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by NormanDunbar
Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 159464

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>Basic today is a lot better than the old days. I started on a ZX-81 myself and used Basic to write a RDBMS system to catalogue my music collection (Yes, in 1K of RAM!). But if we are going to teach kids, why not assembler - how much simpler can it get? <E>;-)</E><br/> <br/> In reality, with Basic...
by NormanDunbar
Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

Simon,
I agree 100%.

Cheers,
Norm.
by NormanDunbar
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

<t>Hi Simon,<br/> <br/> I suspect the "standards" that Skygod and myself were discussing are those more to do with the Kernel Docs and also, where the kernel is installed.<br/> <br/> For example, all my Linux installs have the user docs in /usr/share but my kernel source and docs lives in /usr/src/l...
by NormanDunbar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

<r>Quote from Skygod on November 25, 2011, 15:54<br/> <br/> Or on my current install of Fedora 16 it goes in<br/> /usr/share/doc/kernel-doc-3.1.2/Documentation/<br/> Oh, aren't 'standards' wonderful <E>:)</E> <br/> Standards? What standards? And it gets worse when you start throwing "proper" Unix in...
by NormanDunbar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

<t>Sorry, forgot to mention, Fedora being Fedora doesn't put the kernel docs in the correct (!) place. Instead of /usr/src/linux/Documentation they go in /usr/share/doc/kernel-doc-2.6.41.1/Documentation.<br/> <br/> Apologies.<br/> <br/> What happened to standards? Everyone else (thinks, better check...
by NormanDunbar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

<r>Quote from Skygod on November 25, 2011, 11:36<br/> Fedora 16 installed from Live CD just 2 days ago .....<br/> <br/> [[email protected] ~]$ cd /usr/src/linux/Documentation<br/> bash: cd: /usr/src/linux/Documentation: No such file or directory<br/> [[email protected] ~]$ <E>:)</E> <br/> <br/> Ok, I'...
by NormanDunbar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

Oh for goodness sake, I need a proof reader!

>> /usr/src/linux/Documantation

Should of course be:

/usr/src/linux/Documentation

Cheers,
Nomr.
by NormanDunbar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4700

Re: Linux documentation challenge: tweaking boot

<r>When I had to learn all about Windows (3.0) coming from a DOS environment (plus Z80 and CPM as well) - I bought a book. Well, a couple of books. Ok, a few!<br/> <br/> When Windows eventually became a nightmare of BSODs and mix and match viruses, and I had to get into Unix for work, I swapped to L...
by NormanDunbar
Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 171682

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

I'll tell you what really sucks. My Dyson DC27 Animal. My god, it lifts the carpets!
Is it bad when your vacuum cleaner sucks then? :-)

Cheers,
Norm.
by NormanDunbar
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 9885

Re: What did your first programs do?

<t>My first ever program - after I taught myself Basic on a ZX-81 - was to catalogue my record collection. I wrote, in ZX-Basic - a program that allowed me to load, save, enter and amend record details and, best of all, search. Basically (no pun intended) a mini-rdbms.<br/> <br/> It even worked. Hoo...
by NormanDunbar
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?
Replies: 514
Views: 219420

Re: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?

<t>How would I use a Raspberry Pi device? Easy, like I used to use my ZX-81, Spectrum and QL (I still have 3 of those!) - for tinkering and playing.<br/> <br/> My wife would like to hook it up to a camera of some sort, with motion detect/ IR detect etc, and see what wildlife we have running around o...

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