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by fos
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40988

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Several years ago, I taught a course called Far Out Science to a bunch of middle school students. I included any kind of "science" that was fun from astronomy to robotics. I had a couple of donated IBM 486 vintage computers that no longer worked. I re-formatted the hard drives and installed Debia...
by fos
Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How long does the pi last?
Replies: 45
Views: 10789

Re: How long does the pi last?

<t>Power cycling and heating issues generally have an effect on socketed chips. In any circuit board sockets are the weakest link.<br/> <br/> I have several calculators and similar devices from the 80s that are still functional, most are HPs. I have a couple of Tandy/RS Model 100s that also still wo...
by fos
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The secret of (lost) computer interest
Replies: 17
Views: 4429

Re: The secret of (lost) computer interest

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I would imagine it was the same in the early years of radios. It was, and presumably still is, possible to build a radio from a few easily obtainable parts. It must have been magical to build a radio at a time when they were a real novelty and not many people ...
by fos
Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Programming the Raspberry PI.
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

Re: Programming the Raspberry PI.

SlayingDragons,

I found project euler. It looks very interesting. However, smashthestack is a war game simulation. Is that the project you suggested in your post above?

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