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by eric_baird
Mon May 14, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Brighton Raspberry Pi User Group
Replies: 14
Views: 3308

Re: Brighton Raspberry Pi User Group

You could always try BuildBrighton: http://groups.google.com/group/brightonhackerspace Oh, and regarding cases, don't forget that Brighton has a Lego store with a Pick and Mix section ... and last time I looked they had quite a lot of red bits in stock. You get to fill a small tub with Lego for six ...
by eric_baird
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Guitar amp modelling
Replies: 25
Views: 15447

Re: Guitar amp modelling

<t>I know that this probably sounds slightly heretical, but ...<br/> <br/> ... depending on what you want to do, you don't /always/ need floating point for high quality DSP.<br/> <br/> Suppose that you're taking in a 16-bit input signal, and you pad it out with zeroes to 32 or 64 bits. For a lot of ...
by eric_baird
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 41373

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Hi, JamesH:<br/> <br/> I do hope that current teachers aren't still using "Hello World" as an example.<br/> <br/> "Hello World" excited the older members of my generation, who were brought up on manual typewriters and for whom the ability to see pixelly text appearing automatically on a CRT scree...
by eric_baird
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 41373

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>error404 said: <br/> <br/> I'm pretty sure that kids won't be picking up on this same weird connotation you get from the name Python.<br/> Well, hopefully they won't get the references and will just think that those are just another bunch of random technical slang with no actual meaning. But Pyth...
by eric_baird
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Printable cases (using OHP film)
Replies: 18
Views: 13422

Re: Printable cases (using OHP film)

<t>Hmm, possibilities.<br/> <br/> How about an image of the Pi's top on the top of the case, its bottom on the bottom of the case, and its sides on the sides?<br/> <br/> Or ... people could use the template and add pretty much any design as a background.<br/> <br/> No two the same! <br/> <br/> That ...
by eric_baird
Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

<t>@AndyG: That's really pretty cool! I see what you mean about the "drilled holes" effect. I bet it'll look even cooler once a real Pi is in there, with LED's flashing and the lights glinting off the shiny black curved interiors of the holes ... <br/> <br/> @Jaseman: I used the "minifig chair" piec...
by eric_baird
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 41373

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> It's not complicated, but like anything else, you do have to learn stuff, although my personal opinion is you don't actually have to learn that much to use a Raspi.<br/> <br/> Well, I think there needs to be a big push on cutting the amount of things that a kid needs to l...
by eric_baird
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 41373

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Have they produced a "friendly" environment for Python yet?<br/> <br/> You know, one that lets you run programs directly from memory without having to first save them to a specified system path or specify a filename, and with a nice big friendly button with a "play" symbol that lets you run your ...
by eric_baird
Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

<r>Another useful Lego part:<br/> <br/> Part # 4151 is an 8×8 Lego plate that looks suspiciously like a grille for a 60mm PC fan, complete with central 2×2 mount and little round hole.<br/> <br/> If you're going for an "eight-unit-wide" Lego case, and you can't think what to do about the roof withou...
by eric_baird
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: ReactOS , not Windows !
Replies: 16
Views: 11179

Re: ReactOS , not Windows !

But did you notice that the new, long-awaited release of ReactOS that just came out a week or so ago is version ...

... 0.3.14 ?

It's Version Pi! (ish)
by eric_baird
Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Ultra low budget case
Replies: 6
Views: 4904

Re: Ultra low budget case

How about one of those antistatic bags that they supply memory modules in? Or maybe those might be conductive, bah ...
by eric_baird
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Printable cases (using OHP film)
Replies: 18
Views: 13422

Re: Printable cases (using OHP film)

<t>A couple of caveats with using OHP film: Instead of basing the design on the Pi board's actual size, include an extra fraction of a millimetre to allow for the surface contraction on the inside of a fold when you bend the film though 90 degrees (and for human construction tolerances).<br/> <br/> ...
by eric_baird
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 401769

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

<t>Abishur: A VHS VCR cassette?<br/> <br/> If it's a "video" project, and you need space for the peripherals, you could try prising open an old VHS videotape and using that as your case. Plus, you'd get a cute transparent plastic window on the top and bottom. <br/> <br/> I don't know whether a VCR c...
by eric_baird
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Printable cases (using OHP film)
Replies: 18
Views: 13422

Re: Printable cases (using OHP film)

<t>Does anyone remember the cutout models that they used to have on the backs of Weetabix packets?<br/> <br/> http://www.brightontoymuseum.c.....icromodels<br/> <br/> For a twist on the "cardboard case" idea, you could design a one-piece "foldable" paper Pi-case design, and print it out on transpare...
by eric_baird
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Harness the power of the GPU?
Replies: 17
Views: 6991

Re: Harness the power of the GPU?

<t>Could you use this to do impulse response modelling, for audio?<br/> <br/> The idea is to recreate any linear sonic environment by feeding a single "pulse" level-transition through the original environment, recording the waveform that comes back, and then using that waveform as a template that's ...
by eric_baird
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

<t>Lego Duplo bricks are double-sized.<br/> <br/> Methinks that if you glued three standard "classic" four-by-two Duplo bricks together, side by side, the interior space would be big enough to hold a Pi.<br/> <br/> You have to cut away the four interior walls where the two pairs met. And cut holes f...
by eric_baird
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

I've just come across a picture of the Lego-styled box designed by MIT for the Mindstorms project, if that sparks any inspiration:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LegoMindstormsRCX.jpg
by eric_baird
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Arduino-like custom breakout board
Replies: 21
Views: 8423

Re: Arduino-like custom breakout board

by eric_baird
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Arduino-like custom breakout board
Replies: 21
Views: 8423

Re: Arduino-like custom breakout board

A Pi-ino! Excellentness!
by eric_baird
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Remote Wifi control/screen.
Replies: 1
Views: 1233

Re: Remote Wifi control/screen.

<t>Rather than have a big bunch of cables coming out of the R-Pi, how about using a Wifi dongle and accessing the Pi via an Android phone or tablet?<br/> <br/> * I suppose you'd need an on-screen keyboard program on the Pi?<br/> <br/> * Do android "client" apps let you control mutiple devices? Could...
by eric_baird
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

<t>Hi Cephas!<br/> <br/> I guess another option is to build mainly in Lego, but with a selection of custom 3D-printed bricks for "tricky" bits, like port surrounds.<br/> <br/> That way you're only 3D-printing some comparatively small pieces (which keeps the cost down if you're using a commercial 3D ...
by eric_baird
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 401769

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Lynbarn said:

There is one that I know of in the UK - in Manchester, although I think it is the only one.
Last I heard, there was also supposed to be a FabLab planned for Brighton (in the Rodhus building).
by eric_baird
Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Print Your Own Raspberry Pi Case
Replies: 13
Views: 8302

Re: Print Your Own Raspberry Pi Case

<t>Does the RasPi group yet have a hookup with the RepRap (etc.) community?<br/> <br/> As an outsider, it strikes me that there might be some synergy, maybe.<br/> <br/> People wanting to assemble their own cheap 3D printers from kits might like the idea of an alternative controller board for driving...
by eric_baird
Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Lego case project
Replies: 68
Views: 81996

Re: Lego case project

Hi, Liz!

   I've refined the design a bit.


You can reach the side ports via the top-hinged gullwing doors.
The far-left front laser cannon unclips to let you put in the power plug, then clips back in place as a plug retention thingy.

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