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by SteveDee
Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: USB Cams and Motion on Debian
Replies: 78
Views: 83595

Re: USB Cams and Motion on Debian

Well, managed to burn a few hours today trying to make sense of Arch Linux. First problem was getting the display to work, as the config.txt settings that work for Debian don't work for Arch (seems to need: hdmi_mode=4). Then I tried to use pacman to update and install packages like motion, but ran ...
by SteveDee
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: USB Cams and Motion on Debian
Replies: 78
Views: 83595

Re: USB Cams and Motion on Debian

Thanks for your responses. My #1 enemy at the moment is "time", or the lack of it! So I'm not going to get much time to follow this up before the weekend. Paul, yeah my view is that you only need one driver per camera (to do the low level stuff) with an API to access properties and execute methods. ...
by SteveDee
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: USB Cams and Motion on Debian
Replies: 78
Views: 83595

USB Cams and Motion on Debian

The end-game is to get RPi to work on Debian with Kenneth Larvsen's motion app, either using a USB camera or analogue camera + EzCap. But for the moment I'm just trying to get my 2 USB cams working. Initially there was no support, but I've now upgraded as discussed in this post:- http://www.raspberr...
by SteveDee
Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5618

Re: Finally someone's doing something

scep said:-

"The curriculum covers what each subject must (legally) teach at each Key Stage..."

Thanks for the clear explanation.

So what's actually happening in September? Have they already created a new curriculum, or is this still work in progress?
by SteveDee
Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5618

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<r>Jaseman said:-<br/> <br/> "...I imagine that writing a curriculum takes time..."<br/> <br/> Although I have a son doing GCSE exams at the moment, and I work part-time in a school, I've lost the plot as to what a "curriculum" actually represents. But I expect scep can explain it (if he is still ta...
by SteveDee
Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5618

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>scep said:<br/> <br/> "…and even under the constraints of the curriculum you can still break out of the MS Office mould…"<br/> <br/> There are teachers that do exactly that, and then there are those that just stick to what is required "to keep the grades up" because that is ultimately how they ar...
by SteveDee
Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5618

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>scep said:<br/> <br/> "I think that most ICT teachers undestand that they teach the most changeable (and potentially exciting) subject in the curriculum and that they have a professional responsibility to keep up. To me the change is the fun bit..."<br/> <br/> I'm sure you have wider experience o...
by SteveDee
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5618

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>Yes, things are moving "politically" in Britain with a change to the curriculum now due in September.<br/> <br/> I think it will be a struggle. Here are a couple of quotes, again via the BBC:-<br/> <br/> Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, called the plan "a slap in the face for ...
by SteveDee
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: sales date?
Replies: 131
Views: 44156

Re: sales date?

<t>mc349 said:-<br/> <br/> I've been trying to work out what one of these is going to actually cost in the UK…<br/> <br/> Good point, the distribution costs could be significant, and how will this be handled? Will it be a couple of Foundation members packing them, then taking the packages to the pos...
by SteveDee
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 140781

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>riFFraFF said:-<br/> <br/> "...has anyone bothered to define what age group you'd be starting with? A lot of this stuff is just too heavyweight for kids."<br/> <br/> This conversation seems to be going along the lines of looking for one language to teach in schools. I'm still hoping for a wider C...
by SteveDee
Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: PC in a mouse
Replies: 32
Views: 8562

Re: PC in a mouse

<t>Jongoleur said:-<br/> <br/> " Another idea is to put a Pi in a small plastic case and secure it with sticky pads to the back of a small LCD TV."<br/> <br/> I'm thinking along the lines of an LCD DVI connector being incorporated into a plastic case (i.e. not having an HDMI-cable-DVI lead, but some...
by SteveDee
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Release Date
Replies: 4
Views: 2275

Re: Release Date

Abishur says:-

"Most of the delay boils down to the fact that they...

...want to give a product that has been through thorough testing and had any mistakes fixed *before* they release it to the market. "

Yep, take your time and get it right!
by SteveDee
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 140781

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>riFFraFF says:-<br/> "...but the point still remains: When you drive, drive the vehicle that will best take you to your destination..."<br/> <br/> Hooray!<br/> <br/> I'm afraid there is a lot of stupid snobbery in the programming world, and this is often perpetuated by intellegent people who shou...
by SteveDee
Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Audible Tech-Support Monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 1321

Re: Audible Tech-Support Monitor

<t>Some time ago I wrote a simple app using Gambas to monitor our servers, and produce an audible alarm (via espeak) in the event of a problem (e.g. monitor says "Server 1 down").<br/> <br/> This has proved very useful because server and network problems were often noticed first by our users. But no...
by SteveDee
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29495

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>I find it interesting that quite a few of us think there is a problem, but I wonder (probably doubt) that we share common ground on the solution.<br/> <br/> As a minimum, young people need to leave school and move into a work environment or university, with the ability to use technology with conf...
by SteveDee
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29495

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>...but then again, what do I know.  I'm just a dumb Electronic Engineer who has pursued this computer and microcomputer revolution since 1968....Computer Science education is a mess, and I agree that the Pi can go along ways toward getting this resolved.  I believe that today's youth can be educa...
by SteveDee
Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29495

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>@SteveDee: Just a quick PS on Thinstation: Check out the lastest ver. 2.5beta (almost at RC state). It has vast improvements on drivers. May save your current investments.<br/> <br/> Sorry being off-topic.<br/> <br/> I don't think it is off topic if ThinStation is a viable approach for Raspberry ...
by SteveDee
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29495

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>Although we had been using HP ThinState clients on a Citrix system, we recently switched this off and now use Windows Remote Desktop running on 2 virtual servers running Server 2008.<br/> <br/> In addition to the HP thin clients (now RDP), I have converted around 50 Compaq D510 desktops to run as...

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