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by Jongoleur
Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Model A's
Replies: 47
Views: 5357

Re: Model A's

liz wrote:(20 Feb 2012 23:02)
And you'll definitely be able to buy Model As in March.

I must congratulate Liz for her prescience so long ago...... ;)
by Jongoleur
Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Android Mini PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2109

Re: Android Mini PC

Another Android SBC is the APC8750 which is available from RS Components

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/single-bo ... r/7689782/

This appears to have a community about it, and a port of Raspbian is available to make it a bit less tabletty.
by Jongoleur
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What is the LOWEST level language??
Replies: 33
Views: 5068

Re: What is the LOWEST level language??

Not strictly true, Burngate. Computer output devices used both Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT) devices and hard-copy devices over the years. In 1949, the first (British) stored-program computer, EDSAC, used a CRT, derived from radar displays, for its binary output. (Input was by means of a rotating telephon...
by Jongoleur
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Processor part number?
Replies: 16
Views: 1257

Re: Raspberry Pi Processor part number?

... I suggest this topic be locked I must say that the other mods have been very forebearing, "I want a BCM2835" has been thrashed to death several times since the Pi was launched, and perhaps even before then... And the rudeness of the OP is quite breathtaking. Well - I haven't locked a topic for ...
by Jongoleur
Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How many have been sold?
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: How many have been sold?

Before launch there was excitement about them expecting to sell 20,000. Not so long before launch there were credible concerns that 10000 units might be a bit ambitious. We used to celebrate the number of new members and got really excited when various milestones (500, 1000, 2000....) were passed. ...
by Jongoleur
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi User Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Re: Raspberry Pi User Guide

Its a frabjous day! Got in just in time to intercept the postie on the doorstep to get: Raspberry Pi User Guide, pre-ordered donks ago from Amazon. A Rev 2 Raspberry Pi ordered from Element 14 on 21/9 (6 days ago!). A clutch of 8Gb SD cards ordered from 7DayShop also ordered 6 days ago. All I can sa...
by Jongoleur
Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Disturbing signatures
Replies: 19
Views: 2201

Re: Disturbing signatures

Must admit, bonkers sigs have never bothered me, even in those far off days of creative ASCII art.....

There's no point in denying others "creativity" when its straightforward to switch off whatever is a personal peeve, just grin and bear it. :-)
by Jongoleur
Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: For sale
Topic: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)
Replies: 122
Views: 23491

Re: Pibow (a colourful case for your Raspberry Pi)

My Pibow arrived yesterday: Being a bear of little brain (especially on a Saturday morning) I assembled it without removing the protective film from the acrylic segments, though it soon penetrated that something was wrong when I found that the nylon bolts seemed too short and it clicked that perhaps...
by Jongoleur
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: looking for a power button
Replies: 23
Views: 7226

Re: looking for a power button

You always know where you are with one of these http://www.ecomponentsuk.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=121-0001 I haven't seen any small/cheap pushbutton switches with a latching action, most seem to have a momentary action. The ones I have seen have either been shallow and expensive or deep and slightl...
by Jongoleur
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: User Guide listed on Amazon
Replies: 37
Views: 3948

Re: User Guide listed on Amazon

Currently (1st July @ 9AM BST), the Raspberry Pi User Guide is ranking on Amazon at: #21 in all books and at #1 for books/computers and internet.

I suppose its being kept out of the top 20 mainly by "50 shades of mummy porn", its sequels and imitators...... :shock:
by Jongoleur
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Running with Power port unplugged
Replies: 68
Views: 12709

Re: Running with Power port unplugged

I encountered the "powering a Pi from a powered USB hub through the data connector" phenomenon today when I got it out to power a USB HDD. Its the LOGIK LP4HUB10 4-port Powered USB Hub sold for 13 quid by PC World. As it was disconcerting to see the Pi power up when the "official" PSU was disconnect...
by Jongoleur
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How many Pi's are out there now?
Replies: 35
Views: 3269

Re: How many Pi's are out there now?

Interfering European Trade Rules stopped it being made in the UK ISTR. . . I think capacity was also a major factor. I believe that when enquiries were being made about UK manufacture for the first 10K were being made, offers to produce the first batch either by June or some hundreds at an earlier ...
by Jongoleur
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8705

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

tufty wrote:
Jongoleur wrote:I was getting confused - the line editor in CP/M is called ed.
Unix, too.
Which is where this discursion on editors started - about 7 posts up.. Well, ok it was sed, but I dragged ed in too..... :-)
by Jongoleur
Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8705

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

Speaking as a bearded geek, who prefers WYSIWGY editors, I don't remember "ed" in MS-DOS. I remember "edlin", which IMO was a terrible editor. I remember "ed" from Unix in 1977. It's a terrific editor for 10 CPS teletypes. Documentation is just 4 pages, two of which describe regular expressions. I ...
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Review
Replies: 18
Views: 2581

Re: Raspberry Pi Review

I'll send my Pi to Horse & Hounds and see what they come up with ... H&H will point out (at length) that it isn't suited to 3 Day Eventing and has very strange dietary requirements. "The Field" will find that it would be unsporting to use it as a lure for trout or salmon, but it might be adequate f...
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8705

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

I don't know, maybe those years of MS-DOS and loading drivers in Win3.0, 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, 2000 have stood me in good stead. All of that plus some programming in basic, although all of that is pretty rusty from 30 of disuse. Sure I bang my head sometimes but has not been all that hard. The biggest...
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PI OS from RS??
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: PI OS from RS??

I BELIEVE that its the Debian release, downloadable from the Downloads tab on the front page here. There are instructions on how to get it onto an SD card too.

RS weren't offering a preinstalled SD card when I ordered, so I don't know what the class/capacity of the card they're now offering is.
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Review
Replies: 18
Views: 2581

Re: Raspberry Pi Review

* Anyone remember what you had to type in MSDOS to get the graphical ** environment? :lol: ** If you'd paid extra and installed it... Today I made a joke which was not caught by a lot of my younger colleagues. Somebody complained about the large number of compiler warnings in the latest code releas...
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Review
Replies: 18
Views: 2581

Re: Raspberry Pi Review

As is often said at another place "You must be new around here..." :) I'm not trying to be snide, but the performance "limitations" of the Pi are well known and have been well publicised by the Foundation; Anything graphical that uses the GPU will perform as briskly as you'd want it to. Anything tha...
by Jongoleur
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: VIA's entry into the low cost computer market
Replies: 102
Views: 8705

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

Proper programmers drink home distilled plum brandy. Simon Which explains "off by 1" errors, stack overflows and the like..... 8-) Real programmers do it in microcode, or so I'm told, with prodigious quantities of high-caffine beverages. Anything that comes out of a can doesn't count. As for the VI...
by Jongoleur
Thu May 31, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Orphaned Pies
Replies: 11
Views: 4457

Re: Orphaned Pies

grumpyoldgit wrote:
P1TH0N_PH4N wrote:It is a very good sign that this post is empty.
That's because everyone is over at Ebay!
Must pop over there sometime and see what the going rate is. :lol:

We need a script to keep an eye on ebay and report start, end low/high prices for raspberry pi, like a stock market ticker...
by Jongoleur
Wed May 30, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Poll, would you have paid extra for a proved working PI / SD
Replies: 27
Views: 2915

Re: Poll, would you have paid extra for a proved working PI

The SD card problem seems to arise from several approaches to sourcing SD cards. 1. Some users have gone the "more is best" route, and chosen a huge, expensive Class 10 card despite pre-launch warnings that they don't work. 2. Othes have gone for the cheapest cards to be found on ebay, often of the ...
by Jongoleur
Wed May 30, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Guides for beginners?
Replies: 5
Views: 827

Re: Guides for beginners?

As mentioned above, there are plenty of online resources to familiaries the new user with Linux in general and the Raspberry Pi in particular. However, there is also a place for offline resources too. Drop into a bookshop, or a larger public library - there are plenty of books that provide introduct...
by Jongoleur
Tue May 22, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Unboxing - Most Important Size Comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 1809

Re: Unboxing - Most Important Size Comparison

dhardingham wrote:I suspect that many Raspi owners may be too young to remember this futuristic little gadget! :lol:
The trick is to try not to indicate that you DO recognise it..... 8-)
by Jongoleur
Tue May 22, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Unboxing - Most Important Size Comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 1809

Re: Unboxing - Most Important Size Comparison

Ok, so why are you comparing the Pi with what appears to be a portable inkwell?

:lol:

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