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by Burngate
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For the Beginners
Replies: 21
Views: 4258

Re: For the Beginners

One place I worked had a room full of journos.

A common complaint was "My computer's died" (No dear, it's the monitor)

Another "The drive just died" (No dear, you kicked the mains plug out of your PC)
by Burngate
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What started you off?
Replies: 13
Views: 3114

Re: What started you off?

I can't compete with you lot over what got me going.

But can I stretch things a bit more?

My grandfather James Bell Brow was a music arranger for a player-piano company in NY. So he was making punched tape before you lot were born!
by Burngate
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Revenge on reporters...
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: Revenge on reporters...

riFFraFF said:

... 95mm microwaves...
Not really microwaves - wouldn't fit into my Sky-wok. Or did you mean 95MHz?

OK I'm a pedant.
by Burngate
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Teaching tool and shares in Raspberry Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 3173

Re: Teaching tool and shares in Raspberry Pi

<r>Kernel said: <br/> <br/> ... a buy-one-give-one purchase, and we’ll be accepting donations too once we start shipping.<br/> <br/> There's another thread ( <URL url="http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....rpi#p53647">http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....rpi#p53647</URL> ) of a similar nature.<br/> <br/>...
by Burngate
Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS and Farnell profit margin transparency
Replies: 11
Views: 2457

Re: RS and Farnell profit margin transparency

<t>arm2 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> The Foundation are happy with the arrangement which is enough for me!<br/> <br/> <br/> +1<br/> <br/> A point also to note: most large suppliers have special deals with carriers, and so don't pay the same for a given package as we punters would. So trying to work out w...
by Burngate
Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SCART video on the RasPi
Replies: 23
Views: 25043

Re: SCART video on the RasPi

<t>triggerhurt said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Is 3,5mm klinke for video really needed? I did not found such a cable btw… How is it called? (Obviously a RCA to Scart connector like the one in the picture is still needed)<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> My German being worse than your English, does klinke translate t...
by Burngate
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Science Fiction
Replies: 82
Views: 17315

Re: Science Fiction

<t>Hmm books ... where to start? Rough guess I've got 3000<br/> <br/> Alphabetically by author would be: Aldiss Anderson Asimov Ballard Baxter Bear Benford Blish Bova Brin Brunner  ... Disch Dick ... Niven Pohl Pournelle ... ... White Wyndham ... Zelazney - those are some I can read from here<br/> <...
by Burngate
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: CPU-Fan to R-Pi?
Replies: 14
Views: 3332

Re: CPU-Fan to R-Pi?

Yussuf said:

Its 12V, 0.8W and around 60mA...
Fans can be funny things ... give them less volts, they go slower, take more current!
By the by, incandescent lamps do something similar, appearing as constant current devices rather than resistors
by Burngate
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Video Capture Input
Replies: 13
Views: 9198

Re: Video Capture Input

<t>I can see at least the tip of the iceberg of the problems needing sorting before a camera becomes available. However I can also understand that there are problems I don't know about (unknown unknowns versus known unknowns - who said that?)<br/> <br/> It might be of interest to see a picture from ...
by Burngate
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How slow is it?
Replies: 113
Views: 23268

Re: How slow is it?

<t>lewmur said: <br/> <br/> Why would anyone be so cruel as to put "an average Windows user" in front of anything more complicated than a chalk board?  Sure, the Pi is eventually aimed at kids with no prior computing skills.  But only in an educational environment under supervision.<br/> <br/> I'm n...
by Burngate
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 179657

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>Years ago we needed 500 pins for extra-special Sony connectors. They're about 1cm by about 1mm. So we ordered them all as a one-off direct from Sony.<br/> <br/> They were out of stock, so back-ordered.<br/> <br/> Over the following months we recieved them all - all 500 of them. But the largest qu...
by Burngate
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 6621

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>My daughter did GCSE Geography. One thing they taught her to do was to put in lots of pretty pie-charts and bar-graphs and such like. Content appeared to be unimportant, just so long as it was pretty. Seems to be the same as ICT, which is "never mind the content, use powerpoint to make it pretty"...
by Burngate
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi In Space!
Replies: 56
Views: 15894

Re: Pi In Space!

Your proposed challenge makes no mention if the Pi actually doing something in space.

So I propose we ask some budding astronaut to take one in his hand-luggage to the ISS!
by Burngate
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SCART video on the RasPi
Replies: 23
Views: 25043

Re: SCART video on the RasPi

<r>Phil Spiegel said: <br/> <br/> I used to suggest that the Channel Tunnel would have been built a long time ago (like when they first started it), if it was going to any other country <E>8-)</E>  even if it  was twice as long -which admittedly doesn"t give much choice.  <br/> <br/> Actually the Fr...
by Burngate
Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SCART video on the RasPi
Replies: 23
Views: 25043

Re: SCART video on the RasPi

<t>For those not in the EU, SCART was an unlovely invention by Europe designed to protect our TV manufaturers.<br/> <br/> It can carry analogue sound in two directions, composite (PAL) video in two directions, and analogue RGB signals in one direction (it uses one of the composite videos for sync) b...
by Burngate
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New post on main page: manufacturing hiccup. Please keep comments about it in this thread!
Replies: 67
Views: 12379

Re: New post on main page: manufacturing hiccup. Please keep comments about it in this thread!

Didn't you know carrier pigeons use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate?
by Burngate
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6214

Re: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?

<t>Am I (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?<br/> Well I was - but not now!<br/> The email arrived after I'd shut down, so I wasn't aware of anything till after the melt-down.<br/> To say I felt a bit let down by the way the launch was handled is an understatement. So I went into a cor...
by Burngate
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Slowing down the new servers.
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Re: Slowing down the new servers.

<t>It's alright: it's in hand.<br/> <br/> The next stage is the arrival of the Pis in the hands of the users - expect the database to die under the onslaught of "why can't it run Windows?" "where's the PSU?" "it's got no box!" as well as "my brother's got his - where's mine?" and "my neighbour bough...
by Burngate
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why no unboxings yet, when there are 10.000 Raspis produced?
Replies: 53
Views: 11897

Re: Why no unboxings yet, when there are 10.000 Raspis produced?

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> There was a delay in getting them here (I'm not totally clear on the cause), but the first ones will be going out to customers next week from both vendors. (Yes, they do exist!)<br/> <br/> We've got inspectors from both Element 14/Premier Farnell and RS going to the fa...
by Burngate
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi's and small fuzzy animals. How will you keep them apart?
Replies: 18
Views: 4921

Re: Pi's and small fuzzy animals. How will you keep them apart?

<t>Many years ago I would frequent a pizza restaurant in Kingston (The Great American Disaster).<br/> It was heated by electric storage radiators, and they were mostly covered in cats.<br/> Every so often one would fall off, stagger gently to the nearest water bowl, then, suitably refreshed, walk ba...
by Burngate
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why did the industry fail?
Replies: 60
Views: 13657

Re: Why did the industry fail?

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> error404 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Also don't kid yourselves, Broadcom is making plenty of profit off this. They wouldn't be in it otherwise.<br/> <br/> <br/> Actually, they don't make that much profit on this. Small change really. It's pretty much done out of t...
by Burngate
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The design process
Replies: 18
Views: 3175

Re: The design process

<t>My reading of the original post was that it was of a more general nature - not just the hardware or electronics, but also the business of bringing it to this point of success. It seems to me the hardware was the easy bit!<br/> <br/> The latest episode brings lots of questions - such as: at what p...
by Burngate
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PS/2 to USB Adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 5251

Re: PS/2 to USB Adapter

<t>I've also got something similar. But in my case, the mouse / keyboard are routed as ps2 through a KVM switch (by chance, sold to me by arm2 just above!). That works well while switched to the Risc PC, the Arm9Home or the windowsbox as ps2, but for the laptop (which has no ps2 sockets) I use this ...
by Burngate
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: No, I didnt get one.
Replies: 23
Views: 4276

Re: No, I didnt get one.

I didn't get one, mainly because I joined the fray at midday. Looking back, I was probably well out of it!

Seems to me this thread should be the longest on the whole forum - 3,141,592 posts at least.

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