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by woodinblack
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Open/Closed or Somewhere-in-between source?
Replies: 81
Views: 8788

Re: Open/Closed or Somewhere-in-between source?

But then [RMS] also called Steve Jobs evil on the day after he died so not much of a fan there either! I don't think RMS called Steve Jobs evil. No, you are correct, he just made the implication that he had created a great evil. Saying someone has done evil things is not the same as calling someone...
by woodinblack
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Open/Closed or Somewhere-in-between source?
Replies: 81
Views: 8788

Re: Open/Closed or Somewhere-in-between source?

When we buy a book then we own that expression of those words. We can write notes in the margin and sell it on. We can take the pages and make art from them. We can count the number of times the word "honking" is used. We can lend it to a friend to read. And most telling of all, we can read it anal...
by woodinblack
Thu May 24, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 431
Views: 158768

Re: What was your first computer?

The pet was the first one I used, that and whatever the local polytechnics mainframe was. However, at home I loved the mk14, it was a good machine but was sadly lost. It was the start of a long line.
by woodinblack
Tue May 22, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: C/C++
Topic: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?
Replies: 108
Views: 78339

Re: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?

woodinblack: Your formatting seems to have got a bit messed up It did a bit - I think I missed a bit at the bottom as it was really late and I was tired. My goal however is on creating engineers, because that is what I did professionally in academia. And no tool that hides what is actually happenin...
by woodinblack
Mon May 21, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: C/C++
Topic: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?
Replies: 108
Views: 78339

Re: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?

It teaches you absolutely nothing about programming, but a lot about configuration and tools, which you may or may not have to do again. And using an even bigger and more esoteric tool, the IDE, doesn't do this? Your implied assertion simply doesn't make sense. My assertion only makes sense if you ...
by woodinblack
Sun May 20, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: C/C++
Topic: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?
Replies: 108
Views: 78339

Re: Recommeded C++ dev environment ?

IDEs are a very bad idea in programming education, because they hide the tools in actual use. They result in students who don't understand the compilation and linking process, and who think that debugging happens by magic. I would completely disagree with that. I started with tools where you had to...
by woodinblack
Thu May 17, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Is "free" always a good thing?
Replies: 87
Views: 12235

Re: Is "free" always a good thing?

As a hobby, i have coded software in ASM for other 10 years, i have come first in many ASM coding competitions and have coded the hardest thing in the world to coding. What is that? I would love to know what the hardest thing to coding is? But would not get a job in the UK ( not that i have tried )...
by woodinblack
Tue May 15, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Is "free" always a good thing?
Replies: 87
Views: 12235

Re: Is "free" always a good thing?

For a living I develop software that runs on linux which is quite a long way from free. Actually the main selling point of the software is the support and expertise involved in the company, rather than the software. The problem with microsoft is not so much the cost of the software - the cost of sof...
by woodinblack
Fri May 11, 2012 6:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?
Replies: 106
Views: 133749

Re: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?

<t>The last thing I would want is a separate USB hard drive attached to a pi, being able to contain everything one one SD card is pretty handy.<br/> I have a 16g card now as it was the only one I had that worked, I wouldn"t necessarily have picked that. However, it is very easy to fill a 4g card so ...
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cancelling my order
Replies: 55
Views: 9955

Re: Cancelling my order

Yes, makes sense. There are better things if what you need is a media player
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Email from Farnell
Replies: 223
Views: 36817

Re: Email from Farnell

I had a 7th may email and got mine on Saturday
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Oracle support for Raspberry PI
Replies: 30
Views: 12935

Re: Oracle support for Raspberry PI

<t>Jim, Java may very well be a good language but the owners are litigious. There are plenty of languages which are just as good which don"t suffer from that problem.<br/> <br/> yes, they are litigious, but in this case they are also pretty justified, as google knew several years before the current ...
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 45491

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>KeithSloan said: <br/> <br/> I never said that you are quoting the wrong person. Please don"t go round quoting the wrong person.<br/> <br/> <br/> a thousand appologies, I did misquote you and I am sorry, this forum hasto be one of the most awkward ones to use, but that still shouldn"t be an excus...
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 45491

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

KeithSloan said:



Only those that have a well developed capacity for self-deception. Or an over inflated sense of entitlement.


or who have no knowledge of computers and read exactly what is written here and in other places, such as absolute beginners
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?
Replies: 106
Views: 133749

Re: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?

Hi us an, nice advert!

No, I wouldn"t buy there, too much "no contact" in bad feedback, and as I posted two above you, my transcend doesn"t work.
Speed is also very important so what "you read" was wrong.

Hope that helps
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?
Replies: 106
Views: 133749

Re: Status of SD card compatibility - What should I buy?

I would add the status of mine. I have a transcend 4GB SDHC4 card that the wiki says is fine, and it will only boot if the Pi has previously booted off a previous card, a 2GB kingston card that will boot 4 times out of 5, and a 16GB kingston that works every time.
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Booted once, won't work again [solved]
Replies: 20
Views: 5439

Re: Booted once, won't work again [solved]

Yes, that thread leads to here:

Wiki link

which shows that the 4GB card I have that consistently fails is working, as does the 2GB card I have. Which is a bit of a pain if you are trying to buy one.
by woodinblack
Thu May 10, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Dynamically extend the root partition
Replies: 21
Views: 37583

Re: Dynamically extend the root partition

<t>Max said:<br/> <br/> <br/> gparted is in the menu under "Preferences". But it is too protective, shows a lock icon next to the live root file system and will not let you modify it.<br/> <br/> sfdisk+resize2fs does allow you that.<br/> <br/> <br/> On mine it is under other, but I start it from the...
by woodinblack
Wed May 09, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Booted once, won't work again [solved]
Replies: 20
Views: 5439

Re: Booted once, won't work again [solved]

<t>I am sure I remember a list when I first looked where the sandisk was listed as a brand that didn't work, but I can't find it now (which is often the way).<br/> <br/> Mine is very reliable with the kingston 16GB card now, hopefully eventually there will be a list of cards that work, and maybe som...
by woodinblack
Wed May 09, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Dynamically extend the root partition
Replies: 21
Views: 37583

Re: Dynamically extend the root partition

<t>I have used gparted in X (I can't remember the commands of the terminal, and it is much easier to just slide the swap to the right then grab the right edge of the main and expand it to the end.<br/> <br/> However, I always did this while booted from another SD card, with the card I was editing in...
by woodinblack
Wed May 09, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Home Server
Replies: 24
Views: 11258

Re: Home Server

HP to great little servers that take very little power and can do an awful lot, they also have £100 casback, so they come in just a bit over £120.

They are also fairly quiet which is good for home use too.
by woodinblack
Tue May 08, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 45491

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Blimey - 7 pages of comments, and someone has come up with an idea I think would work! I'll have a chat with Liz to see if we can knock something up. Although maybe just stick in it on the Wiki.<br/> <br/> <br/> You think?<br/> <br/> People manages to avoid the info...
by woodinblack
Tue May 08, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 45491

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

cashaw said:


I started a topic called 'Setting Expectations' on the day the Pi was launched when I saw the explosion of messages on other forums from users claiming the the Pi could fly them to the moon and back.


but it could: Apollo Guidance Computer !
by woodinblack
Tue May 08, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly
Replies: 212
Views: 45491

Re: First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly

<t>I must admit, I don't know how slow web browsing is, as it never occured to me to try doing it. It is certainly very fast for web serving, mysql, php and apache, which impressed me, and seems ok as a phone network. I have actually only fired it up in the GUI a couple of times, just to run gparted...
by woodinblack
Tue May 08, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Booted once, won't work again [solved]
Replies: 20
Views: 5439

Re: Booted once, won't work again [solved]

Seems like third time is the charm. With the Kingston 16Gb SDHC4 from the video camera, it boots first time every time.

I can give the other cards back to the cameras and put it down to it being very sensitive!

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