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by iAreNewb
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 41526

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>gritz said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Errrrmm... you can code on a PC and the average UK school already has stacks of 'em (often leased at great expense by people who didn't read the small print). Microsoft do academic deals. The problem up 'til now hasn't been a lack of available tools, it's been a lack...
by iAreNewb
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Model A+ or C?
Replies: 17
Views: 2780

Re: Model A+ or C?

<t>What?! No Ethernet? Then again... I recall having heard the Ethernet port on the R-Pi is just a USB port in disguise (i.e. limited to USB speeds), and if that's true, then a USB port and Wifi dongle would be more useful anyways...<br/> <br/> But, in a model C, I would think that there would be mo...
by iAreNewb
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: "Buy Now" Page
Replies: 13
Views: 2244

Re: "Buy Now" Page

Just Do It.
by iAreNewb
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The Future Of Computing.
Replies: 14
Views: 4448

Re: The Future Of Computing.

<t>Why would you want to use a camera for taking pictures once a smartphone has better image correction and more megapixels than the average Flip? Eventually, it'll be a choice between the smartphone camera, and the DSLR. The middle ground will be niche.<br/> <br/> Why would you want to use a GPS wh...
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows 8 to support ARM!
Replies: 101
Views: 16541

Re: Windows 8 to support ARM!

<t>It's not up to Microsoft at all -- Microsoft is definitely incapable of making Win8 run on a 700 MHz single-core last-generation ARM processor with 256MB of RAM. It's impossible. Running MicroXP (an optimized and renamed [unofficial and discouraged by Microsoft] copy of XP) took around 100 MB of ...
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maybe you have targeted the wrong audience
Replies: 30
Views: 6439

Re: Maybe you have targeted the wrong audience

<t>Since the appropriate responses have been made to the OP, I'd like to point out that before going on an ideological rant, one should do some research on hard statistics and think about the logical fallacies in one's argument. It's not so much that the concept as a whole is invalid (i.e. that the ...
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Intel has put the game Afoot.
Replies: 15
Views: 3592

Re: Intel has put the game Afoot.

<t>R-Pi's could definitely run on very low-output solar cells -- 6V, ~200 mA during optimal conditions = 1.2W; two of these or a larger 500 mA would probably provide enough power even under indoor lighting conditions, plus a small very low-res LCD (probably of the kind found on calculators).<br/> <b...
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tiny Core Linux
Replies: 32
Views: 10233

Re: Tiny Core Linux

<r>Pfft... If you worry about forced jumps to the past, just carry a netbook and printer at all times. You'll be able to download 3D designs, instructions, tutorials, everything ever required to make anything in the history of mankind (plus be able to reenact every major discovery of artifacts, theo...
by iAreNewb
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Early October
Replies: 7
Views: 1714

Re: Early October

<r>You might visit their office and get a demo (if you're lucky <E>:P</E>), but nobody is allowed a purchase until the general public release (which, as Chris accurately stated, is late November *or later*). It's not as if you live that far away though, so I can't see how commuting to London is some...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Security Camera for my disabled child
Replies: 3
Views: 2724

Re: Security Camera for my disabled child

<t>I hope that the R-Pi will suffice for this need, and definitely wish for your son to benefit as much as possible from it. However, I feel obliged to tell you, since you're a new user, that the R-Pi is not available for purchase until the end of November this year.<br/> <br/> Assuming that this is...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
Replies: 12
Views: 22682

Re: Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

Power supplies are described by their max power draws, I think. If the R-Pi doesn't draw the maximum, the power supply will not supply the maximum. (This is in reference to wall warts) In terms of batteries, this is also definitely true, so no extra equipment is required to implement WoL.
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: no screen version ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3163

Re: no screen version ?

<t>Well, the line between "want" and "need" becomes fuzzier if there eventually are expansion boards with good data bandwidth rates.<br/> <br/> More on-topic : The HDMI cannot be dropped. If you want Wi-Fi, buy a USB dongle. There are already 2 USB ports on Model B; if you mean 2 more, buy a USB hub...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Newbie friendly SD card creation
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: Newbie friendly SD card creation

You should add a second FAT32 partition for users to store files that are not boot related (and therefore modifiable by both Linux distros and Windows).
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Temperature of operation?
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: Temperature of operation?

Ah yes, the stupid +32 in the conversion. And ryao, if you noticed, I did not mention Kelvin as a possible unit for -40... I find it difficult to even conceive of a(n average) negative rate of motion.
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Thinking of rolling a distro - 8 bit style!
Replies: 15
Views: 4126

Re: Thinking of rolling a distro - 8 bit style!

<t>What I'm saying is that more language choice and freedom to fiddle with system files is exactly what people can't get in most conventional systems. Windows is obviously huge, bloated, and difficult to modify, but even Linux is gigantic, containing MB of source code. We could simplify the OS calls...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:09 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Morse Code interface
Replies: 17
Views: 6631

Re: Morse Code interface

<t>Hex is a possibility, though I really like the idea of a binary input system. Maybe an extra two buttons for enter and backspace (no labels though, I insist). If one uses hexadecimal and Unicode, this also allows for the option of non-English characters (special chars [~!@#$%^&*()<>,.;'"/?-_=...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Second Ethernet port needed!
Replies: 32
Views: 18312

Re: Second Ethernet port needed!

<t>... Just because somebody else already answered you, doesn't mean that Johannes's advice was any less valuable. He did not overtly offend you or dissuade you, merely stated the truth -- that because the R-Pi uses USB2 as a base for its single Ethernet port, and because there are limited GPIO pins...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:32 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Break out board (GPIO, SPI, I2C, and UART)
Replies: 189
Views: 41647

Re: Break out board (GPIO, SPI, I2C, and UART)

<t>I'd much prefer a simple guide (w/ wiring diagram and what products to buy) instructing on how to hook up to the GPIO safely (electronics wise) and how to set up a (de)mux in order to control more DIPs or receive more inputs. This should be separate of an actual breakout board, since I'd rather n...
by iAreNewb
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Coburns take on powering the Raspberry Pi via batteries
Replies: 69
Views: 13261

Re: Coburns take on powering the Raspberry Pi via batteries

I'd probably go with LiPo for my use cases since 1) in robotics applications, or with a relatively large touchscreen (5-10"), physical dimensions in L/W/H are relatively insignificant and 2) weight is a serious turn-off in both robotics & portable electronics.
by iAreNewb
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Thinking of rolling a distro - 8 bit style!
Replies: 15
Views: 4126

Re: Thinking of rolling a distro - 8 bit style!

<t>File IO libraries should be available via Linux headers, a secondary API as a custom, simplified interface should be reasonable; however, users need to be able to access system files, and anyways, they should be restricted by file permissions or processes that have locked said files during usage....
by iAreNewb
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D printed alpha Raspberry Pi case
Replies: 10
Views: 2970

Re: 3D printed alpha Raspberry Pi case

<t>I'll be honest, I liked the idea of cutting up the cardboard box the R-Pi ships in, rather than using a "sold separately" case (or even an included case that warrants any kind of extraneous pricing).<br/> <br/> Still, it'd be awesome to attach a phone-size keyboard and small touchscreen to an R-P...
by iAreNewb
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cloud gaming on Raspberry pi?
Replies: 5
Views: 3032

Re: Cloud gaming on Raspberry pi?

There was another forum post about running Java on ARM, which is currently controversial, apparently. A lot to do with Oracle's licensing issues regarding Java for embedded devices.
by iAreNewb
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Solving a Use Case with the B version?
Replies: 18
Views: 4023

Re: Thoughts on Solving a Use Case with the B version?

<t>If you're playing a 1080p video, while simultaneously running keyboard/mouse/WiFi, I would instead suggest you hook up an external drive over Ethernet. It'd probably be slow as hell to write more than a single GB over USB 2.0 (or is it 1.1?). An NAS or similar, perhaps. This way, you can transfer...
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Conferences and other public appearances
Replies: 39
Views: 8777

Re: Conferences and other public appearances

Eben at EBEN. It all makes sense. I'm enlightened!
by iAreNewb
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: How many would you make?
Replies: 60
Views: 10290

Re: How many would you make?

<t>Development on Model C starting in summer next year would be awesome. Hopefully, with more backing and experience from Model A/B, the next revision would be pushed out to production more quickly. With a 6-8 month window after A/B, C would probably be welcome and feasible. Since hardware is consta...

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