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by richardp
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Programming with *insert language here*?
Replies: 49
Views: 8683

Re: Programming with *insert language here*?

<t>I am a supporter of FreePascal/Lazarus<br/> <br/> Using the Lazarus IDE, people get a fully integrated GUI designer, a nice OO language and allows you to 'Get under the hood' with low level linux API calls.<br/> <br/> But then the whole thing depends on what you want to achieve, every language ha...
by richardp
Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: composite resolution too low to be of use for programming?
Replies: 62
Views: 21988

Re: composite resolution too low to be of use for programming?

<t>Steady_Bear said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Heathen! Vi only, Grr.....*<br/> <br/> * I'm being really, really serious by the way.<br/> <br/> <br/> My word! .. what a way to scare people away from Linux.. Vi!  heavens above!  Xerox invented the GUI ~40 years ago, I am not going back to typing cryptic comma...
by richardp
Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Mesh Networking? Raspberry Tart boxes?
Replies: 7
Views: 3435

Re: Mesh Networking? Raspberry Tart boxes?

<r>I won"t comment on the content streaming.. as legalities are questionable; content providers get twitchy if the content is on an ethernet network in the clear. Also keep in mind that some/many Content providers covertly watermark the video, so if the video ends up in the wild, there will be a man...
by richardp
Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Copyright and licenses
Replies: 38
Views: 5745

Re: Copyright and licenses

As a company GPL/OSS Compliance person, I refuse to allow GPLv3 code in any of the products. It has far wider negative ramifications when incorporated in to commercial products.

I wont touch GPLv3 with a barge-pole.

Richard
by richardp
Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Copyright and licenses
Replies: 38
Views: 5745

Re: Copyright and licenses

As a company GPL/OSS Compliance person, I refuse to allow GPLv3 code in any of the products. It has far wider negative ramifications when incorporated in to commercial products.

I wont touch GPLv3 with a barge-pole, the best license IMHO is the BSD style.

Richard
by richardp
Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: HD TV Extender
Replies: 8
Views: 2785

Re: HD TV Extender

<t>A Sky box wont show video unless HDCP encryption is working..  (and as the previous poster noted, its not cheap to achieve that goal)<br/> <br/> I dont even think a BluRay player will show HD content without encryption. There are some keys in the wild, but Intel have vowed to shut down any equipm...
by richardp
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Game over
Replies: 21
Views: 4214

Re: Game over

VisualStudio is the least of the cost.... Hardware and OS are still needed too
by richardp
Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: another UK "alternative" to the pi
Replies: 47
Views: 18069

Re: another UK "alternative" to the pi

<t>Although Rombus looks like its an 'Idea' more than a product, it must be noted that Amlogic chips are released with specifications.<br/> <br/> Its a Eastern spec sheet that hasn't been translated too well, but its is MORE than Broadcom release. The Amlogic development boards are cheaply available...
by richardp
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: DVB receiver
Replies: 2
Views: 1293

Re: DVB receiver

<t>roenbaeck said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I am not familiar with the exact specs of the Broadcom chip in the Pi. Given that there are drivers for a USB DVB adapter (S, S2, T, T2, C), would the chip be able to decode the DVB stream? Many, if not most, receivers on the market today use Broadcom chips.<br/>...
by richardp
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Long Range Serial Link
Replies: 7
Views: 2069

Re: Long Range Serial Link

<r>You can use RS232->RS422 adapters for the range.. they are under £10 so I dont think the cost is prohibitive.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.kksystems.com/engli....._small.jpg">http://www.kksystems.com/engli....._small.jpg</URL><br/> <br/> (many different suppliers..) Using a USB->RS232 converte...
by richardp
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RSS Visualizer
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

Re: RSS Visualizer

<t>AwesomeDud said: <br/> <br/> <br/> My school is talking about putting up televisions in the lunch room that display a rotating display of the day's announcements. I was thinking about two different ways that this could be done with a RPi taped to the back of a big TV. What kind of software would ...
by richardp
Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pixels video
Replies: 9
Views: 1618

Re: Pixels video

<r>Pi Face said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Hi all,<br/> <br/> I"ve found this short movie and thought I would share<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.patrick-jean.com/">http://www.patrick-jean.com/</URL><br/> <br/> My favourite bit has to be Donkey Kong and the barrel. Which is your favourite bit?<br/> <br/> ...
by richardp
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING, Thank you.
Replies: 30
Views: 10309

Re: PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING, Thank you.

<t>Good guide, but unclear on software and drivers... many places keep drivers (GPIO etc) closed and Linus views this as acceptable.<br/> <br/> Are all the drivers being released in source form?  (apart from the GPU that is), as the last thing I want is waiting for someone else to compile the driver...
by richardp
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?
Replies: 17
Views: 7022

Re: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?

<t>mightygoose said: <br/> <br/> <br/> i don't think wifi or Bluetooth can cater for what i have in mind…. unless they work at 109 000 ft range…<br/> <br/> <br/> hahaha I was expecting across a desk <br/> <br/> I have done a 24KM wifi link before! (using only 100mW and a 1mtr Dish).. not really prac...
by richardp
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3544
Views: 113909

Re: Introduce yourself!

<t>Hi All,<br/> <br/> My name is Richard (surprise!) and am a convinced computer enthusiast (not convicted in the legal system *yet*) I started on the Sinclair ZX80 way-back-when and have never looked back. ( I still have my first ZX81 and a ZX Speccy framed hanging on my study wall!)<br/> <br/> By ...
by richardp
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?
Replies: 17
Views: 7022

Re: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?

<t>mightygoose said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Is there no way to set up some form of control board off the GPIO pins and then use some debian based software to do it on RPi.<br/> <br/> (that could be utter rubbish for all i know, but it sounds reasonable at this point in the development of my understanding...
by richardp
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?
Replies: 17
Views: 7022

Re: Datalogging; RPi as a datalogger?

<r>iscrutton said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Although I am interested in the RPi, I don"t have much experience of programming and so was after some help and advice. I work as a science teacher and one thing I"ve found in most Uk schools is that ICT is rarely used in actual science experiments, to record dat...

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