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by Burngate
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Woohoo!! It's Thursday in China!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 4290

Re: Woohoo!! It's Thursday in China!!!

liz said:


You know, this whole experience really has been like being in the front seat of a car full of kids who really, really need a wee.


Thanks for reminding me. I won't be a minute …

EDIT: ... back now. That's better.
by Burngate
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 14463

Re: Is this a British website?

Somewhere in the loft is a cowboy hat and a snakeskin whip, both from Calgary Rodeo 1971, and both absolutely genuine, I know this because the man who sold them to me said so. If you want to borrow them just let me know.
by Burngate
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....
Replies: 30
Views: 8011

Re: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....

My point of view: Wow !!! This is Great !!! It's gonna sell a Million !!!

Liz's point of view: my house is on the line. If it bombs, where do I pitch my tent?
by Burngate
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A question about timing
Replies: 32
Views: 13363

Re: A question about timing

<t>Johannes said: <br/> <br/> <br/> arm2 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I can't see any reference to ARM FIQ on the GPIO "6.2 Alternative Function Assignments" in the datasheet! Did I miss it. Lots of references to the registers/software for ARM_FIQ but no mention of a physical connection!<br/> <br/> <br/>...
by Burngate
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 12758

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>Q How many managers does it take to change a lightbulb?<br/> A None - they ask the secretary to get it fixed.<br/> Q How many secretaries does it take to change a lightbulb?<br/> A None - she rings Building Maintenance and tells them to fix it.<br/> Q How many Building Maintenance men does it tak...
by Burngate
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 14463

Re: Is this a British website?

There's a shop in Helmsley, Yorkshire, that sells Traditional Yorkshire Pizza
by Burngate
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So are you off to China???
Replies: 31
Views: 9219

Re: So are you off to China???

<t>Liz is on-line at the moment. So either she's not on a plane (either she's still here in the UK or she's already in China) or she's on a plane with a sat link. Since I haven't flown for several years I don't know if that's possible. So she could be in the UK. Or she could be in China. Or she coul...
by Burngate
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Girls
Replies: 40
Views: 10894

Re: Girls

<t>It's not, of course, just computing and Lego. It's the whole hard science / maths / engineering thing. And it's not just now – it's been going on for centuries.<br/> <br/> When I was a lad, in primary school, we boys had "games": the girls had "music and movement". They had "needlework" while we ...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 14463

Re: Is this a British website?

archsaddler said:


Finally summat on ere i understand



Spelling error. It's "unnerstan' "
by Burngate
Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power current and protection circuit when powering through GPIO pins
Replies: 2
Views: 1375

Re: Power current and protection circuit when powering through GPIO pins

<t>I've come across people elsewhere who are confused by the volts/amps specification.<br/> <br/> Sometimes an analogy with water in a pipe works, but it ain't perfect.<br/> <br/> So think of a power supply as a source of electrons. The volts are how much pressure the electrons are under. Too much p...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Adding an Avatar
Replies: 4
Views: 1079

Re: Adding an Avatar

For those who have arrived here on this thread wondering how to add an avatar, it's done by Gravatar.com

It needs your e-mail address, though the password for that site need not be the same as the one for this one.
by Burngate
Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is this a British website?
Replies: 69
Views: 14463

Re: Is this a British website?

<t>There's a reason for Americanization.<br/> <br/> We Brits know the rest of the world is somewhat parochial.<br/> <br/> We know, for example, that the Germans do in fact speak English, but to maintain face, they change "v"s into "w"s and join all the words together to make one long one (oh, yes, a...
by Burngate
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Old RiscOS 3.x software
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

Re: Old RiscOS 3.x software

<r>If they're written in basic then they'll (probably, mostly) work.<br/> <br/> If they have their own modules, which were written for 26 bit, they'll almost certainly not even attempt to run - the 32 bit OS checks for a "32 bit compatible" flag, and if it's not there (which it won't be, since it wa...
by Burngate
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Unintended +ve consequences
Replies: 11
Views: 2675

Re: Unintended +ve consequences

ledow said:

.... an awfull lot ...
I have to say: maybe. Possibly. We'll have to wait and see.

Pessimism is not a fault per se but optimism is also possible!
by Burngate
Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Release Day Pool (just for fun)
Replies: 122
Views: 19338

Re: Release Day Pool (just for fun)

<t>If the boards are leaving China (9000 miles from Cambridge) on 20th Feb at 10:00 (after breakfast), and a pigeon can fly non-stop at 45 mph, they will arrive at Raspberry Towers 200 hours (8 days and 8 hours) later, that is 28th Feb at 10:00 (allowing for differing time-zones.)<br/> <br/> So, all...
by Burngate
Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power for USB external 2.5" harddisk
Replies: 25
Views: 7249

Re: Power for USB external 2.5" harddisk

<t>Having a look at that gerber, and comparing it to the PDF data sheet for the 9512, it looks to me that the right-hand edge of the 9512 on the gerber is pins 1 – 16 counting up.<br/> <br/> On the PDF, pins 1 – 4 are the USB data pins, and 14 & 16 are PRTCTL (power control.)<br/> <br/> So pins ...
by Burngate
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Packaging?
Replies: 30
Views: 9096

Re: Raspberry Pi Packaging?

<t>I have this vision (not based in this reality)<br/> Somewhere in wildest Tibet is a factory. In there is a PCB etching facility, and next to it is a pick'n'place robot.<br/> Every morning, the wise and all-seeing Grasshopper toils up the mountain, USB stick in hand. He puts it in the appropriate ...
by Burngate
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: config.txt
Replies: 172
Views: 87678

Re: config.txt

<t>dom said: <br/> <br/> Necessary for booting:<br/> bootcode.bin : 2nd stage bootloader, starts with SDRAM disabled<br/> <br/> loader.bin : 3rd stage bootloader, starts with SDRAM enabled<br/> <br/> start.elf : The GPU firmware ("the blob")<br/> <br/> cmdline.txt : kernel command line parameters<br...
by Burngate
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Ecology Data system
Replies: 5
Views: 2424

Re: Ecology Data system

Your Q2 regarding heating/cooling: you shouldn't have a problem - the device is so low in power (less than 5W) it shouldn't get warm - several threads mention this although I can't find them at the moment.
by Burngate
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: HDMI Testcards
Replies: 15
Views: 6962

Re: HDMI Testcards

<t>astropolis said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Anyone remember QuesTech? Particularly the Charisma and CLEO DVEs?<br/> <br/> <br/> Questech! Blast from the past! Not the DVEs so much - but their original framestores. Many a happy hour setting them up.<br/> <br/> I've used a RiscPC as a testcard source, PAL o...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: config.txt
Replies: 172
Views: 87678

Re: config.txt

<t>liz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I should point out that there's a one-time programmable bit on the device which will set if you've overvolted your device. If that sticky bit is set, it tells us that the Raspberry Pi has been overvolted, so any warranty won't apply if you try to send it back to us and...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Viruses on the RasPi
Replies: 46
Views: 18682

Re: Viruses on the RasPi

joeofloath said:


Jessie said:


"Socail Engeneering,."


I need this shirt.



Just so long as they keep the spelling
by Burngate
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Ecology Data system
Replies: 5
Views: 2424

Re: Ecology Data system

<t>If you used Risc OS / BBC BASIC 15 years ago:<br/> <br/> A/ you shouldn't have a problem (apart from memory-loss) so long as the ROO guys get it fully working on the Pi. Which they will <br/> <br/> and B/ Python is quite similar to BBC BASIC, so you should be able to get into it almost as easily ...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: config.txt
Replies: 172
Views: 87678

Re: config.txt

<t>Quote<br/> <br/> sdtv_mode: composite tv mode. Default is 0 (NTSC)<br/> <br/> sdtv_aspect: composite aspect ratio. Default is 1 (4:3)<br/> <br/> hdmi_mode: hdmi mode. Default is negotiated with display.<br/> <br/> overscan_left: number of pixels to skip on left<br/> <br/> overscan_right: number o...
by Burngate
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New here and feeling a bit overwhelmed
Replies: 36
Views: 7968

Re: New here and feeling a bit overwhelmed

<t>n3tw0rk5 said: <br/> <br/> ... there's a lot of useful info on here, that doesn't require a brain transplant ...<br/> <br/> Thing to note: the brain transplant seems to work automatically. Or at least as time goes by you learn which bits of gobble-de-gook to ignore and which bits of google-de-boc...

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