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by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 4 Max Size & Fastest Supported MSDCard?
Replies: 12
Views: 385

Re: Pi 4 Max Size & Fastest Supported MSDCard?

The practical limit to SD card size is...what can you afford? Personally, while I do have one Pi using a 64GB card, generally if I go over 32GB, I switch to an SSD instead. While one can do a hybrid boot (/boot on an SD card, everything else on a mass storage device), in practice I am patiently awai...
by W. H. Heydt
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pi ECM/EFI
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Pi ECM/EFI

Ok so what would be a good MCU to use? Would something like arduino work? And how about being able to control the PI via an app? An Arduino is an MCU and one that (in various versions) is frequently the MCU of choice for working with Pis. There are a number of ways to "control" a Pi remotely. An ss...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SanDisk A2 mode support - worthless, waste of money
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: SanDisk A2 mode support - worthless, waste of money

just for the fun of it, a year ago I bought a full-sized-SD-card to microSD slot adapter, tried it, it works! (was then tested on RPi3B, RPi1A+, other SBCs) though I didn't like the long (200mm) ribbon cable that came with it..... You can get micro SD extenders as well, and even dual slot card swit...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?
Replies: 108
Views: 3936

Re: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?

And--apropos of "When do things arrive?"--I got a shipping notice today that the CM3L+ I ordered on 6 June should arrive tomorrow, 17 July. It's coming along with some other bits and pieces, like a black RPF keyboard, a PoE HAT, a couple of A+ cases, and a couple of 2.5A RPF PSUs...all current stuff...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Fire at Dutch Pi reseller
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Fire at Dutch Pi reseller

did the google translate thing and fascinated by the fact that the Rotterdam fire brigade has a drone team Yes, local authorities have drones. They don't like competition though. Meet the anti-drone team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HifO-ebmE1s 8-) I remember seeing that when it hit the news. I...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SanDisk A2 mode support - worthless, waste of money
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: SanDisk A2 mode support - worthless, waste of money

Andyroo wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:25 pm
Can you imagine the fun if you want to try a new OS or test install a package?

SD - duplicate, swap and try
eMMC - unsolder, swap, resolder, load OS, test
I'm happy with SD cards, but to be fair, removable eMMC modules do exist.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?

My wife wrote an entire novel and about 20 short stories just using vi, the MS macro package, and nroff. hard core :D No...hard core is Lord Dunsany, who--well into the 1950s--submitted manuscripts written with a quill pen on foolscap paper. Of course, *he* could get away with that. FYI..the first ...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Experimental Windows 10 UI transformation package - testers wanted!
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Experimental Windows 10 UI transformation package - testers wanted!

I wish you all the luck in the world, since it is the UI you prefer. However, as I absolutely DETEST Win10--in all its manifestations--I'll pass. This is, naturally, the advantage of all *nix systems. You can specify the "look and feel" to suit yourself. Unlike certain other OSes.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?

I can recommend a light weight alternative to LibreOffice Abiword - full featured word processor gnumeric - full featured spreadsheet software Both are very small and support modern formats and you will probably be able to accomplish all the same things on them. For text, there is also that good ol...
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberrypi 4 compute module release date
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Raspberrypi 4 compute module release date

csraghunandan wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:53 am
Now that Rpi4 is out, I was wondering when we would get a raspberrypi 4 compute module. Is there any tentative release date available for it?
When the Greeks reckon time by the Calends.
At the coming of the coquecigrues.
When Bjo has time.
This year, next year, sometime, never.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I didn't think the usb c power thing was a big deal...
Replies: 92
Views: 3983

Re: I didn't think the usb c power thing was a big deal...

aBUGSworstnightmare wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:05 am
A single resistor is starting from USD0.09 ...
I would be shocked if any resistor on the Pi4B is purchased for as much a tenth of that price.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Do I HAVE to use LibreOffice?

I've been using LibreOffice on PCs for years and on Pis ever since they've had it and I've seen any ads associated with it.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi

ejolson wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:28 pm
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:25 pm
My default additional installed programs are: fortune, putty, gparted, units, mplayer, and dclock.
What? Fortune without cowsay? How useful is that?
I prefer to take my fortunes straight.
by W. H. Heydt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 4 PCB Defect? (fiberglass thread loose)
Replies: 15
Views: 946

Re: Pi 4 PCB Defect? (fiberglass thread loose)

From the description of what it actually is, I suspect a light touch with a fine file would clean it up nicely.
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OKdo - Anyone else not received delivery yet?
Replies: 52
Views: 2675

Re: OKdo - Anyone else not received delivery yet?

Any idea of how long after one gets the "SA" number before Asendia says anything other than "No shipments found"? I'm not concerned about it, just curious. Just to follow up...I now have a sort-of answer (that is, I know for one order how long that takes). I received the initial shipping notice wit...
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi

Botspot wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:58 pm
zram (not a package, but this doubles your ram by compressing it, see here)
That seems like it would be less than useful on a Pi4B, especially the 2GB or 4GB models, where it would introduce overhead without providing any actual benefit.
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I didn't think the usb c power thing was a big deal...
Replies: 92
Views: 3983

Re: I didn't think the usb c power thing was a big deal...

That's a good name. I do like a bit of entitlement myself. But why the plural? Isn't it usually the other way around, one person, many accounts? Three classes of people are--grammatically--held to be able use a plural pronoun for themselves. They are: Royalty (aka the royal we), editors (particular...
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pi ECM/EFI
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Pi ECM/EFI

I don't think the engine is likely to run *that* fast. Many years ago I did some control line model airplane flying with a Fox-15X engine. Single cylinder, 0.15 cu in displacement. Well tuned that peaked out at about 15K RPM (and the plane would do about 60 mph at the far end of a set of 52' control...
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Forum editor centers text
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: Forum editor centers text

It's not what happens for me. You probably have set something somewhere. Check your profile settings.
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Screen for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Screen for Raspberry Pi

There are two output jacks for video on a Pi3A+. The main one is HDMI. That should work with any display that has either an HDMI or DVI-D input. The other is a composite video output that is combined with the analog audio output in a 4-pole 3.5mm jack. In addition--and the specific topic for this su...
by W. H. Heydt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Usefull / good programs to have on your Pi

My default additional installed programs are: fortune, putty, gparted, units, mplayer, and dclock.
by W. H. Heydt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?
Replies: 108
Views: 3936

Re: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?

There was a post yesterday in a different thread that gave a rough timeline for network and USB boot. Probably around another two or three weeks for Ethernet booting, another month for USB flash booting Since firmware is programming, one should apply the basic rule of programming schedules: The fir...
by W. H. Heydt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?
Replies: 108
Views: 3936

Re: When are people in the U.S. getting their Pi 4s?

BTW, I realize you were being sarcastic but I don't expect the RPi 5 to come out until maybe 2021 at the earliest. Agreed. Depending just what the next Pi entails, it could easily be 2022 or 2023. However, if some of the complaints I have seen are hardware based then maybe we might see a RPi 4 revi...
by W. H. Heydt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What's the simple and safe way to do a "shutdown" button?
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: What's the simple and safe way to do a "shutdown" button?

Here https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=221617 is a relatively recent, and very simple solution. It's in the second post of the thread and is from 2018. Use the dtoverlay in config.txt to set it up and connect a mometary contact button across pins 5 and 6 (by default). It will n...
by W. H. Heydt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi Zero W is $5 at Microcenter
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Pi Zero W is $5 at Microcenter

energyi wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:14 pm
Qty1 is always $5. Except on pi day when it is $3.14. Can't seem to leave the store without one.
OP specified the Pi0W...which is normally $10 with a limit of 1.

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