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by timrowledge
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?
Replies: 693
Views: 15928

Re: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?

Aaaaaaargh! Nightmare triggers! No Twin, no Twin, please noooooooooh.
I had to use that until we got the first Smalltalk running and made a decent editor possible. Apparently my brain still has the bruises. After more than 30 years...
by timrowledge
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are there any benefits from the Raspberry Pi using ARM?
Replies: 77
Views: 1777

Re: Are there any benefits from the Raspberry Pi using ARM?

thagrol wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:17 pm

Given that ARM development started in 1983, it find it unlikely that anyone in the RPF was invloved with that.
Me. Involved in ARM stuff from near the beginning, Pi stuff from early on. Always Smalltalk.
by timrowledge
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Scratch
Topic: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016

A little more oddness wrt the “key sticking” problem - on my main development Pi updated to the latest Raspbian (the November release) I cannot trigger this. Which is as it should be. However, on another 3B+ with a freshly downloaded version it does the sticky thing. I tried a couple of back version...
by timrowledge
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: Rasp-Pi 3 + Scratch + GPIO problem
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Rasp-Pi 3 + Scratch + GPIO problem

Scratch 1.4 (or rather NuScratch as provided on the Pi) has a built-in gpio server. You don’t need scratchgpio in this case. There are things you might want it for and I’ll leave to anyone that uses it to explain more.
by timrowledge
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are there any benefits from the Raspberry Pi using ARM?
Replies: 77
Views: 1777

Re: Are there any benefits from the Raspberry Pi using ARM?

Could they have originally made Raspberry Pi using x86? In the sense that you could make something smallish and vaguely similar, I imagine so. There faintly similar SBCs using some form of x86 on the market but they don’t appear to sell a lot. The real problem is the power required to run an x86, w...
by timrowledge
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Nothing ever works"
Replies: 72
Views: 5673

Re: "Nothing ever works"

Smalltalk has been doing the “write once run everywhere “ thing quite well for almost 40 years. It takes some work to keep it up but it’s worth it. The system has been run on Dorados, 68000, x86, spare, arm, mips, obscure custom cpus, IBM mainframes...
by timrowledge
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Adafruit Speaker Bonnet breaks scratch :(
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: Adafruit Speaker Bonnet breaks scratch :(

Scratch tries to use the ALSA library - mostly because despite its many horrible issues it's the least terrible option - and we had so very many problems with it when developing nuScratch for the Pi. Not least the issue that it steals certain signals and doesn't chain back to the prior user. Now *th...
by timrowledge
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Scratch
Topic: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016

Here's a bizarre and (to me) unlikely possibility - has NOOBS managed to install an old release by mistake?

... I said it was bizarre.
by timrowledge
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016

OK, first, I can't see any evidence of the bug and indeed nor can several other people that have tested for me. So that's a bit odd. The main shell script to start Scratch 1.4 /NuScratch is '/usr/bin/scratch'. 7 or 8 lines down you should see IMAGE=`ls -t /usr/share/scratch/NuScratch*.image| head -1...
by timrowledge
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: New Scratch things for Raspbian September 2016

Well nothing has been changed in the nuscratch world of course since the insanity of allowing Flash on the Pi. That only really leaves some sort of OS release build problems or an OS change that messes up key events. Neither is a very nice idea. If you are brave enough, rename the image file (probab...
by timrowledge
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: STICKY: Bugs and regressions
Replies: 38
Views: 25956

Re: STICKY: Bugs and regressions

That suggests that the VM tried to connect to the sound driver and couldn’t find it. First thing is to check that you ran ‘/usr/bin/nuscratch’ in order to run the latest version. If that still fails, try ‘sudo nano /usr/bin/nuscratch’ and it ought to be including something like ‘-vmsound alsa’ (I’ll...
by timrowledge
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Desktop less (Linux based) OS for RPI
Replies: 19
Views: 889

Re: Desktop less (Linux based) OS for RPI

Raspbian lite and Squeak in framebuffer mode.
by timrowledge
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting started with development on Mac?
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Getting started with development on Mac?

Download Raspbian Download Etcher Put sd card in slot in USB card reader (or direct, if your Mac has one) Run Etcher Remove sd card. Reinsert ssd card Write an empty file named ‘ssh’ to the visible partition. To use wifi, write wpa_supplicant file to visible partition- see docu for details of what g...
by timrowledge
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Are there any Scratch tutorials?
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Are there any Scratch tutorials?

Try scratch.mit.edu for a start.

There are so many Scratch tutorials out there it would be hard to count them. Try http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu
http://courses.ucodemy.com/v2/
Google for ladies learn code and/or kids learn code
That should get you started.
by timrowledge
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Terminal for Pi
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Terminal for Pi

You know there’s the Pi-Top laptop available, right? And indeed their CEED desktop unit.
by timrowledge
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?

I'm no expert on this either. I was hoping that someone that is might be able to point to a part of the relevant CE standard that gives a clear indication of whether or not the UL94 related stuff is included. Since the Pi has a CE, that would make a nice simple explanation for those customers that k...
by timrowledge
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?

The base PCB itself is UL94, but we have not tested the entire product, and are unlikely to do so in the near future. I can't imagine how much cost and hassle all this testing involves. So many things to be tested for! I was hoping that getting CE certified would actually cover all of it in one nea...
by timrowledge
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Does the Pi's CE certification include UL94/ISO9772/3 etc?

I *think* from what I've been able to find that CE certification includes UL94 (catching fire related stuff) under ISO 9772/3. Does anyone know for sure either way?
by timrowledge
Thu May 24, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why does the RPF care about how many desktops I have ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1284

Re: Why does the RPF care about how many desktops I have ?

ShiftPlusOne wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Making complicated things easy is complicated.
Hell, in the software world making easy things easy seems to be too complicated for most developers.
by timrowledge
Sat May 19, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Best Pi for servo usage.
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: Best Pi for servo usage.

The pca9685 pwm based hats are pretty good for driving servos, especially if you are using quite a few. As joan says you can do all the control signal stuff directly with pigpio but I feel there is a bit of simplification possible by using a pca. In fact I wrote a simple daemon to use pipiod for tha...
by timrowledge
Fri May 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Replica Astro Pi Case still available?
Replies: 11
Views: 3634

Re: Replica Astro Pi Case still available?

And we're back. Wonder what the next exciting Wordpress hack will do?
by timrowledge
Wed May 09, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using your Pi with an SSD (Solid State Drive)
Replies: 45
Views: 19845

Re: Using your Pi with an SSD (Solid State Drive)

MY SSD is a dirt-cheap KingDian 32Gb unit
by timrowledge
Fri May 04, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: DIGITAL servo control with raspberry pi zero w
Replies: 7
Views: 989

Re: DIGITAL servo control with raspberry pi zero w

Pretty much any servo you buy will be one intended for model usage and will work from a pulse width signal. Older ones (and I suppose some cheaper ones) use analogue circuitry to convert that pulse width to a voltage that provides the circuit with a value to aim at and the motor moves the servo arm ...
by timrowledge
Wed May 02, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Replica Astro Pi Case still available?
Replies: 11
Views: 3634

Re: Replica Astro Pi Case still available?

Looks like your site is down again. Did someone hack you again? Sigh, yes. It seems Wordpress is a favourite target for dimwit script-kiddies etc. In the meantime if you are wanting to buy a replica Astro Pi case please try emailing [email protected].com Ah, actually I’ll have to double check that a...

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