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by asb
Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Logo Competition
Replies: 289
Views: 36529

Re: Logo Competition

Quote from E on September 30, 2011, 21:06
I've already submitted them, but though I'd post them in case they give anyone some last minute inspiration.


I'm a fan of minimal logos, rather fond of the last one.
by asb
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Chrome browser
Replies: 6
Views: 2238

Re: Chrome browser

<t>I've tried chromium 6 (available in Debian repos for armel) and it seemed better than the IceWeasel for squeeze. Wheezy and Sid (the testing and unstable Debian repos) have a newer version of chromium, but unfortunately don't have it built for ARM. I did try to cross-compile using Google's instru...
by asb
Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30179

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from gbulmer on September 29, 2011, 16:47<br/> I had assumed it would be quick (day or two at most), or quite a lot of work.<br/> How long did it take?<br/> Is everything working correctly?<br/> When do you think it will be available and usable?<br/> <br/> <br/> It was trivial (thanks to De...
by asb
Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30179

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from gbulmer on September 29, 2011, 02:20<br/> I'd like to add my $0.02.<br/> I like block-orientated visual programming languages to help get younger children, ie. 5 or 6, started. I feel they minimise the obstacle of learning syntax, and don't have the problems of flow-chart systems.<br/>...
by asb
Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Meego development video
Replies: 21
Views: 4074

Re: Meego development video

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from Svartalf on September 29, 2011, 03:58<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Odd that the OTG driver is outside of the kernel tree... Is it that the license is incompatible? It looks almost like a valid variant of the two clause BSD license.[/quote]<br/> <br/> Synopsys didn\'t submit ...
by asb
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Total Cost of Ownership
Replies: 28
Views: 5050

Re: Total Cost of Ownership

I believe the USB Battery Charging v1.2 spec allows 1.5A. Unfortunately I don\'t think it\'s been widely adopted thus far.
by asb
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: what will you name your pis?
Replies: 104
Views: 15012

Re: what will you name your pis?

RFC1178 has some suggestions and guidelines.

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1178
by asb
Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Optimizing Linux for Flash memory.
Replies: 26
Views: 89180

Re: Optimizing Linux for Flash memory.

<t>Quote from jamesh on September 26, 2011, 13:14<br/> Interesting. Think noatime would still give a slight increase in performance, but not much given the def. of relatime.<br/> <br/> <br/> Agreed. I have noatime in my fstab, but haven't done performance tests. Unless you're a mutt user there's no ...
by asb
Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Optimizing Linux for Flash memory.
Replies: 26
Views: 89180

Re: Optimizing Linux for Flash memory.

<r>I wouldn't expect a major performance boost using noatime, as the kernel has defaulted to relatime since 2.6.30.<br/> <br/> <URL url="https://github.com/torvalds/linux/commit/0a1c01c9477602ee8b44548a9405b2c1d587b5a2"><LINK_TEXT text="https://github.com/torvalds/linux/commi ... c1d587b5a2">https:/...
by asb
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Gentoo
Topic: Gentoo Linux
Replies: 114
Views: 53526

Re: Gentoo Linux

Aargh, I meant -mfloat-abi.
by asb
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Gentoo
Topic: Gentoo Linux
Replies: 114
Views: 53526

Re: Gentoo Linux

<t>Blars: Is armel not using -mfpu=soft for compatibility with cores with no FP. -mfpu=softfp as I suggested means to use a floating point unit, but retain soft floating point calling conventions. Though yes, -mfpu=hard would be better still, but you sacrifice binary compatibility with normal armel ...
by asb
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Garage Door opener via phone dial?
Replies: 38
Views: 15739

Re: Garage Door opener via phone dial?

<r>You might be interested in this project using the Twilio SMS API and an Arduino to provide something similar to what you're wanting:<br/> <URL url="http://www.twilio.com/gallery/.....arage-Door">http://www.twilio.com/gallery/.....arage-Door</URL> (yikes, the Arduino Ethernet shield alone is more ...
by asb
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Self-Contained MAME Machine
Replies: 80
Views: 37501

Re: Self-Contained MAME Machine

Interesting, I'm definitely more of a software guy as my first instinct would be to just network them and do multiplayer with csmame/Kaillera/whatever net-enabled version of Mame is good these days.
by asb
Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: n64 emulator port
Replies: 12
Views: 8068

Re: n64 emulator port

<r>Anything caanoo can do, Raspi can do better. The caanoo has a 533Mhz ARM9, and (as I understand it) no hardware floating point. UltraHLE had very low requirements, so using similar techniques could be viable.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrahle">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
by asb
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: n64 emulator port
Replies: 12
Views: 8068

Re: n64 emulator port

<t>Emulators tend to be very demanding on CPU, and I note n64oid says it requires a high-end device such as the Nexus S or Galaxy S. These have a 1Ghz Cortex A8, which is quite a hefty upgrade on the ARM11 used in the Raspi. It's possible that could be improved upon, but I wouldn't expect straight-f...
by asb
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Build handheld Console
Replies: 1
Views: 2255

Re: Build handheld Console

Search the forums for discussion about connecting the board to an LCD.

A reasonably priced Dingoo/GP2x Wiz/Canoo-like enclosure, or even something more like the OpenPandora would IMO be a compelling product for a third party to provide. I know I'd buy one if the price was right.
by asb
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI
Replies: 45
Views: 7237

Re: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI

<r>Someone's already done a port of Elite to C (Elite: The New Kind, by reverse-engineering the original BBC executable). It has been ported to various platforms, but sadly the source isn't easily available any more for copyright reasons.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.christianpinder.com/games/">h...
by asb
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI
Replies: 45
Views: 7237

Re: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI

If you want to run the original Elite, best to just run it in an emulator. Ian Bell has it to download on his site and recommends the NES version. The Raspberry Pi will be able to emulate NES titles with no problem.
by asb
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Gentoo
Topic: Gentoo Linux
Replies: 114
Views: 53526

Re: Gentoo Linux

<t>Definitely some apps and benchmarks could be massively improved, it's more a question of whether the difference will be noticeable in general usage over a wider range of programs. That would give a helpful indication of whether it's worth compiling the whole base system, or whether instead you ca...
by asb
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Gentoo
Topic: Gentoo Linux
Replies: 114
Views: 53526

Re: Gentoo Linux

As a proof of concept it would be great to see a -mcpu=arm1176jzf-s with -mfpu=softfp build to see if there's an observable performance difference.
by asb
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI
Replies: 45
Views: 7237

Re: Lets port Elite to the Raspberry PI

<t>OOlite has an armel build in Debian. On other platforms the GNUStep/Objective C dependencies are a pain, but with a Debian base or similar it's not hassle to just install those. Your problem is going to be it's OpenGL rather than GL ES. I don't know if anybody has converted it to GL ES, but that ...
by asb
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Any default platform updates?
Replies: 14
Views: 2448

Re: Any default platform updates?

Personally I rather like vim, but I can see how it might not be the friendliest starting point. You might want to look at geany for a lightweight IDE. I haven't tried it on my board yet, but I'd hope it would run fairly well.
by asb
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi and internet browsing
Replies: 50
Views: 14626

Re: Raspberry Pi and internet browsing

<r>I spent longer than I should have done today fiddling around trying to get the latest chromium tarball to cross-compile. With bugs like <URL url="http://code.google.com/p/chrom.....l?id=93661">http://code.google.com/p/chrom.....l?id=93661</URL> around, it looks like they're not doing many ARM bui...

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