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by Lerc
Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: The Official Raspberry Filling : Call for Contributions
Replies: 61
Views: 13799

Re: The Official Raspberry Filling : Call for Contributions

<r>Something else worth a look is the DCPU-16.  It gives an excellent look into another side of computer programming.<br/> <br/> For those who have not encountered it (it is, of course less than a month old).   It is a 16 bit CPU specification using 64k Words (128k bytes) of ram, with a 128x96 displ...
by Lerc
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: The Official Raspberry Filling : Call for Contributions
Replies: 61
Views: 13799

Re: The Official Raspberry Filling : Call for Contributions

<r>I have been working on an introduction to programming Wiki aimed at younger people.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://fingswotidun.com/code/">http://fingswotidun.com/code/</URL><br/> <br/> I have written a MediaWiki plugin that lets you edit and run JavaScript from within the wiki (inside a web worker ...
by Lerc
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30244

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from brian on September 7, 2011, 18:19<br/> Admittedly my experience of JavaScript is limited and have only used it within the context of a web pages. Within that context I don't think it is the best way to introduce kids to programming as it requires them to learn about HTML and CSS at the...
by Lerc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Memory expandability?
Replies: 32
Views: 5281

Re: Memory expandability?

<t>I have two points to make here.<br/> <br/> #1 It is provably false that you can wear out a Flash Drive or SD in a few hours by swapping. It's quite a cheap experiment. Buy some flash, set it to swap, start it thrashing and leave it going for a number of hours that you would consider more than few...
by Lerc
Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberry pi os
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Re: raspberry pi os

<r>Quote from sightlight on August 22, 2011, 18:23<br/> less than 100mb in size <E>:)</E><br/> <br/> There's an important point that can easily be confused. RAM is restricted but offline storage is relatively plentiful. A lot of small Linux distributions weigh themselves in disk-space. RAM usage is ...
by Lerc
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: LXDE, XFCE or just a plain window manager?
Replies: 28
Views: 10285

Re: LXDE, XFCE or just a plain window manager?

<r>I have been giving a lot of thought to the memory issue. This is something that I battled a lot with The OLPC XO<br/> <br/> I did some experiments with debian on a QEMU arm box with 128Meg. and had a good look around. The options that struck me as best with regards to window managers Were jwm, Op...
by Lerc
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: KDE EDU
Replies: 7
Views: 3077

Re: KDE EDU

You can run KDE in 128 meg!?!
by Lerc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gamepad, 40 columns, retail, etc...
Replies: 11
Views: 3681

Re: Gamepad, 40 columns, retail, etc...

Bother said Pooh.
by Lerc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3511
Views: 93475

Re: Introduce yourself!

<r>Hi, I'm Neil Graham, Usually Lerc online. I'm in Christchurch, New Zealand.<br/> <br/> I'm an indie gamedev, with some of my games at <URL url="http://screamingduck.com/">http://screamingduck.com/</URL><br/> <br/> I have quite an interest in educational things. I have an OLPC XO and spent quite s...
by Lerc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gamepad, 40 columns, retail, etc...
Replies: 11
Views: 3681

Re: Gamepad, 40 columns, retail, etc...

Now here's a thought, Can it drive the Composite and HDMI independently?

Would be kinda cool to have an option to boot up and have a BBC micro emulator running on the Composite and X running on the HDMI.

Lots of potential options.
by Lerc
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Modularity?
Replies: 19
Views: 5325

Re: Modularity?

<t>I thought that an option that would work would be a board with a single connector that brings out all IO USB, HDMI, GPIO, i2C and even power. It's not something I would recommend for the initial release but as an option later.<br/> <br/> Having a connector to provide the current R-Pi ports would ...
by Lerc
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Profile Pics
Replies: 39
Views: 6139

Re: Profile Pics

I have not added an avatar specifically for this board. That would lead me to think they are using http://en.gravatar.com/
by Lerc
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30244

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Sugar isn't a good fit.<br/> <br/> I have an XO-1, it has 256 meg and struggles with Sugar. The XO-1.5 has a gig I believe.<br/> I have fielded a fair few questions from XO users in the field and one of the most common first questions was "How do I remove Sugar?"<br/> <br/> Sugar does have some v...
by Lerc
Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30244

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>I think one of the main factors for deciding what to teach will depend on memory usage. 128 meg is quite a squeeze for a lot of modern software. My email program is currently using more than that. Lua might be a good pick for lightweight. It would depend on how heavy it gets once LOVE is added to...

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