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by jardino
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PM and Banned Users
Replies: 24
Views: 3800

Re: PM and Banned Users

CarlRJ: In concert with ejolson, I thank you for your comprehensive history of Usenet. However, I have a question: where did CompuServe fit in? After signing up to a bulletin board or two (where one had to directly-dial the host's modem), I dipped into Usenet once or twice then gave up because of th...
by jardino
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The state of CS in UK schools...
Replies: 27
Views: 3758

Re: The state of CS in UK schools...

Heater wrote:W. H. Heydt,

They have a poultry salary.
You mean they get paid chicken-feed?

Alan.
by jardino
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 5985

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

Thanks again, jahboater.
I've installed and tried it. However, it seems to be fairly user-hostile (compared to MS-Money) and directed towards businesses rather than humble individuals like us.
Back to MS-Money - or even Excel!
Alan.
by jardino
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 5985

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

Thanks for the tip, jahboater. I'll give it a whirl soon.
Alan.
by jardino
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 5985

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

I have pretty well migrated all of my applications from my Windows machine to my home-made Ubuntu machine (Paint Shop Pro -> Gimp, MS Office -> Libre Office, etc.) I plan to do a further migration to my RPi-Jessie-Pixel machine soon.The one application I'm stuck on is Microsoft Money, which I use fo...
by jardino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Welcoming to new members
Replies: 151
Views: 19688

Re: Welcoming to new members

OK, I'm nearly 60. What the hell is ASL? Above Sea Level. It all depends on context? And noobs don't have the grasp of context. That is part of the problem. True. As a highly-experienced IT consultant, I once got involved in a radar system for the Port of Rotterdam. I knew nothing about radar, so I...
by jardino
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 2010

Re: Hitler on Git

Thanks, Koeshi.
Alan.
by jardino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 2010

Re: Hitler on Git

Well, I found it:- The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich - available on DVD. The first time I saw this kind of spoof was as a kind of back-handed present to my brother for a significant birthday. (No, he wasn't Adolf!) How do you overlay your own subtitles onto a film like this? Alan.
by jardino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 2010

Re: Hitler on Git

Very funny!
What was the original movie called, please? I must have missed it.
Alan
by jardino
Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Solenoid valve operation
Replies: 21
Views: 2902

Re: Solenoid valve operation

Thank you for all the replies! O really appreciate it. I'm sorry I wasn't more clear on what I wanted to do. Is there some type of relay that will allow me to raise a pin on the Pi and put out 24VAC on the other end? Thank you. Have a look at this new product from ModMyPi: http://www.modmypi.com/ra...
by jardino
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Interesting interview with Chris Curry
Replies: 12
Views: 2974

Re: Interesting interview with Chris Curry

Heater wrote:"small scale".

The QL was huge!
I was comparing it with the mainframe computers I cut my teeth on - with tape drives taller than me and disc drives the size of a washing machine!

Alan.
by jardino
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Interesting interview with Chris Curry
Replies: 12
Views: 2974

Re: Interesting interview with Chris Curry

When Sinclair launched the QL computer, the late Brian Pain and I formed QUANTA, the QL users group. I edited the group's newsletter for a few years. I still have my near-complete set of QUANTA magazines, stored away with my two now-defunct QLs. Having come from a mainframe background, I learned a ...
by jardino
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: From The Guardian
Replies: 39
Views: 4837

From The Guardian

http://gu.com/p/4h9bf/sbl

This venture in science education would seem to parallel what's going on in the RPi world.

It's interesting that Microsoft are already involved.

Alan
by jardino
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Open Collector Drivers Broken
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

Re: Open Collector Drivers Broken

Hornby R 8243. Is that relevant to the problem?

Alan.
by jardino
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Open Collector Drivers Broken
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

Open Collector Drivers Broken

I was using an Open Collector Driver to drive a small actuator and think I damaged it by overloading it. (Yes, I did have the RPWR pin collected to supply positive.) The OCD is no longer open, but permanently closed. To my surprise, all of the OCDs - which weren't in use - now exhibit the same fault...
by jardino
Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Compute Module
Topic: Flashing eMMC on Compute Module...rpiboot gives nothing
Replies: 6
Views: 2865

Re: Flashing eMMC on Compute Module...rpiboot gives nothing

Hi: I don't know if this will help, but here I go: Like you, I've been spending ages trying to flash the eMMC on my new compute module. Part of the time lost was due to my own stupidity - I managed to re-format the external HDD I was using to store the raspbian images. (I got my /dev/sda1 and /dev/s...
by jardino
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Building a computer for my mum to use skype and a broswer
Replies: 6
Views: 1617

Re: Building a computer for my mum to use skype and a broswe

blc wrote: Sorry, I didn't see which country you're from but in the UK the Tesco Hudl is also a good choice.
Unfortunately, Tesco have discontinued this well-received device.
Perhaps it was selling too well?

Alan.
by jardino
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2
Replies: 12
Views: 8894

Re: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2

[quote="Lob0426"]The LM2596 is the same answer for you. http://www.amazon.com/RioRand-LM2596-Converter-1-23V-30V-1Pcs-LM2596/dp/B008BHAOQO can handle up to 40V in and 35V out at up to 3A. They are not too expensive. It is adjustable for voltage which is nice. I do not see the power light on the RasP...
by jardino
Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dependable keyboards?
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: Dependable keyboards?

Wouldn't it be easier to have one keyboard for you and another one for your wife? ;) Or learn to touch type. I did that twenty five years ago and it did me a power of good getting to 60WPM. You won't regret it. I suppose it depends on what you use keyboards for. Clearly, if you're doing heavy-duty ...
by jardino
Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dependable keyboards?
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: Dependable keyboards?

Thanks for all the feedback, folks - especially about the need to let her try the feel of a "proper" keyboard. I'll let her try my pretty solid KeyTronic keyboard, which must be about 20+ years old. I retrieved it from my "waiting to be dumped" pile in my garage about 5 years ago as a temporary emer...
by jardino
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2
Replies: 12
Views: 8894

Re: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2

Good progress there! On my part, I've got Octopi working on my Pi2 and Velleman K8200. Still a lot to do, though. As the picture shows, I'm nowhere near to physically integrating the Rpi with the printer! (The camera is supported on a soldering iron stand - which works well until the printer gets ex...
by jardino
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dependable keyboards?
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: Dependable keyboards?

Thanks for the tip, WH. I'm looking into them.
Alan.
by jardino
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dependable keyboards?
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: Dependable keyboards?

Laurens-wuyts wrote:Wouldn't it be easier to have one keyboard for you and another one for your wife? ;)

Laurens
We do, of course. But often she asks me to help her with some computer problem or other.
Alan.
by jardino
Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dependable keyboards?
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Dependable keyboards?

My question is not Rpi-specific, but is important to me. In my 37 years in the computer industry, I've had to replace untold numbers of keyboards which have failed for electro-mechanical reasons. A few years ago, however, my wife took up writing novels for a living. And now she wears the letters off...
by jardino
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2
Replies: 12
Views: 8894

Re: Octopi with Cura plugin on Pi2

Interesting posts, Richard.

I have just built a Velleman K8200 printer and am currently calibrating it with Repetier.

However, I intend to go down the Raspberry Pi route as soon as I can.

I'll keep you posted.

Alan.

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