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Re: FAQs updated

Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:05 pm

Big thanks to Scep for all his help. Please go and have a look at the new FAQ - it's better organised, has new answers for some old questions, has some new questions with new answers, and is EVEN LONGER than the old one. Hurrah!
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Re: FAQs updated

Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:55 pm


What are the power requirements?

The device is powered by 5v micro USB. You can read more about it here. Power supplies will be available at launch.


This reads as though there should be a link, but there isn't one.
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:00 am

Looks nice.  The wiki is looking good these days too.  Liz has been working hard around here we will have to spring for a pedicure for her.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:44 am

Chromatix said:



What are the power requirements?

The device is powered by 5v micro USB. You can read more about it here. Power supplies will be available at launch.


This reads as though there should be a link, but there isn't one.


Thanks - I'll go and fix that. Keep em coming!
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:40 am

Be nice if we could just view the FAQ without having to load up all the dam replys,

im running a very slow connection on 3G with limited bandwidth.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:05 am


What will I get when I buy one?

A Raspberry Pi. Leads, a power supply or SD cards are not included but can be purchased at the same time from the store. You will be able to buy preloaded SD cards too. The first batch (February 2012) will not have a case.


I suggest you redo that sentence. To me it first comes over as:

"A Raspberry Pi Leads, a power supply or SD cards "

Only at the end do you notice the "are not included" and the full stop in the middle.

What about "A Raspberry Pi Only. You will not get..."

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:31 am

It might be an idea to make the categories collapse by default or something, it tends to blur into a wall of text with all this (great!) info on there.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:54 am

The FAQs are much better.

However (there always IS a however, isn't there.  That or "but"...)

Wouldn't it have been better to create a new FAQ section without the comments or the ability to leave comments?  The old comments section could have been accessed via a link on the FAQ page.  I appreciate that you may want to allow people to note errors or ommissions without cluttering up the main forum space, but the comments date back to 25th July 2011 and contains a lot of stuff that is completely irrelevant to the project as it stands today.  Any useful content is submerged and not at all apparent.

Of course, the FAQs should be driven off the questions and answers in the forum.  I'm not trying to advise aged relatives on techniques appropriate to the consumption of calcium-encased ova....  Honest!

Navigation could also be improved by using a table of appropriately described links to the various FAQ section headers, much easier for quick reference when entering the FAQ page and it allows people to see what topics are addressed by the FAQ at a glance.  And you could have a link to the comments section at the bottom of the list...

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:19 am

Looooking good!

Just done a bit of proofing and I spot a 'the' missing ...

In Educational Uses, 2nd para:

'Once we launch, we hope that community will help bodies' ... sounds very yorkshire!

Maybe: 'Once we launch, we hope that the community will help bodies'

I concur with jongoleur above in that my browser takes ages to load the page, which I'm assuming is down to the amount of replies below the FAQs.

I think this has been an issue for me for some time (but i've kept it to myself), but this could be a turn-off for some peeps, and maybe a reason for repeated questions being repeatedly asked in the forum.

Great work tho

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:28 am

I too agree with Jongoleur that the comments doesn't belong in a FAQ. A FAQ is for authoritative facts, not opinions.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:45 am

I also do not like the comments. How a about a link at the bottom to this section so readers can comment here?

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:53 am

Yes. If the count is to believed, there are approaching 1900 comments, which makes the page very, very long and very difficult to negotiate. If I just touch the side bar I shoot backwards and forwards. Content is great and I feel that Read the FAQ First advice has more authority now.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:54 am

1st thing to mention is that the FAQ may not be uptodate - point them at a FAQ topic here

2nd thing - remove the comment feature on the FAQ - again point htme to the forums

3rd thing - good work all round and I send some e-hugs

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:20 am

The FAQs say:

"What are the dimensions of the Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi measures 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm, with a little overlap for the SD card and connectors which project over the edges. It weighs 45g."

... but I'm pretty sure I read somwehere on the forum (possibly in a post from Gert?) that the width had been "eased" to 56mm? or is thast just for the beta boards? also, how thick is the actual board? It would be useful to know, rather than just the overall hight with components and connectors.

Other than that, a very useful update thanks!

I agree about losing the comments from the page though - even if they were still available from a link.

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:40 am

Quote:

Can you test is to make sure that it is suitable for <X>?

That's the only thing I've found

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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:28 am


Will it blend?

Yes. We have conducted extensive virtual simulations. No Raspberry Pis were harmed in the testing.



Virtual simulations are one thing, but what about in real life.  Also, is it Raspberry flavoured?

Great to see the updates...
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:08 pm

What hardware documentation will be available?

Broadcom don’t release a full datasheet for the BCM2835

I believe that should read Broadcom doesn't release
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:28 pm

Thanks guys; all those (except Abishur's, which is a question of taste rather than grammar - Fowler's MEU backs me up on this one) :p are in. Sorry; I'm unusually tired at the moment - I wouldn't normally expect there to be that many errors!
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:33 pm


Can I run power Raspberry Pi from batteries as well as from a wall socket?

Yes. The device should run well off 4 x AA cells.



Perhaps this should be removed, since it is misleading, extra circuits would be needed to ensure it worked nicely – unlike the Alpha board (and it gets mis-quoted a lot).  Perhaps better would be to state it could run off a mobile phone USB backup battery or similar instead.
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:40 pm

liz said:


Thanks guys; all those (except Abishur's, which is a question of taste rather than grammar - Fowler's MEU backs me up on this one) :p are in.



I suppose it depends on what pronoun you associate a company as (an it vs they). I will acquiesce!
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Re: FAQs updated

Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:11 pm

I agree with everyone that say that a FAQ is not a place for comments.

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