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by Blars
Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:19 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: usb hub and ps2 keyboard/mouse converter
Replies: 6
Views: 2666

Re: usb hub and ps2 keyboard/mouse converter

<r>Here's a 3-port usb hub and ps2 converter cheap:<br/> <URL url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/170682425526">http://www.ebay.com/itm/170682425526</URL><br/> To bad it's non-powered, but I took one apart and it looks pretty easy to hack. The hub and ps2 converter are separate boards. They must be making ...
by Blars
Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Security/Airsoft Sentry
Replies: 8
Views: 4851

Re: Security/Airsoft Sentry

To hook two together on ethernet with no hub or switch, you would need a cable designed for that. Any reasonable number could be hooked with the appropriate ethernet switches.
by Blars
Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile
Replies: 46
Views: 11686

Re: Adobe discontinuing Flash for mobile

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from E on November 11, 2011, 19:29<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Maybe they just realised that there are only two types of people in the world. Those that hate Flash ads so much they have an adblocker, and those that have yet to install an adblocker <E>;-)</E> [/quote]<br/> <br/> ...
by Blars
Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Virtualized Desktop
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Re: Virtualized Desktop

Remote desktop is mostly a windows thing. With X, you can run applicaitons remotely. Note that X calls the display/keyboard system the server and the cpu cruncher the client.
by Blars
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:21 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: My project ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 2254

Re: My project ideas

An STM32F4-discovery board makes a cheaper usb accelerometer, less than $20 even if you can't convince ST to give you one as a free sample. http://www.st.com/internet/eva.....252419.jsp
by Blars
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Smallest Linux Install
Replies: 47
Views: 17612

Re: Smallest Linux Install

Debian by default used to install with no GUI, but it may now require deselecting an option at install time. emdebian would of course be smaller, and should run on anything debian does. (You can install debian packages on emdebian.)
by Blars
Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are you ready for the masses?
Replies: 12
Views: 2226

Re: Are you ready for the masses?

Debian releases when it is ready, rather than to any specific schedule. Sounds like a good fit to the R-pi to me.
by Blars
Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Seriously? This "box" wont have a case to it?!?
Replies: 41
Views: 9324

Re: Seriously? This "box" wont have a case to it?!?

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from SlayingDragons on October 21, 2011, 19:23<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from Benja on October 21, 2011, 18:24<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> I believe most people already have a case at home, these things called \'rooms\'. It might be somewhat on the large side...
by Blars
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are/will BCM2835s be available for hobbyists?
Replies: 14
Views: 3802

Re: Are/will BCM2835s be available for hobbyists?

If you need the HDMI, embedding the R-pi in your product would be the easiest/cheapest. Otherwise, I would recomend looking at another arm chip from a vendor more freindly to small quantity devices.
(and in something other than bga and pop unless you know how to deal with bga chips)
by Blars
Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New forum for OT chat
Replies: 10
Views: 2804

Re: New forum for OT chat

<t>Quote from Burngate on October 15, 2011, 10:47<br/> We older Geeks <br/> Hey, some of us older geeks are grey-muzzles. Not all furries are fursuiters, some are artists and some just hang around with the other furries. At least this discussion isn't refering to CSI for their idea of what furries a...
by Blars
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I?m puzzled
Replies: 27
Views: 5004

Re: I?m puzzled

<t>One other benifit to Broadcom that noone has mentioned is keeping it's employees happy. Some companies seem to forget that happy employees are more productive and are less likely to look for work elsewhere.<br/> <br/> While sales of some ARM development boards may decrease, I'd expect that overal...
by Blars
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Using a Rasberry Pi as part of a cosplay prop
Replies: 13
Views: 9196

Re: Using a Rasberry Pi as part of a cosplay prop

<t>Quote from Colonel Sorck on October 10, 2011, 00:03<br/> With regards to GPS though, are there any existing Linux interfaces/APIs for USB GPS dongles?<br/> Lots of GPS software in Debian. gpsd makes the interface to various devices uniform and lets multiple applications use the gps at the same ti...
by Blars
Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I hate Linux !
Replies: 84
Views: 18234

Re: I hate Linux !

<t>Now you know how I feel in windows. If you have depenancy problems like that, you are either doing something wrong or using the wrong distro. With Debian, a simple "apt-get install foo" will install foo and all it's dependancies. (AFAIK Ubuntu didn't break that.) gdm is the "desktop manager", rem...
by Blars
Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Using a Rasberry Pi as part of a cosplay prop
Replies: 13
Views: 9196

Re: Using a Rasberry Pi as part of a cosplay prop

GPS USB modules are fairly cheap and bluetooth ones are available as well. They give you the position, and you can use software like gpsdrive to display it on a map.
by Blars
Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Math Girls
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

Re: Math Girls

I've seen a higher correlation of music to computer programming than math to comptuer programming. Non-scientific, just mumble decades in the field...
by Blars
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Comparable commercial product pico-sam9g45
Replies: 7
Views: 3923

Re: Comparable commercial product pico-sam9g45

<r>With all the comparisons to shevapug, beagleboard, etc. I'm surprised noone has mentioned what seems to be the closest commerically available unit: mini-box pico-sam9g45. It costs about twice as much ($69), has 256 MB ram and a 400mHz arm9 processor, LCD interface rather than HDMI ($35 for a smal...
by Blars
Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS232
Replies: 10
Views: 5994

Re: RS232

<r>Quote from TonyD on September 29, 2011, 15:08<br/> If you want multiple serial ports then you can use the SPI or I2C interface to add a dual or quad SPI/I2C UART controller. The MAX14830 will do a quad UART with SPI or I2C interface. Providing a software driver for them will be the hard part <E>;...
by Blars
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Gentoo
Topic: Gentoo Linux
Replies: 114
Views: 59712

Re: Gentoo Linux

Actually, for gentoo you should enable hardfp not softfp. They are not binary compatable, but gentoo isn't about binary compatability. Debian armel uses softfp to be binary compatable with arms with no vfp.
by Blars
Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:33 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: text mode Linux ?
Replies: 15
Views: 5471

Re: text mode Linux ?

If you just want to avoid installing X and things that depend on it, you could create a package that conficts with selected other packages. Note that emacs requires a tiny peice of xorg even in its text version.
by Blars
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 1 PSU to rule them all ?
Replies: 49
Views: 8420

Re: 1 PSU to rule them all ?

ATX power supplies also have a minimum load on the 5V line, so if you use only the 12v you will need to add a power-wasting resistor on the 5v line.
http://vincentsanders.blogspot.....nized.html is about using an ATX supply as a 12v power supply. (found via planet.debian.org)
by Blars
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: CouchDB appliance
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: CouchDB appliance

Debian has couchdb already. R-pi won't be running Ubuntu.
by Blars
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Car / Motorcycle - Monitoring and Statistics
Replies: 17
Views: 6580

Re: Car / Motorcycle - Monitoring and Statistics

The rear veiw camera monitors tend to have low resolution, don't expect to get much information on the screen at a time with them.
by Blars
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Power Supply / Charging Circuit
Replies: 8
Views: 2749

Re: Power Supply / Charging Circuit

Also, the one watt figure is for an A board, the B board has a bit more to power. The alpha board may have a liniar regulator rather than a switcher as well. The two USB ports could add 5 Watts more.
by Blars
Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3785
Views: 255035

Re: Introduce yourself!

A CS degree had pretty much nothing to do with programming 30 years ago either, only a bit more than an EE degree had to do with designing something with digital electronics.
by Blars
Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi and internet browsing
Replies: 50
Views: 17291

Re: Raspberry Pi and internet browsing

Debian no longer supports arm, only armel. armeb was never released. armhf is a work in progress, but requires v7 so will not run on R-pi. (All are various configurations of the arm family of processors, but programs compiled on one will not run on another without recompiling.)

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