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by cspan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Official Keyboard and mouse
Replies: 37
Views: 1942

Re: Official Keyboard and mouse

(Although the current official keyboard doesn't seem to agree with my fingers - I find myself missing random letters when I type). I recently tried out a new Pi keyboard on my PC (Linux Mint) and I'm finding that to be an issue as well - especially with the period (.) key, which often fails to actu...
by cspan
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Anyone used the Official Raspberry Pi keyboard and mouse with a PC? Is is compatable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1064

Re: Anyone used the Official Raspberry Pi keyboard and mouse with a PC? Is is compatable?

If the INS key can be replicated with Fn+Delete, are there other keys that one might find on larger keyboard that can also be replicated by certain combinations that aren't evident from the Pi keyboard's key labels? On my cheapie Inland, there are 3 extra control buttons: Power, Sleep, and Wake Up. ...
by cspan
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Official Keyboard and mouse
Replies: 37
Views: 1942

Re: Official Keyboard and mouse

I liked that keyboard, but it was not cost-effective. Mine lasted just beyond the warranty period. At the time, I think that was 3 years, so about $30/yr. MY Unicomp keyboard is (IIRC) over 10 years old and works just fine. Even if memory has failed, I had it before I got my first Pi in 2012. Not s...
by cspan
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pi zero w in quantities of 10...50
Replies: 116
Views: 25206

Re: pi zero w in quantities of 10...50

The only thing that's different with the Pi0/W pricing is that they are permanently on sale for the $5/$10 price. I just had a friend express interest in the Pi Zero W when I told her about how I used mine to set up a pi-hole. Just noticed that Micro Center is listing it for $15 for a single purcha...
by cspan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 17
Views: 3150

Re: firefox VS chromium

It's true about that marketshare, but as I recall FF didn't run so well on the pre-4B models. In fact, my first Pi, the 3B, was acquired at a time when Epiphany was the default browser in Raspbian, and oh my , that was not a good experience. I came to infer that web browsing was just something a lit...
by cspan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Quick update - I re-did the examples in Ch 25 of Shotts' book (TLCL) via full Raspbian on the Pi Zero W, accessed through VNC. The little html files that weren't rendering correctly under links2 did, however, render correctly in Chromium. I still did my text editing on the command line in nano, but ...
by cspan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 17
Views: 3150

Re: firefox VS chromium

I like how FF can be set to clear history, cookies, and cache (?) upon exit. In Chromium that seems to be a manual process.
by cspan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: For those wanting a portable Pi...
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

As with many things, I guess its utility depends on your use case. If you need access to the Pi i/o pins, and need to be away from a power outlet at the same time, I suppose something like this is necessary. For a portable Pi without use of i/o pins, I have a couple options. If I'm in a hotel, say, ...
by cspan
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Music player
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Music player

I am also looking for a music player for Raspbian Buster (on Pi 3B/3B+) and RPD w/Buster x86. I think I need something better than Rhythmbox because last time I used it (and seems still), it doesn't handle podcasts very well. For instance I want to be able to subscribe to a podcast but only download...
by cspan
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Eject/dismount a USB with code on a Pi
Replies: 8
Views: 4048

Re: Eject/dismount a USB with code on a Pi

I'd like to add that I get the behavior as well after using SD Card Copier in Raspbian Buster GUI, making a clone of my microSD card from which Raspbian runs. Once the copy is complete, there is no Eject icon on the menu bar across the top. Nor is there any indication of a mounted drive using the fi...
by cspan
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Speltraspberrypi, If you end up going through the Shotts book I'd be curious how you progress and may want to swap some notes/tips with you. There are a few commands in TLCL that don't appear to be part of the Raspbian shell command set. And the Shotts book recognizes that there are some commands th...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1464

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

Ah yes, the script. Thanks for the reminder ... and link! I always thought that looked pretty complicated ... compared to setting the OTP on the 3B, which I was able to do. Sandisk's extreme portable SSD has caught my eye at Costco. They're up to 1TB now I think for about $125 USD. Spendy ... but oh...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1464

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

You don't need to wait for the Pi4 to support USB booting to take advantage of putting your root partition on an SSD, having /boot on the MicroSD and everything else on the SSD will give almost all of the same gains, aside from a slightly longer boot as the kernel still gets read (once) from the sl...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

If you have x64 hardware then I would recommend a true 64-bit OS. Debian with the Raspberry Pi Desktop is 32-bit userland. FWIW both my old computers (ages 7 and 9) run 64-bit hardware. The laptop is the one that I have RPD on, but haven't experienced any issues. Not that I drive that computer hard...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1464

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

Having experimented with all booting options, except netboot, the quickest to boot up is a micro SDHC card, mainly because the RPi always checks for it first. However, once booted I prefer a SSD, HDD, micro SDHC, pendrive, in that order for their responsiveness. (I use RPi3B/3B+/3A+) I just learned...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

None of the so-called "happenings" mentioned in this thread have any effect on me whatsoever. But you forgot the most important thing that happened on Jan 14, and which we commemorate today. On this day, in 1915, Mark Goodson was born in Sacramento, CA. We owe so much to Mark, over the many years h...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

If you have x64 hardware then I would recommend a true 64-bit OS. Debian with the Raspberry Pi Desktop is 32-bit userland. Linux Mint has always been a favorite of mine. It's based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian, so most things will operate in a similar fashion to Raspbian. I'm also fond of Bu...
by cspan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

Finally I go and practice guitar a bit. When I come back and dive into Windows Update history, there's nothing listed for today . Curiouser and curiouser! It isn't that strange. You applied an update at some point in the past and it did the second stage cleanup when you restarted. Some updates need...
by cspan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings

3 noteworthy (to me) things happened today, only 1 of which I knew was coming. 1) Windows 7 End of Life. I have a 9+ yr old Win 7 tower. Wasn't real concerned; I knew this was coming. Have been extremely picky about Windows Updates since back in the day when they tried to trick people like me into u...
by cspan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Thanks cspan , the book in that link you’ve sent me is another useful looking instruction. I’ve received lots to study for now before starting to build projects . This PuTTY you speak of in your project sounds interesting . Could it be a way to remotely connect to a Pi which is out on a site some p...
by cspan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

I'm working my way through this: http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php by dialing in to a Pi Zero W that is across the room, plugged into a wall socket (via USB charger plug), using PuTTY. It's kinda fun, because - it gives me something to do with my Pi Zero W (which, at $5 USD, was a total impulse buy),...
by cspan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: X86 PIXEL with Debian runs poorly
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: X86 PIXEL with Debian runs poorly

I tried PIXEL on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4 GB of memory. Although it’s an old 64 bit computer, it runs 32 bit much better than 64 bit os. PIXEL must be a 64 bit OS as it ran terribly on that old pc. Be forewarned, you need a new decent x86 64 bit machine with fast CPU, GPU & DDR3+ memory to get t...
by cspan
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: CUPS - cannot print at Brother MFC490CW
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: CUPS - cannot print at Brother MFC490CW

Try other Brother MFC printer drivers as well as PCL6. For my Brother HL-2270DW I found a driver online that worked (Brother-HL-2170W-hl1250.ppd). I don't know if it has all the features (9 pages in 1, 1 page in 9, toner save, duplex etc) that you might get with a Windows or MacOS install; I haven't...
by cspan
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: fatsort music files on USB drive
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: fatsort music files on USB drive

OK, I got it to work - for future reference for anyone else interested, here's what I did: Using RPD based on Debian Stretch. In the terminal, man fatsort didn't bring up anything, so I installed it from the GUI using Preferences | Add / Remove Software Switching back to terminal, I found using df t...
by cspan
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: fatsort music files on USB drive
Replies: 2
Views: 235

fatsort music files on USB drive

In my car (2012 Honda Fit, often sold as Honda Jazz outside US) I keep a USB flash drive of music plugged into my factory car stereo. Even when music is organized by artist, the music doesn't appear in alphabetical order on the car stereo interface ... not by default anyway. IIRC, the order may inst...

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