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by hyena
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For those looking for a mediaplayer only
Replies: 80
Views: 23192

Re: For those looking for a mediaplayer only

<t>come on lets get off this moboplay stuff .. its just a branded clone of the £20 devices ebuyer knock out which are fine for playing knocked off films downloaded from the internet over a hdmi cable to the tv .. this one looks like you can plug in a wifi stick (at extra cost) and view network share...
by hyena
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB bootable?
Replies: 17
Views: 3901

Re: USB bootable?

<t>bear in mind with all these transfer speeds quoted, they often bear little relation to the real world .. usb 2 also i think puts a real world top limit on the transfer rates anyway of the mid to 20's mb/s  ?<br/> <br/> .. allied to this the HUGE difference  in transfer speeds dependent on the fil...
by hyena
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deploying Images to SD Card
Replies: 21
Views: 7898

Re: Deploying Images to SD Card

<r>theres a great usb imaging application the plug computer hacking scene use (ive hacked a few of these devices and use it regularly) to backup, restore and disseminate live distro images<br/> <br/> its free and called usb image tool<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.alexpage.de/">http://www.alexpage...
by hyena
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For those looking for a mediaplayer only
Replies: 80
Views: 23192

Re: For those looking for a mediaplayer only

<t>why not the roku box as its the pi inside .. even comes in 2 versions with and without ethernet ... the "best" pasrt of the pi technology wise is the GPU (for media purposes) .. the CPU/256mb memory is pretty weak spec wise in comparison to whats arouns in the same (or cheaper price range) .. the...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC
Replies: 36
Views: 11634

Re: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC

the  £100-120 (if you wait for the periodic deals) quid ebuyer acer revue/emachines etc dual core atom ion 2 chipset nettops should do xmbc @ 1080p with the proper drivers and setup  .. though it will do it its reaching its limit   ...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC
Replies: 36
Views: 11634

Re: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC

<r><URL url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/educ.....n-16157519">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/educ.....n-16157519</URL><br/> <br/> The teaching of information and<br/> communications technology (ICT) is inadequate in a fifth of secondary schools in<br/> England, Ofsted says.<br/> <br/> Inspectors said teach...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC
Replies: 36
Views: 11634

Re: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC

<t>remember the BBC Micro !  .. out of that came ARM and the founders of a shedload of games developers  ...<br/> <br/> I was at school at this time and the govt then had a coherent systematic plan and backed this up with kit and teacher training for schools, media (BBC) but most importantly of all ...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC
Replies: 36
Views: 11634

Re: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC

<t>ideally its NOT just for "kids" but for real world applications as well .. if it has real world applications its less likely to descend in to a fringe downmarket beagleboarder item .. and were likely then to see a pi2 .. pi3 etc<br/> <br/> .. it has about the same cpu power as the plug computers ...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC
Replies: 36
Views: 11634

Re: Raspberry Pi $35 vs a $35 x86 Regular PC

<t>sounds like you need one of the excellent ebuyer dual core atom Acer Revo or emachines type thingy ... ive seen them with linux on as low as £110 for a dual core atom 2GB RAM and 300ish GB HD .. as its an x86 you get xmbc nice and stable and easy to install and its great for you to learn to progr...
by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: $4.99 A8 chip from Allwinner
Replies: 28
Views: 10833

Re: $4.99 A8 chip from Allwinner

In respect of the impact of the new range of super cheap SOC's here are a couple of videos :

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by hyena
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: $4.99 A8 chip from Allwinner
Replies: 28
Views: 10833

Re: $4.99 A8 chip from Allwinner

<t>its a killer soc for the price ... caused chaos in the chinese tablet and settop box makers ... and now delivering $50 >1ghz a8 /512mb settop boxes which would be great for the pi2 .. makes the pi able to do useful cpu meaty tasks<br/> <br/> theres now three or 4 similar a8/a9 with mali cpu soc's...
by hyena
Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: useful tools we used on the plug computer hacks to create/distribute sd card images of working distro's ready to go
Replies: 4
Views: 1297

Re: useful tools we used on the plug computer hacks to create/distribute sd card images of working distro's ready to go

<r>a nifty little windows program which creates an image of sd cards/usb sticks etc (which you can then rar to compress) and distribute ... its then as easy as pi for anyone to download unrar and restore the image on to one of their sd cards or usb stick and its ready to go <br/> <br/> you need to b...
by hyena
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: another UK "alternative" to the pi
Replies: 47
Views: 19241

Re: another UK "alternative" to the pi

<t>if you check out the rhombus site they give links to hopefully all that should be necessary (if one has the linux knowledge) to stick on to that A10 $50 box UBoot and (that specific box drivers for sd card etc aside) compile hopefully a distro of your choice like some brave souls did for our plug...
by hyena
Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: another UK "alternative" to the pi
Replies: 47
Views: 19241

Re: another UK "alternative" to the pi

<r>don't know if you guys have seen this put a guy is putting out PR for his "alternative" to the pi (Rhombus Tech) .. but much better than the pi for $15 total cost ? ... it does look a bit like "pie in the sky" <br/> <br/> Joking aside for its intended purpose the pi is great and i'm sure it will ...
by hyena
Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where will it be manufactured ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: Where will it be manufactured ?

<t>dont automatically assume its china ... if the pi is just to be sold as a board with minimal packaging (no cables, psu etc) then one would hope there would be minimal labour costs and so more options - even the uk/eu potentially .. and you then have tariff\'s eg if the Indian market (or a govt de...
by hyena
Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5
Replies: 9
Views: 3480

Re: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5

<r>hi, yep the kirkwood doesnt have a FPU (although it does have fpu emulator sware) you\'re right so real time transcoding of video for example is an issue if thats something people want to do (what the unhacked pogo software\'d pogoplugs had real issues with). You can see this where FPU emulators ...
by hyena
Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5
Replies: 9
Views: 3480

Re: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5

<t>yep .. i suspected that the pi wouldnt be any better than the kirkwood boxes for most of the uses these hacked kirkwood devices have been put to. I had my eye on the trim slice (rip of pricing and rip off distributors) and was then waiting for the new genesi i.MX53 board they were demo\'ing a few...
by hyena
Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5
Replies: 9
Views: 3480

Re: how does the pis arm 11 compare to the kirkwood arm 5

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> Im running my squeezebox server over ethernet on a hacked iomega iconnect running debian off a usb stick (1ghz marvell kirkwood 256mb ram) .. as periodically the cpu spikes to 100% (poorly written squeezebox server) i was looking for a cheap arm board with a bit more grunt.<br/> <b...

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