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by dattaway
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Soldering iron recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 17158

Re: Soldering iron recommendations

I have no problems with large tips soldering SMT work.  Flux, high heat, and working very fast helps the solder bead just where you want it.  Soldering is a true art.
by dattaway
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ebay listings
Replies: 42
Views: 7812

Re: Ebay listings

Those ebay prices are quite a deal.  The RP is magnitudes faster than my first computer, more memory, less power, and costs far less.
by dattaway
Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can i use raspberry pi mainly for web browsing?
Replies: 62
Views: 25305

Re: Can i use raspberry pi mainly for web browsing?

An old 100MHz 486dx computer on a dialup line running x-windows  under 16MB of memory can be faster than a modern computer.  It's all about managing resources effectively.  Sometimes layers upon layers of abstraction and rich content detracts from the original purpose of our experience.
by dattaway
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How Much RAM does these distros use ?
Replies: 38
Views: 9100

Re: How Much RAM does these distros use ?

<t>I haven't seen anyone mention uClibc.  16MB with a full featured system is easy.  We did it in the old days.  Glibc in most distributions these days is absolutely HUGE and few functions are ever used in this library.  Bloat, bloat, bloat.  Look for distributions that use uClibc, or search for gli...
by dattaway
Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Demo scene?
Replies: 33
Views: 9341

Re: Demo scene?

4 KB is an awesome amount of space for tight code full of tricks.  1 MB is a huge country.  I'm no John Carmack.  This is a quantum supercomputer compared to my 8 bit roots.  I'm getting too old...
by dattaway
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 453
Views: 175405

Re: What was your first computer?

I still have the soldering iron used to assembly my ZX81...from 1981!

I'll never forget the joy of expanding memory with 16KB.  and finding a bad memory cell within the first 2KB on the memory map.  :(
by dattaway
Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hook up to my netbook
Replies: 11
Views: 4189

Re: Hook up to my netbook

<t>Coleman said: <br/> <br/> <br/> First forgive me, I know only very little about computers or programming. That's why I have a perhaps rather silly question. So I just wonder if I could connect the Raspberry to my netbook and just use the keyboard and the screen of the netbook navigating the Raspb...
by dattaway
Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How come there are so many Raspberry Pi haters?
Replies: 99
Views: 25128

Re: How come there are so many Raspberry Pi haters?

Computers are supposed to be big, use lots of power, have viruses, and take up half a desk. We have something that will achieve none of these qualities.
by dattaway
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: BCM2835 datasheet
Replies: 189
Views: 75197

Re: BCM2835 datasheet

Well, this makes things more interesting. I used to love poking random bits into I/O space on early 8 bit computers and seeing what would happen. Sometimes it takes good old fashioned hacking to build great documentation...and awesome tools and apps are often a side effect.
by dattaway
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Bash - Programming
Replies: 30
Views: 8408

Re: Bash - Programming

I always thought bash was clunky, but I'm starting to use it more for everyday things. I feel comfortable getting in the habit, because I know it will be around longer than other proprietary language "studios" that come and go.
by dattaway
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 30865

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>^^ Linux Terminal Server Project is an awesome example of a lean, fast, and secure system. Unlike the popular Linux distributions, LSTP isn't bloated with layers daemons, mass linkages of obscure libraries, and strange ports open everywhere. Simple is best when reliability and security and lockdo...
by dattaway
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 148585

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

"More harmful" to me is what crashes and burns the most. I believe that's why I have learned to avoid apps that use an OO compiler.
by dattaway
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Rant: Netbooks were better three years ago
Replies: 32
Views: 8750

Re: Rant: Netbooks were better three years ago

I have the Acer Aspire One and hopefully they still make them. The battery lasts all day and the processor seems very fast, but I have a stripped down version of Linux installed on it (none of that gnome or kde stuff!)
by dattaway
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:53 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 148585

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

Modern programming is OOP? Yuck.
by dattaway
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 70+ Raspberry Pi boards given away at Qt Developer Days
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: 70+ Raspberry Pi boards given away at Qt Developer Days

The Onion is going to have an article about Raspberry Pi shoppers soon now...
by dattaway
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New hi-res pics of the PCBs on the front page
Replies: 15
Views: 2753

Re: New hi-res pics of the PCBs on the front page

The board looks nice as my desktop. I want to solder parts on my screen and make it work.
by dattaway
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ASCII art for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 11
Views: 2493

Re: ASCII art for Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi in a single character:
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by dattaway
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Got my stickers...
Replies: 25
Views: 3628

Re: Got my stickers...

An envelope with extra delicious stickers arrived here in the USA today. I can confirm that tasting one of these stickers may induce visions of raspberries. I'm seeing these stickers all over on my keyboards.
by dattaway
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: 30mb/s SDHC + Partition = RAM?
Replies: 12
Views: 2898

Re: 30mb/s SDHC + Partition = RAM?

<t>There are a few ways to do it, but here is one way to make a 1GB swap file assuming your filesystem is on the sd card:<br/> <br/> dd if=/dev/zero of=/root/myswapfile bs=1M count=1024<br/> mkswap /root/myswapfile<br/> swapon /root/myswapfile<br/> <br/> Instant 1GB ram! (virtual memory) It works, b...
by dattaway
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Software Defined Radio
Replies: 61
Views: 31413

Re: Software Defined Radio

I will have fun with the funcube dongle sdr with the raspberry.

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