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by brian_reiter
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Have I damaged my Pi when connecting USB hub? [Solved]
Replies: 15
Views: 3336

Re: Have I caused damage to my Pi when connecting USB hub?

Wish I I knew, the power issues are a pain. The difficulty in getting a good USB style power supply is frustrating, seeing as I have any number of regulated 5volt supplies I'm contemplating getting a breakout board for the USB and wiring the xxxxxxx thing directly. As I an testify, most cheap powere...
by brian_reiter
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: VAX/VMS on RaspberryPi
Replies: 11
Views: 19932

Re: VAX/VMS on RaspberryPi

Glad I'm not the only sad one then! Although, to be fair, VMS is my day job.
by brian_reiter
Thu May 24, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cheap 7" TFT for RPI - Chinch
Replies: 2
Views: 2686

Re: Cheap 7

The one I received (looks very similar) is easily powered from a 12Volt supply (used a one I had for LED strip lights). Haven't tried on the Pi yet but works fine with the DuinoMite. In the UK it costs £25 including postage from China.
by brian_reiter
Fri May 18, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived
Replies: 78
Views: 20066

Re: The Pi's Chinese rival has arrived

Not really the same, but the A10 chipset is extremely good for the cash. Decent 1-1.2Ghz CPU with a very good 400MHz Mali400 GPU, capable of running Android 4 very smoothly, some places call it a 1.6Ghz which is basically the 1.2Ghz CPU + the 400Mhz GPU. All the current cheap Tablets run the same c...
by brian_reiter
Thu May 17, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Invitation to order from RS
Replies: 575
Views: 85589

Re: Invitation to order from RS

Received my invitation to order today, great excitement. However when I clock on the link in the email it can;t find the site. Is anyone else having problems? Can browse to the main RS site without a problem Aye, it does seem a bit unhappy. Wonder if its just down to the volume of traffic, it worke...
by brian_reiter
Wed May 09, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: 30 + new Rpi compatible hardware boards
Replies: 18
Views: 7588

Re: 30 + new Rpi compatible hardware boards

How about something like this? Came to just over 25 pounds including postage. There's no HDMI or VGA but it does work with my DuinoMite.

It may be worth a look.
by brian_reiter
Fri May 04, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows on Pi?
Replies: 154
Views: 30710

Re: Windows on Pi?

Sounds a bit like a general purpose cluster with some form of supervisory node running the primary graphics terminal. Effectively built in load balancing.
by brian_reiter
Thu May 03, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows on Pi?
Replies: 154
Views: 30710

Re: Windows on Pi?

Or perhaps we need some more interesting developments in CPUs? I suspect that since the 1990s there have been very few radical deveopments.
by brian_reiter
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: PiBasic
Replies: 27
Views: 6018

Re: PiBasic

Gordon's BASIC is quite good, I nabbed a copy a couole of week or so back. Another potential for real ease of use is something like the DuinoMite Mega, its has direct support for the pins etc. embedded in the BASIC.
by brian_reiter
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberry pi already failed ?
Replies: 222
Views: 36918

Re: raspberry pi already failed ?

<t><br/> The only one I don't know how to fix is the Windows bias in schools. But maybe, just maybe, there are some good teachers and tech support people out there who will embrace and push the systems rather than just stick with what they know.<br/> <br/> <br/> You may need to fix the Windows bias ...
by brian_reiter
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberry pi already failed ?
Replies: 222
Views: 36918

Re: raspberry pi already failed ?

<t>The "golden age" largely depends on point of view (and perhaps age). To some it may indeed be the 8/16-bit micro period of the 80s and early 90s, to to others the golden age was the 60s and 70s, the PDP series and so on. I know a number of people who was lyrical about the PDP-8 and PDP-11, but th...
by brian_reiter
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?
Replies: 98
Views: 20991

Re: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?

From what I can gather, Microsoft, Google, the BCS et al are getting involved. Hopefully it will benefit the education system and hence business but, cynic that I am, I'm not overly convinced.
by brian_reiter
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: element14 payement safety to
Replies: 30
Views: 5092

Re: element14 payement safety to

<t>As far as I know its a standard security measure, it verifies that the person doing the transaction has the card in front of them.<br/> <br/> According to Wikipedia its illegal to store this number (at least in the US) but I suspect any company caught being fraudulent wth it would soon find thems...
by brian_reiter
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 26740

Re: Development environments

<t>It depends what you're used to and what makes most sense.<br/> <br/> Most of the time I use text editors (TPU) from a terminal sesssion to the system which we develop on. I could use Netbeans or Eclispse but for remote work they tend to be painfully slow, and even used for local development on th...
by brian_reiter
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Replies: 42
Views: 6986

Re: What are you reading at the moment?

The Joe Abercrombie stuff is entertaining stuff. Just finished off the latest in Chris Woodings' Chronicles of the Ketty Jay series, not sure if its fantasy or science fiction, great fun though.
by brian_reiter
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Ordered something else to fill the time
Replies: 65
Views: 14205

Re: Ordered something else to fill the time

Looking at the DuinoMite boards, may have a go at hooking one up to the GameDuino.

Look quite interesting and plenty of I/O. More info here
by brian_reiter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Figures suggest computer science graduates face highest unemployment rate
Replies: 22
Views: 4800

Re: Figures suggest computer science graduates face highest unemployment rate

<t>Can't say I'm too surprised.<br/> <br/> Personally I would say course content is poor and very light on the useful skills (problem solving etc.). When I've interviewed, foreign graduates come across so much better and seem to be more clued up.<br/> <br/> Plus of course, you get graduates who may ...
by brian_reiter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 4841

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

Especially as email could be used in its place. Just ZIP things up and change the extension.
by brian_reiter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 4841

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

<t>steveking said: <br/> <br/> <br/> alexeames said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Same position with monitors in our IT suite. For those who are locked down, have you considered booting from a memory stick or CD with a bootable linux installation on instead of Windows? Or is that a sackable offence?<br/> <br/>...
by brian_reiter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Something away from 'Where's my RPi', New Elizabethans
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: Something away from 'Where's my RPi', New Elizabethans

How about Conway Berbers-Lee? Tim's dad and possibly equally important in the field of computing. Or Sir Maurice Wilkes or Tony Hoare? Plenty of good engineers from the dawn of computing.1
by brian_reiter
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 4841

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"



Sounds like a standard support contract to me. At least the guy is willing to talk to you, some jobsworths wouldn't.
by brian_reiter
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: MVS on the RPi?
Replies: 7
Views: 2852

Re: MVS on the RPi?

<r>*chuckle*<br/> <br/> If you can find an emalator for it, it may work.<br/> <br/> On the topic of old systems, simh (<URL url="http://simh.trailing-edge.com/">http://simh.trailing-edge.com/</URL>) may well compile on the Raspberry PI, it seems to work on VMS ( Alpha and Itanium), Linux and Windows...
by brian_reiter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 39857

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Chris Rowland said: <br/> <br/> <br/> My point is that giving people a command prompt and letting them get on with it is throwing them in at the deep end.<br/> <br/> The sort of thing people need is some help about the basic things, in this case the syntax of the "for" keyword.<br/> <br/> What wa...
by brian_reiter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 39857

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>I'm not a huge fan of Python, but one of its virtues is that it is cross platform. So from a terminal session I can do this:<br/> <br/> (HUGINN)REITER>python<br/> Python 2.5.4 (r254:67916, May 31 2010, 21:16:50) [DECC] on OpenVMS<br/> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more info...
by brian_reiter
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 37358

Re: Greatest game of all time

Hmmm, Wizball and Dropzone on the C64 I think, Frontier on the Amiga.

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