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by Phil Spiegel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: RISC-OS / BBC user group
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: RISC-OS / BBC user group

SASAUG (Surrey and Sussex Acorn User Group still meets each month in Horsham. THere is also ROUGAL meeting in London, And a group in Southampton
by Phil Spiegel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 4292

Re: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools

<t>I'm not sure that simply highlighting a post on the 'front page' should be interpreted 'either way' as endorsing or condemming part or all of its content - simply drawing attention to it to promote comment ?<br/> <br/> Equally; it is well known about lies, damn lies, and statistics .... I'm amaze...
by Phil Spiegel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pi pi connectivity bandwidth, without USB or Ethernet
Replies: 18
Views: 8820

Re: pi pi connectivity bandwidth, without USB or Ethernet

<t>For this car application (daneast's) with 2 sets of screens; wouldn't it be simpler to use the internal video-source switch of the monitor? - albeit under (optional control) of the master unit (and the ignition-off/handbrake on circuit too, of course) ... seems like a CANbus interface would there...
by Phil Spiegel
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 221825

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

<t>Has anyone considered turning some of these potentially iconic pictures (rephotographing if appropriate) into promotional pictures for the Raspberry Pi which could be downloaded at launch time (and printed over lunchtime) .. especially for those you fail to get theirs in the first batch?<br/> <br...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspberryPi Power Supply - HTC Phone Charger - 5v @ 1A
Replies: 4
Views: 2181

Re: RaspberryPi Power Supply - HTC Phone Charger - 5v @ 1A

<r>Yes, Wereslug, I believe you are correct ... even if you found some of my text difficult to read- it appears to have a displaced section, as I was in the middle of editing it, after posting it, when it 'jumped' as your post post arrived, and I've been unable to complete editing it since <E>8-)</E...
by Phil Spiegel
Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspberryPi Power Supply - HTC Phone Charger - 5v @ 1A
Replies: 4
Views: 2181

Re: RaspberryPi Power Supply - HTC Phone Charger - 5v @ 1A

<t>Provided it is a regulated power supply- ie it holds its voltage, evn when off-load, the HTC or similar power supply should be okay, as mentioned by jacklang. Even at 0 current, it should still be just the quoted value (ie 5V). This can easily be checked with a multimeter or voltmeter. Check it h...
by Phil Spiegel
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Barebones Pi
Replies: 30
Views: 7823

Re: Barebones Pi

<t>Simpler still would be to make/buy/use short "extension" leads to your ultimate case"s port locations – thus keeping the assembly costs minimal: standard Pi, and separate cabling of unique lengths required for your chosen case.  Low maintenance cost with easy swapout!<br/> <br/> Longer term maint...
by Phil Spiegel
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: what language to lern?
Replies: 8
Views: 3244

Re: what language to lern?

<t>'Here we go again'?<br/> <br/> 'Last time' / the first time that computer when into British Schools, there were various machines etc... but then 'industry' or 'the board of governers' or similar started pressing for 'industry standard' s/w ie Microsoft to be taught, so that the pupils were ready-...
by Phil Spiegel
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: DCC
Replies: 2
Views: 2756

Re: DCC

<t>Yes - and my earlier contribution is appended to another ('Railroad') thread somewhere in here <br/> <br/> The R-Pi is a similar price or lower than many DCC accessory decoders, let alone interfaces..  With the Gertboard it will provide a very useful part of many layouts:<br/> <br/> From early ho...
by Phil Spiegel
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Model railroad control system
Replies: 26
Views: 10973

Re: Model railroad control system

<t>Firstly: a 'former boss'; the boss of Sony said (originally in connection with the Walkman, but appliable to many of their products)... effectively that miniaturisation brought portablility and created new markets .... the RaspberryPi as a standardised 'Module' is sufficiently self-contained (wit...

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