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Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:39 am

Hello All
Just wanted to say hi to all. Been here as a guest and it's time to get in and maybe post something usefull from time to time. User of rpi 3b+ and 4b 4g.

So yea...HI :)

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:38 pm

Hi John here just got my pi4b 4gb totally new to all this
I’m 51 live in Scotland and am having a nightmare with my pi lol
Will be searching the forum for tips help etc

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:47 am

Hi guys. I'm Alex. I do software QA for a living and code in x86 asm for my soul. Finally I thought I'm ready to learn ARM architecture and RPi4 looks promising. Waiting for it to be delivered in a couple of weeks, studying arch docs and writing simple test apps meanwhile.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:44 pm

Hi! I'm Helen. I am a retired research scientist and engineer. I first learnt to program computers in the 1960s. I have used all sorts of computing equipment over the intervening decades, and have very carefully avoided anything coming from Microsoft. I've built all my own workstations over the years from components people were throwing away. For the last 23 years I've been using Debian as my preferred operating system. I was about to build myself a new workstation using all fancy new components at last, but then saw the announcement of the new Raspberry Pi 4B. I have a couple of earlier RPis, and so realised that this RPi 4B would be much more fun to make my new workstation. I am therefore busy building up a new home network using WD My Cloud disks.

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Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:50 pm

My name is Anselmo Pereira, and I'm a 17-year-old IT student from Portugal. I've started working with computers about 10 years ago, with the introduction of the Classmate PC derived Magalhães. Since I got it, I became fascinated with technology especially the older type and mobile or generally small devices. Currently thinking of getting my first Raspberry Pi to build a Pocket PC style machine, with a resistive touch screen and stylus.
Even though I am a bit of a Linux noob, I also like to use it as my operating system, even though I'm currently using Windows due to certain programs required at school.
Big fan of open-source projects and have been more and more wary of my privacy.
I believe this is what I have to write. I generally would be able to speak for hours and hours, but I seem unable to do so online.

Thank you for making me a part of this awesome community,
Anselmo Pereira

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Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:57 am

Hi all, I'm Jeremy from London..
I'm developer...
With all the cars being stolen lately it's got me wondering about getting some sort of GPS tracker so it the car got stolen I could see easily where it is on a map.
Looking for something fairly cheap with no annual subscription. Does anyone know of anything on the market.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:02 am


I'm Tomas from Sweden.

I'm making a portable game emulator project similar to the "Super Game Pi" that Adafruit made a while ago

I'm still learning but I'd love to make some other projects with the pi in the future as well.

See you around!

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:32 am

Hello I am Joel Norwood, from Rochester, NH, USA. I have been a proud owner of many Raspberry Pi's since my first about 5 years ago. Since then I have learned a lot with them. I say that because I am 58 years old and remember the days when I could program my Commodore 64, back in the 1980s.

I used to punch in the programs from the many computer magazines and learned a lot about basic. I even wrote a program that we used for putting invoices together for a small company. As I went along I added much to it. Printing of course was the first priority and then learned that saving what had been typed in and the ability to retrieve and make changes was important too.

I have gotten to do a bit of the same while entering programs and doing the physical computing too. I wrote my own Sense Hat program that worked well. One Pi may find itself connected to my 3D printer someday.

But I will admit that it has been a great road following the Pi as it grew. Becoming what it has become in the computer learning world for the young and old has made me proud to be one of the many. I still have my original, the Raspberry Pi B+, though slow, it may still find its place. I have went all the way from there with a Pi2, 2 x Pi3, a Pi3-B+, is my bedroom 'Laptop'. I just received my Raspberry Pi 4-2Gb today and look forward to making it work as well as the others. My son will get one of the Pi3s, he wants to use with retropie.

Just 1 BIG question. When will we see a fully functional version of Raspian 'Buster'? This version is nice to get a look at the unit but fails in the apt-update/upgrade ends. Also, what might be the high end for the SOC's temperature. I have seen some highs and quickly found a fan to keep it cool.

A word on the 'Official' case for it has me wondering. Why didn't it come with slots in the top cover to let this high temperature have a place to go. I had to remove it before any possible damage could have happened. Redesign maybe?

Looking forward to the full release of Raspian for this machine with some built-in cooling capabilities. But I am sure this will happen soon.

Great work.

Joel Norwood

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:30 am

joele552 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:32 am
Just 1 BIG question. When will we see a fully functional version of Raspian 'Buster'? This version is nice to get a look at the unit but fails in the apt-update/upgrade ends. Also, what might be the high end for the SOC's temperature. I have seen some highs and quickly found a fan to keep it cool.
The version available is fully functional. There is a known issue with apt-get update that requires the use of a parameter to cope with the change of Buster from "testing" to "stable". A quick search should find that.

Maximum temperature for the SoC is still 85°C I believe and the Pi 4B will reduce its speed to lower the temperature if it gets too hot. A heatsink and/or fan will help. It is unlikely that it will get hot enough to cause damage.
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:05 am

Hello Everyone!,
My name is Pawel and I am interested in (inexpensive ;) ) small form computing and Linux
My first Pi is RaspberryPi 4 4GB. I have some Linux experience but never really used it for longer time or to do any serious stuff. Pi I think will change this :)

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:06 pm

Hello !

I am Calimero, 42 years old but I feel very young.

I am a BIG geek and love new technology, video games an movie.
I come here because I am very interested by Raspberry PI to make a Kody Raspberry to replace my computer.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:12 am

G'Day from Adelaide, South Australia

Retired IT (software) bloke here.
I got my first Pi this week, a 4GB 4B just finding my way.

Regards, Kym
Regards, Kym
Retired software bloke from Adelaide, South Australia

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:09 pm

Hi, I'm Michael., 32 years old, from US.
Actually, I'm a UI/UX Designer, but now I want to improve my skills in Front-End and programming.
I build mobile apps and making websites.

My hobbies are traveling, collection coins and metal detecting. I spend a lot of time on fresh air searching for historical relics :) If you are interested, check out my website about metal detectors detecthistory.com.

Nice to meet you all!
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:46 am

Hi all, I'm Mike from Frankfurt.
I'm python developer, i know javascript and java...my goal learn C++.
I enjoy games and RC vehicles.
Hope to find useful information here.
So I have like no budget.... but I want a reliable soldering iron https://besttoolexpert.com/soldering-gun . I would prefer about 80 watts.....
I have an iron now, but the tip is all gross and black, it wont tin.... it is jsut nasty, and solder wont stick to it, needless to say, it is very difficult to solder with it
And I know you get what you pay for.... I just don't want to spend a ton, and I want relative quality..... the cheaper, the better
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:37 am

Well, I guess it's time I stopped lurking and said "Hi!!"

I'm a software developer working on email security with Cisco, but in my spare time I'm having a blast with the PI!

I've got a 3B+ running Kodi so we can watch our media collection nicely.

I've also got a slowly growing bramble with six 3B+s and my brand new 4B(4gig) (planning to slowly build it out more), running SLURM. The main thing I'm using it for is support for my rather byzantine backup setup.

Other than having to completely rebuild my bramble today since Buster supports a newer version of SLURM than Stretch does, I'm having a blast with this! Still coming up with new ideas, probably going to be building a few cameras for keeping an eye on the apartment...

I'm also toying with Machine Learning some, and looking to start running distributed training on the bramble.


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Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:06 pm

I'm a mostly retired bit wrangler.

I've just been given a RPI 4, 4GB
it runs Debian 10.0 Buster

I'm having lots of problems

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:14 am

Hello all. Jeff here from the US (Michigan). I've been running Nextcloud for a personal cloud service through a Pi 3 for a while. It also got made into a RetroPie gaming device for a bit. Just got my Pi 4, but I can't even get it to boot. :-(

I'm a web developer by day, and a tinkering geek by night. ... That pretty much sums it up for now, I guess.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:01 am

It just occurred to me, there's another bit of my history with ARM based boxes I should mention.

In 1994, I joined the Apple Newton team in their DTS group. The Newton of course was based on an ARM processor.

In 1997 when Steve Jobs very effectively destroyed Newton, I joined Palm Computing. The Palm was based on Motorola's DragonBall 68k SoC. It looked and felt a _lot_ like an early Mac inside. Fast forward a few years and Palm is transitioning to... you guessed it, ARM.

A few of us managed to convince the powers that be to let us initially make the transition in a similar fashion to how the only other computer company in history changed processor architectures, seamlessly (and they've done it twice so far). The company of course being Apple, who went from the 68K to PowerPC to x86, and did so in a way that was almost completely transparent to end users.

So we did. We wrote a 68000 emulator, and initially the complete PalmOS was running in the emulator. Over time we added the ability for app developers to include native ARM code, and the OS itself was ported over to native ARM.

Here's where my claim to fame comes in. Someone had to write a new boot-loader for the ARM. The ARM had an MMU, which the DragonBall didn't, so at startup the entire memory map had to get rearranged, and especially, the ROM needed to be remapped to higher addresses, and RAM remapped to address 0. On power-on, ROM was mapped to address 0.

This was my job. Writing ARM assembly code for the most part, setting up the MMU and generally configuring the SoC to be ready to hand off to PalmOS. If you watch an ARM based Palm handheld starting up, you'll see a little flicker along the top of the screen, this flicker is a small trampoline routine I wrote that lived, briefly, in the video RAM, since the video RAM was not remapped. The trampoline took care of switching on the MMU and then modified its return address so that when it returned it jumped into ROM, not to the low addresses that were now RAM.

One of my favorite memories of that time was the very first time that PalmOS booted itself on the prototype board I was using. It was the very first time anywhere that PalmOS booted on an ARM device. I'm told that my shout "It's alive!!!!" could be heard throughout the building :D


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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:12 pm

Hi, I'm Benn. I've been using the Pi and Raspbian for several years and just today wandered into this section of the forums.

I'm glad to see I'm not the oldest fart here, but I'm sure I'm a 1%-er ;)

I discovered computers at college, first on an IBM 360/75, a Xerox Sigma 5, and then landed on a DECsystem-10. What a breath of fresh air that was (compared to the IBM and Xerox systems)! After college I worked at DEC, mostly on operating systems: VAX/VMS, part of a team designing a new OS, and ending my time at DEC on the team that ported Windows NT to DEC's Alpha microprocesor.

Later I was at XenSource (hypervisor/virtualization), and then at Citrix, working on cloud computing and Azure.

At some point in the 1980's I got my first Unix account, and the username I was given was 'bls', and it's been my username ever since. Started running Linux at home in the late 1990s as an everything-we-need-a-server for system.

Now that I'm not working, I finally have enough time to spend on the Pi. The Pi4 is awesome, with super-impressive performance and price/performance. Raspbian is super, and gets better with every release. It's so cool to be able to run emulators on the Pi for some of the old dinosaur systems that I worked on, and have them be faster than the original dinosaur-sized hardware :D

My OS philosophy: every OS has strong points, yet someone, somewhere, will think that it sucks for some reason. "all OSes suck, they all just suck differently".
Pi tools:
RPi SD Card Image Manager: https://github.com/gitbls/sdm
Lightweight Virtual VNC Config: https://github.com/gitbls/RPiVNCHowTo
Easy VPN installer/manager: https://github.com/gitbls/pistrong
DNS/DHCP manager:https://github.com/gitbls/ndm

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:59 am

Hello All !!!
My name is Neil Stewart. I have lived many lives in my short time on this planet.

When I was a small child my father introduced me to the world of "Electronics". Looking back I was restless and bored. I was given a soldering iron and a pile of transistors, resistors and capacitors. Plus I had the Radio-Shack 50 in one project kit.

Fast-forward to 1979 I got to work on an IBM System 3 in a votech school. Learned to program using RPG-II on 96 column cards. Being able to see the data as a hole punch made it difficult for me to comprehend magnetic media and the new world of disks.

I got a great job (for a teenager) in a small electronics shop making small batches of high tech circuit boards. The owner (a friend of my father) bought a HeathKit PC and I was assigned its assembly. Aside from my normal duties it took a week to solder all the components on the motherboard. The biggest issue was to run DOS or CPM.

A coworker at the shop had a Sinclair Z80 he wanted to sell. I bought it for my fathers birthday/retirement. From there things exploded.

Timex bought the Sinclair product line and parts became available at the local grocery store. My father became addicted. He was buying computers and peripherals with his hamburger meat. Eventually the dining room table became Timex/Sinclair Z80X laboratory.The small black and white televisions needed were salvaged from the neighbors weekly trash(His background was in early television repair).

One night he stumbled on the cables and all the Sinclairs came crashing to the ground. Devastated that he would not be able to re-assemble the different projects he bought his first PC. Again the universe exploded.

Fast-forward again to 2004 my daughter gave me a Ubuntu "Live CD". I installed it on an old crappy PC and gave it a new life. I suddenly realized that I could recycle old PCs using this new "Linux". I was hooked(addicted).

With the introduction of the Raspberry PI I became very interested. When Radio-Shack was closing I got my first as part of a Makers Kit.

Now I have lost count of my PI. Like my father I have a technology addiction. Fortunately my wife keeps me restricted to a small space and that only purposefull PI can be deployed out of that space.

Is There a 12 step Program for PI.

Gracious Blessings to all

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:56 am

Hello, How are you? I am here to get some help with my questions and maybe help you. I am a newbie on this platform and will be good if someone can show me how to use this platform properly until I make a lot of mistakes.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:06 am

Hello everybody! Nice to meet you all.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:26 pm

Hello to all.
I am interested in hifi and run a daphile server and as I have a pi 1 would like to use it for similar and compare the two. I am new to the pi but interested as everything on it is or seems to be open source and adjustable.
I am retired but my brain still works.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:44 pm

Glad to be a part here. Looks like a great community which lots of valuable info.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:53 pm

Hello everyone. I'm excited to have my Pi 4 running and I'm ready to learn. Everything is running smoothly, but was wondering if people use a surge protector as a power switch. Happy weekend.

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