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by Doogle
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: No, I didnt get one.
Replies: 23
Views: 4221

Re: No, I didnt get one.

Well, I have got an estimated delivery date of 14th May from Farnell, still haven't heard anything from RS so I'll give up on them.
by Doogle
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: No, I didnt get one.
Replies: 23
Views: 4221

Re: No, I didnt get one.

<t>I was stuck in a Hotel in Sheffield with a dodgy WiFi connection. Managed to get onto the RS site by about 6:05 and registered – haven't heard anything since. Also I didn't get anything from the Mailing List here, sob sob….<br/> <br/> When I did manage to get to the Farnell site it was just anoth...
by Doogle
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Post Release
Replies: 5
Views: 1271

Re: Post Release

<t>Just wondering whether, post release, these Forums will be expanded to include something like a 'Knowledge Base' section where the Gurus can add 'HowTo' articles for us Linux 'Virgins'. Perhaps as a sub-section under FAQ.<br/> <br/> I'm thinking about things that may seem obvious to those already...
by Doogle
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 12925

Re: Is this a British website?

"Jetteson" - we need a spell-checker, but I guess I can hide behind the fact I'm in Essex!
by Doogle
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 12925

Re: Is this a British website?

<t>In Suffolk and Essex I've only ever heard them called 'Rolls', with prefaces of 'Crispy' (for the ones that take all the skin off the roof of your mouth when you bite into them), and 'Finger' or 'Hot Dog' (for the ones that jetesson the Ketchup / Mustard all down your front when you bite into the...
by Doogle
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 12925

Re: Is this a British website?

<t>Sounds like a good project for a distributed team of Raspberries, a Rpi 'director' at the front end, one Rpi per Forum (or set of Forums) in the middle and an Rpi (or two) distributed DBMS at the back end. If the perfomance sucks just throw more computing power at it (now, where have I heard that...
by Doogle
Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 12925

Re: Is this a British website?

I'll take a stab in the dark and suggest that the Software is sourced from the US of A.

(Shouldn't that have been "Americanized"? LOL)
by Doogle
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New here and feeling a bit overwhelmed
Replies: 36
Views: 7721

Re: New here and feeling a bit overwhelmed

<t>I like Andre_P's data / information / knowledge relationship; it could be expressed thus:<br/> <br/> Sum of Data (in context) = Information<br/> <br/> Sum of Information (in context) = Knowledge<br/> <br/> Sum of Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom = Data for someone else<br/> <br/> BTW: The implemen...
by Doogle
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Concept for a case
Replies: 121
Views: 74227

Re: Concept for a case

<t>I was thinking of using one of those plastic / polythene boxes pre-recorded VHS Tapes used to come with (In my case – excuse the pun – size doesn't matter). I'm sure loads of kids / their parents will have one or two which could be 'liberated'.<br/> <br/> Plenty of room for a Battery Pack, USB Hu...
by Doogle
Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What's in a Name?
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: What's in a Name?

<t>Well, I've looked at the FAQ and most threads in the Forum and can't see a question (or answer) asking how the name "Raspberry Pi" was chosen.<br/> <br/> I'm guessing that it wasn't a random "stick a pin in the Dictionary" approach and that there's a story (hopefully convoluted) behind it. Perhap...
by Doogle
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Worried about teaching Computing? I can help.
Replies: 29
Views: 7229

Re: Worried about teaching Computing? I can help.

<t>I, too, would like to offer my services, if I can be of any use.<br/> <br/> I started Programming in 1972 (IBM Assembler) moved on to Fortran, Algol, APL, other Assembly languages, Basic, VB, VB.Net, C (application for Nintendo DS), tinkered with PHP and recently Java (application for Blackberry ...
by Doogle
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: The Manchester Grammar School - What we're up to
Replies: 10
Views: 3677

Re: The Manchester Grammar School - What we're up to

<t>More power to your Elbow.<br/> <br/> Sounds like a well thought out approach.  I also like the idea of a collaborative working from day one, you can't start to build Teams too early (IMHO). The response you've had from the Students speaks for itself. Hope it pans out the way you've planned it.<br...
by Doogle
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 47469

Re: Best first language

<t>'Cross Assembler' or 'Cross Compiler' really doesn't matter, it's just the difference whether the code creates the Op codes (Cross Assemebly) or the Mnemomics (Cross Compiler). You'll have to excuse me, as I started Computing in 1974, so some definitons have changed their meaning since then.<br/>...
by Doogle
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 47469

Re: Best first language

<t>I would agree with the earlier suggestion of Assembler. Of course it doesn't have to be ARM Assembler as it's quite possible to create a cross compiler for, eg the 6502 instruction set, which IMHO, was / is fairly straightforward.<br/> <br/> As has also been suggested, I'd leave OOP until the stu...
by Doogle
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Control and communication via internet
Replies: 23
Views: 6635

Re: Control and communication via internet

<t>@Liam<br/> <br/> My pennyworth:<br/> <br/> I think that a basic tutorial on Asynchronous TCP /IP bi-directional communications between the Pi and another computer would be useful. (eg Buffering data, example of an Application Protocol etc.) What happens at either end once messages have been sent ...
by Doogle
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 162669

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

On the subject of Basic Statements / Functions, my contribution: ARRAY, PRESERVE, LBOUND, UBOUND, SPLIT, JOIN, FILTER (everyone loves Arrays) Perhaps a Data Type of BOOLEAN should be included I didn't see the LOG, ATN and FORMAT functions mentioned Also (IMHO), it's useful having functions to cast v...

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