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by RTD1
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

Re: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPa

Hate to bump an old thread, but just saw this: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/kids-arent-reading-on-tablets-2014-1 Almost 2/3 of young US children now have access to a tablet, but fewer than half of them use them to read. Of those that do use them to read, the average reading time is 5 minutes pe...
by RTD1
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rev 2 and powered hubs - pi powered via micro-usb
Replies: 11
Views: 4998

Re: Rev 2 and powered hubs - pi powered via micro-usb

I have a D-Link DUB-H7 that I use to power my Pi (I connect a cable straight from one of the hub's powered USB ports to my Pi's micro USB power connect) with zero issues. No problems at all and one less cable/PS to worry about.
by RTD1
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Berryboot vs NOOBS
Replies: 11
Views: 18435

Re: Berryboot vs NOOBS

In any case, I ended up wiping the card and then just installing a raw Raspbian image on it. I played around with Pidora, RiscOS, and Arch and didn't see anything I liked over Raspbian (though to be fair, I've been a Debian and Ubuntu guy for many years). I actually liked the looks of RaspBMC a litt...
by RTD1
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Berryboot vs NOOBS
Replies: 11
Views: 18435

Re: Berryboot vs NOOBS

I don't really see how: 1) format card as FAT32 with SD Formatter 2) download NOOBS zip 3) unpack NOOBS zip to SD card is supposed to be so much easier than: 1) download Raspbian zip 2) unpack image file from zip 3) write image file to SD card with dd or ImageWriter... The difference is conceptual....
by RTD1
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Berryboot vs NOOBS
Replies: 11
Views: 18435

Re: Berryboot vs NOOBS

Ive been thru the same situation what the noobs guys say that it is built for new and non-advanced users and so 'advanced' featurs like deleting or adding an os will NEVER be introduced :( so the best way is to have separate Sd cards for separate oses I don't really see how: 1) format card as FAT32...
by RTD1
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Berryboot vs NOOBS
Replies: 11
Views: 18435

Berryboot vs NOOBS

I've been using Berryboot for awhile. I've never been real happy with the way it uses the same kernel for all OSes it installs, and this bit me in the backside with regard to an OpenELEC upgrade gone awry. I decided to switch over to NOOBS. At first it seemed NOOBS was an improvement as it didn't sh...
by RTD1
Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Login Fail
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: Login Fail

I'm getting the same exact error on a fresh install of Pidora using NOOBS.

I can login fine as root, but if I try and login as my normal id, I get the "unable to load a fail safe error", I dismiss the error, it jumps back to the CLI, then X starts again, and same thing.

Ideas?
by RTD1
Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: Scratch
Replies: 7
Views: 3498

Re: Scratch

I bought my 6 year old daughter the Scratch Programming Adventures book, and she's teaching herself at a brisk pace. She had a few questions early on about negative numbers and cartesian coordinates, but she gets it now. The biggest challenge really is that the book covers 2.0 and my RPi has version...
by RTD1
Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Why aren't engineers paid by the hour like consultants?
Replies: 17
Views: 3885

Re: Why aren't engineers paid by the hour like consultants?

I think you're missing something here. Lawyers and accountants who work in house for a big corporation get paid a salary, just like engineers and most other professionals that work for that corporation. It's lawyers and accountants who work for law firms and accounting firms who are paid by the hour...
by RTD1
Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

Re: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPa

Just as Microsoft Windows/Office in the past - IPads are the de-facto standard in education because that is where the educational developers are developing for.. We'd all love to use cheaper 'droids instead but its swimming upstream in the rapids to achieve this. I don't understand this statement a...
by RTD1
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

Re: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPa

I think this is misguided and foolish on the part of some and a cynical adventure for others. For me the main argument against equipping schools with consumer items like this is that the deepest, most fundamental lesson it teaches to children is to 'consume' with a much dimished aspect of 'creating...
by RTD1
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: STEM: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 5
Views: 2287

Re: STEM: An inconvenient truth

Anytime a business organization says "there is a shortage of skilled xyz workers in the market..."

You should automatically append "...willing to work for peanuts" in your head.

xyz need not be a STEM field.
by RTD1
Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

Re: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPa

It's as if educators are at a loss as to what "learning technology" actually means. This reminds me of the many tales I've heard here in the UK, of people who were led to believe that getting a qualification in clicking menus in the Microsoft Office suite would enable them to make video games for a...
by RTD1
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

Re: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPa

Another quote from the second article I linked: The project came about because educators realized that workers today in every field, including construction and automotive education, require skills with computers and related technologies, said Hovatter. "We are making sure that everyone is able to ta...
by RTD1
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: $1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads
Replies: 57
Views: 10030

$1 billion to equip a single US school district with iPads

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-first-ipads-broadacres-20130826,0,6929665.story Broadacres is one of 47 schools set to distribute iPads over the next few weeks. The devices for these schools will cost about $30 million. Supplying tablets for the entire district, about 650,000 students, w...
by RTD1
Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommend a Pi alternative for a (usable) NAS?
Replies: 15
Views: 12541

Re: Recommend a Pi alternative for a (usable) NAS?

kghunt wrote:Get a synology. They are very powerful well supported and rock solid.
This.

I picked up a Synology DS713+ and 2 WD Red drives (3TB each) a couple of months ago. It has literally changed my life. I travel a lot for work and now I can access every file I have from anywhere, my own personal cloud.
by RTD1
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Smart Portable Battery on Kickstarter, Pi Compatible
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Smart Portable Battery on Kickstarter, Pi Compatible

I must be missing something. I picked up one of these a few weeks ago: http://www.amazon.com/10000mAh-Lightning-Thunderbolt-Incredible-customized/dp/B009USAJCC 5V, 3A, 10000 mAH, 2 USB output ports. It can power my RPi all day long and still be at >50% charge, and I paid $35 for it. It has an OLED ...
by RTD1
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Smart Portable Battery on Kickstarter, Pi Compatible
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Smart Portable Battery on Kickstarter, Pi Compatible

I must be missing something.

I picked up one of these a few weeks ago:

http://www.amazon.com/10000mAh-Lightnin ... B009USAJCC

5V, 3A, 10000 mAH, 2 USB output ports. It can power my RPi all day long and still be at >50% charge, and I paid $35 for it.
by RTD1
Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: MCM camera cases
Replies: 0
Views: 737

MCM camera cases

Has anyone tried any of these: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-15494&cid=prodCrossSell http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-15492&green=F58D9D3F-BC13-5558-A010-8DA7E37FED53 Neither are exactly what I'm looking for, but there's not much out there. The second one looks better than the fir...
by RTD1
Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Suggestions for the next PI
Replies: 16
Views: 2953

Re: Suggestions for the next PI

I tend to agree that onboard WiFi and Bluetooth would be a huge plus. Not sure I'd want to get rid of Ethernet, but I'd like to see an implementation that doesn't have it running over USB. I think these types of suggestions are much better than the standard "I wantz more gigahurtz and more ramz plea...
by RTD1
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: UDOO Single Board Computer Reached its Funding Target
Replies: 5
Views: 2491

Re: UDOO Single Board Computer Reached its Funding Target

The price is King. It'll need to be $49.99 to beat the Pi. Like I said, I am not trying to compare it to the pi. It is in a whole different league price-wise, feature-wise and performance-wise. Right, it's much closer to the Beaglebone Black. Which goes for $45, BTW. I will admit that it took me aw...
by RTD1
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Intel Minnowboard
Replies: 5
Views: 2808

Intel Minnowboard

Just saw this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/31/intels_homage_to_raspberry_pi_the_minnowboard_opensource_pc/ It's probably more of a direct competitor to the Beaglebone Black than the Raspberry Pi, but $199? For a 3 year old Atom processor in a relatively large 4"X4" package? The Gigabit Ethe...
by RTD1
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google Chrome Cast vs Raspberry Pi -- Video Stream.
Replies: 25
Views: 76784

Re: Google Chrome Cast vs Raspberry Pi -- Video Stream.

Chromecast can only stream from Netflix or the Google Cloud (YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Drive, etc.) It can't stream local content from a USB drive or a home NAS. To me this makes it infinitely less valuable than a Raspberry Pi running XBMC, an HTPC, Roku, Apple TV, or a MK80x Android USB st...
by RTD1
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Transfer speed SAMBA/ethernet/router
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: Transfer speed SAMBA/ethernet/router

The Pi is 10/100 Ethernet. 100 Ethernet is 12.5 MB/s. This is almost always the first bottleneck you hit. If the Pi had gigabit E, then you'd be looking at 125 MB/s, and the bottleneck would then likely be USB. If it's USB 2 you're looking at an effective speed limit of 35 MB/s (with USB 3 you're lo...
by RTD1
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What do I need to get started?
Replies: 4
Views: 31435

Re: What do I need to get started?

getting a WiFi dongle working is rather a fiddle I have the Wi-Pi dongle from Element14. I just plugged it in and it worked. Didn't have to really fiddle with anything, just put in the SSID and my WPA2 passphrase. I believe Raspian comes with the driver for this particular module already installed ...

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