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by JohnoFon
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Powering a Raspberry Pi
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Powering a Raspberry Pi

Thanks for the advice, folks. (I've been having password issues that stopped me replying sooner.) I take your point, davidcoton, but I've actually got a powered USB already (it was a present - I wouldn't have gone for USB3 myself) and I was wondering whether I really had to plug the RPI into TWO mai...
by JohnoFon
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Powering a Raspberry Pi
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Powering a Raspberry Pi

Is there any reason why I shouldn't power my RPi 1 B from a powered USB (3) hub?

I'm not that bothered about smoking the RPi, 'coz that would just mean I had an excuse to go out and buy a model 2, but a new hub could cost me more than the RPi.
by JohnoFon
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 11158

Re: Is this a British website?

<t>Abishur said: <br/> <br/> <br/> …Almost every other language out there has a gender neutral you plural form, not English…<br/> <br/> <br/> To be boring and pedantic about it, English has lost – in the standard dialect – the singular familiar form – thou/thee. In French, (and in Welsh) these survi...
by JohnoFon
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

rurwin said:


I would also characterise the arguments over OOP as being over and won. Maybe the fight now is between richly typed languages and older languages with framework-provided rich types.


Can you explain that, please?
by JohnoFon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

<t>elchan said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Come on guys, enough of all this dogma.  The guy's just asking what's the best language to start learning.  He doesn't need a religious conversion.<br/> <br/> <br/> Elchan's right, of course. I would add that if you're learning on your own you really need a good boo...
by JohnoFon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3671

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<t>andywe said: <br/> <br/> <br/> One way of making \"programming more widely accessible\" might be to invent new graphical and declarative programming languages ...<br/> In an ideal world it might be possible to express a wish to a very powerful computer and on the \"your wish is my command\" princ...
by JohnoFon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

<t>Ollie Barbor said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It"s happened again, no one has agreed on anything. lol<br/> <br/> Python and Java has came up a lot so i will most likely pick them two. I have already done about 10-12 hours of work with python and have learn quite a bit. <br/> <br/> I was thinking<br/> <br/...
by JohnoFon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

<t>My posting above was meant to be a quote and comment of what shaurz said, but the quote looks like My Original Work.<br/> My comments were:<br/> <br/> That"s why I"d start off with something much simpler. Though to be fair you can write Java code with just a class definition ("this is the program...
by JohnoFon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

<t>My main complaint with Java (and similar languages - C#, C++, etc.) is that it requires a lot of "ceremony" to get a basic program working. Class and method declarations, types declarations, System.out.println, etc. Then there"s the extra complication of the compile/run cycle vs interpreted and l...
by JohnoFon
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 32683

Re: Best first language choice

<t>The main requirements for a first programming language are:<br/> <br/> 1. It must be easy to access (like my old BBC B that booted to BASIC in a matter of seconds). I'm picking up Java and Cocoa at present, and interacting with a command line is a pain in the fundament, like remembering when you ...
by JohnoFon
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 16399

Re: PC's are boring

<t>And yet, the very fact of PCs being boring is the root of their success.<br/> <br/> The early computers that everyone"s remembering are single-user, single-tasking machines; you run a program that "owns" the full resources of the computer, so it can access device registers and memory directly; as...
by JohnoFon
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 159616

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<r>Quote from Josh on December 5, 2011, 12:53<br/> What sucks? My Laptop at the moment.<br/> No, it hasn't been infected with Vista <E>:D</E><br/> First, the right arrow key falls off completely elimintating literally everything I do (typing, gaming - I've had to go back to WASD). Yesterday, the who...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Website

Anyone remember Apricot computers?
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Website

I seem to be having a bad day!
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Website

<r>And yet the iPad runs on ARM architecture - <URL url="http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ipod/ipod-faq/ipod-processor-type-portal-player-samsung.html"><LINK_TEXT text="http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/i ... msung.html">http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ipod/ipod-faq/ipod-processor-typ...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Website

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from obarthelemy on November 29, 2011, 15:16<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> do... not... make... Apple-racist.... joke....[/quote]<br/> <br/> It would probably be justified in my case! I\'ve worked out what I was doing wrong, and I don\'t want to talk about it, OK?<br/> <br/> It wo...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Website

I\'m finding that the FORUM link above takes me to the Messaging page. (I\'m using Safari on an iPad.)

I\'m such a consummate professional that it\'s only taken me a week to realise that I can edit the URL instead of using a roundabout way from another page.
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 159616

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>(Forgot to quote again! It's an answer to the posting immediately above.)<br/> <br/> The reason why the shop has to charge more is that:<br/> They are paying for expensive premises for you to go and inspect the goods properly - you can't get a feel for how slim and beautiful an iPad is, and compa...
by JohnoFon
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 8827

Re: What did your first programs do?

<t><<Forgot to quote the posting about passwords!!>><br/> <br/> Someone was caught doing a very similar thing at one place I worked. As the System Programmers we were threatened with the Official Secrets Act if we ever talked about it.<br/> <br/> So I haven\'t until now. The company no longer exists...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 8827

Re: What did your first programs do?

<t>I programmed an English Electric KDF-9 in 1970, using a pseudo-assmbler called MINI. The program bubble-sorted 5 numbers, but it didn\'t have any array support, so each comparison was hard-coded:<br/> Compare A and B: if unsorted, swap them<br/> Compare B and C, if unsorted, swap them and go back...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 159616

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>Quote from winkleink on November 22, 2011, 16:20<br/> Quote from Jongoleur on November 22, 2011, 14:19<br/> <br/> D'you see Heirhunters is now a "primetime" TV programme? Now THAT sucks!<br/> <br/> <br/> I saw that. BBC2 and all so not BB3 or BBC4. Is this called cost cutting or has true taste go...
by JohnoFon
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 159616

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>I'd never heard of HeirHunters, so I've been for a look. Apparently the next programme is trying to find someone to inherit a "100 000 pound estate". I make that about 40 tonnes, give or take; I wonder what it's made up of.<br/> <br/> Though of course it's just that some creative writer on the pu...

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