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by Rene_is_I
Thu May 16, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: How useful is pseudocode?
Replies: 18
Views: 5450

Re: How useful is pseudocode?

Whilst studying one of my lecturers always said "think more write less" and it makes sense.
A good way to make notes while thinking about the programing task at hand is by making use of pseudo code and flow charts.
by Rene_is_I
Wed May 15, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Well done, enjoy it but don't forget to add the camera module for a truly super-duper handheld computer. http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/3890 Since one of your applications is to use the Pi's as a computer in survival mode, have you looked at less conventional types/methods of generating electri...
by Rene_is_I
Wed May 15, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

As regards x86 based mini computers, I found this: http://www.gizmosphere.org/ Although it's small (10X10cm), it consumes a whack of power, it's expensive at $200 and the support seems lacking. In short, I wonder how many people would buy something like this when for a little more, one could get a m...
by Rene_is_I
Tue May 14, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 3972

Re: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi

Then I stand corrected and an apology to jamesh is in order.
It will still be interesting to see the new accounts reflecting the royalty payments.
I'm hoping the figure will be huge as the Foundation deserves it.
by Rene_is_I
Tue May 14, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 3972

Re: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi

pygmy_giant wrote:You might have to tilt your monitor on its side to read the bar graph when the next lot of accounts are published.
And have to use a widescreen monitor. :D
by Rene_is_I
Tue May 14, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 3972

Re: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi

@jamesh Yes but the fact that the Foundation spends money in procuring components and/or getting the Pi manufactured and then sells it at a profit will/should be indicated in the accounts, i.e. expenditure versus income. After all the money required for the day to day running of the Foundation has t...
by Rene_is_I
Tue May 14, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 3972

Re: Production cost of the Raspberry Pi

I believe that jamesh's response is not entirely correct. UK law states that the accounts of charitable organizations within England and Wales are public, with some exceptions. To quote the Charity Commission: One of the ways public trust and confidence in charity is maintained is by the fact that c...
by Rene_is_I
Tue May 14, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Another thing to watch will be how much of the ARM market Intel is able to get with its range of Atom Z CPUs which I'm assuming is x86 based.
Already Motorola is using them with Android on their RAZRi smartphones.
No doubt there will be others and perhaps even Pi like boards based on them.
by Rene_is_I
Mon May 13, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

@gritz

Well said.
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by Rene_is_I
Mon May 13, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

meltwater wrote: You can learn a lot more by using an LED and a resistor Especially if it's a RGB LED, or even better, five of them ;) meltwater wrote: You can learn a lot more by using an LED and a resistor with the Raspberry Pi than you would doing a 100 rounds of CandyCrush on an iPad, even if it...
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Q. Rasbery Pi as Digital Radio Mondiale decoder
Replies: 9
Views: 5593

Re: Q. Rasbery Pi as Digital Radio Mondiale decoder

Hi VSWR

I'm not sure how DRM differs from the short wave SDR (modulation, bit rates and so on) , but have you tried searching for SDR on this forum?
May turn up one or two useful things that may be of help.
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Zalamel wrote:
From what I've read, it's very hit or miss that you will receive a functioning Marsboard. And if that does occur, I have a feeling I wouldn't like their return service.
My thoughts exactly.
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

This brings back memory of my childhood... "My Sinclair is better than your Commodore64".. even though Sinclair owners secretly wanted a commodore too! Aah yes, the 80's, typing in programs from magazines, using audio cassettes for data backup and building custom joysticks. I guess in many ways the...
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Building a Wakeup light
Replies: 8
Views: 11625

Re: Building a Wakeup light

[email protected].net wrote: rather than a geek nightmare of wires, switches, etc... Hey, you're describing my workroom :D [email protected].net wrote: but if you want colour then you'll need some RGB's Very true. I'm not quite sure what the colour temperature of natural light is (should be easy to find) an...
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Building a Wakeup light
Replies: 8
Views: 11625

Re: Building a Wakeup light

rurwin wrote:Having a big screen on all the time is likely to stop you sleeping
A good point.
by Rene_is_I
Sun May 12, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Building a Wakeup light
Replies: 8
Views: 11625

Re: Building a Wakeup light

@Intell1gence There is an easier way to achieve your goals, don't draw the curtains and leave a window open. Seriously though, what you are trying to achieve is relatively easy using a script and some pwm on the GPIO. First decide on things like how long the snooze period should be, the dB/time ramp...
by Rene_is_I
Sat May 11, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Wow, thanks Clive.
My stats weren't that far off.
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by Rene_is_I
Sat May 11, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

In case anyone is having problems with tabulation, attached is the file in csv format.
Again delete the .zip
B.T.W. if you open the csv in Excel and just see a bunch of ####, then simply drag the column wider and the numbers will magically appear.
Don't you just love Windows? :(
by Rene_is_I
Sat May 11, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

As regards the forum popularity and growth discussed earlier, I managed to dig up some stats. Attached are two text files, one in Windows EOL format and the other for Linux. Please note that the files are normal text files but have had their extensions changed to .zip else they get rejected here. Si...
by Rene_is_I
Sat May 11, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Nook e-ink display only £29!
Replies: 35
Views: 17718

Re: Nook e-ink display only £29!

meltwater wrote:
Just need to get some GPIO access for some serious modding.
Does this help?

http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProdu ... 30&pcid=41
by Rene_is_I
Sat May 11, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Very interesting guys, although as a new comer to ARM, I'm a bit confused as to the compatibility issues. In the x86, the location of peripherals, memory and opcodes are all pretty much standard which does not seem to be the case with ARM. I also read on the BootBerry page: The Android installer is ...
by Rene_is_I
Fri May 10, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

@jamesh Those figures do tell a story. Just wondering if someone at the Foundation has figures on a month to month basis from when the Pi was released and the forums started. This can then be compared to the Mars on a similar basis. The MarsBoard also seems to be sold using the same concept as the F...
by Rene_is_I
Thu May 09, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

@ pygmy_giant I agree with some of what you say and my negativity towards the MarsBoard may well change in time but for now and in context with the OP's question, which I took as him wanting to buy a Pi or equivalent in the next few weeks, my opinion is that the MarsBoard is not even a contender. It...
by Rene_is_I
Thu May 09, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

mmm - growing a community takes time - I would give the Mars board a chance to do that before being judgemental - its a big old world out there, and this forum is just one bubble in it. Perhaps in the future things may change, but for now those are my reasons for not even considering a MarsBoard. I...
by Rene_is_I
Thu May 09, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42715

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Yep, this is a great example on how not to go about marketing your product, no matter how good it may be. I did some more sniffing around and it seems that the MarsBoard is made by a crowd in China, somewhere near Shenzhen and only seem to have three distributors. One in Poland, one in Iran and one ...

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