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by takyon
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion
Replies: 928
Views: 111220

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion

I think the main problem I had with Kodi on Raspbian was that I had to crash it to exit sometimes. Otherwise it worked pretty well. LibreELEC 9.2.0 is also working quite well.

Can we start a Raspberry Pi 5 wishlist thread in this forum on Xmas? Hueehhehheheheh eheh.
by takyon
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Interview with Eben Upton
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: Interview with Eben Upton

If I had to guess a secret project beyond just CM4 or Pi5, I'd say it's machine learning related. There's plenty of hype for kids to learn about that. Pis are already used in robots or with sensors, so upgrading the "AI" capability of a Pi or creating attached hardware like Google did with that visi...
by takyon
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Form Factor?
Replies: 17
Views: 529

Re: Form Factor?

That (like the NUC) is a completely different animal than an SBC. And not just a matter of size, either. Power consumption is far greater. The animal OP is asking for is nowhere to be found. At least, not from RPT. As for power consumption, Intel has made 5W, 6W, 7.5W, 10W, and 15W chips for NUCs ....
by takyon
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Form Factor?
Replies: 17
Views: 529

Re: Form Factor?

I would look into this in the near future: AMD developing barebones PC kit to take on Intel NUC platform This should make that larger but still small form factor more competitive. Pair something like the Ryzen 3 2200G or Athlon 200GE with this kit and you'll have a tiny computer with plenty of ports.
by takyon
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Interesting interview with Eben in Physics World
Replies: 41
Views: 1781

Re: Interesting interview with Eben in Physics World

I think the era of free returns in processor speeds is drawing to a close, because we’re running out of atoms. The smallest structures on silicon chips are now spaced around 7 nm apart, which is about 70 atoms, and at those distances both the physics and the economics of the system start to go awry...
by takyon
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?
Replies: 54
Views: 5359

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?

Performance is respectable. I have seen problems like the browser freezing for several seconds, especially with YouTube, but that could go away with future updates. I'll likely attach a 128 GB SSD and overclock the CPU to 1.75 GHz at some point. Raspberry Pi 4B can be a legitimate primary desktop i...
by takyon
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?
Replies: 54
Views: 5359

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?

It actually is not too hard to use more than 1 GB or 2 GB, and on top of that, the system will use memory for caching. So I have seen most of the memory get used up and some of the default 100 MB swap get used a few times now. 4 GB is good, and I'm not saying you need more, but if an 8 GB option is ...
by takyon
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi computer looks down on Earth
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Raspberry Pi computer looks down on Earth

The Falcon XX was supposed to be bigger but that seams to have gone away for now and Starship 2.0 is rumoured to be around 240m tall (well on paper) :shock: I would put the 18-meter wide "Starship 2.0" out of mind for now. That is based on a single tweet. The full reusability of the 9-meter wide St...
by takyon
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for a simple vpn solution
Replies: 11
Views: 1889

Re: Looking for a simple vpn solution

I was looking at NordVPN a week or so ago and they had a limited time 75% discount offer ending in 2 hours. Two days later they had a limited time 75% discount offer ending in 9 hours. Today their sale (75% off) is ending soon. You need to trust your VPN provider. Starting off by lying adverts does...
by takyon
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which SSD to buy for raspberry pi?
Replies: 63
Views: 7311

Re: Which SSD to buy for raspberry pi?

Not sure why you'd want to mess with adapter and SSD when you can pick up a 128 GB USB 3.1 stick for about $20. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MUF-64AB-AM-Plus-64GB/dp/B07D7PDLXC Review for 256 GB model says: Very small drive. Read speeds close to advertised. I got sequential reads on the 256GB dri...
by takyon
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can i upgrade LPDDR4 4GB or 8GB form RPi4 (2GB)?
Replies: 31
Views: 2496

Re: Can i upgrade LPDDR4 4GB or 8GB form RPi4 (2GB)?

Now you have two. Browsing with just six tabs: 2.6 GB, not counting system cache. Once I go back to my habit of using 30 tabs and not powering down for days I expect to hit 4 GB sooner or later. I made a few configuration changes to avoid using swap or browser cache on disk. Makes things a little s...
by takyon
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can i upgrade LPDDR4 4GB or 8GB form RPi4 (2GB)?
Replies: 31
Views: 2496

Re: Can i upgrade LPDDR4 4GB or 8GB form RPi4 (2GB)?

Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:58 am
I half agree. People buy the "best" just to have the best, regardless of whether they even need or use it.

Look at the 4GB model for example...
RAM shaming. I routinely use more than 2 GB. Oh wait, I'm using it wrong. :roll:
by takyon
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How hot does your Pi get?
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: How hot does your Pi get?

I would disagree. The Pi4 indeed runs hotter than previous model Pi, but sitting on my TV cabinet with no enclosure / case, I struggle to push it beyond 68°C while playing back 1080p YouTube videos via Chromium. The existence of an official plastic case that causes it to throttle undermines this. M...
by takyon
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: School project involving freezer
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: School project involving freezer

A1: Yes. No. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtWF53Czz_M

A2: If you don't want to submerge the Pi in mineral oil, you might not want to stick it in a freezer. Maybe you want to try what the above vid did except have the Pi outside of the freezer and run wires through an ice machine.
by takyon
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The things I've gotten to work on my PI 4 :)
Replies: 11
Views: 1755

Re: The things I've gotten to work on my PI 4 :)

I just tried Dungeon Crawl (w/ Tiles) for the first time yesterday. It's pretty good. Use Mummy Necromancer if you're lazy. I think I tried Open Arena but got a garbage frame rate. Maybe I'll try it again but it's not my thing. You should try Kodi. It doesn't seem as smooth as it is on LibreELEC, bu...
by takyon
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bluetooth 5 on Pi4 how about 5ish for the rest of us ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2746

Re: Bluetooth 5 on Pi4 how about 5ish for the rest of us ?

That's too bad about the optional features. I think most people just assume those are supported when they see "Bluetooth 5" support.

Quadrupling the range in particular would be very useful for wireless headphones and other use cases. But new devices on both sides might not support it for years.
by takyon
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?
Replies: 81
Views: 3805

Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?

Good grief I bet Apple wish they could get that level of commitment from their customers!
I managed to get a Pi Zero W a couple weeks ago... for $4.

Even at the regular price, it's an impulse buy.
by takyon
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overclocking RPI4 SDRAM? [not possible!]
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Overclocking RPI4 SDRAM? [not possible!]

Moonmarch wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:15 am
the RPI4 uses LPDDR4 RAM with memory speeds at 3200 MHz
Not correct, it is LPDDR4-2400:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/ra ... fications/
by takyon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4
Replies: 16
Views: 905

Re: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

At Micro Center for example, the store brand 16 GB is $3, 32 GB is $3.50, and 64 GB is $7. So 16 GB is out of the question, and I chose 32 GB which is probably more than enough. The card doesn't have stellar IOPS or speeds, but the system works just fine. I just purchased two 16GB cards with the Mi...
by takyon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4
Replies: 16
Views: 905

Re: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

At Micro Center for example, the store brand 16 GB is $3, 32 GB is $3.50, and 64 GB is $7. So 16 GB is out of the question, and I chose 32 GB which is probably more than enough. The card doesn't have stellar IOPS or speeds, but the system works just fine. With the money you save from using a cheap c...
by takyon
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Modding 1gig PI4B, with 8gb or 16gig ram chip
Replies: 18
Views: 1245

Re: Modding 1gig PI4B, with 8gb or 16gig ram chip

16 GB doesn't exist. Not sure about 12 GB LPDDR4. Also consider 6 GB.
by takyon
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How's it been going with 2 GB vs. 4 GB?
Replies: 12
Views: 1902

Re: How's it been going with 2 GB vs. 4 GB?

I have a 4GB board and I've never seen it consume more than about 1.5 GB even with many Chromium tabs open. I think that will change if we get a stable 64 bit kernel, hopefully. I'm at 2.6 GB with about 60 tabs open and no other applications. Some of the tabs aren't actually loaded from when I clos...
by takyon
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why moving to 64bit?
Replies: 259
Views: 24355

Re: Why moving to 64bit?

What 8GB Pi4? There isn't one. I thought at least one was made in order to pass the compliance testing, which lists 8GB as being certified. Are you sure there isn't an 8GB model sitting on your desk? They say that was a misprint in the user manual, and there are other reasons an 8GB version is unli...
by takyon
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Heatsink vs Fan vs Flirc Case
Replies: 68
Views: 21072

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Heatsink vs Fan vs Flirc Case

I dropped from about 60-64°C on the Pi 4 in sustained normal use with no case (sitting on top of the cardboard box it came in), to about 48-52°C with the Kodi FLIRC case (starts out less, but heats up to that). I think ambient is at least 24°C. I would be interested to see someone plug the RTL-SDR d...
by takyon
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Positives of the Official Raspberry 4B Youtube video.
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Positives of the Official Raspberry 4B Youtube video.

It's unclear (yes, I know, 8GB was a typo) that the Pi4 will never get a RAM upgrade. Should a larger capacity package that fits the board and has a suitable price, I wouldn't rule it out. As for the Pi5 or Pi6...maybe. But since those boards don't exist yet and a lot can happen in two or three yea...

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