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by JakeGrey
Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??
Replies: 72
Views: 10100

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

nr. wrote:Rock climbing, mainly:
http://www.ronketti.org.uk/jonte.jpg

which means that Cambridge, despite being a brilliant place for everything else, is a bit of a rubbish place to live if you like this kind of thing.
Take a cue from the students and climb the buildings instead.
by JakeGrey
Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??
Replies: 72
Views: 10100

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Let's see... * Railways; was into N-gauge modelling for a bit but didn't have the cash, patience or hand-eye coordination to get very far. * Various weird and wonderful freeware games, playing and creating custom content alike. (If there's any Dwarf Fortress players in here, I'm the guy who created ...
by JakeGrey
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: STICKY: New to RISC OS? Read this!
Replies: 83
Views: 188589

Re: New to RISC OS? Read this!

Not only does it support BBC BASIC, but RiscOS is likely to be the first RPi operating system to get a working port of Oolite. (Discussion on their forums here.) The RPi is now officially on the way to being a proper BBC Micro 2.0.

Allow me to be the first to say, "Yeeehaaaw!"
by JakeGrey
Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Re: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?

I only worked out how to apply undereye concealer properly when I was 35. You'll have no problems at all. I'm not entirely sure what that is , but I'll take that under advisement. And also go off and be inordinately, childishly pleased with myself that Mrs Upton herself felt me worthy of a response...
by JakeGrey
Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Re: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?

Thanks for that; Java was making my head hurt but Python is much easier to grasp. I've even pulled up The Liberty Bell March on YouTube.
by JakeGrey
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Re: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?

Somewhat belated, but...

Thanks for all the support, folks. I'm working my way through CodeAcademy, just downloaded Scratch, and if I can ever scratch together the train fare I'll pay a visit to NottingHack.
by JakeGrey
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 3D Printing ... The next big thing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3013

Re: 3D Printing ... The next big thing?

toxibunny wrote:We're still waiting for the killer app to appear for home 3d printing. Toys and cellphone covers aren't it, and neither are replacement jawbones. I'm digging it, though.
Five quid says whatever the killer app turns out to be, it will involve sex.
by JakeGrey
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is It Too Late To Start Learning?
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Is It Too Late To Start Learning?

I've always been interested in software and electronics, but my experiences with British IT classes (and other issues I won't go into) left me convinced that sort of thing was too difficult and complicated for an ordinary person and that I was incapable of ever getting good at it. I've since reasses...
by JakeGrey
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Mini peripherals for RPi (Monitor, keyboard etc)
Replies: 19
Views: 14570

Re: Mini peripherals for RPi (Monitor, keyboard etc)

<t>Maplin's or Amazon have some quite reasonably-priced portable LCD televisions with HDMI input, and some of the better ones even come with a USB port; it's intended for plugging in a thumb drive to view photos and videos, but I suspect it could be used to actually power the R-Pi with the right sor...
by JakeGrey
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: If Raspberry Pi was made by...
Replies: 21
Views: 4637

Re: If Raspberry Pi was made by...

British Leyland may be long dead, but their spirit lives on in LDV vans.

Anyway...

Carlsberg doesn't make ARM GNU/Linux boxes for $25, but if they did, they'd probably be... As unappealing as Carlsberg's lager, actually.
by JakeGrey
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Suggested small displays
Replies: 18
Views: 32344

Re: Suggested small displays

<r>Seven-inch LCD televisions sets with an HDMI input can be had for around £70 on Amazon, some of which have a USB port that could potentially be used for powering the R-Pi.<br/> <br/> Alternatively, HDMI to DVI adapters are going for as little as £1.25 online (see <URL url="http://www.shopwiki.co....
by JakeGrey
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Is the Raspberry release going to affect iPad3 sales
Replies: 28
Views: 3948

Re: Is the Raspberry release going to affect iPad3 sales

<t>You know, joking aside, I bet Foxconn have a few pallets of obsolete previous-generation iPhone parts kicking around in the warehouse somewhere. If the R-Pi should take off in a big way, and Apple decides to diversify out of the "rich idiots who want to impress other rich idiots" market, who's to...
by JakeGrey
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 147648

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>Dunno if this is even off-topic, but good grief has the IT department at my local FE college gone to complete rack and ruin! I did my A+ Certification there in 2008, then moved away for a few years. I found myself back in the area early in the new year and thought, "they offer a massive discount ...
by JakeGrey
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi laptop in a box
Replies: 24
Views: 10126

Re: Pi laptop in a box

A powered USB port in the back of a portable LCD television probably has better voltage regulation and other safety features than anything I could MacGuyver up in my spare time.
by JakeGrey
Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi laptop in a box
Replies: 24
Views: 10126

Re: Pi laptop in a box

<r>My knowledge of electrical wiring is somewhat limited, so I was going to use the TV set's battery to power both. The models I've seen on offer claim around five hours, but that's presumably while using the digital antenna; the screen on its own might not be so bad.<br/> <br/> And as for a keyboar...
by JakeGrey
Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi laptop in a box
Replies: 24
Views: 10126

Re: Pi laptop in a box

<t>I see I'm not the only person to think of this. I'm planning something similar, only with an old imitation-leather briefcase my landlady found in her attic.<br/> <br/> The two biggest issues that have been dogging me since I thought it up are how to power both the R-Pi and the screen with only on...
by JakeGrey
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Sub-Netbook Version
Replies: 2
Views: 1360

Re: Sub-Netbook Version

<t>kebno said: <br/> <br/>   I've looked all over the web for a portable lcd, like a notebook screen, but the only one I could find was more of a regular desktop lcd screen that ran off of USB.  <br/> You might try looking for LCDs designed for in-car computers. You'd probably have to improvise a st...
by JakeGrey
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Sub-Netbook Version
Replies: 2
Views: 1360

Re: Sub-Netbook Version

<r>Some of you might have seen a variety of tiny "sub-netbook" devices out there under a variety of cases and brand names, all of them with nearly identical hardware (something MIPS-based I think) and running either some sort of Linux distro or more commonly a truly awful implementation of Windows C...
by JakeGrey
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Girls
Replies: 40
Views: 8541

Re: Girls

<t>This thread is based on a pretty fundamental misunderstanding of the problem the R-Pi was designed to solve. Right now, it doesn't matter a tinker's damn if there's a gender imbalance in IT classes, because both genders are getting equally short-changed by what's on offer.<br/> <br/> You see, the...
by JakeGrey
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 101 (read before posting)
Replies: 102
Views: 94064

Re: Raspberry Pi 101 (read before posting)

<t>Just an idle thought, but is there any interest in creating a sub-netbook based on the R-Pi? There's a number of such devices out there running Windows CE, which so far as I can tell are the same board (something MIPS-based I think) in a variety of cases, so sourcing the necessary parts wouldn't ...
by JakeGrey
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3498
Views: 82806

Re: Introduce yourself!

<t>Hi, I'm Jake. (That might not be the name my parents gave me, but to all intents and purposes it's my real name.) I'm 25 and from a tiny English town so grim that it made both Luton and Windsor, Ontario look good by comparison. Sometime in between the long and bizarre saga of unlikely misadventur...

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