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Posts posted by SteveR

  1. I've answered a lot of beaglebone questions in the last 3.5+ years. I've not always been nice about it. A character flaw that some times gets the best of me I guess. My mentality of that is if a person is not going to put forth the energy to do what they want done - Why should I ? However, I do understand that it can be frustrating to try and get something done. Especially, for instance if you've been using Debian for many years. I'm sure you understand the concept of "Debian without systemd" As in, I already know how to do that with sysv, why would I want to learn something new ?


    Then I also forget that I've been using Debian since the 90's( sometimes in spurts ). . . while many of these people barely even know what Linux *is*.

    I totally understand where the frustration comes from (I started with RH3 circa 1997. Having multiple mods who communicate and cooperate well has made all the difference. As I tell our users who experience that some frustration - sometimes the better part of valor is to walk away and let someone else deal with the question. 


    The funny thing about all this is: As I mentioned above, I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want to use systemd as the init daemon on my own Debian images, So, I have not taken the time to truly learn systemd yet. Instead, through the many web pages on the internet, I've learned how to remove systemd, and install SYSv in it's place. Because I prefer knowing how to do various things. Like setup a tty device( /etc/inittab) or configure my network interfaces(/etc/network/interfaces).


    But instead, with the latest Rasbian image, I went out and did a google search on "rPI how to static IP" and probably figured out how eventually from a stackexchange post . . .




    One thing I did find rather hilarious on that search though. A post on the raspberrypi.org forums someone said that setting a static IP was not a good idea . . .heh



    The thing with networking is that the Pi Foundation made a non standard change to how networking was configured and in what file the changes lived (spring of last year). We have seen dozens of questions with regard to static IP's since. That and the change you mention to systemd has resulted in countless questions, because of following a tutorial that no longer applied. We got so tired of answering them or closing them as dupes we started a blog.  

  2. Ah ok , I think I've run across a few of your posts. Wow, it seems you guys get a lot of RTFM questions asked on those forums too. Not referring to here, but the beagleboard.org google groups gets a lot of 'here let me google that for you' posts too . . .

    Yeah, if you look at the home page the avg reputation is less than 100, and most of them are 1 - which means they have never had an account on any of the stackexchange sites. It is the nature of the beast with noobs, personally I think the bigger issue is they don't know how to ask a good question - since they have never done it. So they often get more questions/requests for more info than answers. Overall we try and help anyone who comes along without using RTFM.

  3. Are you 'R' on stackexchange ? Just curious. Stackoverflow / stackexchange has for me become the 'go-to' resource when I quickly need to refresh my memory, or haven't a clue about a given subject. And I've seen a lot of posts from a person only known as 'R' heh. Mostly centering around C - it seems.

    No this is me.

  4. My Pi collection of just tripled today.



    Any suggestions on how to network the Zero?

    Depending on the speed you need you can use a:


    USB WiFi dongle, 

    USB to Ethernet adapter,

    serial to Ethernet adapter, or an



    The first two will need an adapter or USB OTG cable, and may require a powered hub to work reliably. There are also several boards like this one that add standard USB ports to the Pi (they use pogo pins), which would not require the OTG cable/adapter.

    The last two will require you to solder wires or pins to connect them to the GPIO pins, and will be much slower.


    As for the IoT HAT mentioned by Rei Vilo, I have one of these and it can be ordered without the female header, which would allow using stacking headers thus gaining access to the unused GPIO pins. 

  5. I am finally getting my display into a proper enclosure and need a little help. To that end I am looking to replace the temporary wiring with something a  little more robust than the breadboard jumpers I am currently using for the power connections, but have no idea what the connector is called so I can order one. It looks like a supersized JST connector. Thanks in advance. 

  6. @@nickn I have not gotten mine. I did get an email telling me a distributor would contact me for my address, but have not heard. Did you get contacted by a distributor, or did it just show up? Are you in the US?


    Just got mine today :) A strange thing that I noticed is that one usb connector is a micro and the other is a mini, you would think that they would use one or the other but not both.

  7. Just noticed a new launchpad MSP-EXP430FR4133 appeared on the website this morning:

    Microcontroller Features
    • 16MHz
    • 16 KB FRAM
    • 2 KB RAM
    • 256-segment LCD controller
    • 10-channel 10-bit ADC
    • 3 16-bit timers
    • 60 GPIO
    • SPI, I2C and UART Support
    BoosterPack connector

    20 pin BoosterPack connector

    Why this LaunchPad?
    • Lowest power MCU in the industry with an integrated LCD controller
    • Integrated 16kB FRAM for experiencing fast non-volatile memory writes
    • Analog and digital integration including a 10-bit ADC and IR Modulation Logic




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