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by cashaw
Tue May 08, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 52662

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>I agree that there should be some effort in setting expectations on what you are actually getting when you buy a Pi. I started a topic called 'Setting Expectations' on the day the Pi was launched when I saw the explosion of messages on other forums from users claiming the the Pi could fly them to...
by cashaw
Tue May 08, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 52662

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>Actually, from that video I am quite surprised how quick it actually is in web browsing, the OP was mentioning 15 second delays and the like, but that video seems to show it trundling along just fine.<br/> <br/> Again, we all have laptops, desktops, smartphones etc. The RPi was never meant or sol...
by cashaw
Tue May 08, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Home Server
Replies: 24
Views: 11975

Re: Home Server

<r>I use one of these for my home server - <URL url="http://www.excito.com/content/.....-excito-b3">http://www.excito.com/content/.....-excito-b3</URL><br/> <br/> A little bit expensive but runs 24/7 at only 8watts. I almost forget it's there and it handles all my email, web and streaming needs.<br/...
by cashaw
Tue May 08, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: RPi and a TV ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3499

Re: RPi and a TV ?

<t>Thanks Guys, I will report back when I finally have my Pi and discover the best viewing options on a CRT.<br/> <br/> Incidently, I was always a little miffed that the RCA/BNC output on the BBC Model B was without the colour burst. Does anyone know the reason for this ? I know that Acorn User publ...
by cashaw
Mon May 07, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: RPi and a TV ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3499

Re: RPi and a TV ?

<t>I have got most of the bits and pieces together that I need to get my PI up and running. The only thing I am missing is having any display which is HDMI enabled, so I am left with my 32" CRT TV and RCA inputs.<br/> <br/> Is anyone using their rPI in this configuration ? Is it usable ? Text readab...
by cashaw
Mon May 07, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Lego
Replies: 9
Views: 5018

Re: Lego

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> We still have a lot of critics who tell us that we"re barking up the wrong tree: kids, they say, don"t want to program.<br/> <br/> I"m glad that neither we nor your scouts appear to have got that memo.<br/> <br/> <br/> Those comments always remind me about the nah-saye...
by cashaw
Sun May 06, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 52662

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>I agree, but that's life and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Ironically, these people must have been sat with their fingers on the reload button @ 0600 on Pi day and so I would have assumed they would have known and been excited enough to know what they were getting into.<br/> <br/> I arr...
by cashaw
Sat May 05, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 52662

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t><br/> No, where has the foundation ever said that this is a developers release? Perhaps the communication has been wrong ? Perhaps people expectations could have been better set ?<br/> <br/> I fully understand what the Rpi is and fully support this, but in the absolute beginners section of the fo...
by cashaw
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Email from Farnell
Replies: 223
Views: 49941

Re: Email from Farnell

Ordered around 10am on Pi day and just received the date of 21/5.

I am ultra happy as I was truely expecting it to be the end of June for me, so I am not complaining.
by cashaw
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Protecting GPIO pins
Replies: 29
Views: 7487

Re: Protecting GPIO pins

Thanks for the info...

If anything this is more of an issue than exposed GPIO pins for the novice user.
by cashaw
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Protecting GPIO pins
Replies: 29
Views: 7487

Re: Protecting GPIO pins

I am not sure you can get easier, or more elegant than sticking a bit of packing foam over the top of it.

Is the bottom of the R-Pi coated in any insulating layer ? Could it be placed on a metal table without problems ?
by cashaw
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We're visiting the testing labs tomorrow
Replies: 23
Views: 4653

Re: We're visiting the testing labs tomorrow

Andre_P said:


And yes I do know how to pronounce Ponypridd correctly


But do you know how to spell it
by cashaw
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Communication!
Replies: 65
Views: 8461

Re: Communication!

<t>This almost reminds me of ordering my BBC-B in 1983 and then having to wait 2 months until it arrived in stock ! Waiting "28 days for delivery...." was once the standard.<br/> <br/> I have nothing to complain about the situation, both this forum, Farnell and RS have given communication about expe...
by cashaw
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Enclosure concept to teach Solidworks CAD techniques.
Replies: 27
Views: 11389

Re: Raspberry Pi Enclosure concept to teach Solidworks CAD techniques.

That looks amazing!

Any chance of changing your concept to reality?
by cashaw
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Time to give up on RS?
Replies: 36
Views: 7879

Re: Time to give up on RS?

<t>I think you need to define the term 'developer' , I would suspect that the majority of those who were up and awake at 0600 and got one of the initial batch of 10,000 would have been die-hard developers who had followed R-Pi for months, realised it's potential and wanted to contribute.<br/> <br/> ...
by cashaw
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SCART video on the RasPi
Replies: 23
Views: 25787

Re: SCART video on the RasPi

<t>The whole thing about SECAM being French protectionism is a complete<br/> <br/> fallacy.<br/> <br/> SECAM was actually developed before PAL and was developed specifically to support the terrain of France giving large coverage over sparsly populated areas with few transmitters or repeaters. The So...
by cashaw
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How many do you invision purchasing?
Replies: 50
Views: 13428

Re: How many do you invision purchasing?

<t>One model B to start with and when I figure out what I can do with it, then I think most of my projects will be able to run with a model A.<br/> <br/> All my projects are rather silly home automation type things, but at $25 dollars each then it is all good fun without taxing my pocket too heavily...
by cashaw
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell offering exclusive development software?
Replies: 29
Views: 7175

Re: Farnell offering exclusive development software?

<t>On Look North a couple of weeks back they did a piece on the RPI and quoted Farnell in Leeds as the only global distributer of the device, I wonder where Look North got this information from  I've always admired* Look North's ability to find a local angle to any global news story, however obscure...
by cashaw
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell offering exclusive development software?
Replies: 29
Views: 7175

Re: Farnell offering exclusive development software?

<t>It's a fair question and a good idea if Farnell can offer "starter packs" with a basic SD card loaded and configured to get newbies on their way.<br/> <br/> I wouldn't class myself as a complete newbie, but it would also be good if they offered a list of approved USB dongles which are known to wo...
by cashaw
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Setting expectations...
Replies: 37
Views: 8148

Re: Setting expectations...


That's an idea ! Bring Fred Harris out of retirement to present a new series of "Making the most of the Raspberry" !

by cashaw
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Setting expectations...
Replies: 37
Views: 8148

Re: Setting expectations...

<t>First off, I love the RaspberryPI and all it stands for, I feel like a kid again, waiting for my BBC B to be delivered in 1983 ! (Is it real 30 years ago ??)<br/> <br/> I have followed RPI for almost a year and have been as excited about it as most everyone, I am willing to wait a little bit long...

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