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by ThomasS
Mon May 18, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions
Replies: 16
Views: 5348

Re: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions

I didn't know radiators couldn't be painted to discharge static and that's probably where I went wrong with my Pi cameras. Not just that, but in older houses it was only required that the Cold water pipes be Earthed, not the Hot ones or the heating sytsem, and in newer houses there may be plastic p...
by ThomasS
Mon May 18, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions
Replies: 16
Views: 5348

Re: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions

First thanks to everyone for their brilliant advice. Thanks Gordon! I think I'll do as you suggest and get a wristband after all to avoid doing complicated manoeuvres with one foot on the radiator. Thanks to Dougie Lawson as well; I didn't know radiators couldn't be painted to discharge static and t...
by ThomasS
Sun May 17, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions
Replies: 16
Views: 5348

Re: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions

Doesn't your pc have metal on the back or sockets with metal surrounds ? Just touch one of them or anything metal thats earthed. True, didn't think of that. A bit awkward to get to so I think I'll use pipes as Dougie Lawson suggested. But on the subject of carpets, how do you avoid picking up stati...
by ThomasS
Sun May 17, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions
Replies: 16
Views: 5348

Re: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions

gordon77 wrote:Just make sure you discharge yourself by touching the metal work on something like a PC, which should be earthed.

Avoid things that generate static like carpets, synthetic clothing.
Unfortunately my computer case is plastic, but would a radiator do? Also how would you go about avoiding carpets? :D
by ThomasS
Sun May 17, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Advice on Anti-Static Precautions
Replies: 16
Views: 5348

Advice on Anti-Static Precautions

Having lost a Pi Camera Board (or two!) to static, I was wondering what your advice would be in terms of anti-static precautions for the Astro Pi which I have recently received. Preferably without buying anti-static wristbands and mats. Thanks in advance! :)
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: Setup without Windows 10 PC
Replies: 32
Views: 19724

Re: Setup without Windows 10 PC

We don't have committed timing yet; we have some plans that should resolve in the summer (so still several months away) and we're in some discussions about approaches that could expedite this (but nothing locked yet). I wish I could give you some more concrete information, but unfortunately we're n...
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: Setup without Windows 10 PC
Replies: 32
Views: 19724

Re: Setup without Windows 10 PC

Today you do require a Windows 10 PC to create an SD Card for the Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 image. We are working on ways to make this release available directly, but don't have anything in place today. Appreciate the feedback. Pranish Kumar ([email protected].com) Microsoft Corporati...
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: Setup without Windows 10 PC
Replies: 32
Views: 19724

Re: Setup without Windows 10 PC

Oh well :( . Thanks for the advice. I guess I'll have to wait until the desktop version of Windows 10 is released so I can update my PC.
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: Setup without Windows 10 PC
Replies: 32
Views: 19724

Re: Setup without Windows 10 PC

Perhaps (if so I'm not advising it!) - like I said I'm no expert - , but it can be done with Raspbian can't it? Or is that different because Raspbian is open-source?
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: Setup without Windows 10 PC
Replies: 32
Views: 19724

Setup without Windows 10 PC

I don't have Windows 10 on my PC so am struggling to setup Windows IoT for Pi. I'm no expert but would it be possible for someone to flash a pre-set-up SD card and upload the image so people like me can download it?
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Windows 10 for IoT
Topic: How to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2B?
Replies: 22
Views: 156978

Re: How to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2B?

eriktheitalian wrote:Forum needs "sticky windows 10 explain post". Or FAQ.
"FAQ windows 10" good topic name.
Exactly! Quite a few people seem to be under the misconception that this is full Windows 10 with desktop.
by ThomasS
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Example Astro Pi code
Replies: 13
Views: 4181

Re: Example Astro Pi code

Thanks. I'll give it ago.
by ThomasS
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Astro Pi
Topic: Example Astro Pi code
Replies: 13
Views: 4181

Re: Example Astro Pi code

I know the board isn't yet available but how would I go about installing the Astro Pi library? Thanks!
by ThomasS
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: what is this? why am I not offered an OS to instal
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Complete newcomer

Further to DougieLawson's post if you are now booting into command line, once the pi has booted login (username: pi password: raspberry) and then type 'sudo raspi-config', then follow his steps.
by ThomasS
Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Flash on Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 4918

Re: Flash on Pi

Linux people (e.g., people on this board) keep saying that Flash is dead, but you'd be surprised how many "end-user" type applications still use it (and refuse to run with anything else). In fact, they often require that you turn off any pop-up blocking (or even your email spam blocking), so that t...
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Flash on Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 4918

Re: Flash on Pi

Is there a clean way to view flash direct from a browser on a Pi rather than a 3rd party fix with limited functionality? The clean way is UV4L , which also supports standard WebRTC Audio & Video Real-Time Streaming in pure HTML5 to any browser (Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Android). No default configura...
by ThomasS
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: pi as email and cloud server
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

Re: pi as email and cloud server

One potential issue if you're uploading/ downloading large files to your cloud server is home broadband speed. Most domestic broadband packages only deliver a few Mb/s upload speed, meaning you may only be able to download files from outside your network at that speed. You could check what speed you...
by ThomasS
Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Buying & Selling Raspberry pi
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: Buying & Selling Raspberry pi

What country are you in? Do you own a business? Many sellers such as RS Farnell / Element 14 do offer discounts for wholesale purchases, but delivery charges can vary and business rates may be different from personal rates. You can buy from Amazon but obviously they don't do wholesale.
by ThomasS
Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which one?
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Re: Which one?

Why don't you work out the total cost of each instead of comparing various items? :)
by ThomasS
Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: (Yet another) Pi won't boot, want to return
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: (Yet another) Pi won't boot, want to return

Sounds obvious I know but did you have the micro SD card pushed all the way in? That caught me out! :D
by ThomasS
Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Home-made Electromagnet RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Home-made Electromagnet RPi

When you switch an electromagnet off you get a massive reverse EMF current as the magnetic field collapses. That would be fatal to your RPi. You also need more current than the GPIO pins can source/sink to drive an electromagnet. You can protect against that with a diode. But you,really, need to is...
by ThomasS
Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Home-made Electromagnet RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Home-made Electromagnet RPi

Thanks - that makes perfect sense! Incidentally I've just been doing some testing and my battery started smoking - a perfect illustration of your point! I'll do some calculations first then.
by ThomasS
Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Home-made Electromagnet RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Home-made Electromagnet RPi

I'm thinking of doing a small project to turn my light switch on and off with a pi-controlled electromagnet. In the interests of not frying my Pi I was wondering whether this would damage the pins I any way and whether I would need resistors for any reason. I saw power surges mentioned in a topic ab...
by ThomasS
Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: upgrading pi b+ to pi 2: ok to just swap card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1925

Re: upgrading pi b+ to pi 2: ok to just swap card?

OK so I just got the pi 2 and performed the swap. Everything works but my 'config.txt' file still has the settings from my b+, i.e. arm_freq=800, etc. Is there any way i can just reset the config.txt to the default values for the pi2. I don't see any options for doing this in raspi-config. Is there...
by ThomasS
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Raspbian and GPIO?
Replies: 14
Views: 2568

Re: Raspbian and GPIO?

I don't know a lot about BASIC but is this link any help: http://elinux.org/RPi_Low-level_peripherals#BASIC? The example uses a language called Return to BASIC.

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