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by vadsamoht
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Mingle Forum Software
Replies: 11
Views: 2876

Re: The Mingle Forum Software

Agreed, I have the new threads page as one of my home tabs, and it's... not the best.

That said, I'm sure that the RasPi Foundaiton has more important things to worry about at the moment.
by vadsamoht
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Software development environment
Replies: 5
Views: 1428

Re: Software development environment

<t>I, too, am much more interested in the software aspects of this project than the hardware, but I don't see how much con really be done about this at the moment. As far as I can tell, the Foundation is primarily focusing on just producing the units in the first place and the lack of units 'in the ...
by vadsamoht
Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: R-Pi OS
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: R-Pi OS

I believe that Liz has stated as much. I'll add a link if I find where.

EDIT: Liz mentioned it here
and Gert here. (Sorry, I can't link to individual posts)
by vadsamoht
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Specific Software Test Project
Replies: 3
Views: 1782

Re: Specific Software Test Project

<t>While this isn't necessarily a bad idea, I'd warn that any list compiled now would he highly liable to change in the 3-4 months before people start actually recieving their units. This could cause people to get frustrated because of the lack of progress on a project that has been listed here but ...
by vadsamoht
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Children programming the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 20
Views: 5546

Re: Children programming the Raspberry Pi

<t>^ Alice and Scratch are used as educational programming languages as well, however there is a very messy debate about which (if any) of those are actually good educational tools.<br/> <br/> Going back to the original idea of writing some sort of document, my vote would lean more towards Python or...
by vadsamoht
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: REAL computer science classes in high school
Replies: 8
Views: 2895

Re: REAL computer science classes in high school

<t>In my high school, the only real IT courses offered were the first 2 CISCO certificates, which had to be taken outside of regular school hours. There were some other courses in CAD and 'multimedia' (read: flash and HTML), but no real CS. (I live in Australia, and graduated from high school about ...
by vadsamoht
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Welcome Pack
Replies: 14
Views: 3619

Re: Welcome Pack

<t>I would tend to agree that the Wiki would be the best place to generally store the information, however there are always issues with the quality of the aritcles and the irregularities of the way people format them.<br/> <br/> Perhaps it would be worth every so often collecting all of the (best) a...
by vadsamoht
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Children programming the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 20
Views: 5546

Re: Children programming the Raspberry Pi

<t>I think the only real problems with this idea lie in choosing a language and format. Trying to avoid an argument on the different types of languages, I'd agree that Python is probably the way to go, however there are a large number of pepole who are less than enthusiatic about the language.<br/> ...
by vadsamoht
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Welcome Pack
Replies: 14
Views: 3619

Re: Welcome Pack

<t>It's certainly not a bad idea, however I forsee several problems. Firstly, there is the simple fact that a book that aims to essentially teach someone how to use a computer would be quite big, and that would increase the shipping cost. This could perhaps be negated by making it a digital document...
by vadsamoht
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What have we missed?
Replies: 286
Views: 53803

Re: What have we missed?

<r>^ A few points:<br/> <br/> 1. I'd argue that the majority of the people who would buy the r-pi (not including the ones donated to charity or sent to schools) would not be in need of a keyboard or mouse, and probably would not need any additional internet equipment (though that's no reason not to ...
by vadsamoht
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 500 Members!
Replies: 69
Views: 8516

Re: 500 Members!

Congratulations indeed!

It might even be worth recording the rate of user growth against the dates of publicity you gain from other websites, and then make sure that all future (important) press releases make it to their staff.
by vadsamoht
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:27 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Custom Handheld Console
Replies: 11
Views: 5284

Re: Custom Handheld Console

It sounds like what you are looking for is essentially what the OpenPandora project is offering. It'd certainly be closer, have more support, and probably work out cheaper than transforming a r-pi to do the same task.

Disclaimer: I own one.
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Clustering
Replies: 25
Views: 7957

Re: Clustering

<t>Quote from Svartalf on August 29, 2011, 13:31<br/> As a research project, I'd say go for it. As a serious compute farm...heh...don't get your hopes up until someone cobbles one of these together for the educational aspects of the cluster and reports good results first.<br/> <br/> <br/> While I ag...
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: European computer companies
Replies: 1
Views: 1401

Re: European computer companies

<t>There are so many reasons that this happened, although from my point of view the ones that were most prominent were:<br/> <br/> 1. The fact that when companies like Acorn used exclusively (? or largely?) british labour, they were quickly undercut, and made to look expensive.<br/> 2. Although comp...
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Playing devils advocate
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Re: Playing devils advocate

<t>Quote from ShiftPlusOne on August 29, 2011, 12:56So... the risk of creating a few more Nigerian princes vs the possibility to get millions of people excited about programming and engineering... which outweighs which?<br/> <br/> And what project wouldn't benefit from having royalty on their side a...
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Playing devils advocate
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Re: Playing devils advocate

About the only thing I can see that the r-pi has going for it is the fact that is highly portable/concealable. Mast things you would do with malicious intent would either be exactly the same as on a desktop PC, or would not be possible due to the need of a faster CPU.
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Fond memories
Replies: 42
Views: 10644

Re: Fond memories

<t>I first learned to program in BBC BASIC with a bunch of DFS/NFS Model B's that my father brought home from one of the schools he taught at, when they were getting rid of them to upgrade (Circa '92). I wasted many a childhood year writing programs that either never worked or did completely useless...
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3 ich screen?
Replies: 6
Views: 5840

Re: 3 ich screen?

<t>I imagine that the GBA screen would not be similar to anything else, and would have a proprietary controller or similar, simply to make it harder to reverse engineer and annoy those who are inclined to attempt modding it.<br/> <br/> That said... placing it inside a GBA SP, would be excellent. You...
by vadsamoht
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: One R-Pi is not enough!
Replies: 4
Views: 1609

Re: One R-Pi is not enough!

<r>I was thinking along the same lines. This would be quite good for basic cluster computing, etc., as mentioned in this other thread:<br/> <URL url="http://www.raspberrypi.org/?pa.....038;t=57.0">http://www.raspberrypi.org/?pa.....038;t=57.0</URL>.<br/> <br/> A Master/Slave setup on its own would b...

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