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by gregtaylor
Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 6562

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>I am not a teacher so not qualified in any way to comment on what actually takes place in the classroom but some things are very evident to me as an outsider:<br/> <br/> 1.   Office automation is not ICT in the same way that being able to drive a car does not make me an automotive engineer.<br/> ...
by gregtaylor
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 6562

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>Something is very wrong when experience of Microsoft Office is seen as ICT.  Office is useful if you want to be a secretary,or work in marketing (though brush up on other IT skills).  I expect my IT staff to be able to use Office because it is useful if they need to write or present anything.  Dr...
by gregtaylor
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.
Replies: 119
Views: 25793

Re: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.

<t>I agree with the sentiment, it is a great shame that so little IT is now built in the UK but I am just as sad that we do not build many cars, washing machines, televisions etc etc.  I used to drive a UK-made Honda but have never been sure if that counts as British or not?  It employed a British w...
by gregtaylor
Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?
Replies: 514
Views: 232020

Re: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?

<t>tritonium said:<br/> <br/> <br/> To think I still have a couple of floppy discs (@1.44 Mbyte each) on which is my operating system (dos), programming language (quickbasic compileable) and all my programs!! In those days a gygabyte was science fiction.<br/> <br/> Dave,  In the 80s, I ran a softwar...
by gregtaylor
Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Computer in a keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 2934

Re: Computer in a keyboard

Slaeshjag,  are you keen to share your info on 4K chips?  I have started building a UK101 on Veroboard but my stash of 4K RAM chips is empty.

Greg
by gregtaylor
Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?
Replies: 514
Views: 232020

Re: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?

<t>A long time ago I saw some research work where a scientist had built lots of little computers each with a Z80 processor,a bit of ROM for the program and a bit of RAM for its workspace.  Each processor would do one small part of a major system.  He had many dozens doing the job of a digital teleph...
by gregtaylor
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Computer in a keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 2934

Re: Computer in a keyboard

<t>My main interest is with early 8 bit computers from the 70s and 80s.  Some of these are now getting incredibly rare so rather than risk breaking them (try getting a 4KB memory chip!) I now tend to use emulators to run old programs (especially to keep my hand in using 6502 and Z80 assembler).  The...

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