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by mkopack
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Udacity
Replies: 14
Views: 3836

Re: Udacity

<t>Yeah, I just signed up for the car one as well... Don't know how the heck I'm going to have time to work on the assignments given that I'm also in grad school (Drexel U) taking  classes online while working full time, and we're going to be in the thick of the quarter by the time this starts up. I...
by mkopack
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What happened to the Beta Boards?
Replies: 31
Views: 13097

Re: What happened to the Beta Boards?

Plus keep in mind that there were 100 beta boards... Serial #'s 1-10 were sold, but there's 990 (or so) others out in the wild that were seeded to various groups to do development work on and such so we'd have an OS or two to run when the first production boards are released....
by mkopack
Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New month
Replies: 6
Views: 1427

Re: New month

<t>I would assume that the production batch will be in the hands of the Foundation if not already, then by late next week.<br/> <br/> Give them a week to check those production boards out for validation. Assuming those check out, I'd bet we'll be ordering by middle/3rd week of the month...<br/> <br/...
by mkopack
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The shop is down...
Replies: 21
Views: 4857

Re: The shop is down...

@Liz, but what's the fun in that?!?!?
by mkopack
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Design choices behind the RPi
Replies: 35
Views: 6405

Re: Design choices behind the RPi

<t>Also, did you set up the VM image as an ARM computer, or as an X86 hardware? If it was x86, then, yeah, I can see 256MB being pretty limiting, unless you start dropping down to things like a simpler Window manager, pulling out unneeded stuff, etc.<br/> <br/> But ARM code usually compiles to a LOT...
by mkopack
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPU Firmware Required for Boot?
Replies: 16
Views: 6389

Re: GPU Firmware Required for Boot?

Easiest way to think of it is GPU is acting as the BIOS. No BIOS, no bootup... You need that little GPU binary BLOB to bootstrap stuff (much like a BIOS does) and get the rest of the system up and running.
by mkopack
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why are you protesting SOPA when Eric Cantor stopped all action towards it?
Replies: 32
Views: 6318

Re: Why are you protesting SOPA when Eric Cantor stopped all action towards it?

<t>Eh, if others are going to protest, no reason not to - it's not like the RIAA / MPAA and others are just going to suddenly go away and stop pressuring congress to do something like this. Politicians need a good stern reminder that they work for ALL of us, not just the fat cats who throw a lot of ...
by mkopack
Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi playing 1080p video and AirPlay
Replies: 13
Views: 6208

Re: Raspberry Pi playing 1080p video and AirPlay

<t>OOooh...<br/> <br/> Ok, as a Mac fan, this is VERY interesting, however, I've never really used AirPlay (never seen the point since my content is all on a Mac Mini server and not on my iPad...)<br/> <br/> Would this allow me to, say, stream stuff from my iTunes video library to the RPi? (I believ...
by mkopack
Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WiFi for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 24
Views: 11847

Re: WiFi for the Raspberry Pi

<t>Ok, since we're on the subject, maybe you guys can help point me in the right direction....<br/> <br/> I recently stripped a Lexmark multifunction inkjet that had a wifi module as well. I pulled the module and it was just hooked up to a mini USB jack inside. I was hoping to use that module as a W...
by mkopack
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Getting prepared for release date.
Replies: 19
Views: 5194

Re: Getting prepared for release date.

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It says elsewhere that a suitable power supply with micro-USB will be on sale at the Pi shop. There will also be SD cards offered with different flavours of Linux.<br/> <br/> HDMI to DVI cables are available from Amazon for just over £2.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>...
by mkopack
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ultra-cheap Smart TV add-on box
Replies: 2
Views: 2416

Re: Ultra-cheap Smart TV add-on box

<t>Keep in mind, there's no TV Capture capability... ie: It's not going to act like a TiVO / DVR.<br/> <br/> What you'll probably end up doing is hooking the Pi up to one of the other HDMI inputs on the TV and have the TV switch between sources (cable or RPi). Use the cable input to watch live stuff...
by mkopack
Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How come there are so many Raspberry Pi haters?
Replies: 99
Views: 24262

Re: How come there are so many Raspberry Pi haters?

<t>I think a lot of it is:<br/> <br/> 1) people who just don't really GET it, who just want a box and expect it to do everything - RPi isn't really that.<br/> <br/> 2) people who expect it to do everything THEY want and get pissed when they find out it won't do XYZ and<br/> <br/> 3) people who have ...
by mkopack
Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: PiCard - GUI SD Preparation Tool
Replies: 268
Views: 73441

Re: PiCard - GUI SD Preparation Tool

<t>What I'd suggest is using Java Properties files, and load different ones in based on language at startup time (of the app).<br/> <br/> So for instance, you make a file like this:<br/> <br/> string1=this is a test<br/> <br/> string2=ok<br/> <br/> string3=cancel<br/> <br/> etc.<br/> <br/> Make anot...
by mkopack
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1
Views: 712

Re: Question about Raspberry Pi

<t>The system boots off an SD card. So you'll either need to purchase one of the SD cards that they plan to sell with an OS already on it, or you'll need to use one of your own and put an OS image onto the card. They're working on an installer program that will do the later for you.<br/> <br/> But b...
by mkopack
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: PiCard - GUI SD Preparation Tool
Replies: 268
Views: 73441

Re: PiCard - GUI SD Preparation Tool

<t>Liam,<br/> <br/> GUI's on Java have gotten a LOT better since the original AWT stuff from JDK 1.0.2... (AWT tried to use the native system's GUI widgets, the newer Swing library actually draws components based on Look and Feel libraries.) The Swing toolkit has allowed for a lot better cross-platf...
by mkopack
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 430
Views: 158964

Re: What was your first computer?

<t>For my first that I actually owned was a Commodore 64, with 1541 floppy drive, color monitor and the (horrible) MPS-802 printer. I had used TI-99/4A, VIC-20's, PETS, AppleIIc/e and TRS-80's before then either at friend's houses or in stores.<br/> <br/> That was followed by an Amiga 500 (built the...
by mkopack
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Updates on the testing process
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: Updates on the testing process

Part of the reduced info flow is that Liz and Eben are away on vacation (that was planned out 6 months ago) and Eben has already had to tell Liz on at least one occasion to put the laptop away!

I\'m sure we\'ll get some news next week...
by mkopack
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Yet another tiny ARM computer
Replies: 8
Views: 4039

Re: Yet another tiny ARM computer

Oh, and it's also $250!!!! OUCH...
by mkopack
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Yet another tiny ARM computer
Replies: 8
Views: 4039

Re: Yet another tiny ARM computer

<r>Yeah, seen those. They use the 510 model in this guy:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://plugcomputer.org/develo.....2plug.html">http://plugcomputer.org/develo.....2plug.html</URL><br/> <br/> Higher power use than the RPi, but also has a number more interfaces. I have one of the first Gen SheevaPlugs an...
by mkopack
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...
Replies: 80
Views: 6899

Re: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...

Liz: awesome. Yeah, can't wait to see new pictures!

Let's all keep our fingers crossed and hope testing goes well!
by mkopack
Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...
Replies: 80
Views: 6899

Re: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...

<t>Ah, k... I guess I missed it in the other threads...<br/> <br/> So that means testing of the populated boards didn't really start up yet, or started today? (ie, have you guys gotten the populated boards back?)<br/> <br/> And BTW, Liz, glad to see you're feeling better. Nothing worse than having t...
by mkopack
Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...
Replies: 80
Views: 6899

Re: Its Gone Awfully Quiet...

@Burn: What hiccup? I didn't see anything posted about a hiccup???
by mkopack
Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Truly Noob OS Question
Replies: 37
Views: 5200

Re: Truly Noob OS Question

<t>Right, I guess I wasn\'t clear - I meant the RPi community needs to work on providing clear documentation, (not the hardware/Foundation folks...)<br/> <br/> And agreed, but what I\'m hoping we as a group can do, especially if we\'re going to try to push this as a tool for helping get young people...
by mkopack
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Truly Noob OS Question
Replies: 37
Views: 5200

Re: Truly Noob OS Question

<t>[quote]<br/> For RasPi to be successful, it has to be possible for newbies to get started as users rather than hackers. At some point RasPi will be selling pre-programed SD cards, which will help tremendously. At the current time, RasPi is counting on the hacker community to make RasPi user-frien...
by mkopack
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Truly Noob OS Question
Replies: 37
Views: 5200

Re: Truly Noob OS Question

<t>@kme: Oh, I obviously don\'t expect you to teach those concepts (I already know all of those, given I\'m a Master\'s in CS student currently, been programming since \'82 and have 16 yrs experience as a professional programmer...)<br/> <br/> While I agree with you that the OP should be able to tra...

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