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by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: DMX controller for LED architectural lighting
Replies: 25
Views: 16849

Re: DMX controller for LED architectural lighting

<t>paulglave said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Got the £10 to tinker with and try out on different platforms. I'd be looking at a couple of the £60 units along with a couple of raspberries if I can get it working. I'm currently running the internal led kit of a pearl expert so I'd be freeing up some pretty ex...
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Gertboard
Replies: 258
Views: 102929

Re: Gertboard

Gert, you know how when you get to the end of a Youtube it show you recommendations?  How come this one for a Zomie Killing Slingshot is connected to the Gertboard?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....240YgsA_rs
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power from Wifi router
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Re: Power from Wifi router

<t>A Model B with two connections to the router, one for the ethernet and the other for USB to get the power should work very well.  I do not see any issues with the router's USB port not being powerful enough.  Note however if you are planning to attach lots of disk drives to the PI's USB port you ...
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gift Aid and other tax schemes
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Gift Aid and other tax schemes

Liz, Do you and Eben have any free time?  I might be able to tweak my schedule and go down to Vegas for lunch or dinner.
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Code Year, New York Mayor learning to program !!
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: Code Year, New York Mayor learning to program !!

<t>Andre_P said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Ah well , at least he might get other people thinking about stuff and getting involved. I've only seen what is happening in British Schools with regard to programming, I wonder what it's like over in the US, hopefully not as bad.<br/> <br/> <br/> About the same hen...
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gift Aid and other tax schemes
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Gift Aid and other tax schemes

<t>Thanks Jack.<br/> <br/> So two follow on questions<br/> <br/> 1) I assume that any buy one gift one scheme that may exist in teh future will be able to benefit from UK gift aid?<br/> <br/> 2) Given the amount of interest in the project here in the US, combined with the opening of tax season if I ...
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Code Year, New York Mayor learning to program !!
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: Code Year, New York Mayor learning to program !!

<t>I think we touched on this elsewhere on the forum.<br/> <br/> This is so massively political that unfortunately I doubt his team would want the association between him and something that is not NYC based.  I actually think it is great that Bloomberg is doing this as it is adding to the background...
by SeanD
Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gift Aid and other tax schemes
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Gift Aid and other tax schemes

<t>Ok, I am giving this one a poke.  I was hoping to get Jack's input but I know everyone at the foundation is very busy getting the boards out, but failing that I was expecting that there would be some people on the forum who were not just interested in the hardware and software but also about how ...
by SeanD
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Suject entry age ?.
Replies: 19
Views: 3487

Re: Suject entry age ?.

<t>This is an interesting subject.  I am no educationalist but I have observed my kids. From my reading there is consensus that somewhere around 7 is where most kids have the tools they need to be able to do what we define as programming.  However much younger kids demonstrate every day abilities th...
by SeanD
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: navigation computer
Replies: 11
Views: 6564

Re: navigation computer

<r>alexhawdon said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I didn't know what nmea was so did a quick Google which suggested you want to use this for maritime applications?  Off the top of my head, relying on OpenStreetMap maps to not wreck your boat and kill yourself sounds like  Very Bad Idea.<br/> <br/> ......<br/> <b...
by SeanD
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3418

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<t>andywe said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Anyone in this forum played with S4A ?<br/> <br/> <br/> Yes, I have had a go with the kids.  They have extended scratch quite well however there are some limitations.<br/> <br/> <br/> Unlike traditional Arduino development you are not creating a 'sketch" and u...
by SeanD
Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Give the man a pi!
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: Give the man a pi!

Big but very subtle battle going on at the moment to make NYC more friendly to tech startups.
by SeanD
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 150500

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> The drug stores there (and in Arizona) tend to do a saline nose-wetting spray, which works a treat.<br/> <br/> <br/> You can also get that stuff in France.  It does work, the downside is I have yet to see it in a container that is small enough to take in hand luggage a...
by SeanD
Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 150500

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I have a cold. And I have a 12-hour flight to take tomorrow. Ugh.<br/> <br/> <br/> and what is worse is if you are on your way to CES with a cold the air in Vegas will mean you will have it for ages after you leave.  I now operate a policy of strictly minimizing the ti...
by SeanD
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Distribution in Europe?!
Replies: 30
Views: 7018

Re: Distribution in Europe?!

bukaj said:


We can agree about Liz? We can communicate via email?


By "and we do not enter into any exclusivity deals;" I think Liz means that there will be no official and non official distributors. Just distributors, everyone the same.
by SeanD
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Java VM
Replies: 35
Views: 17658

Re: Java VM

<t>In at least one implementation it would be good if we could keep everything on one machine and fairly performant.  Whilst I know a lot of people are looking at the RPi for specific applications we need to have a learning platform where kids (or whoever) can get this stuff to work fairly painlessl...
by SeanD
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gift Aid and other tax schemes
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Gift Aid and other tax schemes

<t>I did some searching but drew a blank so thought I would start a new thread.<br/> <br/> Given that the Foundation is a charity what is the proposed strategy on gift aid?  I know that RPIs are being sold and there are rules around this but I vaguely remember that it is possible with eBay auctions ...
by SeanD
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Java VM
Replies: 35
Views: 17658

Re: Java VM

<t>Option (2) sounds very similar to things we have built for production build systems in the past.  The trade off on the Pi would be that the daemon will be contending with the execution of the compiled code.  Probably great for learning, but challenging for larger solutions.<br/> <br/> When the de...
by SeanD
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mounting The Pi PCB
Replies: 14
Views: 3851

Re: Mounting The Pi PCB

<t>Jongoleur said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Edge clips of some sort, similar to the system used on the Sparkfun mounting board for the Arduino Uno might be a good idea.  If building into a case, edge mounts like those provided with Verocases would also hold the Pi securely.<br/> <br/> <br/> In fact that wa...
by SeanD
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 408
Views: 151341

Re: What was your first computer?

<t>The first machine I had real access to was an Apple ][ Plus that my father had.<br/> <br/> The first machine I owned was a ZX81, I saved up and ordered a ZX80 and received a ZX81.<br/> <br/> The first machine I was paid to work on was RML 380Z<br/> <br/> The first big machine I worked on was an I...
by SeanD
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Scratch on Raspberry Pi (and other Linuxes)
Replies: 12
Views: 6284

Re: Scratch on Raspberry Pi (and other Linuxes)

<t>Quote from Canuck on December 24, 2011, 07:13<br/> I think Scratch is more harmful to learning how programming and computers work then it is beneficial. On paper it seems nice but it actually teaches you absolutely nothing. I think Python is the best way to teach programming to minors, Python is ...
by SeanD
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 500 Members!
Replies: 69
Views: 7784

Re: 500 Members!

There are probably people failing to register because the stress on the site is so high. We should have sweep for when it hits 10,000. My guess is it will be very soon.
by SeanD
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: How good is the Raspi camera system?
Replies: 10
Views: 3342

Re: How good is the Raspi camera system?

<t>Quote from jamesh on December 21, 2011, 12:18<br/> Well, it's a better version of the one in the Nokia N8 - the best camera phone in the world, and the N8 is the one that filmed this...<br/> <br/> http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....movie.html<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Hooman the guy who made this fi...
by SeanD
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GCE A-Level (UK)
Replies: 25
Views: 3776

Re: GCE A-Level (UK)

<t>\"Software and Systems Design\" to me implies that this course is more about the design than the doing. Most of the points above remain highly relevant. My best architects (I still cringe when using the title after having a few of the sort that do buildings get very excited at dinner parties) hav...
by SeanD
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pics of Eben, while ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1773

Re: Pics of Eben, while ...

<t>It always amazes me how few Nor-Cal kids, unless they surf ever get into the ocean. Having said that my 11 year old helped organise a beach camping trip this weekend where he and his fellow scouts suited up and went sea kayaking and body boarding in the surf and had a great time, some of the new ...

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