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by meltwater
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: X forwarding via serial terminal (instead of SSH)
Replies: 4
Views: 2258

Re: X forwarding via serial terminal (instead of SSH)

I agree it would be one of those nice to haves. IMHO X-forwarding is simply genius. Regarding bandwidth, it wouldn't be as bad as all that. I recall regularly using a x86 program called laplink which did do full remote desktop via serial - it wasn't fast...but it worked well enough for what I needed...
by meltwater
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: 2.8" TFT + Touch Shield Board v1 a/b/c
Replies: 383
Views: 207002

Re: 2.8" TFT + Touch Shield Board v1 a/b/c

Of course mine is cheaper and supplied fully assembled and tested, but no harm in competition :) Texy Hopefully work out as advertising the idea of adding and using a mini display and touchscreen with the RPi, which is no bad thing. Could spend months creating different projects which use it! The A...
by meltwater
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:00 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi Vs iPad
Replies: 14
Views: 7263

Re: RasPi Vs iPad

I've had the same reaction when hearing of schools buying iPads, however the key is, are they getting (or will they) educational value from them? That will be down to the teacher really, a good teacher can use a chalk board and produce the most amazing lesson, so why not give them iPads to do more w...
by meltwater
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Intel Edison: your thoughts???
Replies: 22
Views: 6137

Re: Intel Edison: your thaughts???

I've had a look at that, would be great to recreate what they did and use it. Yep it would be that, but the impression i-got was that its not easy to 'realy' know the hw used with out similar effort /tools not to mention luck & skills.. and someone offering carte blanche or a little spare noir budg...
by meltwater
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Scratch
Topic: A new Scratch; pre-alpha-this-will-hurt release
Replies: 91
Views: 28122

Re: A new Scratch; pre-alpha-this-will-hurt release

As requested also posted here (saw request after!): +1 Small screen support. (I've not tried the beta so sorry if covered) I know this can be a total pain to code, but would be very useful to allow the use of scratch in a lower-resolution portable setup. The usual issue with low resolution screens i...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Intel Edison: your thoughts???
Replies: 22
Views: 6137

Re: Intel Edison: your thaughts???

Thank you. Duh :) And yes, agreed it could well have a big impact (as long as the hardware's affordable and the software's not botched) It's going to be too expensive, and I htink there will be Arm chips in the nr future around that do much the same for lower power/cost. you may find interesting a ...
by meltwater
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45854

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

They've posted a new video which combines the Parallella and the Raspberry Pi. The idea seems to be to use the Parallella to perform all the grunt work to generate Open GL commands, and then use the Raspberry Pi to perform the Open GL heavy lifting... http://www.parallella.org/2013/12/30/first-paral...
by meltwater
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: HDL? FPGA? why LOGiPi @ kickstarter?
Replies: 4
Views: 3533

Re: HDL? FPGA? why LOGiPi @ kickstarter?

I would agree that for beginners this is a excellent taster to get started with.

I think the added bonus is once you are ready to move onto more advanced stuff you can repurpose it into a PWM controller (I think this would drive servos) or an IO expander. For the price, it is great value learning.
by meltwater
Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: OpenMAX
Topic: omxtx - open source transcoding example
Replies: 239
Views: 127739

Re: omxtx - open source transcoding example

Had a go with this last night, although not much success with my own random test files. It didn't want to know with my m2v file (produced from projectx from a .ts file). Anyone have some sample input files of various types I could try which they have working? At least I can check that my setup is ok...
by meltwater
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Intel Edison: your thoughts???
Replies: 22
Views: 6137

Re: Intel Edison: your thoughts???

The cost I think is the main thing here. If the serious intention is to embed it into things then it will be ultra cheap (although perhaps only in the 10k units) or the products would never sell. However, they are purely technology demos so the actual price may well be a lot more. But yes, if they g...
by meltwater
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Eben on tv this morning
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

Re: Eben on tv this morning

Someone mentioned it was on BBC Breakfast on twitter.
by meltwater
Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Removing contents of SD card
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Removing contents of SD card

Under option, ensure you enable "format size adjustment". In normal speak, format the whole card...
by meltwater
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Remote PC Startup
Replies: 6
Views: 1315

Re: Remote PC Startup

If you are interested in another idea. Other people have use the Raspberry Pi as a wake-on-lan server . Good link, one of those things which is always useful. Had my network drive setup to do this, although been a while since I've used it. Would make a nice setup up combined with personal cloud sto...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: OpenMAX
Topic: omxtx - open source transcoding example
Replies: 239
Views: 127739

Re: omxtx - open source transcoding example

To transcode from MPEG2 to H264 using hardware you will need an MPEG2 decode license (there isn't an MPEG2 encoder on the GPU AFAIK). The H264 encode and decode licenses are already enabled on the Pi and included in the base cost. A model A is quite capable of using omxtx to transcode MPEG2 to H264...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: OpenMAX
Topic: omxtx - open source transcoding example
Replies: 239
Views: 127739

Re: omxtx - open source transcoding example

Hi Guys, Seems like there has been progress regarding using the RPi hardware encoding. Although I'm having trouble working out what is the current best thing to try...there are lots of threads which tail off, this seemed to be the most active. Am I correct in saying that dickontoo / omxtx is the mos...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers
Replies: 4
Views: 4773

Re: Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Program

The eBook offer has now finished. Note the publishers have provided a revised publication date for the book (I didn't have any input into the original dates): March 2014. At present this seems like a reasonable estimate and I don't foresee any issues in meeting this. This is because we have added th...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 80 thousand and counting
Replies: 53
Views: 8843

Re: 80 thousand and counting

Great stats. And kudos to the mods for being particularly helpful on here, they don't just keep the peace but always pitch in to help when they can. It is a shame that the forum itself isn't particularly user friendly, the search could be improved a lot and there could be improvements in how relate...
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dune Legacy
Replies: 27
Views: 7968

Re: Dune Legacy

I think they were available from the Dune Legacy site itself, let me know if a quick search doesn't turn anything up. The PiStore listing probably avoids a direct link to avoid legal issues.
by meltwater
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 80 thousand and counting
Replies: 53
Views: 8843

Re: 80 thousand and counting

Great stats. And kudos to the mods for being particularly helpful on here, they don't just keep the peace but always pitch in to help when they can. It is a shame that the forum itself isn't particularly user friendly, the search could be improved a lot and there could be improvements in how related...
by meltwater
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers
Replies: 4
Views: 4773

Re: Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Program

Thanks for the heads up. I've just ordered this, it's a great price, I look forward to receiving it soon. BTW you should state that price you quote is net of tax, in the UK Value Added Tax is added @ 20% so that brings the price up to £3.66. Excellent, I hope you enjoy it when it is released. I had...
by meltwater
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers
Replies: 4
Views: 4773

Preorder offer! Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers

Introducing my new book... Tim Cox's Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers http://pihw.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/6623ot_mockup_cb.png?w=614 360+ Pages of Raspberry Pi goodness. The main reason for this post is so you can take advantage of the excellent offer that Packt have at the moment, w...
by meltwater
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Don your testing hats, it's WiringPi2-Python
Replies: 54
Views: 17262

Re: Don your testing hats, it's WiringPi2-Python

Hi, Wondering if there is any help available regarding SPI. I've been having a go with it, but something doesn't quite seem to be working and I'm not sure why. Hopefully I can scope it and see the difference. Essentially, I have spi-dev working with Python 2.7 but was trying to replicate it using Wi...
by meltwater
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Houston TX Raspberry Pi hackspace?
Replies: 2
Views: 1764

Re: Houston TX Raspberry Pi hackspace?

Hi, Did you find a Pi group in Houston? I'm here for a couple of months from the UK and would love to connect. No unfortunately not. As it happens I ended up being busy anyway so it wasn't a big problem. Which part of the UK will you be visiting, there may be a group doing something while you are h...
by meltwater
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Good music to write code?
Replies: 14
Views: 4737

Re: Good music to write code?

Some excellent answers there and I will give them a go. The wife certainly can add to the background sounds...he says tactfully...although it is often the case I won't hear anything else when I am fully focused (which causes more trouble). There is a lot of merit in the silence option too, since tha...
by meltwater
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Good music to write code?
Replies: 14
Views: 4737

Good music to write code?

Interested to see if other people like getting into the zone of writing code using music, if so what music do you like to listen to? If possible provide full track names since I would like to try them out. I usually find good instrumental tunes are best for me, for example one which always seems to ...

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