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by laszlo
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Creating SD Image on Mac OSX using dd
Replies: 20
Views: 15981

Re: Creating SD Image on Mac OSX using dd

<t>I bought the cheapest card reader ($4.99 no name) and the cheapest 2GB SD cards I found at a retail store tonight (3 pack of 2G for $17.99, 'Centon' brand).<br/> <br/> I connected the card reader to my keyboard USB hub to make it even worse and it somehow still worked.  I did this in Mac OS.  The...
by laszlo
Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another week gone by...
Replies: 14
Views: 4042

Re: Another week gone by...

Gert, now I'm curious, was it a child, some kind of animal or what?
by laszlo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended SD Card Size
Replies: 38
Views: 14054

Re: Recommended SD Card Size

2GB is enough for the debian6 image available for download.  You can plug in a USB stick/drive and mount that for 'user' data, or you can get a larger than 2GB SD card and make a user partition on it or grow the existing partition + fs in the image.
by laszlo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SD Cards/Slots - Durability?
Replies: 12
Views: 3112

Re: SD Cards/Slots - Durability?

<t>What do you guys think about micro SD cards?  It seems like it's harder to find a regular SD card these days without being micro.. there are many that resemble a russian nesting doll.  I'm curious about any pros/cons to these as far as power usage, durability, latency, throughput etc.. if anyone ...
by laszlo
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: config.txt
Replies: 172
Views: 75485

Re: config.txt

<t>I didn't even know there would be a warranty on this..<br/> <br/> It would probably be good to just do away with anything that's permanent, but even if they came out and announced that they canned the OTP-bit idea, nobody would believe it.<br/> <br/> By the way, thus far the foundation people hav...
by laszlo
Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A question about timing
Replies: 32
Views: 11883

Re: A question about timing

<r>I messed around with something similar and actually got more interested in time keeping in the end.  In short the best thing to do would be to get a GPS which provides a PPS signal (pulse per second) or better and discipline the linux clock off of it, as has been mentioned already.<br/> <br/> The...
by laszlo
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Girls
Replies: 40
Views: 9670

Re: Girls

<t>I think kids will naturally do whatever they're interested in, regardless of what adults try to get them to do.  If you think that it's a problem that girls aren't doing computer stuff then likewise it is a problem that all of the boys aren't knitting and embroidering.  It's just how society and ...
by laszlo
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lowest cost com port
Replies: 32
Views: 8974

Re: Lowest cost com port

<r>I have used this cable for other similar devices which provide a serial port this way (3.3V only, I hear there are 5V ones too).  This cable includes the necessary 3232 type circuit for converting between the 3.3V on the device side to 12V on the RS232 side.  This is where I got the idea: <URL ur...
by laszlo
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New post on the front page: a date that'll interest you, and a datasheet that will too.
Replies: 127
Views: 18901

Re: New post on the front page: a date that'll interest you, and a datasheet that will too.

Thank you guys for the data sheet, it is very interesting and was exactly what I was hoping for.
by laszlo
Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New blog post from JamesH on the main page
Replies: 56
Views: 10642

Re: New blog post from JamesH on the main page

<t>aperry,<br/> <br/> Well, maybe not suitable out of the box but the hardware supports a lot of it.  While Broadcom (and thus the foundation) aren't distributing all the software to enable that, maybe there will be 'aftermarket' software that enables all of that, just as XBMC enabled Xboxes to play...
by laszlo
Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New blog post from JamesH on the main page
Replies: 56
Views: 10642

Re: New blog post from JamesH on the main page

<t>What I'm asking about replacing is the code that initializes the memory and other hardware, and does the reading from the SD card.  Maybe 'blob' is not the right term for that.  I don't mean the 'GPU library' exposed to the OpenGL libs.  I am specifically asking about the boot loader (whatever th...
by laszlo
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New blog post from JamesH on the main page
Replies: 56
Views: 10642

Re: New blog post from JamesH on the main page

<t>Thank you for the clarification about the GPU guys.<br/> <br/> I understand that you are only able to distribute a 'blob' for the GPU.  Is it possible to reprogram that code by use of the JTAG interface?  How do you guys load the blobs on them?  Is there a flash chip, or some flash built into the...
by laszlo
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended SD Card Size
Replies: 38
Views: 14054

Re: Recommended SD Card Size

<t>The biggest benefit of SSD (and flash) is low latency.. I think if you can do it, it makes good sense to use a USB connected SSD over a rotating disk especially in this application.  While the benefit on a fast desktop may be minor, the benefit on something slow like this will be more visible.<br...
by laszlo
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended SD Card Size
Replies: 38
Views: 14054

Re: Recommended SD Card Size

<t>Is there the possibility of using some type of fast SSD, through one of the other interfaces on the Pi maybe? I realize all these flash memory things are 'solid state' but I mean, whether it's artificially slowed down somehow or whatever else, the USB and SD/CF ones are really slow compared to th...
by laszlo
Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: interesting Idea - Looking for info!
Replies: 27
Views: 6690

Re: interesting Idea - Looking for info!

<r>I've seen people jogging with stuff like this..<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-A.....B001IK868O">http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-A.....B001IK868O</URL><br/> <br/> It looks quite similar to a Pip-Boy really, minus the extra casing/buttons: <URL url="http://images.wikia.com/fallout/...
by laszlo
Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Anyone got a router recommendation?
Replies: 9
Views: 3639

Re: Anyone got a router recommendation?

<t>I would use a Raspberry Pi for the routing functions.  Likely you are stuck with using NAT, and as you probably know those little home routers don't have much memory and can't track many connections.  For NAT to work it must track every attempted connection and there are only so many slots before...
by laszlo
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:10 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: interesting Idea - Looking for info!
Replies: 27
Views: 6690

Re: interesting Idea - Looking for info!

<r>I think an iPod or iPhone with an arm band is pretty much a Pip-Boy already.. while the idea sounds cool it seems like you'd be a lot closer with a touch screen cell phone than you would with just a Raspberry board.<br/> <br/> This is probably your best bet for powering it: <URL url="http://fallo...
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry/Broadcom drivers source packages?
Replies: 1
Views: 903

Re: Raspberry/Broadcom drivers source packages?

<t>I'm hoping liz or someone from the foundation will see this, and I apologize if it's answered elsewhere already but I did not see it.<br/> <br/> Will it be possible to obtain buildable source code for everything that goes into making the Raspberry Pi's linux based systems work?<br/> <br/> I'm ask...
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Making a unique OS
Replies: 33
Views: 7592

Re: Making a unique OS

<t>I have been building my own linux systems (I wouldn't call them distributions) from source since before LFS.  I have actually read through and tried the LFS process a few times, and they did a really good job.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who's interested like I am  Targeting an x86/amd...
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..
Replies: 32
Views: 6920

Re: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..

<t>I can remember being really young, like 5 or 6 years old and the adults were loading up a C64 from a tape.  There were joysticks, wires running to the TV, and this keyboard/computer.  I was fascinated.. I still remember it vividly.  I would watch the adults typing the load commands and starting t...
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can android os be ported
Replies: 25
Views: 8916

Re: Can android os be ported

<t>Admittedly I didn't scour every thread but I can't find any info about this..<br/> <br/> Somewhat important for building your own linux distro such as android.. are the drivers for all the hardware available in source format?<br/> <br/> I'm not a guru at this or anything but the other Broadcom So...
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Audio via HDMI
Replies: 11
Views: 4239

Re: Audio via HDMI

Ian3 said:


Also I've tried playing the track that comes with the lxplayer (by the artist 'Silence') but that doesn't play.



This is just a shot in the dark, but maybe it is not the artist's name, but rather a description of the content in the audio file?
by laszlo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..
Replies: 32
Views: 6920

Re: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..

<t>SeanD said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> If any end up sat unused after a day of tinkering or simply fed with a pre  built SD card to turn them into a set top box or whatever with no learning experience then I think it will be quite sad, especially if there are either kids or people out there who with...
by laszlo
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..
Replies: 32
Views: 6920

Re: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..

<t>What I meant was that anyone who grabs up some at $35 in the next few weeks or whenever it's available, will likely be able to sell them for prices like the first 10 fetched.  It would be nice if it wasn't that way though.. and everyone could get one for $35.<br/> <br/> I know that the foundation...
by laszlo
Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..
Replies: 32
Views: 6920

Re: I would make better use of a Raspberry than..

<t>I just wanted to describe my observations..<br/> <br/> I've been lurking for a while, as I'm sure many have, waiting and watching this project, and now that it's real and almost ready to order, everyone is coming out of the woodwork, being all excited and everything, but then they realize that th...

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