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by barnaby
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Computer Science 101 (Free Course)
Replies: 4
Views: 1907

Re: Computer Science 101 (Free Course)

Looks similar to the AI course I'm doing at the mo – that's a stanford thing. If the quality of teaching is half as good it'll be worth it.

Cheers,
Barnaby
by barnaby
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 13028

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

This thread was quite funny until that last post, when my brain started telling me \"BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH, go and do something interesting\". So, off to watch Have I Got News For You :)

P.S. Advice about mixing tongue-in-cheek and \'serious\' on the web: Don\'t do it.
by barnaby
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 7 Questions on Computer Programming
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: 7 Questions on Computer Programming

<r>I can't try it because it's in flash for some reason. Unfortunately, I can imagine what it's like <E>;)</E><br/> <br/> Wonderfully 'accessible' as the BBC websites are, I don't like their over reliance on flash. Fine for games, but an unnecessary hindrance for pretty much anything else.<br/> <br/...
by barnaby
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Onboard (UK)
Replies: 31
Views: 6291

Re: Getting Teachers Onboard (UK)

7 and 8 is mostly 11-13, although there are occasionally people who are bumped up a year. For example when I was in year seven, there was a girl in my tutor group who was 10 (and went on to do better than most people in the year above her…).
by barnaby
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 9889

Re: What did your first programs do?

<r>Ooh, I can\'t remember exactly. It was certainly an objective c mac app, I think it had two buttons and a text field. The buttons said \'set me to five\' and \'set me to zero\'. You can guess what they did <E>;)</E> I even made a little logo and everything.<br/> <br/> After that I made some more ...
by barnaby
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cotton Candy prototype
Replies: 34
Views: 6168

Re: Cotton Candy prototype

<r>To me, their marketing copy stinks of corporate BS.<br/> <br/> What the hell is \'consumer friendly access to the cloud\'? How does it drive down the cost of computing, if you have to buy a monitor and Bluetooth keyboard+mouse? And why on earth would any mac user want to run the android <I><s>[i]...
by barnaby
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publicity stunt...
Replies: 56
Views: 8687

Re: Publicity stunt...

<t>[quote]Picture 1: MS Office Pro |Picture 2: 16 x Model Bs<br/> <br/> Tagline: One productivity suite. | Sixteen \"Productivity--sweet!\"<br/> Same price. Take your pick.<br/> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/quote]<br/> <br/> Seriously...
by barnaby
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 10859

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

(See also, "It's a Unix system, I know this" )

He he he he — I love over dramatic movie computer moments.
by barnaby
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 10859

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

I'd be more disturbed if I found him reading the "Daily Mail" website

Ha ha ha ha :D

That's the trick — keep (or keep them) so busy they have no time to do pointless things. Work(ed/s) for me!

Barnaby
by barnaby
Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 10859

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> Initially he wasn't interested in the pi or mac when we said he couldn't have the internet in his bedroom.<br/> <br/> (SNIPPED)<br/> <br/> I just wondered if others had opinions on young children accessing the internet unsupervised?<br/> <br/> <br/> RE OS/Computer Choice:<br/> <br/...
by barnaby
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<r>[quote]I fail to understand why ogg/vorbis is more likely to click and pop.<br/> I hear every kind of codec in my PC with several media players without any problems, including ogg vorbis.<br/> It\'s only in the browser that the problem arises, when watching an HTML5/WebM video. Why is it not yet ...
by barnaby
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<t>[quote]I\'ve tested many times youtube in HTML5 on my desktop PC, with Opera browser (always latest version) and the audio is full of clicks and pops, it\'s a joke, really.<br/> Back to flash, then.<br/> I\'ve found that article because I was having problems and it seems that I\'m not alone![/quo...
by barnaby
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<t>[quote]Unfortunately, that\'s rarely the case. There\'s a special place in hell reserved for web developers who make sites that are essentially static but don\'t function without javascript, and that special place is not gonna be empty.[/quote]<br/> <br/> Yes, those are the worst — where accessib...
by barnaby
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<r>[quote]I hate Flash, but HTML5 is so full of bugs that... I hate it.<br/> Now what?[/quote]<br/> <br/> The article you linked to (and I believe has been linked to before here) is badly informed (e.g. Confuses mp3 with mp4) and so full of unnecessary profanity that it does not deserve acknowledgme...
by barnaby
Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from obarthelemy on November 11, 2011, 14:55<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> My question is not so much about Flash going away, but about HTML5 coming in: is the damn thing going to be well standardized?)[/quote]<br/> <br/> It\'s just as standardised as previous versions — it\'s ent...
by barnaby
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 10355

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from electrodacus on November 11, 2011, 03:07<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Not sure Flash will be replace so soon.[/quote]<br/> <br/> Sadl,y I\'m with you there. I think corporate sites will hand onto their flash for as long as possible (not that anyone actually looks at corporat...
by barnaby
Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Original Design
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: Original Design

Regardless of how cool a thumb stick sized computer could be, I think credit card sized is pretty impressive! I for one am actually finding it quite hard to believe, and am eagerly awaiting pics of the final design!

Cheers,
Barnaby
by barnaby
Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HTML5 based OS ?
Replies: 16
Views: 5068

Re: HTML5 based OS ?

Hmmm, that looks interesting… I wonder if it\'ll ever take off.

Regardless, it\'s not HTML5 ;)

Cheers,
Barnaby
by barnaby
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HTML5 based OS ?
Replies: 16
Views: 5068

Re: HTML5 based OS ?

<t>[quote]The problem with a browser OS approach is that it needs internet (like chromeOS)[/quote]<br/> <br/> Not necessarily… It would be simplicity it\'s self to build a web server into the OS, and run applications off the computer. That\'s what I do when I\'m building websites/web apps. The tende...
by barnaby
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HTML5 based OS ?
Replies: 16
Views: 5068

Re: HTML5 based OS ?

<t>Yep, it\'s possible, but it would essentially be a browser running on some cut-down version of Linux.<br/> <br/> In terms of efficiency, I cannot see any benefits. Nothing is as efficient as a (well written) native application. Whilst browsers like chrome allow each page to have its own thread, a...
by barnaby
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberrypi.COM
Replies: 28
Views: 3699

Re: raspberrypi.COM

<t>Flash = bad. Good on the raspi foundation for supporting HTML5!<br/> <br/> To people who are complaining: use a tool such as clicktoflash. That way you only see the flash you want. Quite why you want to see any of it I fail to see… many a site has lost me as a customer due to excessive use of fla...
by barnaby
Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 35091

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Wait, python can do I2C? Please enlighten me/point me towards source of enlightenment! This is something I would like to do very much.<br/> <br/> And yes, you're absolutely right — everybody will have their favourite programming language/writing style within that language! I can see python is a g...
by barnaby
Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 35091

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from Sciman on October 22, 2011, 11:39<br/> Barnaby - I am writing my own materials as I go along, though I have a plan I am working towards. I have always felt that the problem with a lot of ICT teaching is the contexts used. I also insist that they type the code I supply as I believe this...
by barnaby
Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pygame
Replies: 29
Views: 7685

Re: Pygame

<t>After all, there's nothing that grabs a proto-programmer like making games!<br/> <br/> It's funny, I started off making games in PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint. I trust this will not be included on the raspi) and then game maker, but as soon as I started 'real programming' (mix of php, JavaScript, o...
by barnaby
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where are we?
Replies: 30
Views: 5099

Re: Where are we?

I\'ve always rather liked purple boards… the solder mask always looks so cool on them! The ones I etch are always a rather dirty beige colour :(

Cheers,
Barnaby

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