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by liam collins
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: FPGA Stuff ?
Replies: 55
Views: 18481

Re: FPGA Stuff ?

<t>Andre_P said: <br/> <br/> <br/> FatBuzz and Liam : I am now waving my hand up and admitting I have absolutely NO idea what a shield is, sorry just a humble ASIC/FPGA guy here, can you tell me more ?<br/> <br/> <br/> Andre,<br/> <br/> Thanks for the info, I'll go hunting...<br/> <br/> A shield is ...
by liam collins
Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: FPGA Stuff ?
Replies: 55
Views: 18481

Re: FPGA Stuff ?

I've been considering branching out from uC into FPGA but don't know enough about them - yet. If you do manage to put a relatively cheap FPGA shield with software and documentation together then I would be interested in buying one.
by liam collins
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 201808

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

Looks like R-Pi may have a window opened to it now ICT is dead and will be replaced by CompSci instead:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/educ.....n-16493929

I love the quote about bored children
by liam collins
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...
Replies: 53
Views: 10672

Re: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...

Is it me or has the price of #10 just dropped to £1.9K?
by liam collins
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Thoughtful and educated discussion of operating systems and hardware
Replies: 19
Views: 4352

Re: Thoughtful and educated discussion of operating systems and hardware

<t>tufty said:<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Here's my take on operating systems...<br/> <br/> ...<br/> <br/> Simon<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> That is a good summing up of the state(?) of OS' around at the moment. I would like to add the awful API and vertical learning curve of trying to write for all of them ...
by liam collins
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>tufty said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I don't believe so.<br/> <br/> <br/> And programming really hasn't change that much.<br/> <br/> <br/> Ah, but it has.  Programming in general, and particularly UI programming, has moved on massively from the "one processor, one thread of execution, batch processing" ...
by liam collins
Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HDMI to VGA? or HDMI --> DVI ---> VGA possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2250

Re: HDMI to VGA? or HDMI --> DVI ---> VGA possible?

<r>Have a look at:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.amazon.co.uk/HDfury.....038;sr=1-1">http://www.amazon.co.uk/HDfury.....038;sr=1-1</URL><br/> <br/> There's another thread on RPi about this issue. The HDMI->DVI->VGA connector method was mentioned (by me) and the explanation why it wouldn't work was...
by liam collins
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories
Replies: 24
Views: 10226

Re: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories

<r>jojopi said:<br/> <br/> <br/> The Mac Mini had DVI-I (digital and analog output Integrated on one connector).  A VGA signal can be extracted from DVI-I with a simple passive adapter.  But an HDMI to DVI adapter or cable on a Pi will produce a DVI-D (Digital) signal only.<br/> <br/> I am afraid th...
by liam collins
Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories
Replies: 24
Views: 10226

Re: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories

I have a HDMI to DVI connector and an Apple DVI to VGA connector from a mini-mac. When I get my hands on a RPi I will try and bolt it all together and see if it works with an old VGA monitor I have.
by liam collins
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 431
Views: 160738

Re: What was your first computer?

First one used: Pet 2001 – yes, the one with the square keypad. Also a Nascom-2

First one bought: Newbrain (I still love that machine and wish I could get a replacement)

First built: Self designed Z80A with 2KB of RAM
by liam collins
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3545
Views: 114643

Re: Introduce yourself!

<r>Yule tide greetings!<br/> <br/> I'm a performance/architect/engineer working on Enterprise Storage systems with too many years in the computer industry (has it really been that long????). I started off as a real-time embedded assembler code programmer before moving via PC, Mainframes (MVS-XA) and...
by liam collins
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>Quote from hippy on December 19, 2011, 16:40<br/> On the issue of performance and how to achieve that I largely think it's a red herring; does it do the job in the time expected without other negative effects is the main concern for users and that's what most programmers work towards delivering. ...
by liam collins
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Quote from hippy on December 19, 2011, 16:40<br/> Just to note that VB has had native code compilation since VB5, 15 years ago. Perhaps some of the bad press VB and Basic in general gets is simply because people have out of date knowledge and incorrect impressions of them ?<br/> .<br/> <br/> - to...
by liam collins
Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>Quote from Giles Read on December 19, 2011, 14:00<br/> All this talk of OO languages leaves me completely cold - I can't even understand the Wikipedia article on what I suspect is "Obsessively Obscure" programming.<br/> <br/> <br/> I like "Obsessively Obscure", mind you the acronym for Object Ori...
by liam collins
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>Quote from obarthelemy on December 17, 2011, 01:14<br/> Nobody is arguing that competently done assembly code isn't smaller and quicker than other languages. It's just not that relevant anymore. CPU cycles and RAM are a lot less expensive than developer time, and the difference keeps widening.<br...
by liam collins
Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Quote from johnbeetem on December 13, 2011, 01:30<br/> My vote for first programming language is Pascal, with second language being the favorite of the instructor.<br/> <br/> <br/> I never did like PASCAL due to all of its limitations and inconstancies (why couldn't I have a variable number of ar...
by liam collins
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143280

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>Quote from jamesh on December 12, 2011, 17:34<br/> Sod all these languages. Let's put Prolog on it. That'll sort the men from the boys.<br/> <br/> Real men program in Assembler and don't eat quiche! <E>:D</E><br/> <br/> "If you can't do it in Assembler then you just can't do it!" - RJM.<br/> <br/...

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