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by brian_reiter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40813

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

Just wish there were more sides.......

At the moment the problems I used to see in Windows (bloated etc.) are now apparent is some linux distros.
by brian_reiter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40813

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>*chuckle*<br/> <br/> Depends where you were I suppose.<br/> <br/> I missed punched cards at uni by a year or two, but still had to cope with coding sheets for a few months, you wrote the code on a form and submitted it to the computer department who would then type it in, the sheets also included...
by brian_reiter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40813

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t><br/> Hopefully the Pi will change some of this and get people to actually take interest in how the PC they are using works and what else it can do other than a tool for watching 30 second videos of cats playing pianos.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> That will do me. Even if only a 1 or 2% of the kids wh...
by brian_reiter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 204114

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

And TechRepublic sent this to my inbox

Raspberry Pi: How a $25 computer could spark a computing revolution
by brian_reiter
Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 43692

Re: Best first language

<t>COBOL to teach typing skills I suppose, OO-COBOL is certainly curious. Seriously I'd go for Python, Lua or even BASIC initially. Pull in C etc. later. In any event go for a mix of pardigms, it can't hurt and not everything is coded in OO.<br/> <br/> Even BLISS might be interesting for the adventu...
by brian_reiter
Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 439
Views: 168342

Re: What was your first computer?

<t>Hmm a lot of this sounds familiar, in my case Dragon 32, ZX81, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga (various),  a variety of single board computers and then latterly Arduino, Xgamestation kits and PCs.<br/> <br/> At work its been largely a variety of DEC/Compaq/HP kit (OpenVMS), Windows and odds and sod...
by brian_reiter
Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 356
Views: 120435

Re: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi

<t><br/> I also don"t think history/fond remembrance should affect OS choice. Otherwise perhaps we should all be using VMS…<br/> <br/> <br/> Steady on, that my day job.  Nothing wrong with VMS, its still in use and for anyone who drives on the UK motorways affects many people on a daily basis.<br/> ...
by brian_reiter
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145151

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>tufty said:<br/> <br/> <br/> If you have graduate software engineers who would struggle with what was posted, they have absolutely no right to have a degree.  Or, alternatively, they have wasted 3 to 4 years of their time getting a degree which is utterly worthless.  Whichever way you look at it,...
by brian_reiter
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145151

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Errrmmm. these are kids of 15 or 16 (KS4). who will not necessarily desire go further. Some graduate software engineers I know would struggle with this.<br/> <br/> Kids need to enjoy it, need results and it needs to be fun.<br/> <br/> <br/> If you want to restrict it to "important constructs", ho...
by brian_reiter
Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3559
Views: 125328

Re: Introduce yourself!

<t>Hi I'm Brian,<br/> <br/> I've been involved with computers for around 30 years now (ouch!), starting as a teen with the original wave of UK based home computers.<br/> <br/> Over the years I've worked in a variety of languages from 6502 to Fortran, Bliss and C++ under a variety of architectures (s...

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