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by billio
Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Adding non-printable characters to strings
Replies: 8
Views: 2481

Re: Adding non-printable characters to strings

Sorry, I should have typed .split method
by billio
Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Adding non-printable characters to strings
Replies: 8
Views: 2481

Re: Adding non-printable characters to strings

Look at this documentation about strings (Python 2.7) : http://docs.python.org/library/stdtypes.html#string-methods the .strip method might be of use to you. and this about reading files : http://docs.python.org/tutorial/inputoutput.html#methods-of-file-objects look at .readlines. Regarding how to a...
by billio
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maplin Wireless Mini keyboard and Touchpad
Replies: 13
Views: 8189

Maplin Wireless Mini keyboard and Touchpad

I bought one of these in Maplins today as it was reduced by £5 to £24.99. (Model no. N99KA). I wasn't expecting much but the supplied wireless dongle plugs straight into a powered USB hub and the keyboard works first-time without any set-up (I use Raspbian - latest version). The trackpad works fine ...
by billio
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: IT education for the unemployed and disabled
Replies: 12
Views: 2802

Re: IT education for the unemployed and disabled

Good points about IT education and getting an IT job in the UK. I agree that as it stands a RPi is not going to provide much, if any, direct industry-relevant skills. But in this instance I see the Raspberry Pi as possibly providing two things. Some unemployed and disabled people I know are not part...
by billio
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powered USB hub
Replies: 13
Views: 14555

Re: Powered USB hub

I have been using the set-up described here - power cable to the hub, USB cable from the hub to power the RPi, USB data cable from RPi to the hub input - the latter connection being one of those USB form converters so the hub and the RPi have a rigid attachment (that is, not using a cable). However ...
by billio
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: IT education for the unemployed and disabled
Replies: 12
Views: 2802

Re: IT education for the unemployed and disabled

LuaPie,

Yes, those are real issues and solutions, though not everyone lives near a library. Some people find it difficult to get out of their homes, for one reason or another, and I suppose it was these I was thinking of.

I am just trying to think out-of-the-box.

Bill
by billio
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: IT education for the unemployed and disabled
Replies: 12
Views: 2802

Re: IT education for the unemployed and disabled

Thanks for the links, but I was thinking more of initiatives to create support for the use of RPi as both an adult educational tool and the provision of IT access for people on low incomes, which the unemployed and those on disability benefit can be in the UK. Eventually, skills learnt from using th...
by billio
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: IT education for the unemployed and disabled
Replies: 12
Views: 2802

IT education for the unemployed and disabled

Whilst the educational emphasis of the RPi in the UK has concerned children and schools, I just wondered if anyone has thought about the using the RPi for education related to the unemployed and those on disability benefits ?.

Has anyone any pointers or links to initiatives in this area ?.
by billio
Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where to get a good PSU from
Replies: 33
Views: 9645

Re: Where to get a good PSU from

Initially I used a USB charger for a Kodak video camera (Z3 I think) - it worked fine as it supplies 1 amp. But then I realised I needed more USB ports so I bought a Belkin powered 4-port USB splitter box. This supplies 2 amps so I have a power cable from the box to the RPi and a USB data cable from...
by billio
Tue May 29, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Would anyone be interested in a York, UK meet?
Replies: 15
Views: 3363

Re: Would anyone be interested in a York, UK meet?

I am interested, living a few miles away. Presumably we would bring our own pies.

RPi due to arrive in the next day or so. Not sure which is more important the RPi or finishing off installing the new bathroom before the wife returns from holiday :-) .
by billio
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Potential power source
Replies: 83
Views: 16138

Re: Potential power source

<t>hzrnbgy said: <br/> <br/> <br/> if you fancy a bit of soldering, here are some good switchmode power supplies<br/> <br/> <br/> Is it practical to use switched mode power supplies from old PCs ?. The one I have, which must be at least 10 years old, supplies 5 volts at up to 28 amps, plus 12volts a...
by billio
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why did the industry fail?
Replies: 60
Views: 14752

Re: Why did the industry fail?

<t>The Raspberry Pi idea has evolved from "the industry" ?. Not as a product but as a recognition that for the industry to flourish it needs to address the educational development of its future workforce. Well surely that's true from a UK perspective ?.<br/> <br/> Also, the Raspberry Pi is an experi...
by billio
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Welsh's Pi Box aka Shepherd's Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 4553

Re: Welsh's Pi Box aka Shepherd's Pi

spurious said:


Un R-Pi da arall yn haeddu


blwch pei mafon ?
by billio
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Old RiscOS 3.x software
Replies: 10
Views: 2510

Re: Old RiscOS 3.x software

<t>I was thinking whether it was possible to put a Raspberry Pi inside an old Acorn computer - in my case it was a StrongArm RiscPC - and finding a way of using them both at the same time with VNC or something similar running through an ethernet connection. Would this allow you to use the old softwa...
by billio
Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Python
Topic: learning python?
Replies: 13
Views: 6304

Re: learning python?

Try "Dive into Python" by Marc Pilgrim : http://www.diveintopython.net/ . You can buy it in printed form or download it for free from the website.
by billio
Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 178117

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Jaseman said:<br/> <br/> <br/> You could say something like 'Well done, that's a good program you've made.  You might be interested to see what I've done here as an alternative method.'<br/> <br/> Keep it positive, and give encouragement to people that might not know as much as you do.  We're all...
by billio
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ARM computer in USB stick
Replies: 14
Views: 4790

Re: ARM computer in USB stick

Here is another one from Always Innovating :

http://armdevices.net/2012/01/.....mi-dongle/
by billio
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ARM computer in USB stick
Replies: 14
Views: 4790

Re: ARM computer in USB stick

And a Mince Pi as a Christmas present
by billio
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ARM computer in USB stick
Replies: 14
Views: 4790

Re: ARM computer in USB stick

<t>I'm not really interested in the "we did it first" contest. Well done if you did. What's interesting me is that other companies are going to make similar things with progressively better "go faster" stripes. How is this going to affect the future of RPi ?.<br/> <br/> You are right, minimising the...
by billio
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ARM computer in USB stick
Replies: 14
Views: 4790

Re: ARM computer in USB stick

<r>What should we make of things like this:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://armdevices.net/2012/01/.....-mali-400/">http://armdevices.net/2012/01/.....-mali-400/</URL><br/> <br/> This world is moving so quickly !.<br/> <br/> I suppose the danger for Raspberry Pi is a perpetual leapfrog in performance an...
by billio
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?
Replies: 514
Views: 238431

Re: How would you use a Raspberry Pi device?

<t>The Raspberry Pi may provide cheap processing but to make a useful and cheap application the issue is which peripherals could be used alongside it: screen, storage, data input.<br/> I would like a small, cheap system in the kitchen which I can use to browse the web and local network storage for r...

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