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by CaptSunset
Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: The Pi Alexa Project
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: The Pi Alexa Project

You appear to have not linked to what guides you are following. This is recent: https://github.com/sammachin/AlexaPi/blob/master/README.md Thanks once again, FotL; that's some help but forgive my level of ignorance. :shock: If I may whinge just a bit: First thing it says at that github link in titl...
by CaptSunset
Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Interrupted Install Iceweasel still stalled.
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: Interrupted Install Iceweasel still stalled.

Thanks guys, appreciate the help! After almost an hour, the remaining bytes had trickled in to finish downloading Iceweasel ; it then went thru an apparently normal installation, and I closed that terminal. Then I noticed I had a prompt available in the other window, because E: had asked me a questi...
by CaptSunset
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: The Pi Alexa Project
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

The Pi Alexa Project

There are oddly few posts here from folks who have successfully managed to get Alexa's voice coming from from their Raspberry Pi's I've gotten all the parts together, hmmm, well the USB speaker/mic adapter isn't as advertised and I need to change that out, mebbe for the 'old webcam' approach. First,...
by CaptSunset
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Interrupted Install Iceweasel still stalled.
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Interrupted Install Iceweasel still stalled.

Hi All- I have a Pi3B which just finished a fresh install of Raspian. In terminal, I next used sudo apt-get install ice weasel after which I was going to run apt-get update and then upgrade, but... The download got to 99%, 35.9 megs of 36.3 megs; and stalled out - the estimated time went to several ...
by CaptSunset
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 2 New Pi Articles in Tech Republic
Replies: 2
Views: 755

2 New Pi Articles in Tech Republic

It is interesting to watch the progress of our favorite Pi into the mainstream computer arena in the US. Here are a couple TechRepublic (CBS affiliate) articles from just the last 2 days: Raspberry Pi: The smart person's guide http://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-the-smart-persons-guide ...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 25, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?
Replies: 22
Views: 4898

Re: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?

I thought the whole point of the Raspberry Pi is hooking up things to it and then make it work: sensors, relays, motors and what have you. And coding is part of the making it work, some electronics and mechanics the other part. Of course, there is a bit of risk involved, all part of the learning cu...
by CaptSunset
Tue May 24, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?
Replies: 22
Views: 4898

Re: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?

What exactly is the MTBF for the normalized 'typical' Pi? No fans, no dust, no heat, no HD, no moving parts... 15 years? more? MTBF doesn't really make sense for a device that mostly gets broken by having wires hooked up with wrong voltages or shorts. What I meant by ''normalized & typical' is a Pi...
by CaptSunset
Mon May 23, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Change notes mention SD card cloning
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Re: Change notes mention SD card cloning

Thanks Gordon, I prob'ly will feel dumb :roll: about asking this question, but why is 1.9.1 NOOBS only 1 gig, whereas just the straight Raspian OS is over 1.3 gigs? I ask because with the easier clone/backup now in place, I'm unclear about whether to stay with dual booting Raspian/Kodi or separate c...
by CaptSunset
Mon May 23, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Change notes mention SD card cloning
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Re: Change notes mention SD card cloning

Thanks, FotL- that is quite some discussion; I'll have to go to the Blog more. So many posts, so little time!
by CaptSunset
Mon May 23, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Change notes mention SD card cloning
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Change notes mention SD card cloning

Hi guys, I noticed that a new feature in the 2016-05-10 version of Jessie is the ability to do a backup of it's own SD card, or so I read it from the release notes... * SD Card Copier added (can be used to duplicate or back up the Pi) Any fuller explanation around here somewhere? Is it part of NOOBS...
by CaptSunset
Mon May 23, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: which application to be associated with wav files?
Replies: 13
Views: 2768

Re: which application to be associated with wav files?

Dave I can highly recommend VLC, it is available for Windows & Linux generally, including Raspian.

It will play just about any media file, not just audio .wav, it has a standard win-style GUI with scalable window, and a large number of features of interest to audiophiles. Best on the Pi 3.
by CaptSunset
Mon May 23, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?
Replies: 22
Views: 4898

Re: Recycling Raspberry Pi's?

Y'know, I think we really ought to give some credit where credit is due. First, the Raspberry Pi team astoundingly cut the cost of a computer by a factor of ten. In doing this, they reduced the parts count, board size, electrical consumption; and such well below that of, say, a 1970s throwaway tran...
by CaptSunset
Sat May 14, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: Price drops on Mark 1 Camera boards
Replies: 0
Views: 373

Price drops on Mark 1 Camera boards

Just fyi, MCM is now offering the version 1 Foundation 5MP Modules for 25% off...

(I mention it only because some of you guys seem to have tested yours to destruction getting the lenses off and such... ;) )

oh ps- forgot to mention also the Noir, same discount.
by CaptSunset
Mon May 09, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 450
Views: 197223

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

6by9 wrote: Yes
Thanks 6x9; consider yourself liked! ;)

Looks like I'm going to have to start Change Logging myself...
by CaptSunset
Mon May 09, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 450
Views: 197223

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

Most of you prob'ly already know this, but in case not, this seems to be the best place to mention that US-based Adafruit does carry various length Pi camera flex cables- from 2" to 2 meters. https://www.adafruit.com/?q=Raspberry%20Pi%20Camera%20cable& On the same page, they also have a Pi 'spy came...
by CaptSunset
Mon May 09, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 450
Views: 197223

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

You seem to miss: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install rpi-update sudo rpi-update -> Reboot You obviously still use an old kernel or packages: Gordon I'm getting a little confused myself by now; will the older camera module still operate predictably on Pi's that are updated...
by CaptSunset
Thu May 05, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs
Replies: 16
Views: 2519

Re: A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs

Jednorozec wrote:All TVs are evil, not just the smart ones.
Commercial TV is an institutionalized electronic narcotic.
by CaptSunset
Thu May 05, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 450
Views: 197223

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

I do not think the RPi folks intended a stealth focus change from the v.1 camera, after suggesting the new model is a drop in replacement. Ha! Totally agree; do we know where in the chain the lens is installed & aligned? It's within Sony, right? Perhaps we should ask for an unglued UG model too? I'...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: apt-get autoremove
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

Re: apt-get autoremove

Dis93 wrote:I've ran it on a few installs and thus far my Pi3b hasn't burst into flames.. If no program/package/'app' reports as fatally broken, and unable to update/repair, why worry? :P
Thnaks, Dis; y'know... y'look a little Ood...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs
Replies: 16
Views: 2519

Re: A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs

OK, some extra info- it is a new Pi3B that has never been used in wifi mode, or yet given the wifi password. The TV is a 24" Visio E241i-B1; I didn't want a Smart TV, but it was a refurb practically for pocket change. I don't want to trust the TV itself to stay silent, especially as the default mode...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: apt-get autoremove
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

apt-get autoremove

Hi guys-

The apt-get autoremove command was automatically recommended following an apt-get upgrade.
First time I've seen it.
Are there any 'unintended consequences' that can happen in using this command ?

(At the moment, it is only listing a half-dozen lib****heimdal files.)
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs
Replies: 16
Views: 2519

A Security Concern regarding Smart TVs

I was just upgrading Jessie when an unusual message appeared on my 1080p Visio 'Smart' TV. At first, I couldn't figure where it was coming from, but then realized it was from the TV itself. Now, it has never been given the password to my router, as it's only meant to be a large field monitor; and it...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Official 7inch LCD display
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Official 7inch LCD display

There seem to be some issues that have caused returns, in the US at least. One is the 'Poltergeist' effect of the screen relighting itself after software shutdown. (The FTS Troubleshooting FAQ merely says "this is normal. Don't Panic!" However, it is problematic for those running automated operation...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Want to give Quantum Coding a try?
Replies: 0
Views: 431

Want to give Quantum Coding a try?

With input via your Raspberry Pi? asperbbc: IBM has made a functioning quantum processor available to the public over the internet. Quantum computing is widely seen as an evolution of computer technology, which may allow for much faster calculations than today's machines. The technology is still in ...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 04, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread
Replies: 450
Views: 197223

Re: New 8MP Camera - Q&A thread

There's virtually nothing in focus in my shots with the V2.1 camera. The dragon in this photo is 70cm from the lens: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lfxvr2hu8mirf6r/new_cam3.jpg?dl=0 Moving the camera 40cm from the subject is a bit better: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dlav27jry1dwze5/new_cam4.jpg?dl=0 The s...

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