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by Skygod
Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HP ARM servers
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Re: HP ARM servers

<r>I just saw that article this morning and was about to post when I saw that it had already been done <E>:-)</E><br/> <br/> It appears that one of the main issues regarding the use of ARM processors is that many applications are being written for use in a 64 bit environment and at present ARM is on...
by Skygod
Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 14139

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from kme on November 1, 2011, 04:03<br/> Most likely the second hand x86 units you can get are at least as powerful as i.e. P-III that went out of production eight years ago (unless you really need h.264). The R-PI is powerwise as a 700 MHz P-III. Hooking one of these up against a R-PI make...
by Skygod
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Classroom Setup
Replies: 64
Views: 14139

Re: Classroom Setup

<t>Quote from riffraff on October 30, 2011, 08:02<br/> Coby 15.6" 720P LCD TV with HDMI inputs - $89US<br/> Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse combo with USB transceiver - $19US.<br/> A whole set of stations for 30 students - $3500US. <br/> <br/> 30 x ($89 + $19 + $25 [Model A]) = $3990<br/> <br/> I ...
by Skygod
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another Late Night Muse
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Re: Another Late Night Muse

<t>I\'m always trying to work out how to link projects that I feel are worthwhile.<br/> <br/> I read on Liz\'s blog how she felt about her couple of days in Cornwall (a county that I fell in love with and will probably never get to visit again) and just wondered if the trust could get together with ...
by Skygod
Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: External USB disk drive as storage
Replies: 31
Views: 7144

Re: External USB disk drive as storage

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from Lob0426 on October 13, 2011, 22:38<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> If you use one of the \"laptop\" sized (2.5\") external drives they will work just fine. They are 5v. They can be a bit slow powered only off of one USB as there is little or no surge allowed. You can solve this...
by Skygod
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi Becoming more Influential over the OS World...
Replies: 14
Views: 3030

Re: RPi Becoming more Influential over the OS World...

<t>Having got \'excited\' about computing back in the 80\'s, I ended up with a career that had me learn many different OS\'s running on varied hardware platforms. I had to manage VAX, Sparc, RS6000 and Intel based OS\'s.<br/> <br/> I\'m hoping that the RPi can rekindle that excitement spark and make...
by Skygod
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some late night musings
Replies: 12
Views: 2129

Re: Some late night musings

<t>Okay, \'scared\' was a bit of an overkill statement, but my point is that many kids will have used an x86 based PC at some point even if it\'s only to play games.<br/> <br/> My experiences here in Thailand has been that many users of computers have no idea of what to do at command line (Terminal ...
by Skygod
Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: So, this thing called Linux.
Replies: 36
Views: 8605

Re: So, this thing called Linux.

<t>Distros?<br/> <br/> I remember having to download the different elemnets that you required and using rawrite to make a bunch of floppies. You'd then compile your installation and find that you were missing something.<br/> <br/> More downloads (we were on 2400 bps in those early days) and then re-...
by Skygod
Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some late night musings
Replies: 12
Views: 2129

Re: Some late night musings

<t>Okay, we are all on here talking about how many units we\'re likely to buy and to what purposes we\'ll deploy them, but..........<br/> <br/> What\'s the aim of the project? To bring youth to computing rather than simply being users (predominantly Microsoft Windows)<br/> <br/> So, they get a Raspb...
by Skygod
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shipping and Handling
Replies: 49
Views: 9736

Re: Shipping and Handling

<t>The first thing I'll be checking after the official announcement for shipping dates will be the cost of P+P, because getting goods shipped here to Thailand often involves hefty surcharges.<br/> <br/> Very interested in this project as families in the villages do not have a lot of spare cash ($25 ...
by Skygod
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Build a laptop reusing a dead one.
Replies: 30
Views: 11103

Re: Build a laptop reusing a dead one.

<t>LVDS onboard would definately be a nice touch, but getting cables fabricated seems to make the proposition financially unviable.<br/> <br/> I've got a few working screens from recent Acer laptops that have died (mainly due to owners carelessness) and they use LVDS connector and no requirement for...

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