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by hzrnbgy
Tue May 29, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 34242

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

Unfortunately, the device is marketed "capable little PC", and that to most people, means browsing the interwebs.
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 29, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 34242

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

Maybe they are not expecting a CoreI5 experience. Maybe they just expect usable performance which, from what I read in the forum is hard to come by.
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 29, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No need for the QtOnPi community?
Replies: 63
Views: 8240

Re: No need for the QtOnPi community?

Still no official word from the foundation?
by hzrnbgy
Mon May 28, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8708

Re: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market

You brick the APC if you manage to kill the BIOS. Same is true for the RPi, you brick it if you managed to kill the GPU/SoC. At least for the APC, you can always replaced the BIOS chip as its socketed (it is probably a cheap EEPROM which means its programmable and hacker friendly). On the Pi, good ...
by hzrnbgy
Sun May 27, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8708

Re: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market

Not sure about that. The RPi SoC cannot automagically read FAT partition on SD cards without running some form of boot loader code which I assume is what the GPU boot ROM is for.

From what I've read, the APC comes with an onboard 2GB storage, enough for a small OS.
by hzrnbgy
Sun May 27, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8708

Re: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market

How is the APC BIOS different from the RPi GPU Boot ROM? Aren't they basically the same i.e. initialize some basic hardware so the device can boot from an external storage Assuming the BIOS functions in a similar way to a PC BIOS, it just seems an unnecessary (and costly) addition, as indeed is the...
by hzrnbgy
Sun May 27, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8708

Re: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market

How is the APC BIOS different from the RPi GPU Boot ROM? Aren't they basically the same i.e. initialize some basic hardware so the device can boot from an external storage
by hzrnbgy
Thu May 24, 2012 3:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived
Replies: 78
Views: 15260

Re: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived

If you look at the spec, it has Audio In / Mic out
by hzrnbgy
Wed May 23, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi-esqe. The new breed of computers
Replies: 30
Views: 3405

Re: Raspberry pi-esqe. The new breed of computers

I assume you made your own OS...

If the VIA can run a flavor of Debian/Ubuntu, i'll cancel my RPi order and go with it.
by hzrnbgy
Fri May 18, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Invitation to order from RS
Replies: 575
Views: 56581

Re: Invitation to order from RS

I have a pending order for $40 at Newark but will come in at August
by hzrnbgy
Fri May 18, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Invitation to order from RS
Replies: 575
Views: 56581

Re: Invitation to order from RS

I just got an invitation but RS wants $50 for a RPi ($35 + $7 tax + $8 shipping).

I'm not taking it.
by hzrnbgy
Fri May 18, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived
Replies: 78
Views: 15260

Re: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived

If it runs Android, then it has the Android community behind it.

With the advent of cloud applications (google docs, etc), I don't see any need for fancy word processors...
by hzrnbgy
Thu May 17, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 219621

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

Hello, two quick questions. But first a statement. I want to build a home server to backup my research files, and access them from work, or a conference. I'm a linux novice, using Ubuntu on the Desktop since 8.04. But I have little networking skills. I need to be able to access from Ubuntu, Win7, a...
by hzrnbgy
Wed May 16, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Greenhouse Automation
Replies: 15
Views: 8515

Re: Greenhouse Automation

I have the RFM70. They're good to around 50 ft (maybe more for direct line of sight). I've somehow developed a very crude meshing protocol that lets a node pass message to the nodes around it. It is still very basic and requires an MCU with bigger SRAM (obviously to store routing data). But I got it...
by hzrnbgy
Wed May 16, 2012 6:23 am
Forum: Other languages
Topic: Programming the ARM chip
Replies: 134
Views: 25938

Re: Programming the ARM chip

I'm not suggesting the guy to ditch the RPi. What I'm saying is if he really needs to go to the nitty-gritty of ARM programming (i.e considering a career in embedded electronics, design, etc), then there are more suitable and cheaper alternative to the RPi that are actually created to help anyone st...
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 15, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Greenhouse Automation
Replies: 15
Views: 8515

Re: Greenhouse Automation

These wireless modules use SPI to communicate with an MCU so it will work with everything that supports SPI. Since I'm using xmega (arduino's bigger brother MCU), it should work perfectly with an arduino (except that most Arduino boards are 5V even though the AVR chip itself supports down to 2.7V). ...
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 15, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Other languages
Topic: Programming the ARM chip
Replies: 134
Views: 25938

Re: Programming the ARM chip

For a nice way to play with ARM at the bare metal, I suggest the STM32 Discovery boards. They're ARM Cortex-M3 (or M0 or M4) so you're using the Thumb-2 instruction encodings, but you do have control over everything and can boot from flash. It's also easy to disable the USB ST-Link interface and pr...
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 15, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Policy on self-assembling?
Replies: 10
Views: 1490

Re: Policy on self-assembling?

what sort of programming are you going to use the Pi for? hardware (embedded), web development, game, etc?

there might be alternative...
by hzrnbgy
Tue May 15, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 7
Views: 10989

Re: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?

Just some 8 bit micro and a cheap LCD module off ebay. I'm almost done making a crude terminal output for the Pi. It will take the serial output from the UART and format it to fit the 26 chars x 26 lines display. Not very pretty for long boot messages but more than enough to display useful data
by hzrnbgy
Fri May 11, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 7
Views: 10989

Re: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?

anyone ready for matrix-themed RPi terminal?

http://instagr.am/p/KfXQb8Rrr_/
by hzrnbgy
Thu May 10, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 7
Views: 10989

Re: Possible to attach cheap screen module to Raspberry Pi?

<r>I'm serial-enabling this for some cheap terminal-based screen. Granted it won't be able to render fancy/accelerated graphics, it should be more than enough to display some data (readings from temp sensor, ip addresses, kernel debug message, etc).<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://instagr.am/p/KdZvhTxri...
by hzrnbgy
Thu May 10, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What happened to the Model A?
Replies: 72
Views: 7339

Re: What happened to the Model A?

haha, I just noticed the slogan!

Now where do we order the $25 computer?
by hzrnbgy
Thu May 10, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cancelling my order
Replies: 55
Views: 6916

Re: Cancelling my order

How is the Pi community going to do anything without a properly documented GPU?
by hzrnbgy
Mon May 07, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where to get a good PSU from
Replies: 33
Views: 5770

Re: Where to get a good PSU from

If you fancy reading datasheets from the manufacturers regarding their PSUs ripple, efficiency levels, etc, nothing beats good 'ol mouser.com

http://www.mouser.com/Power/Pl.....fmZ1z0wda9
by hzrnbgy
Mon May 07, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: finding a 6'' monochrome LCD for the pi
Replies: 2
Views: 2750

Re: finding a 6'' monochrome LCD for the pi

it shouldn't be hard to interface an LCD to the RPi with a microcontroller in between. You can drive a 20x4 charLCD or a 320x240 TFTLCD with an inexpensive MCU. Just have the RPi talk to the MCU via higher level command (thought the serial port) and let the MCU do the drawing on the screen.

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