rest of the MicroSD. However you can intervene before the first boot-up by inserting the microSD into another...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

I hope you realize that you lack of familiarity on some of these points--higher clock speed, USB MSD booting--rather detracts from your initial thesis, as well as from your complaints around "innovation". The RPF/RPT *are* innovating and looking forward...more so than you seem to have rea...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

Rpi seem to have blinders on. They lost the plot. Really? Lets see how the sales figures compare. The pi400 is basically a screenless equivalent of the Pi-Top and sure it will sell well, but will Rpi foundation ever improve the keyboard? That's the question. Chiclet keyboards are to mechanical keyb...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

And it is a chiclet keyboard, which is inferior to mechanical key switches health-wise. Whereas so many engineers I know are using mechanical keyboards these days, it seems UK engineers are living in a bubble... The debate over their merits is over-- mechanical has won, chiclet has lost. I agree. I...
by sandwich
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

I was under the impression that booting from SSD with no MicroSD installed was not working yet but if it is, that's a plus. admittedly not announced If it wasn't announced then that hardly devalues my argument. Furthermore microSD works fine for me so why would I investigate an unnecessary alternat...
by sandwich
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: Raspberry pi 400
Replies: 127
Views: 4875

Re: Raspberry pi 400

So the real cost of the NUC is $170 plus tax. The pi 400 with a fast MicroSD is around $170. The biggest SD card I have *ever* used for a PI is 64GB. Usually, if I am looking at more than 32G, I shift to using a SSD. And note that if you have a spare 2.5" SSD around, you can use that as a boot...

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