Awesome! Glad you like it.rsbrowndog wrote:Morning,
Initial view is that it looks good and I would be very interested in getting my hands on a copy to read and pass on to my son!
Initially, I think I'm going to keep them under "hardware". For a second edition, as such, I may add a projects section, with all of the above and more. I'd prefer to get a working first edition out, and then update it with a second edition, then never end up actually releasing it because of constant improvements.rsbrowndog wrote:Comments...
1) In the Hardware section you list GPIO, Lego NXT and USB Robotic Arm. I was wondering whether a separate "Projects" section towards the end of the book might be a better fit?
I will indeed be recommending cases, power supplies, as well as simply listing "working" models.rsbrowndog wrote:2) Speaking as someone who spent the better part of 2 days becoming increasingly frustrated with problem after problem on my Pi which was eventually linked to a rubbish PSU, will you be including "recommended purchases" in the Hardware section?
Hmm, I was going to add that, thought I already did... I have updated the pdf to include this.rsbrowndog wrote:3) I came to the forum this morning to investigate SD cards and get my head around the different classes and what is/isn't compatible and what impact they have, so a section on SD cards might be an idea?
By the time this is finished you will probably have a Pi - it's not going to be done any time soon - sorry!rsbrowndog wrote:4) I appreciate that this is probably aimed at people who actually have their hands on a Pi, but what about a section dealing with setting up a VM on your PC to test with?
See the second half of my response to comment #1rsbrowndog wrote:5) How about a "Troubleshooting" section and/or a "Tweaks" section?
6) Any thoughts on an "Advanced" section that deals with compiling/building software for the Pi?
Done!Robert_M wrote:The idea to add more space below the title is a good one, especially since there's so much left at the bottom of the page.
The "Scratch" colour is the official scratch colour, I don't really want to change it if I can avoid it. Also, if for colours we can deal in RGB or CMYK values, that would be great For some reason InDesign won't accept a HEX value.Robert_M wrote:As for the color issue, why not adjust the color for "Scratch" instead? I imported the pdf into my photo editing software and grabbed html colors to try a couple things. From "Scratch" I grabbed: #f9b143 and from "Python" I grabbed: #ffda55. After a bit of playing around I came up with this alternate for "Scratch": #ffc087. It looks like it should also work under black text. The idea is to go toward "tan" more than "orange" to help separate the two.
Love itRobert_M wrote:As for the blank page... well, it's a dumb joke for all of us on the forum, but might be worthwhile to include: Two photos, one over the other. The top picture is of an R-Pi. The caption for this picture is: "This is a Raspberry Pi." The bottom picture is of (you guessed it) a Raspberry Pie. The caption for this picture is "This is also a Raspberry Pie. No USB or Ethernet included." As I say, dumb joke, but it would fill the page for ya.
Send me an email ben [at] beh [dot] me [dot] uk - I'd love to have you on board!Markavian wrote:Are you interested in contributors to help write sections? I was going to suggest putting the content into a google docs or some other collaborative tool so that people could help write and update the manual.
Markavian wrote:I think your section coverage is good, some thoughts:
- Instead of "Misc software" have a "package installation" section with a list of possible software to try out.
- A section on media playback in generally, not just XBMC? Mplayer2? Others? Sound support?
- Synergy for mouse and keyboard sharing with an existing PC set up (saves having to buy an extra keyboard/mouse)
Thanks very much - I've tried to mimic the style of the last few school magazines I've also done what you suggested about the contents page, much better idea.Markavian wrote:I like the format and the colouring. If you're worried about contrast, use the colours as backgrounds to numbered headings, like squares or rectangles that mark the headers, and keep the font black. How about coloured squares filled with with white numbers at each heading? I think the palette you've picked is fine.
Have adjusted to cover graphics software in general.Markavian wrote:Edit: I think GIMP is a terrible piece of software, http://alternativeto.net/software/gimp/?platform=linux - there are alternatives which might provide a better end user experience.
Yes, did in in year 10 and bot a B and was told I wouldn't be able to get an A so to retake - then it turns out my coursework was (pre-moderation, but we've never been moderated down before) 84/90, so that puts me on an A without retake, so I guess I'm retaking for the A*kirbyman62-2 wrote:My last exam is 21st of June as well, Electronics by any chance?
Of course - that's a top-notch idea!kirbyman62-2 wrote:The empty page could perhaps be an index of important terms?
Great! I assume you and / or your contributors are using the CC-BY-SA licence then?meltwater wrote:Totally agree, we are happy to share anything useful we produce with the manual.
Great - didn't know about this - but it will be very useful - especially as the licence for the wiki has now officially changed to CC-BY-SA!meltwater wrote:Also crosses over with the frambozenbier.org community documentation project.
Yeah, I'm aiming my manual more at the average Joe who knows very little about computers (or at least, very little about Linux and ARM), but has just picked up a Raspberry Pi.meltwater wrote:Also there is the official manual itself (I think steered towards schools).
EDIT: In fact see thread, they are also asking for content...
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... =10&t=5925
Thanks! I've got an IT coursework hand in deadline on Monday, Maths on Wednesday, then ELectronics next week and I'll then be working on this full-time, and hope to finish it by the end of term (20th July).parkenator wrote:This looks very promising. Cant wait until it is finished. Can see it being very helpful