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by gritz
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella
Replies: 6
Views: 1310

Re: Parallella

RaTTuS wrote:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ada ... sts/436800
basically they are building their first boards
12Layer :shock:
I would imagine that the hardware is the easy(er) bit.
by gritz
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7090

Re: Windows 3.1/95

I think this went off topic about the third post and it's been meandering around ever since. ;) Well, what the O.P. wants to do is a bit "niche" and some of us here may be getting on in years a bit too... :lol: In the absence of anything sensible to say these threads often spiral in to a version of...
by gritz
Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7090

Re: Windows 3.1/95

Indeed John, indeed. Perhaps one day computers (and the people who write the software) will grow a little common sense and pedantry (which is naturally encouraged by formal languages) can be consigned to history. However, given the propensity of the average nerd to favour semantics over the bgger pi...
by gritz
Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 3.1/95
Replies: 49
Views: 7090

Re: Windows 3.1/95

I has Win95 on floppies (can't remember how many, but it was a lot). Not every computer had a CDROM back then! One of the floppies expired, but it was just a stock 3.5" disk formatted in DMF, so creating a new one wasn't the end of the world, even if the install procedure was... There was a chap cal...
by gritz
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:17 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB FIQ testing....
Replies: 181
Views: 72963

Re: USB FIQ testing....

Excellent! Given the importance of the work on the USB I/O perhaps it might be an idea to make this topic a sticky for the duration of the test, so's it doesn't risk dropping into page 2 obscurity (if there's no replies for a day or two) as well as a note about not posting offtopic issues (like I am...
by gritz
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: PIANA Chamber Orchestra
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Re: PIANA Chamber Orchestra

If you'd ever seen me ride a dirtbike you'd realise that giving me a flying car would be a really bad idea... Thanks for the PCB info - it really is time I stopped making an unholy mess with iron chloride, tinning solution and whatnot and let someone else take the strain. Time to learn Eagle then, I...
by gritz
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: PIANA Chamber Orchestra
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Re: PIANA Chamber Orchestra

And the revised version of the Player PCB arrived from manufacture today. I ordered 10 but was shipped 12 (presumably due to better than anticipated yield), so can build 2 entire Chamber Orchestras. Awesome! Even more awesome - 12 for 9.80 - what's that, 81p each? INSANE. Sweet! Where did you get t...
by gritz
Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is Raspberry Pi destroying the old economy?
Replies: 30
Views: 4693

Re: Is Raspberry Pi destroying the old economy?

Which planet are you from? On Earth, this is basically 'the way it is'. ;) Ah, but years ago it was not the way it WAS. Societal order has changed. When the lads at Fairchild went off and founded the firm, they broke a unwritten rule; one did not leave THE FIRM and go off and found a competitor. On...
by gritz
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 158007

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

Dear Google: you suck! I realise that you're just pimpware, but if you're going to ignore my search terms and direct me to random shopping sites then the least you could do is check that the garbage you're trying to sell me isn't "currently unavailable" as well as not the thing I'm looking for and n...
by gritz
Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7993

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

...I'm surprised Tesco don't get involved. :D I'm sure that if it could be used as a way to sell more horsemeat to "plebs" then they would have got involved already. Which kind of embraces Jim's point about automation. As soon as it's economically and technologically viable to automate jobs that de...
by gritz
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145961

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

My answer would be to stop geeks having any access to the front office... No-one in the real world cares if a particular recursive test runs 0.02 seconds quicker in RISCOS than in Debian. They just want to realise what's in their imagination. Perhaps a better benchmark might include all the hours th...
by gritz
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7993

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

All we need now is for British institutions to match Google's generosity and to start supporting education, instead of just p155ing money on Wimbledon centre court tickets and bitching about the lack of fully formed engineers being popped out of the state school system. It was the same 30 years ago ...
by gritz
Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: 'Visualizing Code to Fail Faster' - Inventing on Principle.
Replies: 6
Views: 2029

Re: 'Visualizing Code to Fail Faster' - Inventing on Princip

@ aTao: rather than dismissing the principle out of hand I'd say that it all depends on the implementation. Poor implementation would be just another demonstration that while raw computer power increases exponentially, but our ability to utilise it imaginitively seems to be pretty much a flat line. ...
by gritz
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools
Replies: 61
Views: 7993

Re: Google donated 15000 RPi's to UK Schools

I would be a little more enthused about this if it was a UK company that hd put it's hand in it's pocket. After all, it's always UK "business leaders" who are forever bitching about the lack of talent amongst school leavers (in between threatening to up sticks to the far east if they don't get more ...
by gritz
Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: 240v 500ma MOSFET questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2745

Re: 240v 500ma MOSFET questions.

I just typed a measured and lengthy reply, but the forum ate it and presented me with a 1040 error... :x Find more room and use a mechanical relay. Seriously. We don't want to lose anyone here. Mains is alternating current, so it needs a device that can control current in two directions. A single tr...
by gritz
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Micro Live (BBC 1987) final programme (complete)
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: Micro Live (BBC 1987) final programme (complete)

Crikey, after goodness knows how many years I still remember the theme (and the owl!). One thing that strikes me now is that anything seemed possible (and indeed likely) back then. While everything's a lot prettier now (and cheaper, easier, faster, smaller, etc), underneath it's all still very much ...
by gritz
Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi
Replies: 34
Views: 5475

Re: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi

I would say that in the first instance that it's up to the maintainers of [whatever distribution] to get their product out there and provide clear, concise information as to the locations of downloads, as well as information on version status, which download is right for you, etc. etc... Many small ...
by gritz
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi
Replies: 34
Views: 5475

Re: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi

Look at it from the point of view of a hardware manufacturer with limited resources who is looking to a user commnity to help refine their software environment... There is absolutely no sense in (officially) pushing different distros because it just creates duplication of effort, as well as leading ...
by gritz
Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:55 am
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi
Replies: 34
Views: 5475

Re: Give Visibility to Fedora for RaspberryPi

All that I read above are just **excuses** to kill any Fedora interest deliberately. - what does it cost to the web maintainers to put a couple of honest links at the page: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads (and give the same level of visibility as other items in that page). It looks more like, ...
by gritz
Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:05 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145961

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

pygmy_giant wrote: I think the Pi could really score in the developing world which is not over-saturated with technology.
The UK is the developing world. Everywhere is saturated with tech.
by gritz
Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145961

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

Hi Dan, I've been enjoying your input as you seem to have a rare handle on the whole "laypeople and the damned computer" conundrum. Anyway, consider our teacher: not only will they need a *suitable* degree of fluency in whatever language(s), but they will need (assuming classrooms of Pi in some form...
by gritz
Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Outline for Teaching Programming to kids
Replies: 10
Views: 3495

Re: Outline for Teaching Programming to kids

My methodology (triviality alert) 1) Teach an appreciation of the beauty, simplicity and truth of science and how it meshes with people, both as individuals and within groups. Everything else will follow. 2) Find the idiot that coined the phrase "Object Oriented Programming" and beat the soles of th...
by gritz
Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145961

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

@danpeirce: I do not think that they could have a deep enough understanding to teach. I do think that they could have a good understanding of the language, at least enough to start writing programs and gaining enough experience to get a eep enough understanding to teach kids. I'm sure that Michael ...
by gritz
Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145961

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

The problem is not the programming language BASIC, all the best coder's i know learned on a mixture of basic and assembly. Its not so much what language you learn, as how well you know it. I have seen some great stuff coded in basic. The problem is "FREE" software, theres no chance of any young cod...
by gritz
Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: ROS on Raspberry PI?
Replies: 5
Views: 2376

Re: ROS on Raspberry PI?

Hi HizMama, I should point out that I know very little about ROS, so I can't really be much help. Perhaps it would be an idea to PM a moderator and ask them to move this thread to the "Automation, sensing and robotics" part of this forum so that knowledgeable folks can weigh in. Hope this helps. :)

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