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by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 222359

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

I wondered if the person thought, well number 1 is same price, I"ll bid extra on that one instead.
by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pygame
Replies: 29
Views: 7685

Re: Pygame

<t>@liz<br/> Pygame"s definitely something we"ll be bundling. We"re arguing about whether we prefer the Python 2 series (on the basis of how the Hello World program works, would you believe), but you"ll definitely see one or the other on there.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Can I ask which side you are one...
by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Suject entry age ?.
Replies: 19
Views: 4072

Re: Suject entry age ?.

<t>I know some nurseries have children using computers as young as 3 to get them exposed. I guess it would be possible to start teaching principles from this age with appropriate software, teaching and time.<br/> <br/> I didn"t learn computing at this age but by 4 I was a fluent chess player. Being ...
by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 32550

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>WHAT! You actually suggest that it was a good idea to learn something by doing it in the real world? NO, NO, NO!!!<br/> Teaching must be academic if it is to be of any real value and respect (with a proper 2 hour exam at the end), look at those "vocational" qualifications only good for producing ...
by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 42295

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>Jet Set Willy (seemingly endlesss platform)<br/> Head over heels (first 3d puzzle game I remember)<br/> Bubble Bobble (I still hear the music)<br/> Battle Chess (although Level 5+ was impossible due to thinking time per move)<br/> IK+ (friend had way of the exploding fist I liked)<br/> Double dra...
by nichobb
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Few Quick Qns
Replies: 26
Views: 4670

Re: A Few Quick Qns

<r>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> 4GB limit is a FAT32 limitation, not a Linux limit. Use EXT3/4 and you"ll have no problems. Although the disk won"t be able to be read on windows machines.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Well you can install drivers on a windows machine to access EXT3/4, useful if sharing c...
by nichobb
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Battery power
Replies: 68
Views: 24261

Re: Battery power

I plan to use the circuit from a phone charger that runs from a cars cigarette socket and splice it into a cable. I"ll be doing a number of power checks to ensure nothing excessive goes through (and they have fuses in there I may keep).
by nichobb
Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 222359

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Re Lakes post:PCPro Podcast

This was a fairly poor discussion, at least they admitted they knew nothing about it. Interestingly they said if they can get a unit they would be doing a feature, could be good publicity.
by nichobb
Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How much sales do you think will raspi make?
Replies: 66
Views: 12852

Re: How much sales do you think will raspi make?

<t>I don"t think France will be buying anything in 2012, especially from the UK when their credit rating drops and the UK one doesn"t (although with Europe decline won"t be great for us.)<br/> <br/> Fance must be upset with having such weak banks (although not worst in Europe) … hate to be in any co...
by nichobb
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi and Psion
Replies: 23
Views: 7915

Re: Raspberry Pi and Psion

<t>Great idea but don"t think so easilly <br/> You inspired me to dust off (literally) my Psion 5 I got for Uni (typed most my lecture notes on that beast). Not the B anyway as measurements show it"s just shy of 2.4 mm on the outside so even less than that inside and you"d have to go in the battery ...
by nichobb
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Any beekeepers out there?
Replies: 36
Views: 12531

Re: Any beekeepers out there?

with regards to the temorature issue couldn"t you site the device in the bee hive so they keep it warm?
by nichobb
Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: $35 RasPi vs $50 tablet ?
Replies: 82
Views: 26773

Re: $35 RasPi vs $50 tablet ?

<t>@Piw32 another way to code on Android is SL4A, supports python 2.6.2, php, jRuby and others – not the best ide but usable. I"m using it to learn python on before going back to work.<br/> Presonally I think a fuller desktop OS would be better to develop on, I"m not a massive fan of Android, clunky...
by nichobb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 32550

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>This is starting to go quite off topic. However, to continue the interesting tangent with an idea that Scep started (although I suspect they will be first to object). Note: I work in a FE college and all my immediate family work fully or partly in schools from primary to secondary. With that disc...
by nichobb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 32550

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>Regarding OP issues, some stop gap methods could be;<br/> With your aging PCs the virus checkers seem like a good bet at causing the slowness as others mentioned, look at microsoft security essentials as a quick fix. Install XP fresh with just Office and browser may help.<br/> My friend swears by...
by nichobb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Moodle?
Replies: 18
Views: 16092

Re: Moodle?

<t>I don"t think the R-pi would cope well with full Moodle as it is so resource hungry. Ours is on a beast of a server and still falls over with heavy load (luckily not my problem and have a good developer, also virtualization should happen this year). That"s not to knock Moodle as it"s a good syste...
by nichobb
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 417950

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

<r>@Mushroom_Lord<br/> <br/> I was thinking that just having it bobbing around in a fish tank would be pretty cool, hopefully it will sort of half float half sink (the usb/power etc) cables could help control this floatationness.<br/> <br/> I"d just have to find a non-conductive transparent liquid t...
by nichobb
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: These little mathematical conundrums
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: These little mathematical conundrums

They are far superior to CAPTCHA images on some sites, I have such problems with them (dyslexia, partially deaf so audio ones don"t help either). I do think it should include subtraction to mix it up a little.
by nichobb
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: New theme...What do you think
Replies: 42
Views: 8516

Re: New theme...What do you think

<r>Hi,<br/> I have problems posting using an android tablet with Opera Mobile 11.50 and dolphin HD (I got around this by installing firefox beta which is … er never mind ... if I can"t say anything nice and all).<br/> The issue is that I could write to titles and the maths textbox but not this main ...
by nichobb
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which language would you choose to teach programming on the RPi?
Replies: 47
Views: 12003

Re: Which language would you choose to teach programming on the RPi?

<r>Dear OP,<br/> I"ve been looking for appropriate languages as well since start of the holidays and have been hanging around these kind of posts.<br/> <br/> Of the ones I"ve looked at and used (vb, c#, php, python) I would add my voice to the python voters.<br/> <br/> It"s not a language overly bur...
by nichobb
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 15549

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/educ.....n-16157519

Basically ofsted said 20% schools really bad at itc. And pupils don't want to take it further and numbers are dropping.
by nichobb
Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: VAT and the pi
Replies: 15
Views: 2641

Re: VAT and the pi

<r>FYI: If Pi was coming into UK from outside, you\'d pay VAT of 20%. This would be just $5 extra for model A ... Then you pay VAT on the delivery as well (sometimes) ... Then you pay another £15 for the monopolistic carrier (parcelfarce) to clear it through customs and calculate VAT (often wrongly)...
by nichobb
Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Re: Windows on R-Pi
Replies: 100
Views: 17796

Re: Windows on R-Pi

<t>Ignoring the will it won\'t it run, I think there is an argument for having some form of Windows on a future R-pi or on this one.<br/> <br/> People may be critical of MS and it\'s obvious that MS want kids only using their stuff to help monopolise the market in future.<br/> However, in the UK edu...
by nichobb
Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 417950

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Get a big enough fan and it could levitate.
by nichobb
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Video Encoding...
Replies: 26
Views: 7108

Re: Raspberry Pi Video Encoding...

cheers that makes sense.
by nichobb
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Video Encoding...
Replies: 26
Views: 7108

Re: Raspberry Pi Video Encoding...

<r>Hi,<br/> I\'m reading the first response from Liz as saying the first r-pi model won\'t be able to convert files (eg from mkv to avi not talking about watching at same time), even with existing software just using the cpu. Is this the case or have I misunderstood? Is it just that the process woul...

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