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by liz
Wed May 11, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can I use the Raspberry Pi to help me get up in the morning?
Replies: 31
Views: 5085

Re: Using the RP to act as an alarm clock and lock a door?

I think there are probably safer options - like setting a Pi to detect whether you've got back into bed (magic things, PIR sensors), and pour a mug of water onto you if you do. (Or set off more and worse alarms, which may be a little more realistic.) I hate to think of you dead in your bathroom, is ...
by liz
Wed May 11, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: I accidentally my command prompt!
Replies: 9
Views: 1580

Re: What happened to my command prompt?

OP - a bump after only four hours is a bit much. Please try to kerb your enthusiasm!
by liz
Wed May 11, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Can a Pi Camera really kill a R-Pi3?
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: Can a Pi Camera really kill a R-Pi3?

OP - please don't raise duplicate threads. I've locked your original one. Please don't do it again; it's against the rules here.
by liz
Wed May 11, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Pi 3 Backward Compatibility
Replies: 1
Views: 543

Re: Pi 3 Backward Compatibility

Everything's backwards compatible, and the Sense HAT will work with Pi 3.
by liz
Sun May 08, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 3420

Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Good god, yes: SPECTACLES (and latterly, contact lenses). There wouldn't be a Raspberry Pi without them - Eben is -10 dioptres in both eyes. I'm slightly better off, but we're still in a position where neither of us can locate the bottle of contact lens solution in the mornings.
by liz
Sun May 08, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Crazy colored graphics in desktop raspbian after LCD install
Replies: 9
Views: 1584

Re: Crazy colored graphics in desktop raspbian after LCD ins

Reading your other thread - totally a power supply issue. PLEASE try a proper 2.5A supply and a proper cable before starting any more threads.
by liz
Sun May 08, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Sporadic mouse/keyboard connectivity, crazy graphics pi 3
Replies: 101
Views: 14166

Re: Sporadic mouse/keyboard connectivity, crazy graphics pi

Every single one is tested before leaving the factory - I would put money on your problem being your power supply. Have you tried a known good 2.5A supply yet?
by liz
Sat May 07, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 3420

Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Eben and I saw the last few things (50-45) on the list and started guessing what would be at the top. We were both wrong: Eben said "The wheel. Or fire." I said "A pointy stick."

Still, the iPhone is nice and all.
by liz
Wed May 04, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Always show color rectangle on corner
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Always show color rectangle on corner

The rainbow square is a warning signal: it means your power supply is inadequate. For Pi 3 you need 2.5 amps; for Pi 2, 2 amps. If you don't meet these requirements the rainbow square will display, and you may find your Raspberry Pi crashes under load.
by liz
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Meet Elephant Pi - the passive conqueror of cpuburn
Replies: 9
Views: 2305

Re: Meet Elephant Pi - the passive conqueror of cpuburn

Gerd and Rive - neither of you is behaving very well here. I'm closing this thread. Please reel it in. The next time either of you starts baiting another user (and yes, I know it takes two, but you're both being as bad as each other) it'll mean a short forum ban to cool down - at the very least.
by liz
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 451
Views: 215278

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

It's still a rolling shutter - at this sensor, a global shutter just doesn't provide the quality that a rolling shutter does.
by liz
Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PiZero IoT pHAT (bluetooth+wifi for $9)
Replies: 53
Views: 17773

Re: PiZero IoT HAT (bluetooth+wifi for $9)

It's not a HAT, and we would prefer it if organisations making add-ons without an eeprom did not call their devices HATs - your choice, but we'd definitely look more favourably on an FCC/CE conformant device that didn't misuse the nomenclature.
by liz
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why not move to using Discourse for this forum?
Replies: 38
Views: 11119

Re: Why not move to using Discourse for this forum?

FYI, folks, a forum upgrade *is* in the works, and has been since a while before Christmas, but we hit a bit of a stumbling block (massive understatement - it was carnage) with our contractors, and a couple of weeks ago we had to tell them that we wouldn't be continuing with them. The work they'd do...
by liz
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi Zero new feature
Replies: 169
Views: 34453

Re: Pi Zero new feature

(For those who don't know what we're talking about: viewtopic.php?p=951228#p951228)
by liz
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Any Pi users on the Isle of Wight
Replies: 8
Views: 3262

Re: Any Pi users on the Isle of Wight

Lots of people attached to Blackgang Chine - worth contacting @DrLucyRogers. There are sometimes Pi hackathons there. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/blackgang-chine/
by liz
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ditch the locking micro-SD slot and go for a regular one.
Replies: 36
Views: 10321

Re: Ditch the locking micro-SD slot and go for a regular one

One of the biggest complaints we received before Pi3 was about the push-push connector. It seems a lot of you (really, an awful lot - you should see my inbox) were accidentally ejecting your cards when handling your Pi, which meant SD card corruption. That's what was behind the change.
by liz
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Who is most important?
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Who is most important?

OP: this thread remains locked. It was locked because it was asinine. Please stop PMing me and the other mods.
by liz
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Reputation management
Replies: 66
Views: 8835

Re: Reputation management

Yeah - sorry guys. Just to explain: We had nearly 100 newspapers/websites/broadcast media journalists under embargo. They all had to respect that embargo, and if *we* had broken it we'd have broken all of those relationships. And unfortunately ALL of our website comes under the category of "we", so ...
by liz
Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 9am fresh Raspberry stock on sale
Replies: 2
Views: 846

Re: 9am fresh Raspberry stock on sale

Heads up: they're putting another batch out at 7pm GMT.
by liz
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dog Intercom
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Re: Dog Intercom

by liz
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: TheWege - next Kickstarter scam?
Replies: 44
Views: 6636

Re: WTF?! TheWege - next Kickstarter scam?

Thanks for the pointer folks (and for reporting) - we're all killing ourselves laughing about the whole thing. It's a bit...brazen, don't you think?

Has anybody else watched the video?
by liz
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What specification should the next Raspberry Pi have?
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Re: What specification should the next Raspberry Pi have?

There are approximately eight kajillion threads in this forum on this subject already. Please go and post in one of those.
by liz
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: People mention about Pi Z clones
Replies: 61
Views: 9291

Re: People mention about Pi Z clones

Yeah - one of the things that went wrong there (and was behind the recent drama) was that the name "Arduino" WASN'T trademarked for a very long time, so there are a bajilion something-duino products out there from before they actually trademarked it.
by liz
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: People mention about Pi Z clones
Replies: 61
Views: 9291

Re: People mention about Pi Z clones

It is a genuine service. My understanding is that there isn't a minimum order unit size - but there IS a minimum cost, so if you were to order one unit, it'd still cost you tens of thousands of dollars because of the NRE (non-recurring engineering) cost. They build these in their Chinese factory, so...
by liz
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Noobs download broken
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: Noobs download broken

Thanks - we've noticed and submitted a ticket. Looks like something happened to the load balancer when some new stuff was uploaded earlier this afternoon; try again later this evening when the folks at our hosts have had a chance to poke it with a stick!

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