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by bitplane
Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Forum: Please underline links
Replies: 29
Views: 8036

Forum: Please underline links

Links are practically invisible on the forum because they are not decorated. Can we fix that with a traditional underline please?

Edit: actually it's the difference between ███ and ███, which is really difficult to see on my monitor.
by bitplane
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: How are IT Techs going to be able to cope?
Replies: 19
Views: 4090

Re: How are IT Techs going to be able to cope?

This gives me an idea...

Raspberry Pi: £30
10 port USB 2.0 powered hub: £10
11x USB card reader/writer: £11

Add LEDs to GPIO, make a case from lego, sell on eBay for £100 each! :lol:
by bitplane
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:55 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Is "free" always a good thing?
Replies: 87
Views: 13033

Re: Is "free" always a good thing?

does anyone use TeX? Yes; huge numbers of people. Anyone in fact that wants their book to look good and isn't willing or able to give the job to a professional typesetter -- who will either be using TeX or something costing tens of thousands of pounds, but not Word or Publisher... or OpenOffice, wh...
by bitplane
Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Is "free" always a good thing?
Replies: 87
Views: 13033

Re: Is "free" always a good thing?

So, people are not allowed to benefit from their efforts? Let's say I spend a year, unpaid, writing some software. That's not what I said. That would be the case in an ideal world though as I see no reason for binaries to be covered by copyright at all, when copyright eventually expires on the firs...
by bitplane
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Will this work?
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: Will this work?

Did you try reading the review?
by bitplane
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: sbin missing in path
Replies: 2
Views: 1749

Re: sbin missing in path

My Pi hasn't arrived yet and I haven't used RDP on Linux, but I'd guess that /etc/environment isn't being executed. Maybe try adding a ". /etc/environment" line to your ~/.bashrc or /etc/profile?
by bitplane
Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:55 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Is "free" always a good thing?
Replies: 87
Views: 13033

Re: Is "free" always a good thing?

As a free software and free culture proponent, I believe that the artificial monopoly granted by copyright has created a greedy culture where people aspire to be rock-stars, paid perpetually by the rest of society for sitting on their backsides, as opposed to for doing an honest day's work. It's thi...
by bitplane
Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry Pi App Store?
Replies: 23
Views: 5056

Re: Raspberry Pi App Store?

<t>Doesn't Debian come with Ubuntu's Software Center nowadays? That's nice and easy to use, you'd just need to add an extra software source and provide a repository filled with games.<br/> <br/> Then to be newbie-friendly you could just have a link on the desktop that opens Software Center on the Ra...
by bitplane
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspberryPi(TM)(C)(R)
Replies: 21
Views: 5174

Re: RaspberryPi(TM)(C)(R)

guru said:


Hey Look! Firefox does have an (R) on it!

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/f.....nel-logos/


Hmm fair comment, but it's not plastered on their main website, or most images.
by bitplane
Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspberryPi(TM)(C)(R)
Replies: 21
Views: 5174

Re: RaspberryPi(TM)(C)(R)

<t>I'd just like to pipe up and ask if it is really necessary to have a trademark symbol as part of the logo?<br/> <br/> Wikipedia's logo is a trademark, as is the Firefox brand, but if you start putting a trademark symbol in your logo like that it's inevitable that people will start referring to th...
by bitplane
Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linux-y question
Replies: 7
Views: 1887

Re: Linux-y question

If C# is what you already know and you're trying to achieve something rather than learn for the fun of it then it would make sense to start with that.

So have a play with MonoDevelop and evaluate Mono's RAM usage.
by bitplane
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where could tutorials go?
Replies: 16
Views: 2534

Re: Where could tutorials go?

Grumpyoldgit said:


bitplane said:


Do we have a wiki? If not, I dare say we need one.


See top of page.


Ugh, how could I miss that?!

Thank you!
by bitplane
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where could tutorials go?
Replies: 16
Views: 2534

Re: Where could tutorials go?

Do we have a wiki? If not, I dare say we need one.
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???
Replies: 20
Views: 4013

Re: Novice, Expert, Demi God Forums ???

<t>I say this all over the web over and over again:<br/> <br/> The key piece of advice regarding forum administration is that forums are delicate creatures that feed on eyeballs and voices. Users expect a good forum to be a buzzing hub of activity, so they need to be above a critical mass to survive...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Idea: GCSE Mathematics exam practice device
Replies: 1
Views: 1181

Re: Idea: GCSE Mathematics exam practice device

<t>Just throwing this out here to see if it sticks, I can't commit to writing it myself as it will most likely bore the hell out of me, however...<br/> <br/> The source code for Khan Academy's exercises are open source, modular and cover the vast majority of GCSE mathematics. The test server is impl...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaming
Replies: 36
Views: 9083

Re: Gaming

<t>ElectroPulse said: <br/> <br/> <br/> How difficult is it to port old DOS games? I'd assume it's a bit more difficult than just downloading a program, executing it, pointing it to an old DOS program's install location, and telling it "port it!" I've read that you need to decompile and recompile th...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaming
Replies: 36
Views: 9083

Re: Gaming

<t>Prometheus said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I have an absolutely enormous list of legal emulation resources, on another forum. If there is an interest, I could re-post the entire list here, once emulators and the like start popping up for the Raspberry Pi.<br/> <br/> <br/> Cool stuff, I may well be interes...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaming
Replies: 36
Views: 9083

Re: Gaming

<t>fireraisr said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Also, we should perchance keep the number of tm "emulator" topics low on the official site. I'd hate for the foundation to get flak for "supporting" emulation.<br/> <br/> <br/> They could always just support legal emulation and shun the rest. Look at World of Spe...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....
Replies: 30
Views: 7379

Re: I think the market has been grossly underestimated....

<t>Rather than being the thing that changes the computer market, it's more of a sign that the market is due to change. People won't need an expensive programmer, a £2000 outlay on embedded dev software and years of studying EE to create new technologies for the home. Standard PC components, a free s...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bluetooth USB dongle in Pi?
Replies: 17
Views: 6132

Re: Bluetooth USB dongle in Pi?

<t>@Vitali S, boot into your Ubuntu system, open a terminal and compare the output of lsusb with your device unplugged and then plugged in (either that or dmesg).<br/> <br/> Once you've found the line that identifies the device, make a note of its ID (it's in the format nnnn:nnnn) then search the we...
by bitplane
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: USB communication with a PC
Replies: 40
Views: 9623

Re: USB communication with a PC

<t>How would a GPIO banging metal USB solution work? Are we talking a micro-sd port soldered to some minimal number of components, and some already available free software driver to allow the device to act as a USB device?<br/> <br/> I'm not really a hardware guy but if I'm understanding this correc...
by bitplane
Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Idea: Pi image repository
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Idea: Pi image repository

<t>Just thinking that in the future there's bound to be loads of different distros and builds for all different purposes; an OpenELEC/XBMC build with TV tuner and PVR support, a Motion build for security cam servers, hobby weather stations, lego controllers, file and print servers, MAME emulation bo...
by bitplane
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:42 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Security Camera System
Replies: 82
Views: 113540

Re: Security Camera System

<t>I've been thinking about this myself, it would be cool to have a high resolution camera taking pictures of the high street in my town, as I'd like run it through some software to figure out the number of people on the street at any one time (should be easy!). The only problem is finding a portabl...
by bitplane
Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to protect the filesystem without a save shutdown button?
Replies: 61
Views: 27531

Re: How to protect the filesystem without a save shutdown button?

<t>In a nice clean hypothetical world where IO operations are atomic, journaling filesystems would offer real protection from a user pulling the plug.<br/> <br/> In the real world where software works a bunch of levels of abstraction away from the filesystem, i.e. state is written across multiple wr...
by bitplane
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 33764

Re: Best first language choice

<t>I started with ZX Basic via First Steps With Your Spectrum and Input Magazine when I was 6-11, moved on to AMOS, Amiga BASIC and C in high school, Visual Basic, Pascal and C++ in college, followed by too many other languages to list as an adult.<br/> <br/> I remember C being by far the hardest la...

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