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by tech_monkey
Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TV program for the PI
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

Re: TV program for the PI

@SN

I like that PI Live.
by tech_monkey
Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TV program for the PI
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

Re: TV program for the PI

<t>Will the foundation be doing any sort of TV program a bit like what the BBC did for the Beeb micro.<br/> <br/> I was thinking  you could broadcast it on Information TV.<br/> <br/> I know there is stuff on YouTube. But for schools its probably easier to tune into a TV program or record it for play...
by tech_monkey
Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 527
Views: 214786

Re: What was your first computer?

<r>A ZX80 got it in 1980.<br/> <br/> BBC Model B which then had various upgrades, floppy drive, then a case that had space for 2 built in floppy drives and the keyboard was in a separate case.The it got the expanded rom board with extra memory as well. I had the Wordwise ROM, and another but can't r...
by tech_monkey
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Kinect - Would it ever work with a Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 117
Views: 79073

Re: Kinect - Would it ever work with a Raspberry Pi?

You may want to look at OpenKinect.
by tech_monkey
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.
Replies: 18
Views: 5997

Re: Want to learn programming alongside my 6 year old.

<t>@Jaseman my soon to be six year old  would also have the same problem. But he already speaks two languages which is one more than me and some would say 2 more.<br/> <br/> I think my nine year old might enjoy some of the programming especially if it was colourful. So any tutorials suited to this a...
by tech_monkey
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 7" hdmi touchscreen
Replies: 8
Views: 8755

Re: 7" hdmi touchscreen

The touchscreen part is done via Usb this can clearly be seen in the photo. Large cable bundle at the bottom has what looks like a VGA connector and a USB connector.

Try here for HDMI monitors.
by tech_monkey
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How about this for a case.
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Re: How about this for a case.

<t>@Prodigit<br/> <br/> Erh no that's why I said touchpad.<br/> <br/> The original board had a 1Ghz cpu, ran windows 98 and had 512mB ram though you could have 1gb but as a sodim module it was quite expensive back then for the 1gb.I also ran Ubuntu on it for a while until the hard drive died.<br/> <...
by tech_monkey
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How about this for a case.
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Re: How about this for a case.

It is a case, I have taken the case apart loads of times. First time was to put in a 40Gb hard drive.
by tech_monkey
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi compared to...
Replies: 20
Views: 5101

Re: Raspberry Pi compared to...

<t>What about the BBC Micro B<br/> <br/> Category Raspi BBC Micro ModelB<br/> <br/> Year 2011 1981/82<br/> <br/> Clock 700 MHz  2MHz (though the memory was clocked at 4Mhz I think)<br/> <br/> Word size 32 bits   8bits<br/> <br/> Power consumption <5 watts   ??? watts<br/> <br/> Initial memory 128-25...
by tech_monkey
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How about this for a case.
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Re: How about this for a case.

Been thinking about a case for when I finally get a PI. Still waiting for RS to email me.

so thought about re-using this case I had for an Espresso PC.

Don't know if I can get the touchpad to work.
by tech_monkey
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!
Replies: 15
Views: 5126

Re: Oh no, my school is going to teach MS SmallBasic!

Wouldn't worry too much. If you are learning Python then you should find small basic easy as Pi.

Many of us learnt BBC Basic before graduating to other languages, or in my case I graduated to C then back down to VB and various others loosely based around VB concepts.
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Educational Programming Language
Replies: 73
Views: 25811

Re: Educational Programming Language

<t>Don't knock basic its a great way to start if taught properly.<br/> <br/> I learnt Basic first on a ZX80, in those days you where kind of on your own. But with luck you would find someone else who had been doing something similar and you would compare notes etc.<br/> <br/> I then moved to the BBC...
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?
Replies: 98
Views: 25571

Re: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?

<t>@Sanger<br/> <br/> I guess the IT department have never heard of MAC address filtering then. Wouldn't matter what SD card they put in with what ever OS. If the MAC address isn't in the list it can't connect to the network, end of story. And you set up filtering rules for these MAC addresses.<br/>...
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Girls and computers
Replies: 6
Views: 3490

Re: Girls and computers

<t>I remember those punch cards. Also remember at technical college they had a manual version. Looked like a metal spike with a handle. So you could code literary by hand. It was for a CNC milling machine. By my second year it was obsolete, it had a new shiny box where the card reader once was. You ...
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 15894

Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

LIRC anyone.
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Mass SD Card Replicator
Replies: 17
Views: 6925

Re: Mass SD Card Replicator

or why not make it the first project for the students. How to clone 30 SD cards in the shortest possible time.
by tech_monkey
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 15894

Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

<t>Boxee is actually just a branch of the XBMC with some extra non-open source bells and whistles. I know thats a bit over-simplified.<br/> <br/> I currently use my XBMC box to watch TV either from a browser (Midori or Firefox) or from within XBMC itself via various plugins. I run Ubuntu as the OS.<...
by tech_monkey
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: DMX controller for LED architectural lighting
Replies: 25
Views: 18006

Re: DMX controller for LED architectural lighting

YOu may want to look at DMX 4 Linux. I have also been looking at using the pi to control LED lighting. I have an RS232 or TTL 3 channel LED control board, and would like to use it with a PI. But may do down the DMX route.
by tech_monkey
Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: off grid media player /web access
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: off grid media player /web access

<t>In theory you should be able to do virtually all this within XBMC so either the openelec version or the Raspbmc version.<br/> <br/> There are plugins for TVCatchup, Iplayer etc. I did use the live version of XBMC on a normal PC and then downloaded Firefox and would then just log out of the XMBC.<...
by tech_monkey
Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cheapish HDMI portable display
Replies: 42
Views: 15288

Re: Cheapish HDMI portable display

<t>RMW5 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> That's nice, but not a touchscreen so you still need a cumbersome input device.  An alternative for mobile applications would be a small tablet or a [insert favourite brand here] smartphone running a remote desktop/VNC.  Has anybody worked out what the possible variat...
by tech_monkey
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cheapish HDMI portable display
Replies: 42
Views: 15288

Re: Cheapish HDMI portable display

Everything is more expensive than the PI. Even when you add up the cost of a keyboard and a mouse even cheap ones will be close to the cost of a PI.
by tech_monkey
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Open Pandora Handheld
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Re: Open Pandora Handheld

<t>I wonder if anyone will produce a case that will give you something similar to the Open Pandora Handheld console.  this in my mind is the closest thing I have seen to the R-Pi but at a cost of over 300 euros its a tad on the expensive side. But one you start looking at what its got, I can't actua...
by tech_monkey
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Digital Geology
Replies: 54
Views: 17548

Re: Digital Geology

If you are after a cheap Android tablet, have a look here.

I got mine on ebay but be careful, many are being sold as a Flytouch2 or 3 or even 4 when in fact they are not.
by tech_monkey
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cheapish HDMI portable display
Replies: 42
Views: 15288

Re: Cheapish HDMI portable display

Came across this display, and thought R-Pi. It also has a battery so would possibly be ideal for portable PI applications.Though a cheaper option would be this one .
by tech_monkey
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Digital Geology
Replies: 54
Views: 17548

Re: Digital Geology

<r>Found a low cost DGPS solution that may be of interest to you.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.wombat.ie/gps/">http://www.wombat.ie/gps/</URL><br/> <br/> Though I reckon you could have a PI logging GPS data for a particular point during the survey time take an average and then compare the average...

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