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by JoeDaStudd
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What age is too young for a Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 13379

Re: What age is too young for a Pi

Yep, I think it's important kids experience reality whilst their young brains are absorbent. The book "Fifty Dangerous Things (You should let your children do)" expands on this idea: http://www.fiftydangerousthings.com/ It includes such old favorites as: Climb trees. Burn things with magnifying gla...
by JoeDaStudd
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What age is too young for a Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 13379

Re: What age is too young for a Pi

I keep meaning to create something which plays music or animation depending on keyboard clicks and mouse movement for my niece purely as wants to copy what everyone else is doing when using the computer. Alas her being 15 months old normally ends in her closing what ever application I set running fo...
by JoeDaStudd
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to capture image using php on raspberry pi ?
Replies: 5
Views: 977

Re: How to capture image using php on raspberry pi ?

You need to make sure the website user has file/folder permissions on the directory your wanting to save/create the image.

See the last section of code on that page.
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is Shareware Dead ??
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Is Shareware Dead ??

Shareware is still out there its just not used as much due to the increase in open or free software. A lot of programs still have the old free version, pay more for the full version tactic. However they are just a lot less naggy and less ad/mal/spy-ware filled then the old types. A good example is A...
by JoeDaStudd
Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi UK colocation - thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 4051

Re: Raspberry Pi UK colocation - thoughts?

To me the allure of the RasPi is the GPIO, multi video/audio output, price, the ability to swap configurations merely by swapping SD cards as well as the newly added camera module. By putting it in a colocation your essentially killing its unique abilities and turning it into a weak and limited serv...
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Need to buy 100 units now to get old price?!
Replies: 22
Views: 4834

Re: Need to buy 100 units now to get old price?!

With CPC you can use cashback sites like TCB which will help reduce the cost (~85p cashback per unit). If your willing to hold stock, go down the cashback route and sell on items the Model A + Camera module deal is hard to beat. The combo costs £31.37, of which you can get £1.32 cashback per item. T...
by JoeDaStudd
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Your daily head/desk
Replies: 47
Views: 5872

Re: Your daily head/desk

I don't know what to say...
Why would you buy an extra SD card, a USB to UART cable, a battery pack, usb wifi adapter and one of the more expensive wireless keyboard/mouse combos to get started?
He sounds like either a troll or someone without a clue like the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones
by JoeDaStudd
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: L298N H Bridge Tutorials
Replies: 14
Views: 10187

Re: L298N H Bridge Tutorials

It might be worth having a look at the RepRap project as they use steppers, the basic configuration would be similar if simplified and its all opensource.
by JoeDaStudd
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Camera board
Topic: about camera module
Replies: 8
Views: 1431

Re: about camera module

The standard command displays preview window for 5 seconds. I believe this is so you can line up the camera before it takes the shot. You can remove the preview window by using the parameter -n. Do you mean capture the 5 seconds of video, take the photo then display it for 5 seconds or something els...
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Helping to stop scammers
Replies: 14
Views: 2650

Re: Helping to stop scammers

Do this and donate the proceeds to charity.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23869462

Its a win-win
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Available help for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 4287

Re: Available help for Raspberry Pi

You have to remember the Raspberry Pi is/was developed by a charity with little to no profit margin. The community around the RasPi is excellent and offers help where it can, but it is after all purely volunteer work with no-one getting paid. While I would love an official Raspberry Pi dedicated wik...
by JoeDaStudd
Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Help needed for WIPI accessory
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Help needed for WIPI accessory

Firstly try just updating your OS.
If I remember rightly there was an update a while back which added a lot of support for wireless cards.
It might also be worth checking your psu has enough amps for the adapter, ideally you need 1a+ to get any wireless adapter to work reliably.
by JoeDaStudd
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which lead do I need to connect raspberry pi to my TV?
Replies: 9
Views: 1420

Re: Which lead do I need to connect raspberry pi to my TV?

Sounds like you didn't buy a direct hdmi to hdmi cable.
You should be able to pick one up at a local pound or dollar store.
by JoeDaStudd
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Best language for me
Replies: 9
Views: 2506

Re: Best language for me

You do realise the Arduino is programmed in C++? Sounds like you have more experience there than you thought. I knew it was C++ based, but never thought of it that way. What always caused me issues was variable types mainly string and char, but I suppose its due to my habit of jumping two feet firs...
by JoeDaStudd
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OpenELEC vs Raspbmc?
Replies: 20
Views: 36406

Re: OpenELEC vs Raspbmc?

I picked Raspbmc mainly due to my past experience with the original builds of both. OpenELEC was was more of a hassle to update as its one image per build and they flung out about a build a day. It was also much more restrictive in terms of adding extras. Raspbmc while the it took a little longer to...
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: view camera images in windows
Replies: 11
Views: 1229

Re: view camera images in windows

klricks wrote:You could use a USB thumb drive but you would probably need to also add a USB hub to do that.
This is what I would do if its an automatic script and the RasPi isn't networked. If its networked you could save them to a network location.
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: placing button in php
Replies: 5
Views: 2872

Re: placing button in php

If you not doing anything with php then it doesn't need the php tags your just writing html markup. Really you shouldn't have multiple fields with the same name, the reason they aren't lining up is because they are in separate forms. This is how I would do it if I wanted to keep it simple with butto...
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Best language for me
Replies: 9
Views: 2506

Best language for me

Hi, I've been writing code for the last 7 or 8 years on/off however I never settled on a language. I'd love do get some suggestions on where I should focus my effort on. History Lua - about 1 year on/off VB.net about 2 years including some lessons C/C++ some basic coding, randomly jumping back into ...
by JoeDaStudd
Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wanted! Raspberry Pi seeks part-time work!
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Wanted! Raspberry Pi seeks part-time work!

I remember that there were originally talks of a buy one, give one scheme, but as far as I'm aware was never implemented. Which was a shame as I would have bought at least one of my RasPi via a scheme like that. I like your idea, but I could see there being an issue with not enough RasPi for each sc...
by JoeDaStudd
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: CPC = Epic
Replies: 3
Views: 824

CPC = Epic

After seeing a deal on HDUK for a wireless mouse from CPC I finally gave in and ordered another RasPi. As a little joke to myself (akin to the pizza box drawings) in the special instructions/requests field I entered Please draw a dinosaur eating a Raspberry Pi on the box . When the RasPi arrived non...
by JoeDaStudd
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Got a broken pi...
Replies: 17
Views: 2876

Re: Got a broken pi...

I've got one of the original Model B 256mb which has a very similar issue. Is the resolution defaulting to 640x480. At first I suspected it was caused by the SD card coming apart which in the slot, however after cleaning out and testing the slot I know its not the case. Try a sd card with Raspbmc o...
by JoeDaStudd
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3g-LTE Dongle on Rpi Speed
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: 3g-LTE Dongle on Rpi Speed

tbh I'm surprised you managed to get those rates.
The rated speeds are always under the absolute best conditions.
The usb speed is shared with the network port and both ports. There was a max speed for the usb connection floating around somewhere, but I can't remember what it is.
by JoeDaStudd
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Got a broken pi...
Replies: 17
Views: 2876

Re: Got a broken pi...

I've got one of the original Model B 256mb which has a very similar issue. Is the resolution defaulting to 640x480. At first I suspected it was caused by the SD card coming apart which in the slot, however after cleaning out and testing the slot I know its not the case. Try a sd card with Raspbmc on...
by JoeDaStudd
Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cheap solution for networking LEDs
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Cheap solution for networking LEDs

Cheapest way I can think of would be a diy led circuit using a relay with the GPIO activating it . If you ran each circuit of a standard batteries and just run a cable to the RasPi for each window. Depending on the layout of the building one RasPi per floor might be achievable. Network the RasPi the...
by JoeDaStudd
Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pi powered parts room database with barcode scanner
Replies: 8
Views: 3211

Re: pi powered parts room database with barcode scanner

I've done something very similar at work. I used XAMPP (mysql and apache) then had a simple php page with a form and little javascript. The php merely inserts or updates (depending if the record exists) the mysql database with the form information. The javascript was extremely basic it merely tabs t...

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