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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:06 pm

Hello !

I am Calimero, 42 years old but I feel very young.

I am a BIG geek and love new technology, video games an movie.
I come here because I am very interested by Raspberry PI to make a Kody Raspberry to replace my computer.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:12 am

G'Day from Adelaide, South Australia

Retired IT (software) bloke here.
I got my first Pi this week, a 4GB 4B just finding my way.

Regards, Kym
Regards, Kym
Retired software bloke from Adelaide, South Australia

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:09 pm

Hi, I'm Michael., 32 years old, from US.
Actually, I'm a UI/UX Designer, but now I want to improve my skills in Front-End and programming.
I build mobile apps and making websites.

My hobbies are traveling, collection coins and metal detecting. I spend a lot of time on fresh air searching for historical relics :) If you are interested, check out my website about metal detectors

Nice to meet you all!
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:46 am

Hi all, I'm Mike from Frankfurt.
I'm python developer, i know javascript and goal learn C++.
I enjoy games and RC vehicles.
Hope to find useful information here.
So I have like no budget.... but I want a reliable soldering iron . I would prefer about 80 watts.....
I have an iron now, but the tip is all gross and black, it wont tin.... it is jsut nasty, and solder wont stick to it, needless to say, it is very difficult to solder with it
And I know you get what you pay for.... I just don't want to spend a ton, and I want relative quality..... the cheaper, the better
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:37 am

Well, I guess it's time I stopped lurking and said "Hi!!"

I'm a software developer working on email security with Cisco, but in my spare time I'm having a blast with the PI!

I've got a 3B+ running Kodi so we can watch our media collection nicely.

I've also got a slowly growing bramble with six 3B+s and my brand new 4B(4gig) (planning to slowly build it out more), running SLURM. The main thing I'm using it for is support for my rather byzantine backup setup.

Other than having to completely rebuild my bramble today since Buster supports a newer version of SLURM than Stretch does, I'm having a blast with this! Still coming up with new ideas, probably going to be building a few cameras for keeping an eye on the apartment...

I'm also toying with Machine Learning some, and looking to start running distributed training on the bramble.


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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:06 pm

I'm a mostly retired bit wrangler.

I've just been given a RPI 4, 4GB
it runs Debian 10.0 Buster

I'm having lots of problems

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Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:14 am

Hello all. Jeff here from the US (Michigan). I've been running Nextcloud for a personal cloud service through a Pi 3 for a while. It also got made into a RetroPie gaming device for a bit. Just got my Pi 4, but I can't even get it to boot. :-(

I'm a web developer by day, and a tinkering geek by night. ... That pretty much sums it up for now, I guess.

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Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:01 am

It just occurred to me, there's another bit of my history with ARM based boxes I should mention.

In 1994, I joined the Apple Newton team in their DTS group. The Newton of course was based on an ARM processor.

In 1997 when Steve Jobs very effectively destroyed Newton, I joined Palm Computing. The Palm was based on Motorola's DragonBall 68k SoC. It looked and felt a _lot_ like an early Mac inside. Fast forward a few years and Palm is transitioning to... you guessed it, ARM.

A few of us managed to convince the powers that be to let us initially make the transition in a similar fashion to how the only other computer company in history changed processor architectures, seamlessly (and they've done it twice so far). The company of course being Apple, who went from the 68K to PowerPC to x86, and did so in a way that was almost completely transparent to end users.

So we did. We wrote a 68000 emulator, and initially the complete PalmOS was running in the emulator. Over time we added the ability for app developers to include native ARM code, and the OS itself was ported over to native ARM.

Here's where my claim to fame comes in. Someone had to write a new boot-loader for the ARM. The ARM had an MMU, which the DragonBall didn't, so at startup the entire memory map had to get rearranged, and especially, the ROM needed to be remapped to higher addresses, and RAM remapped to address 0. On power-on, ROM was mapped to address 0.

This was my job. Writing ARM assembly code for the most part, setting up the MMU and generally configuring the SoC to be ready to hand off to PalmOS. If you watch an ARM based Palm handheld starting up, you'll see a little flicker along the top of the screen, this flicker is a small trampoline routine I wrote that lived, briefly, in the video RAM, since the video RAM was not remapped. The trampoline took care of switching on the MMU and then modified its return address so that when it returned it jumped into ROM, not to the low addresses that were now RAM.

One of my favorite memories of that time was the very first time that PalmOS booted itself on the prototype board I was using. It was the very first time anywhere that PalmOS booted on an ARM device. I'm told that my shout "It's alive!!!!" could be heard throughout the building :D


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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:12 pm

Hi, I'm Benn. I've been using the Pi and Raspbian for several years and just today wandered into this section of the forums.

I'm glad to see I'm not the oldest fart here, but I'm sure I'm a 1%-er ;)

I discovered computers at college, first on an IBM 360/75, a Xerox Sigma 5, and then landed on a DECsystem-10. What a breath of fresh air that was (compared to the IBM and Xerox systems)! After college I worked at DEC, mostly on operating systems: VAX/VMS, part of a team designing a new OS, and ending my time at DEC on the team that ported Windows NT to DEC's Alpha microprocesor.

Later I was at XenSource (hypervisor/virtualization), and then at Citrix, working on cloud computing and Azure.

At some point in the 1980's I got my first Unix account, and the username I was given was 'bls', and it's been my username ever since. Started running Linux at home in the late 1990s as an everything-we-need-a-server for system.

Now that I'm not working, I finally have enough time to spend on the Pi. The Pi4 is awesome, with super-impressive performance and price/performance. Raspbian is super, and gets better with every release. It's so cool to be able to run emulators on the Pi for some of the old dinosaur systems that I worked on, and have them be faster than the original dinosaur-sized hardware :D

My OS philosophy: every OS has strong points, yet someone, somewhere, will think that it sucks for some reason. "all OSes suck, they all just suck differently".
Pi tools:
Quickly and easily build customized-just-for-you SSDs/SD Cards:
Easily run and manage your network's DHCP/DNS servers on a Pi:
Easy and secure strongSwan VPN installer/manager:
Lightweight Virtual VNC Config:

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:59 am

Hello All !!!
My name is Neil Stewart. I have lived many lives in my short time on this planet.

When I was a small child my father introduced me to the world of "Electronics". Looking back I was restless and bored. I was given a soldering iron and a pile of transistors, resistors and capacitors. Plus I had the Radio-Shack 50 in one project kit.

Fast-forward to 1979 I got to work on an IBM System 3 in a votech school. Learned to program using RPG-II on 96 column cards. Being able to see the data as a hole punch made it difficult for me to comprehend magnetic media and the new world of disks.

I got a great job (for a teenager) in a small electronics shop making small batches of high tech circuit boards. The owner (a friend of my father) bought a HeathKit PC and I was assigned its assembly. Aside from my normal duties it took a week to solder all the components on the motherboard. The biggest issue was to run DOS or CPM.

A coworker at the shop had a Sinclair Z80 he wanted to sell. I bought it for my fathers birthday/retirement. From there things exploded.

Timex bought the Sinclair product line and parts became available at the local grocery store. My father became addicted. He was buying computers and peripherals with his hamburger meat. Eventually the dining room table became Timex/Sinclair Z80X laboratory.The small black and white televisions needed were salvaged from the neighbors weekly trash(His background was in early television repair).

One night he stumbled on the cables and all the Sinclairs came crashing to the ground. Devastated that he would not be able to re-assemble the different projects he bought his first PC. Again the universe exploded.

Fast-forward again to 2004 my daughter gave me a Ubuntu "Live CD". I installed it on an old crappy PC and gave it a new life. I suddenly realized that I could recycle old PCs using this new "Linux". I was hooked(addicted).

With the introduction of the Raspberry PI I became very interested. When Radio-Shack was closing I got my first as part of a Makers Kit.

Now I have lost count of my PI. Like my father I have a technology addiction. Fortunately my wife keeps me restricted to a small space and that only purposefull PI can be deployed out of that space.

Is There a 12 step Program for PI.

Gracious Blessings to all

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:56 am

Hello, How are you? I am here to get some help with my questions and maybe help you. I am a newbie on this platform and will be good if someone can show me how to use this platform properly until I make a lot of mistakes.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:26 pm

Hello to all.
I am interested in hifi and run a daphile server and as I have a pi 1 would like to use it for similar and compare the two. I am new to the pi but interested as everything on it is or seems to be open source and adjustable.
I am retired but my brain still works.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:44 pm

Glad to be a part here. Looks like a great community which lots of valuable info.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:53 pm

Hello everyone. I'm excited to have my Pi 4 running and I'm ready to learn. Everything is running smoothly, but was wondering if people use a surge protector as a power switch. Happy weekend.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:45 pm

Hi everyone!
Finally, I decided to join the Raspberry Pi forum after being a reader for quite a few years and hopefully, I'll be able to contribute to this fantastic community.

About myself...I'm a UI/UX designer based in London who has spent several years in Australia (where was quite hard and expensive to get all the good Raspberry stuff :( ) but most of all I'm a maker that loves to create and break things just to see how they work.
I spent a few years tinkering around with various Raspberry boards but only in recent times, I decided to step up the game and get really into it with sensors and other cool things.
I might not be an advanced user, as I'm learning new tricks every day, but I'll do my best to help others and contribute to this space :D

See ya around

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:59 am

Okay, i'm a sad old git (retired) from the UK who just loves trying to learn all about computers. So far i have taught mysel HTML5 plus CSS3. I am in the process of trying to learn C++. But i want to try out the latest Raspberry Pi 4 Model B+ board and learn C++ on that. Still waiting for the new Raspberry Pi 4 to become available for sale once again, does anyone know? Thanks

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:30 am

I bought a Raspberry Pi 1 but never really did much with it. Unfortunately, it wasn't powerful enough and while it was interesting to experiment with it a bit, eventually it was left in the parts box.

Last year I bought myself a Asus Tinkerboard, and have been using it as a spare computer and for media playback on my TV. I've just, received this morning, bought a 4G R-Pi 4, and its first major use will be being used on holiday as a spare computer. (Will take a keyboard and mouse and use TVs/monitors at my destination. I'm hoping that the doubled RAM will give me even more performance, but I'm aware that it will run slowly until I sort out some sort of cooling solution.

EDIT: Realising that my travel is coming up moderately (but not too) soon and with a quick search not revealing obvious choices, I bought one of these. ... SwOKldQGBG I worked on the theory that's it's probably best to have something rather than spending a week or more doing research and then it being tight to get it through the post.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:52 pm

Old, retired putzer needing new project, just ordered the pi 4b.
Will try to keep really dumb questions to minimum

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:04 am

Hi all, I'm Holand from Clifton.
I'm C++ developer.
I have a Anet A6 3d printer and like to use astroprint for slicing printing from my Android phone.
Wat raspberry is the better one?
Do I need the processor power and more memory from the 3 or is the cheaper zero w enough?
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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:44 pm

Hi, I'm Allen from Northern Virginia, USA. I've just joined this forum because I have a Raspberry Pi 4 (4 GB) on order and due to arrive next week. I have been interested in the Raspberry Pi for a few years now but I never bought one until yesterday. My computer building experience is mostly with Windows-based machines (check my web site and I managed to get myself into four computer magazines for modding computers, including Maximum PC (Rig of the Month, Feb 2005) and PC Extreme magazine (Mod of the Month, issue 26; it went under later that year). I have a LAN with nine gaming machines that I have built and our next LAN party is Labor Day weekend, a USA holiday that signals the end of summer.

I'm not exactly sure what I will do with my Raspberry Pi 4 when it arrives but I'm thinking of replacing the old laptop I installed in my Scan-A-Tron with this new device. I am open to new ideas though, and I've started searching for project ideas online.

Here is a picture of my current Scan-A-Tron computer, which was built into an old HP flatbed scanner:
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Retired and volunteering my time towards cat rescue.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:50 pm

Hello everyone! My name is Tom or "cyber". I am a tinkerer and love to do hands on activities, especially ones that make me think. I also love BBQ, which is what brings me here. I am working through the idea of making a custom controller for my BBQ smoker. I know it's not a new idea and there are some out there already but none do everything I want it to do. That's why I'm here. I want to create a custom controller for my smoker. Let the fun begin!

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:12 am


My new Raspberry Pi 4 arrived yesterday and I got it working this afternoon after watching our grandkids for 3.5 hours. Retirement does not mean having the freedom to do what you want on your schedule! Anyway, now that it's up and running in a little case, I decided that putting such a little device into my Scan-A-Tron would not look very sexy. I think Scan-A-Tron is more suited to open-frame laptops, meaning tearing the display off a working laptop like I've already done. So Scan-A-Tron will stay like it is and I need to find a new home for the Raspberry.

If I had a broken toaster, that would be a good size. I started looking around my workshop for something of appropriate size (meaning it can sit comfortably on a desk and the wires can be hidden some what) but if someone gave me a good idea, I might try it.
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Retired and volunteering my time towards cat rescue.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:50 pm

I am Bill.
I am a complete novice.
I realize I have a serious learning curve.
Unfortunately I have developed a couple of projects in my head which I believe can be achieved with the use of a Raspberry Pi.
I would like to try using a Compute Module 3+ but I am having trouble finding a usable PCB with a DDR2 SODIMM connector with a couple sets of GPIO pins.
If any one knows of a no frills PCB board let me know.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:37 am


I'm Mattia from Rome,Italy. I work in a company focused on hardware design, firmware and software development. Now we are working on RF 434/868 MHz expansion card for Raspberry 3/3B+/4, that will be used in many fields, such as queue management, energy meter and so on.

I personally take care of the software, and I think I'm a full stack developer, because I'm the designer of the application that runs on raspi and of all the others tools the customer need to configure it and collect data.

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Re: STICKY: Introduce yourself!

Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:04 am


45 yo from Finland (now living in Philippines) and i'm new for a Raspberry, ready to learn :)
I'm working on Help Desk at the moment and i have few MS Certificates, so i'm more familiar with Windows. I have some knowledge about Linux / UNIX commands, but still need lots on practice.
Houba :P

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