I’ve now managed to get a first, very rough version of I.L.Powell’s 1979 Triton Tiny BASIC ‘Star Trek’ game to work in Python on my Raspberry Pi. Most of my effort has been spent in understanding how the original game worked – not easy, even for someone who learned to program in BASIC at about the time the original article was published.
As I wrote in an earlier post, I wanted to try to remain reasonably faithful to the way the original game worked, even to the point of preserving the original data structures and codes. I have however made . . . → Read More: Raspberry Pi, Python, Star Trek and Morecambe & Wise
Since my Raspberry Pi arrived a few weeks ago, I’ve been tinkering with it rather a lot. For example, I’m currently on my 3rd operating system build. I’ve already been through the Debian squeeze and wheezy beta, and last night I started using a version of the Raspbian port (derived from Debian, but complied to take advantage of the floating point processor on the Pi, meaning better performance for most things).
All this tinkering means that I haven’t got as far as I hoped with my attempt to learn a little more Python by creating a port of a Star . . . → Read More: Raspberry Pi – Python Star Trek progress
I’ve been playing around with my Raspberry Pi for a couple of weeks now. “Playing” is definitely the right word!
So far, I’ve ‘built’ a case for it from a rather nasty grey plastic box I sourced from a local electrical retailer, figured out how to create SD cards so I can boot it into Linux (the beta of the Debian ‘Wheezy’ release being my current choice), got it working on my home network (and out onto the internet), installed a FORTRAN compiler and most excitingly of all, started to learn Python.
I think I’m going to like Python. It . . . → Read More: Raspberry Pi + Python = an automated coin flipper
The lauch of the Raspberry Pi is beginning to look more and more like the early days of home computing – but this time, it’s not about the excitement of programming, it’s all about delays in delivery. Having been promised delivery by April 30th, it will now be with me “around the end of May”. Oh well. It’s not the end of the world I suppose!
Earlier on today, I found this reminder of the problems that Science of Cambridge had in delivering the MK14. Somehow, the apology from Science of Cambridge in 1978 seems somewhat more sincere than the . . . → Read More: Raspberry Pi – we *have* been here before!
… is what Practical Electronics said about the launch of the Compukit UK101 back in August 1979.
While you’re reading their article, remember that it isn’t about the Raspberry Pi – instead, it’s about an 8MHz 6502, 4Kbyte computer with a UHF output to a black and white TV monitor and a 300 baud (very, very slow) cassette tape interface for backing up your programs and data.
Imagine being able to run a program to help your child (or yourself) revise for exams. Animated diagrams are possible, such as an internal combustion engine shown reciprocating, with mathematical equations . . . → Read More: WARNING: Computing is highly addictive
Yes. We have. But not for a long, long time and that’s why I’m looking forward to receiving mine, once production can keep up with demand. At £21.60 + VAT for a “model B”, you can’t really argue about value, even though you have to provide your own keyboard, monitor, SD cards and a case.
According to the charitable foundation behind the Raspberry Pi, it has come into being because:
Eben [Upton, a Cambridge University lecturer] had noticed a distinct drop in the skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year when . . . → Read More: The launch of the Raspberry Pi – haven’t we been here before?