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'[OT] My Raspberry Pi has arrived.'
2012\04\24@035216 by cdb

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The only annoyance at this moment is, no screw holes, so it's either by a box or maybe 3 sticky feet will do the job.

Sockets are stiff and as someone has already done, it is very easy to unmount the electrolytic (C1) when removing the power cable, there is a tendency to hold the little blighter to gain leverage.

I'm mulling over getting hold of a TI HDMI/DVI to RGB converter chip (I think it's a TFP410 or TFP401) and then I can drive a standard LCD monitor raw panel. PCB would be a nuisance though, TI recommend 4 layer with complicated ground planes and it's a 100 pin mini TQFP, perhaps not doable after all.

Colin
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2012\04\24@064651 by alan.b.pearce

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According to Electronics Weekly, there are over 100,000 confirmed orders for the Raspberry Pi, and they can confirm all those ordered before 18 April will definitely receive their Raspberry Pi before the end of June 2012.

Element14 claim customers in 30 countries have received boards.


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2012\04\24@084005 by V G

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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 3:52 AM, cdb <spam_OUTcolinTakeThisOuTspambtech-online.co.uk> wrote:

>  The only annoyance at this moment is, no screw holes, so it's either by a
> box or maybe 3 sticky feet will do the job.
>
> Sockets are stiff and as someone has already done, it is very easy to
> unmount the electrolytic (C1) when removing the power cable, there is a
> tendency to hold the little blighter to gain leverage.
>
> I'm mulling over getting hold of a TI HDMI/DVI to RGB converter chip (I
> think it's a TFP410 or TFP401) and then I can drive a standard LCD monitor
> raw panel. PCB would be a nuisance though, TI recommend 4 layer with
> complicated ground planes and it's a 100 pin mini TQFP, perhaps not doable
> after all.
>

Can you post a few pictures? I'm curious

2012\04\24@183927 by cdb

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On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:39:49 -0400, V G wrote:
:: Can you post a few pictures? I'm curious.

I'll try to, having a problem converting the 312kB JPG image to PNG - Windows Paint for a some weird reason converts it into a massive 3MB - time to re-install GIMP I think.

Colin
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2012\04\24@185608 by M.L.

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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM, cdb <colinspamKILLspambtech-online.co.uk> wrote:
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2012\04\24@191659 by RussellMc

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> Irfanview

Indeed!


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2012\04\24@193728 by peter green

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cdb wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:39:49 -0400, V G wrote:
> :: Can you post a few pictures? I'm curious.
>
> I'll try to, having a problem converting the 312kB JPG image to PNG -
> Windows Paint for a some weird reason converts it into a massive 3MB
Why the heck were you trying to do that? JPEG is a perfectly acceptable format
for posting photos on the net. png is a lossless format primerally intended for
line-art and similar

2012\04\24@200453 by cdb

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On Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:37:23 +0100, peter green wrote:
:: Why the heck were you trying to do that? JPEG is a perfectly
:: acceptable format

To attach to an email to post here I need it as small as possible, PNG tends to do that - doesn't solve th eproblem why Windows Paint, Windows Photo Manager all manage to convert jpg to png and manage to make it an order or two of magnitude larger.

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2012\04\24@205239 by peter green

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cdb wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:37:23 +0100, peter green wrote:
> :: Why the heck were you trying to do that? JPEG is a perfectly
> :: acceptable format
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> To attach to an email to post here I need it as small as possible, PNG
> tends to do that
Not for photos it doesn't. PNG compression is simply not optimised for
photographic images and tends to produce relatively low compression ratios on
them.

If you need to make a photo smaller and still keep it accessible to most people
you have basically to choices, lower the resoloution or lower the jpeg quality
setting.
>  - doesn't solve th eproblem why Windows Paint, Windows
> Photo Manager all manage to convert jpg to png and manage to make it an
> order or two of magnitude larger.
Doesn't sound too unreasonable for me. You may find different png encoders
vary a bit but i'd be very surprised if any of them come close to the size of the
original JPEG

2012\04\24@210636 by Bob Ammerman

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In general:

PNG is lousy for photographic stuff. It will be very large for continuous tone images because it can do little, if any, compression.

JPG is lousy for line art stuff. It will generate weird looking artifacts around high contrast areas of the image.

Horses for courses.

-- Bob Ammerman
RAm Systems

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2012\04\25@103116 by V G

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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM, cdb <colinspamspam_OUTbtech-online.co.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:39:49 -0400, V G wrote:
> :: Can you post a few pictures? I'm curious.
>
> I'll try to, having a problem converting the 312kB JPG image to PNG -
> Windows Paint for a some weird reason converts it into a massive 3MB - time
> to re-install GIMP I think.
>

Peter Green is right. PNG is not optimized for photos. And attaching it
here is not a really good way to post :(

An image upload site is best

2012\04\27@062737 by RussellMc

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Huzzah.
Albeit 2 months from now.

____________________

Farnement 14 escrit:

Dear Russell,

Having successfully passed its CE compliance testing, we can now
confirm that your Raspberry Pi will be dispatched week commencing
25-Jun-12.

While you wait, we'd like to offer you the chance to get everything
you need to get started with your Raspberry Pi for 15% OFF!

        Simply add all your accessories to your cart and then enter this
voucher at checkout to receive your discount:

_________________________

And here is their must-have accessories page

http://nz.element14.com/jsp/search/productListing.jsp?SKUS=1782313,1782315,1782316,1494749,1019951,1019952,2088256,1734942,1734943,1734944,1734894,1734895,1277668,1734852,3934240,2081762,2085464,2056745,2056746,2081770,1961770,1961440,2081765,2081762,1782314&CMP=i-55c5-00001403

Surprisingly mundane in most cases.

802.11N in a thumbnail USB2 dongle is impressive - but  the external
version with external antenna is 75% of the cost.



         RM

2012\04\27@070338 by Walter Banks
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It is a strange list that they have. I take it that will not be your primary
source of SD memory cards. For someone to have a lot of time to
prepare they do not have the products or quantity of products I
would expect.

Raspberry pie could have been a game changer and may still be but so
far has significantly under performed expectations.

I may have missed something but detailed software tools and application
specs should have by now been widely available and promoted

w..

RussellMc wrote:

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2012\04\27@184227 by cdb

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On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:26:56 +1200, RussellMc wrote:
:: And here is their must-have accessories page

I wonder why they think a 2.7 ohm resistor is a useful accessory?

They are way out of touch on the SD card pricing and yet before they made the page unavailable on the AUS site the accessory bundle was priced at AU$29.95 which consisted of all the cabled and a 4GB SD card.

Here in Ozland I purchased a class 4 Toshiba 4GB full size card for $3.00 from my local computer shop.

Tricky Dicky (Dick Smith Electronics) want AU$ 29.99 for a USB-A to micro B 1.8m cable whereas E-14 are only asking $ 1.00.

Colin
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