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by W. H. Heydt
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

itimpi wrote:[They are well past the free allocation of 100,000 and will not reach the 10c bracket of 5 million.
First part of that...sure, no argument. Second part...not yet, but how sure are you it won't happen? Or is that annual sales? (And even then...)
by W. H. Heydt
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A plea to the Foundation re. MPEG-2
Replies: 153
Views: 43333

Re: A plea to the Foundation re. MPEG-2

Please correct me if I'm wrong but the licence is acually needed only because of patents issues. If so, then it only applies to the countries where software can be patented. So, for example it should not be a legal problem to sell RPi in EU (and many other countries) with MPEG2 decoding, without pa...
by W. H. Heydt
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: farnell/element14 glitch?
Replies: 3
Views: 882

Re: farnell/element14 glitch?

If it were me...I'd order as soon as I could. You won't get it any earlier by waiting...
by W. H. Heydt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: future availability
Replies: 25
Views: 5758

Re: future availability

With regard to multiple order, that seem to be a premature announcement - I still don't think many will be able to buy in multiples. As to the speed of ramp up - this is a complicated thing. It's not just manufacturing time (which takes time to organise)- you also need to factor in the time to get ...
by W. H. Heydt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Is the Raspberry Pi good for someone with no experience?
Replies: 7
Views: 1773

Re: Is the Raspberry Pi good for someone with no experience?

Another advantage to using the Pi to learn about Linux...if you trash the system, all you have to do is reload the SD card and you're back in business. Of course, this is easiest if you take the precaution of holding a backup image somewhere so it's a simple copy process rather than having to instal...
by W. H. Heydt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: How to know Debian is about to reboot ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: How to know Debian is about to reboot ?

(I don't know Python, but I've done a lot of programming in other languages over the last 50 years...)

Since one of things done during shutdown is to kill all processes, can Python intercept the kill signal?
by W. H. Heydt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ...Model A...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1810

Re: ...Model A...?

It is. We don't have a definite date at the moment because that has to do with how quickly the distributors can get on top of the current backlog (which is massive) along with some other stuff; we're tentatively saying we'll start making them in September, but that's VERY subject to change and does...
by W. H. Heydt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First impression
Replies: 43
Views: 4623

Re: First impression

Well...it IS correct that when I was 8 I didn't see lines of text scrolling up a screen... But when I was 8...the IBM 1620 came out that year and the 1401 was two years in the future. Sputnik I was launched about 7 months after my birthday, and VDTs didn't exist . It would have been really hard for ...
by W. H. Heydt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: future availability
Replies: 25
Views: 5758

Re: future availability

The demand is unknown, its cheap and it's meant for students, who knows some schools already planed to order one for each student, or some companies uses this to replace their mainboard in their products like media player, NAS or special purpose device? These are beyond control, let's hope the prod...
by W. H. Heydt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: future availability
Replies: 25
Views: 5758

Re: future availability

On the other hand... Allied (the US subsidiary of RS) now allows you to order more than one (I ordered 2), with a estimated delivery in 12 weeks. I'll be keeping an eye on Element14/Farnell to see what they do...it sounds like they got a big surge of orders last week. I suppose the real question is:...
by W. H. Heydt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

As someone mentioned earlier there is always the option of some sort of secure "dongle" that interfaces with the Pi through the camera or display connector or usb or whatever. It could even be some sort of pass through device allowing the connector to still be used for its' intended purpose. This m...
by W. H. Heydt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

I refuse to believe that a secure system couldn't be set up, and I certainly wouldn't mind if they made it linked exactly to a single Pi, and said tough luck if that Pi died. Depends on how secure you want and how much money you're willing to put into creating a secure system. Once a "secure" syste...
by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Static IP issues
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Re: Static IP issues

IF you're using the most common subnet mask in your router--255.255.255.0--then the 192.168.2.2 isn't in the same subnet as the rest of your machines. You really do need to use 192.168.1.x, for some x that doesn't conflict with any other device on your LAN. The easiest way to do that is to use an IP...
by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Open request: Auxilliary support board
Replies: 5
Views: 1316

Re: Open request: Auxilliary support board

You might be interested in this thread: Debug cable and USB hub from FTDI , http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=9852 You can use the FTDI hub module's +5V barrel power input to provide power to RasPi through RasPi's GPIO connector. It bypasses fuse F3. Interesting but definitely ...
by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1290

Re: HELP!!

Thank you everybody. i have finaly got it to work. feel so dumb not understanding the instructions properly :lol:. cheers for the help Don't feel dumb. Dumb is not asking questions in the first place. The problem with instructions is that the people who really KNOW the answers tend to forget to inc...
by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

I don't understand the hostility towards this request. People on this forum are talking about using the Pi for all sorts of purposes - what is wrong with MPEG-2? I'm not saying the Foundation should drop everything to work on this, but if they get it right it could provide codecs useful for a wide ...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Open request: Auxilliary support board
Replies: 5
Views: 1316

Open request: Auxilliary support board

This is an open request for something that I think would be a good adjunct for the Pi. A power board with USB hub in the same form-factor as the Pi pcb. Features should include: Power supply sufficient to provide at least 1A to a Pi. External power cable to plug into standard AC source ("mains plug"...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Future Pi...depends on goals.
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Re: Future Pi...depends on goals.

It has to get into schools first. That's why it's here after all. Any upgrades that happen after the educational platform is released will be welcome, but are *just speculation* right now. That's why I didn't go haring off after things like multi-core processors or mSATA interfaces. For the target ...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

Yes, that was really the idea behind my poll, I wanted to find out how many people would be prepared to pay hence the option to vote at the top of the post. I also do say in the original post that it would cost money.. Perhaps the point should be phrased this way... *Who* should be the ones to get ...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Future Pi...depends on goals.
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Future Pi...depends on goals.

I know there was a thread on what future enhancements people wanted for the Pi, and I thought about it, but didn't post. Now, thinking some more about it coupled with some of the remarks in the"Linux Today" video and some thoughts about trends in electronics (and the pricing thereof), I think a slig...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mpeg 2 poll
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: Mpeg 2 poll

Given that 4 months after launch, the distributors still can't keep them in stock and are unwilling to commit to deliveries in less than 4 weeks...WHAT "economies of scale" do you anticipate could be achieved by this? (Not, you understand, that having MPEG 2 decoders in place is a *bad* idea...just ...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rechecking the FAQ...
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Rechecking the FAQ...

I think the following (bold added) should be changed: How do you connect more than two USB devices? Use a hub to increase the number of ports. Some keyboards have hubs built in which would work well . Given the keyboard issues people have been having, a great many of which appear to revolve around p...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Linux Action Show's First Look at the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 3
Views: 743

Re: The Linux Action Show's First Look at the Raspberry Pi

That's an interesting segment... I don't think the hosts paid much--if any--attention to the Foundation's *intended* use of the Pi, but they certainly had a lot of ideas for uses. They also seemed to be unclear that Model A isn't available yet at all. One thing I thought was very well done was empha...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Orders opening up?
Replies: 8
Views: 1628

Re: Orders opening up?

I ordered one from RS just over a week ago and was quoted "within 10 weeks". They have cases, too - reasonable looking ones at sensible prices (£3.99 excl VAT & delivery) - but they're only shown or offered while you're ordering a Pi. Yeah...that "only with a Pi order" part is kind of annoying. The...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9646

Re: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

Here's a link to the Raspberry Pi case on the US face of RS site (Allied). http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=70231926 Worst... Case... Ever... :lol: What are your reasons for saying this is the worst case? It's much rather large, compared to the RPi. Kind of like that proporti...

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