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by Phil Spiegel
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 9055

Re: abbreviations

<r>'Simples' - [As simple as Cricket] but that reference to a popular series of Advert on Telly / 'the Box' useing Merecats with Russian names will be lost on you (try searching on  merecat.com)....<E>8-)</E><br/> <br/> Once upon a time, after simple School Certifcates and the like , we had O (ordin...
by Phil Spiegel
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Alternative?
Replies: 5
Views: 2776

Re: Raspberry Pi Alternative?

<t>I had a BBC B program which created 'windows' - from the days when it meant an aperture through which something could be seen or accessed.  That ran on a 6502.<br/> <br/> It had the accepted 'frame' with header bar etc.<br/> <br/> I can't remember if the windows could be moved .... but even befor...
by Phil Spiegel
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 9055

Re: abbreviations

<t>But these are simply examples of Three-Letter-Abbreviations or 3-lnitial-Letter Sets and doesn't make them Acronyms<br/> <br/> To be an Acronym they must form a 'WORD' - which others have interpreted as needing to be pronouncable - but that might be affected by dialect, or Atlantic Divide etc.<br...
by Phil Spiegel
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Controlling a mains power socket switch? (home automation)
Replies: 174
Views: 61883

Re: Controlling a mains power socket switch? (home automation)

<t>An alternative, and 'safe' way to implement this or something similar is to use a wireless-remote controlled mains socket - you can buy various packs off-the-shelf with 1 - 4 sockets from a single trnasmitter, and with unique codes.<br/> <br/> By modding the handset - (note -mine are all 12V, but...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi 2.0 and future hardware
Replies: 48
Views: 9520

Re: RPi 2.0 and future hardware

<t>Has anyone thought of asking Richard Griffiths if he'd endorse THE Raspberry Pi<br/> <br/> - perhaps revealing it from within a domed serving cover<br/> <br/> (or would its small size make it look more like 'french cuisine' with just a Julien of food? - which isn't his style. .. but one can make ...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 9055

Re: abbreviations

<t>Isn' 'RPic' a toilet cleanser?<br/> <br/> I thought the emphasis was on THE Raspberry Pi<br/> <br/> And Rapsberry Pi(e) is something eaten by humans - but both can be a source of great joy?....<br/> <br/> (whoops getting too close to Counsellor Troy and her empathy ...<br/> <br/> THE Raspberry Pi...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Screen tearing?
Replies: 12
Views: 4967

Re: Screen tearing?

<r>I did say 'or equivalent '  <E>8-)</E>  .. whatever the 'modern' equivalent is, unless its to waste memory like windows.<br/> <br/> I look forward to reading documentation telling me what graphics, to match BBC BASIC /RISCOS drawing commands I can use. I'm not a 'games player'<br/> <br/> - flight...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Petrol Nonsense
Replies: 45
Views: 8338

Re: Petrol Nonsense

That's one reason I prefer to have tax and Mot occur about 6 months apart if possible ... unfortunately I've gone the other way, and both vehicles expire MoTs in days of each other, and are now only 1 month apart for Tax.  At least Insurance renews midway between them!
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Screen tearing?
Replies: 12
Views: 4967

Re: Screen tearing?

<t>In BBC Micro /Archimedes/RiscPC days, some game programmers 'changed modes' partway down the screen display - requiring accurate/consistent timing.<br/> <br/> In this way they could have lots of colours (and low resolution) in some areas, and high res mono text in others .... isn't Elite a great ...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Petrol Nonsense
Replies: 45
Views: 8338

Re: Petrol Nonsense

<t>They never have issued 'post-dated' Tax Discs – and are equally harsh when cashing one in – if any part of the month has elapsed, no refund.<br/> <br/> Thankfully our Maxus Camper has just passed its MoT without problems … but we also use at all times of the year, because it transports railway la...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues
Replies: 29
Views: 6995

Re: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues

<t>shirro said: <br/> <br/> <br/> ....(snipped)....<br/> <br/> I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere but is compliance being looked at globally or just CE and FCC? For instance Australia and NZ have C-tick........... I am just worried that no mention of this means the shipments outside EU/USA might b...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 9055

Re: abbreviations

especially if 3-letter acronyms are still too short to search on
by Phil Spiegel
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Input magazine
Replies: 10
Views: 2563

Re: Input magazine

<t>Near Instantaneous Companded Audio Multiplex ( NICAM)<br/> <br/> One of the fastest kits I have ever built - and added into our Philips TV of the time, which only had the german stero system in it (A UK model), and then I did a 2nd too, to get stereo for a VHS HiFi recoder.<br/> <br/> Crystal Pal...
by Phil Spiegel
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Petrol Nonsense
Replies: 45
Views: 8338

Re: Petrol Nonsense

<t>JamesH said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I"ve got three jerry cans in the garage (for use in car in avatar). Must fill "em up. Highly illegal of course to have that much petrol at home. But then, with two cars in the driveway with >40litre tanks each, one wonders why there is such a low limit.<br/> <br/> <b...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I Give Up!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5052

Re: I Give Up!!

<t>Remember the PRIME purpose of the RPi is to supply schools etc ... and to have several class-sets (or even 1 per pupil) arrive at the beginning of term, and THEN require soldering to complete when not all school technicians may be practiced in the art, ... but also bearing in mind the time taken ...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pico Projector for RPi ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2290

Re: Pico Projector for RPi ?

The resolution is only 320 x 240 - the same as many 3-4" lcd  monitors - which are about half the resoltion of a 'full-sized' (525/NTSC) TV screen and therefore best for 20character text across .....
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: minimum video resolution?
Replies: 14
Views: 7479

Re: minimum video resolution?

<t>Is the list for the Video output 'complete' with just the 4 basic TV standards of 525NTSC (480i59.94) (North America), Japan (difference in black/blanking level)<br/> <br/> and 625'PAL' (576i50) and finally Brazil 525 480i but PAL colour.<br/> <br/> Note particularly for NA readers:<br/> <br/> Wh...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Concern trolling
Replies: 78
Views: 13236

Re: Concern trolling

<r>On the subject of 'bans'/ or not; I see the T-Shirt offer is still on Ebay.co.uk, and the Vinyl suitcase sticker...  I must admit I like the T-shirt slogan <E>8-)</E>  [search =  Raspberry Pi]<br/> <br/> If its not being banned, its tempting ... but better through the Pi Shop ... will that be cal...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Delivery date is too far from order date
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: Delivery date is too far from order date

<t>Tear the pages for May and June from your diary <br/> <br/> (or go on holiday then, and find it waiting for you on your return)<br/> <br/> More constuctively: encourage those who ordered, expecting to sell them quickly on Ebay. to cancel their orders ahead of you .... if you can find who they are...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Logo on kids football shirt
Replies: 20
Views: 3486

Re: Logo on kids football shirt

(U.S.of) America is a law unto itself - worldwide whatever local sovereignty may have been thought to apply.
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:18 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Recycling old electronics for PI's benefit
Replies: 34
Views: 9633

Re: Recycling old electronics for PI's benefit

<t><br/> The only issue with your design SN is that I can't work out how you would actually get the RPi into it to begin with?<br/> <br/> <br/> If the case is built with a 'reprap' 3D printer, (of suitable type), you might be able to insert it during 'manufacture'  .... a true ship in a bottle solut...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell - Accessories for Pi
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: Farnell - Accessories for Pi

<t>Can the Amazon supplier (if its not Amazon, but their Marketplace) supply 200 or 1000 – enough for each pupil in the school??? and supply the same model next month?<br/> <br/> Don't forget that, as bulk purchasers, the school  or local authority will also have a bulk discount, and credit faciliit...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What Liz is going to spend all the foundation money on (not shoes)
Replies: 13
Views: 2501

Re: What Liz is going to spend all the foundation money on (not shoes)

<t><br/> Rek wrote: Men got first pick.<br/> <br/> <br/> A diamond-headed pick would be an industrious use for a diamond<br/> <br/> (Not required for any of Liz"s cooking though, I" m sure! )<br/> <br/> Of course, Pic-axe  is a complimentary range of PICs with inbuilt BASIC aimed primarily at school...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell - Accessories for Pi
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: Farnell - Accessories for Pi

<t>'One off' price comparisons to Amazon or Ebay are all very well for an individual purchaser - the shops may be selling off the ends of runs / spare product from major orders. They may be trading from private homes and avoiding full taxation. Postage and Packing costs may also be omitted from the ...
by Phil Spiegel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 1950 Over Siberia
Replies: 50
Views: 7271

Re: 1950 Over Siberia

<t>Isn't it in Parliament that they have a habit of 'stopping the clock' when legislation has to be passed by a specific deadline….and 23.59 continues for ….. well I suppose 1 (extended) minute.<br/> <br/> Hopefully they won't take long to reject (re-)naming a 2nd hand Clock Tower as part of the Jub...

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