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by MonitorMan
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Raspbian new UI thread
Replies: 78
Views: 16881

Re: The Raspbian new UI thread

A lot of the answers to questions raised by the new UI can be found in my free book sampler which includes a guide to the new Desktop. You can download a free sampler copy of Raspberry Pi Insider Guide by clicking on the link below. http://www.brucesmith.info/blog/?p=1928 This will allow you to down...
by MonitorMan
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:13 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: FREE Desktop Guide from Bruce Smith
Replies: 1
Views: 5899

FREE Desktop Guide from Bruce Smith

You can download a free sampler copy of Raspberry Pi Insider Guide by clicking on the link below. http://www.brucesmith.info/blog/?p=1928 This will allow you to download an eBook and/or a pdf file containing a full chapter from the book covering use of the new Desktop released with the 24 Dec 2014 u...
by MonitorMan
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Raspbian new UI thread
Replies: 78
Views: 16881

Re: The Raspbian new UI thread

I'm noticing quiet a lot of discrepancies which seem to arising due to how you arrived at your upgraded Raspbian UI. In other words there are differences in what you end up with that are dependent on if you go through the new distro install route (24Dec14), or the (sudo) upgrade route. For example, ...
by MonitorMan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Raspbian new UI thread
Replies: 78
Views: 16881

Re: The Raspbian new UI thread

by MonitorMan » 03 Jan 2015 01:37 The option to have multiple Desktops seems to have been inhibited. If you select 'Preferences>Window Settings>Desktops you can increase the number installed from '1' to '2' or more. But there is no obvious way to switch between Desktops? I am sure someone is more e...
by MonitorMan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Raspbian new UI thread
Replies: 78
Views: 16881

Re: The Raspbian new UI thread

The option to have multiple Desktops seems to have been inhibited. If you select 'Preferences>Window Settings>Desktops you can increase the number installed from '1' to '2' or more. But there is no obvious way to switch between Desktops? I am sure someone is more enlighten than me and has the answer!
by MonitorMan
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:07 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: NEW BOOK: Raspberry Pi Insider Guide
Replies: 0
Views: 2895

NEW BOOK: Raspberry Pi Insider Guide

Bruce Smith writes and publishes his FIFTH book on the Raspberry Pi. Covers B/B+ and latest release of Raspbian. Most up-to-date book for the Raspberry Pi available. Launch Offer: Purchase print edition and get eBook free (Amazon only). www.brucesmith.info TAKING YOU FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT Even as ...
by MonitorMan
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: Book - Raspberry Pi RISC OS System Programming Revealed
Replies: 36
Views: 20561

Re: Book - Raspberry Pi RISC OS System Programming Revealed

A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this thread. I hope he won’t mind me sharing his thoughts with you from an email he sent me: “The RISC OS community consists of long term users with very clear expertise. Their talent is without question and very impressive. This book is not for them. ...
by MonitorMan
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:43 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Assembly Language Books
Replies: 2
Views: 5994

Re: Assembly Language Books

Hi John Can you email me via my website (http://www.brucesmith.info/page20.html) and let me know exactly what happens when you type in the command, including output from the RPi. Raspbian is a derivative of Debian but I'm not sure to what extent there is package parity (I'd be inclined to think ther...
by MonitorMan
Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:35 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Assembly Language Books
Replies: 2
Views: 5994

Assembly Language Books

If you are interested in learning to program Assembly Language (ARM machine code) on your Raspberry Pi, then can I point you in the direction of a couple of books that aim to do just that? Raspberry Pi Assembly Language Beginners : is an introductory guide to assembler that uses BBC BASIC’s in-built...
by MonitorMan
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: No ASM Forum??
Replies: 87
Views: 13114

Re: No ASM Forum??

Heater wrote:MonitorMan,

You are the man. Not just yakking and quibbling like the the rest of us here but doing the work.

You probably have another sale here as well.
Awesome, thanks Heater. As above please write a review if you like it.
Ta.
by MonitorMan
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: No ASM Forum??
Replies: 87
Views: 13114

Re: No ASM Forum??

MonitorMan! You little opportunist! Brilliant. You've just made a sale of one, but I'm sure more will follow. Now about the royalties....... That's very kind. If you like it please write a review and spread the word. Feedback always appreciated. It's okay - you don't have to pay me any more royalti...
by MonitorMan
Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: ASM book to learn from
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

Re: ASM book to learn from

If I might be so bold as to direct you to my website detailed below - there is a choice of two. I ould suggest the Raspbian flavour as you are coming from the bare metal end.
by MonitorMan
Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: No ASM Forum??
Replies: 87
Views: 13114

Re: No ASM Forum??

As the subject is raised in a few places in the thread here, thought I might take the liberty of plugging a new book: Raspberry Pi Assembly Language Raspbian Beginners It introduces how to program ARM using GCC under Raspbian OS and the more advanced chapters includes use of C, Thumb, Floating Point...
by MonitorMan
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: SWI documentation/info
Replies: 45
Views: 8336

Re: SWI documentation/info

Raspberry Pi RISC OS System Programming Book Thought it might be beneficial at this point to mention I am currently working on a my next book in the “Hands On Guide” series, provisionally titled, “Raspberry Pi RISC OS System Programming.” My aim in this title is not to replace the PRMs (they are st...
by MonitorMan
Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: BBC Basic compilable?
Replies: 33
Views: 11542

Re: BBC Basic compilable?

The more I read about RISCOS the more I think it's a pity that it was not adopted as the main OS for the Pi from the beginning, as it would have brought the machine much closer to having a single user interface and instantly available programming language right from switch-on. I personally cannot u...
by MonitorMan
Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Assembly Language Made Easy
Replies: 28
Views: 8017

Re: Assembly Language Made Easy

Hi Bruce, Good to see you here. Haven't seen you since the old Acorn User days. Also glad to see you're still in the book business. You always did have a knack of explaining technical issues well. All the best, Steve Mansfield Long time indeed - and I'm still in touch with a few. Thanks for the kin...
by MonitorMan
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Assembly Language Made Easy
Replies: 28
Views: 8017

Re: Assembly Language Made Easy

Hi Bruce, nice to have the author involved in the thread. I have a copy of your book arriving tomorrow (hopefully - according to Amazon). I haven't delved too far into the 'look inside' facility as I don't want to spoil the experience of reading the real thing, but I'm assuming all the code and cop...
by MonitorMan
Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:13 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Assembly Language Made Easy
Replies: 28
Views: 8017

Re: Assembly Language Made Easy

It is a little too dedicated to RiscOS for my liking. In my view the chapter on Linux misses the point. Yes you can use the SWI API, but you can also use the libC API, I disagree that doing so would be selling out to the C world. A library is a library, and assembler code of any complexity should u...
by MonitorMan
Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Assembly Language Made Easy
Replies: 28
Views: 8017

Re: Assembly Language Made Easy

Thank you for the interest in the book, and for the sales - much appreciated! I am happy to answer any questions regarding content or suitability. As mentioned in an earlier post if you go to Amazon you can actually see quite a few pages and get a feel for the style and pace. You can also find a det...
by MonitorMan
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:25 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: An Introduction to Robocode
Replies: 16
Views: 5228

Re: An Introduction to Robocode

<t>I think this used to be called 'Turtle' in the days of the BBC Micro.  We used to feature it regularly in Acorn User and Educational Computing. This may be a little more advanced, but the concept is the same.<br/> <br/> In the case of Turtle the code used to control a 'turtle' avatar on the scree...
by MonitorMan
Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does it REALLY have twice the power of a 4S?
Replies: 7
Views: 2558

Re: Does it REALLY have twice the power of a 4S?

<t>I have always thought the term 'power' in the technology is a word used when people cannot articulate what they specifically mean, ie, it has to be taken in context of the discussion to make sense of it. (No offense intended to anyone here.) The success of the R-Pi will be the platform that suppo...
by MonitorMan
Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3564
Views: 129415

Re: Introduce yourself!

<r>Bruce Smith co-founder of Dabs and founder of BSB (Bruce Smith Book); former Technical Editor of Acorn User and Educational Computing.  Author of around 150 books – around half of which covered aspects of using home computers such as the BBC Micro, Electron, Archimedes, Amiga, Oric and Atmos.  Th...

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