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by Jim Brown
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 3D Printing ... The next big thing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3116

Re: 3D Printing ... The next big thing?

If someone's interested I can make a build-thread?
Will start assembly this week, if the last bit is delivered that is.
@Wizard,
Yes, that sounds positively fascinating. I for one would be interested in your experience building the Prusa Mendel.
by Jim Brown
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 3D Printing ... The next big thing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3116

3D Printing ... The next big thing?

This is an exciting development, and I predict that, for hobbyists, 3D printing is going to be the next big thing to get excited about. MakerBot are releasing a 3D desktop printer, aimed at the professional, hobbyist market: http://store.makerbot.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/220x220...
by Jim Brown
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: 30 Years of the ZX Spectrum (which was better than the Beeb ;)
Replies: 28
Views: 4587

Re: 30 Years of the ZX Spectrum (which was better than the Beeb ;)

<t>>> But… the Beeb was a better machine (and it"s owners came with an annoying snobbery)<br/> <br/> Nowadays we call them Mac owners!<br/> <br/> Its funny though how, back in them days, there were fierce battles and rivallry depending on what you owned:<br/> <br/> Beeb Owner = School boy swot<br/> ...
by Jim Brown
Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What ARM devices do you have already?
Replies: 32
Views: 7118

Re: What ARM devices do you have already?

I have a Galaxy Tab 7 (original) and the Galaxy Note. Also an unloved Motorola Droid in the cupboard.
by Jim Brown
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:42 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?
Replies: 31
Views: 5085

Re: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?

Christ. Stop the whinging folks. Its just a computer, not a replacement vital organ!
by Jim Brown
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 9980

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>A man walks into a bar with a crocodile. The barman yells, "you can't bring that in here!"<br/> <br/> The man proclaims that the croc is in fact safe and can perform a special trick. He invites the drinkers to gather around. "Watch this", he says.<br/> <br/> The man then pulls his trousers down, ...
by Jim Brown
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 9980

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>Paddy and Murphy went are on holiday abroad, and ended up sharing an apartment together on the 10th floor of the hotel.<br/> <br/> Since it rained all week Paddy was getting pretty bored. One evening, after standing and peering over the balcony he suddenly spotted a pool down below.<br/> <br/> "M...
by Jim Brown
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 9980

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>I always love the Paddy and Murphy jokes …<br/> <br/> Paddy and Murphy are on holiday in Arizona when they walk into a bar and hear the barman angrily shouting, "A bunch of red Indians just came in here, broke the place up, and stole lots of my money. If anyone brings me the head of a red Indian ...
by Jim Brown
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Haxic - Online programming
Replies: 2
Views: 1706

Re: Haxic - Online programming

<t>I do think HaXic will make for a very good beginners language. There is a sufficient command set in there (including physics) and the code is very clean<br/> <br/> Bouncing Ball example<br/> <br/> const SW=640<br/> const SH=480<br/> <br/> graphics SW, SH, 24, 0<br/> ball = loadsprite("imagesball....
by Jim Brown
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: OT: Windows 8
Replies: 11
Views: 2120

Re: OT: Windows 8

<t><br/> Anyway, as you all well know, MS has announced that Windows 8 will (sort of) run on (some versions of) ARM chips.  So naturally, the masses assume this means that there's no need to bother with "That Linux stuff" on ARM chips anymore<br/> <br/> <br/> There is one fundamental issue with Win8...
by Jim Brown
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Commodore 64 :)
Replies: 14
Views: 4110

Re: Commodore 64 :)

SYS 64738 for the win!

I have a C64 in the attic along with a stack of cassette games. My pride possession being Jet Set Willy. Awesomeness redifined
by Jim Brown
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Haxic - Online programming
Replies: 2
Views: 1706

Re: Haxic - Online programming

<r>I would like to recommend a great online programming language called Haxic<br/> <br/> It allows for rapid coding and execution leading to instant results. The big plus being that there is nothing to install. It just works in the browser<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://haxic.com/">http://haxic.com/</U...
by Jim Brown
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Google Trends - Raspberry Pi (interesting?)
Replies: 1
Views: 1194

Re: Google Trends - Raspberry Pi (interesting?)

I work over in the Czech Republic, although I have no idea why figures are particularly high for that location?
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The w00t! life is good thread
Replies: 80
Views: 8795

Re: The w00t! life is good thread

I've just spent a nice evening with my good lady. She's gone out, I've got a cold beer in the fridge, and I can now browse the Pi forums in peace ... (!)
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 154992

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

Oh, and people who write "first!" in the YouTube comments section. Are they expecting to win something?
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 154992

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

Students, or young people in general - They are ALL wrapped up in their own little world transfixed on their mobile phones. Probably sending stupid text messages to each other even though they next to each other

The Zombie Apocalypse is here!
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 38000

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>PSX: Doom II<br/> <br/> This was one hell of a game. The grand daddy of all 1st person shooters<br/> <br/> I played this game so much that, when I closed my eyes to go sleep I could see the corridors and rooms moving around in my mind. In terms of level design and atmosphere, Doom had it nailed. ...
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 38000

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>Mmm, there are a lot of mentions for Defender. Yep, awesome game in general. Although I did find it a little unfair. Especially those quick, nifty little blighters which would come chasing after you<br/> <br/> A couple of platform-specific games are worth a nod:<br/> <br/> C64: Uridium - Talk abo...
by Jim Brown
Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 38000

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t><br/> Space Invaders – good enough to commit to ink anyway<br/> <br/> <br/> Wow. That"s true dedication<br/> <br/> I agree with the Tetris comment that it bought many people into the world gaming. The game certainly is casual and easy to pick up. I guess it appeals to peoples organisational skill...
by Jim Brown
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 38000

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>What is the greatest game of all time?<br/> <br/> I realize this question is open-ended and cannot really be agreed upon but, nevertheless, it would be nice to read your responses<br/> <br/> GAME: Space Invaders<br/> <br/> WHY: Quite simply one of the most recognized games in the universe. Its th...
by Jim Brown
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15936

Re: PC's are boring

<t>>>> My old amiga"s & spectrums had so much more "soul" to them<br/> <br/> Ding . . . Nail hits head. Pcs are like LCD tv"s. You can hardly tell one from the other. They are just too generic and ultimately boring. On the other hand our beloved classic machine were all unique-looking<br/> <br/>...
by Jim Brown
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15936

Re: PC's are boring

<t>>>> is what"s really diminished, much like other hobbies of metalworking, woodworking, ham radio and the like<br/> <br/> This is a good point. People use their computers now in much the same way as their domestic appliances. It"s no longer a thing of wonder. The PC is just too complicated to play...
by Jim Brown
Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Thoughtful and educated discussion of operating systems and hardware
Replies: 19
Views: 4345

Re: Thoughtful and educated discussion of operating systems and hardware

<t>Whilst I like the nature of the Linux system I really hate it when you need to go into the terminal and use all those bizzare commands. They are so geeky and unfriendly. For example, LS for list? Why not just list? Also su, apt-get, and so on. Shudder!<br/> <br/> My favourite O/S though is Amiga ...
by Jim Brown
Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15936

Re: PC's are boring

<t>>>> "It"s just nostalgia" is all too often used as a brush-off when someone points out that a past product was legitimately superior to its modern counterpart(s)<br/> <br/> Indeed. Here is one reason why. The whole machine belonged to you. It was pretty much open-field allowing you to touch the h...
by Jim Brown
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: These little mathematical conundrums
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

Re: These little mathematical conundrums

Yes I too hate those CAPTCHA methods, and struggle to see the correct lettering. For example:

carnilla vs camilla

>>> Watch out – I"ll add quadratic equations to the set if you complain too much.

Wolfram Alpha bookmarked!

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