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Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


They've said that in addition to H.264 they have a license for MPEG-4, which presumably means they can support hardware decoding of XviD/DivX as both are based on the MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile standard. They don't have a license for MPEG-2, however, which sucks for everyone in the US or Canada that wants (or wanted) to use it with a digital TV tuner for HD broadcasts.

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Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


This is not directly Raspberry Pi related but right now there's a Kickstarter for a Raspberry Pi-class ARM dev board that is only $9 called the CHIP. It's based on a to-be-released refresh of the AllWinner A13 called the R8 with a 1 GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 and Mali 400 graphics. The board will have 512 MB of RAM, 4GB eMMC flash storage, audio in/out, composite video out, WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and a built-in battery controller. What I'm most interested in is an accessory board called the PocketCHIP with a battery, touchscreen display, and hardware qwerty keyboard for $49 (with a CHIP board included).

Compared to the Pi it's missing HDMI (without an additional add-on board), an SD card slot, and Ethernet and it only has 1 USB host port (though the micro USB port supports OTG). AllWinner doesn't exactly have the best open-source reputation in case that bothers you although the people running the Kickstarter claim the board will be able to run "mainline" Linux when it is released. Also shipping outside the US is outrageously expensive (however the developers claim to be "getting new quotes"). It ships in December (sold out) January if you order just a barebones board or next May if you purchase it with any accessories (though of course with any Kickstarter YMMV with ship dates).

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


Krispy Kareem posted:

One of the first articles I saw on the CHIP boasted it had a faster processor than the Pi 2. Which...is true I guess, if you don't notice all the extra cores.

It looks like an interesting idea though. I may go in on the $49 option, although that touchscreen has got to look like total rear end to come in at that price point.

The Kickstarter says the PocketCHIP screen is only 470 x 272 so, yeah, expect rear end. For a portable terminal it hopefully won't be too bad. Additionally they confirmed the HDMI output will not support audio so keep that in mind if you were planning to use it for a media center or something. Also, all of the screens in their videos and pictures look pretty low-res and they haven't answered my question about what resolutions the VGA and HDMI outputs support which seems pretty suspicious. Neither of those personally impact me since all my potential applications are headless or with the PocketCHIP but if you were planning on using it for any kind of non-headless (headed?) application you should keep it in mind.

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


apropos man posted:

I'm going to repurpose the Pi3 I've been using for Nvidia Game Stream to a simple OpenELEC/kodi box.

I want to image the sd card to a file and rsync the IMG file to my server in case I ever decide to revert it back to a game streaming Pi again. It's got a 16GB microSD in it and I'd like to create the image ignoring unused space because I'm only using about 4GB of the 16GB card.

Would something like this be OK:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/...hp?f=26&t=22524

Or is there a more widespread and elegant solution?

Just use a standard disk imaging program like Clonezilla.

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


PINE64 announced some of their upcoming products. The first three are particularly notable. First is the $199 "pro" version of their laptop, with a hex-core CPU (Cortex A72/A53 cores), 4 GB RAM, a 14" 1080p screen, a 10,000 mAh battery, M.2 PCIe slot, and a USB-C port that supports charging and 4k 60Hz video out. Second is some more specs of the phone they announced last year: $149 "target" price, Allwinner A64 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 720x1440 display, USB-C port, 4G LTE, 802.11n. Finally a tablet with roughly the same specs as their current laptop for $79 or $99 with a detachable keyboard and trackpad. The post is worth reading, especially for the other announcements I haven't mentioned.

Mr.Radar fucked around with this message at 21:03 on Feb 2, 2019

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


mystes posted:

Your friend probably can't even legally be showing the stream in his bar anyway.

This. Sports leagues are even worse than the RIAA/MPAA when it comes to dicking people over through copyright enforcement. If your friend doesn't have a commercial license to be showing that stuff and he gets caught out he can expect his business to be sued into oblivion.

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


Inept posted:

I wonder if the number of people who want dual monitors on a Pi even outweighs the number of people who will avoid buying one because they don't want to buy more weird cables.

They also have a USB-C port right there. Having a full-size HDMI built-in and allowing people who want a second display to do so via a dongle off the USB-C port would have been a much better option.

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


fishmech posted:

That seems to be pretty overkill, is there a version of that which just handles the modern TLS connections on its side and spits out older SSL or TLS connections or HTTP straight up, for people who just want to browse sites that could otherwise be handled?

I think mitmproxy can do that. Assuming the browser supports SOCKS proxies SOCKS5 mode sounds like the ticket.

Mr.Radar fucked around with this message at 18:34 on Jul 21, 2019

Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


The SD card in my original Raspberry Pi Model B (purchased just before they announced the 2 series ) has finally died (apt-get update failed with a file system error) and I need a replacement. Is there a go-to brand/model for SD cards for Pis these days? Are there any particular specs/speed ratings I should look out for?

EDIT: After reading a few articles I picked up two 32GB Sandisk Extreme cards (purchased from the official Western Digital store to avoid playing Amazon counterfeit SD card roulette).

Mr.Radar fucked around with this message at 03:35 on Feb 20, 2020

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Mr.Radar
Nov 5, 2005

You guys aren't going to believe this, but that guy is our games teacher.


Niel from RetroManCave interviewed Ebon Upton about how the Raspberry Pi was created:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUq7iyT9Hcg

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