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by Dapa
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Solar powered web server
Replies: 15
Views: 5162

Re: Solar powered web server

From two years ago (before pi) this person attempted a solar powered, zero energy, ARM-based web server using a SheevaPlug :-

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/11 ... me_server/
by Dapa
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: how good is the magpi
Replies: 26
Views: 7685

Re: how good is the magpi

Initially, I thought it was a bit amateur and cringe worthy... and I still do, but that's the whole point :-) It reminded me of when I used to write fanzines in the 90s... although many never even 'launched' and the best circulation I could get was the school magazine, with the deputy head teacher h...
by Dapa
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy
Replies: 9
Views: 2709

Re: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy

In fact, just to add that my wireless keyboard from Wilko's was a 'Trust' branded, not TEXET.
by Dapa
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linux, Windows and Wake on Lan
Replies: 5
Views: 12911

Re: Linux, Windows and Wake on Lan

A device can still have it's own IP address reserved indefinitely, even if it switched off most of the time.
Simply allocate an IP address for it which is outside of the DHCP pool.
by Dapa
Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy
Replies: 9
Views: 2709

Re: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy

rurwin wrote: I'm off to Tesco; at least there are reports that theirs works.
I've also tried a (wired) Tesco keyboard brought a couple of years ago. It works fine with the Pi, although travel on it was lousy - hence why I jumped at the chance to replace it.
by Dapa
Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy
Replies: 9
Views: 2709

Re: TEXET keyboard from Wilkinsons -- do not buy

Presumably this is a wired TEXET keyboard? I brought the wireless TEXET mouse / keyboard combo from Wiko at £15 and to me it's a great buy... for messing around with the Pi, at any rate.
by Dapa
Wed May 30, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quake III
Replies: 71
Views: 31810

Re: Quake III

Hi - loaded it all up and can launch it (thanks Tass!), but no sound (several have mentioned this - I guess this is ongoing?). Also, as I dont have a CD, I can only load demo levels, and I can't load any bots?? bit lonely in the halls... Do the demo levels let you do anything? If you check the mess...
by Dapa
Wed May 30, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Can I SSH into the device without any initial setup?
Replies: 19
Views: 8107

Re: Can I SSH into the device without any initial setup?

It'd be nice if the Pi came with a usable, working serial port. I'm used to being able to plug in a serial cable and see the boot messages. Seems like this would be more reliable than having to get either of the "regular" video outputs (HDMI or composite) working. Oh well. I can dream... It sends t...
by Dapa
Mon May 28, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Youtube HTML5 Working on Debian.
Replies: 5
Views: 13501

Re: Youtube HTML5 Working on Debian.

In addition, Raspbmc (http://www.raspbmc.com) should be able to play the majority of YouTube videos (with a plug-in, I think?)
by Dapa
Wed May 23, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Re: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins

As for the original post the WIKI is a nightmare of confusion, if you see the thread titled GPIO 0 in this forum you will see what I mean. But basically if you are using the python library then the number relates to the pin number, ignore any other numbers. So if you set 11 as an output it is liter...
by Dapa
Wed May 23, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Re: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins

Just use the python library and it will operate as a GPIO pin, regardless of any special function that the pin is also capable of. Is that this library? http://pypi.python.org/pypi/RPi.GPIO As that's what I currently have installed, along with using these commands in Python :- import RPi.GPIO as GP...
by Dapa
Wed May 23, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Re: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins

Not sure what you are trying to do here, as the link doesn't work. The GPIO pins can drive a (high efficiency) LED with a few mA, either to ground or from 3V3. Obviously you will need a current limitation resistor (of a few hundred ohms) in series with the LED. The "drive strength" of a GPIO can be...
by Dapa
Wed May 23, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Re: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins

The code you gave switches pin 11 on the RPi board. The GPIO nn notation on the wiki is very confusing which is why the python module uses board pin numbers. There does seem to be a fair amount of confusion on the exact references, but this text from the article linked above seems suggest the libra...
by Dapa
Wed May 23, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Problem lighting LED on GPIO pins

I’m trying out the basic example of lighting an LED from the GPIO pins. I’ve got a circuit ready to go, but for the moment I’m having problems switching a voltage between two of the pins. I’m following this guide, which uses Python to turn an LED on and off :- http://www.doctormonk.com/2012/05/gpio-...
by Dapa
Tue May 22, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Distribution now in Beta
Replies: 111
Views: 48779

Re: Raspbmc Distribution now in Beta

How reliable are people finding the latest beta? I'm finding it crashes frequently and on every occasion when trying to change the region.
by Dapa
Sun May 13, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Too much cellphone production making fab space for Pi's hard to come by?
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: Too much cellphone production making fab space for Pi's

1,546,000,000 mobile phones were said to have shipped worldwide in 2011. If we're to say that 500,000 RaspPis will be sold over the next 12 months, this represents just 0.03% of the worldwide production of mobile-orientated designs. The components used in the RaspPi are generally considered commodit...
by Dapa
Sun May 13, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The new forums are here!
Replies: 115
Views: 21210

Re: The new forums are here!

I've switched to the ProSilver for the moment and I'm very grateful for Eban for providing this option as I would had stopped visiting the forums without it. I'm an interface designer by trade and try to be open-minded to new designs. In times gone by I've had parts of my work criticised by forum co...
by Dapa
Wed May 09, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Here's an ebay scalper who needs teaching a lesson....
Replies: 21
Views: 3568

Re: Here's an ebay scalper who needs teaching a lesson....

<t>smartybones said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I Heard somewhere that the foundation were going to keep back some boards to sell on ebay to stop the resale of boards, but that would not have worked. Those boards will just have supplied the re-sellers with additional boards to sell....<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> ...
by Dapa
Wed May 09, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is it me, or has RS gone very quiet?
Replies: 44
Views: 7189

Re: Is it me, or has RS gone very quiet?

<t>semtex said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> I"d like to think I"m in the first 4,000 - but seemingly not since not since no invitation to order as yet<br/> <br/> <br/> RS mentioned in another thread that the 4000 RasPis would be given to users who expressed an interest up to 6:05am. In other words they ...
by Dapa
Tue May 08, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is it me, or has RS gone very quiet?
Replies: 44
Views: 7189

Re: Is it me, or has RS gone very quiet?

<t>This unique ordering experience is making me super-paranoid. I registered interest with RS not long after 6am on launch day. I'd like to think I'm in the first 4,000 - but seemingly not since not since no invitation to order as yet - hence I was going through my mail server logs today to make dou...
by Dapa
Tue May 08, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linux, Windows and Wake on Lan
Replies: 5
Views: 12911

Re: Linux, Windows and Wake on Lan

<r>There should be an easier way to do this, although not as involved or fun.<br/> <br/> I was able to get wake-on-LAN to work with a iMac a few years back, using a PHP script as the trigger, hosted on a external web server.<br/> <br/> 1. Set up wake-on-LAN as required on the PCs BIOS / OS.<br/> <br...
by Dapa
Wed May 02, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First Spam from Farnell
Replies: 6
Views: 1445

Re: First Spam from Farnell

<t>I don't personally have a huge problem with this 'spam' (of sorts). I have my own modest customer list from people who have brought from me in the past or signed up for free services on my web site.<br/> <br/> I don't go out of my way to include opt-in check boxes, because frankly I can imagine t...
by Dapa
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: GCSE Project: RPi Case
Replies: 16
Views: 3837

Re: GCSE Project: RPi Case

It is said to be possible to link two or more PIs together and increase the processing power. There's open source software available that could be complied and will allow code to run across many devices. Not that many people have two or more PIs at the moment!
by Dapa
Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21266

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

<r>I noticed this a few weeks back. By contrast Maplin have 'economy' HDMI leads for £10 <br/> <br/> I brought the Poundland lead for a games console and it works fine. It would be interesting if someone could take apart the Poundland lead and find out if it's reasonable quality or not. But still, f...
by Dapa
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: BBC review
Replies: 29
Views: 3879

Re: BBC review

<t>rurwin said: <br/> <br/> "Program" is correct in context and has been differentiated for a long time. Compare also "disk" and "disc"; the former is the US spelling and is now used in computing, whereas the latter is still the correct UK spelling in other contexts.<br/> When it came to the Amstrad...

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