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Unread postby rooted » Sun May 13, 2018 1:23 pm

I am just starting a thread where anything can be discussed, no holds barred... well at least keep it friendly :)

Anything interesting happen to anyone this week?

Not much here, I did get a great deal on a set of Astro A50 headphones last weekend, lightly used for only $25. Great for those late night gaming sessions when the wife is sleeping and I should be too.

I got a new car audio amplifier last week as well I need to install but it's been too hot here on the coast, averaging 32C daily. I have 1600 watts RMS driving subwoofers but only 100 watts for mids/highs currently. So I got another 400 watts RMS to brighten up my highs, just need a cool day to install. I will need an additional battery as well but that isn't a priority.

I have also been trying to figure out a project for the N1 but haven't come up with anything yet. Any ideas? Nothing NAS related since I have two CloudShell pulling duties there.
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Unread postby mad_ady » Mon May 14, 2018 2:26 am

I'm on vacation (Barcelona). Not doing much either. I think the N1 would fit a light desktop nicely. I might prepare one for the kids - the eldest starts school in autumn, and might need to be introduced to computers after all. It's not a glamorous project, but I'm sure there will be problems to solve...
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Unread postby rooted » Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 am

You must be younger than I thought, two of my kids are 'grown' and the youngest is about to graduate high school.

Enjoy your vacation, how is it this time of year?
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Unread postby mad_ady » Mon May 14, 2018 2:10 pm

There's a meet an Odroider a while ago :). But yes, kids are young and eating up my spare time. Barcelona is nice this time of year, but a bit chilly.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Wed May 16, 2018 2:08 am

well i have been tring to get the weather board working directly off of the N-1..making slow progress though..
aside from that my step father passed on last night ..i hate funerals/wedding`s crowds in general..got my u-3 from amerdroid been just updating that added an i/o sheild to it see what i can do with it..looking for a new home as i am homeless atm...oh my kids are in their late 30`s..you guy`s are still young`ing`s
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Unread postby rooted » Wed May 16, 2018 2:20 am

Getting the weather board to work directly on the N1 would be cool, I have one myself attached to the Show.

Sorry to hear about your step father, my step sister passed away two weeks ago and it's been difficult. I just try to stay busy as I'm sure you do as well.

I knew you were a bit older, I figured maybe a retired electrical engineer. But that was just a guess based on your posts.
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Unread postby rooted » Wed May 16, 2018 2:22 am

mad_ady wrote:There's a meet an Odroider a while ago :). But yes, kids are young and eating up my spare time. Barcelona is nice this time of year, but a bit chilly.
I missed it I guess, will have to revisit the magazine.

Enjoy your children while you can, before you know it they are grown and busy with their own lives.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Wed May 16, 2018 2:26 am

@rooted yeah pretty much something like that..most of my life has been mechanic`s or electronics ..
so yeah you basically have it correct there,,
yep kids have their own lives,,but always seem to turn up when something is broken that they cannot fix themselves`s..lol..lol
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Unread postby rooted » Wed May 16, 2018 6:15 am

LMAO, my kids are that way as well. One of my sons does it at least twice a month.
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Unread postby cdu13a » Wed May 16, 2018 10:04 am

That sounds familiar. The girlfriends kids are the same way, you don't see much of them, and they still live at home.
At least now that they both have jobs I get less "and can I get $20 too", appended on the request to fix things.
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Unread postby rooted » Wed May 16, 2018 10:10 am

My answer to "Can I get XX" is always the same, "I don't know, can you?" and I end the conversation there.

Ask me nicely and generally the dude abides :)
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Unread postby mad_ady » Wed May 16, 2018 2:04 pm

Ah, parenting - the never ending job. I don't know, now it seems pretty demanding, but maybe when they are all grown up I'll come to miss it. Well, I guess you can always tell them to start making grandchildren if you miss the crying :D
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Unread postby rooted » Wed May 16, 2018 2:41 pm

The crying was so long ago for me, it was endearing at times... other times you just wanted to pull your hair out and shove it in your ears for a moment's silence :eek:
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Wed May 16, 2018 7:25 pm

the hair pulling out never stopped 4 me ..but when you get some hardware that 10 or so would be repair`ers tried to fix..well first you have to fix the stuff ups then work out..if it can be repaired ..lol..happens to me constantly..
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Unread postby cdu13a » Fri May 18, 2018 12:22 am

Waiting around for deliveries today. The girlfriend says I'm just like a kid at Christmas about my orders coming in. Was up early, and I've probably refreshed the tracking page 100 times this morning alone and will most likely be anxiously waiting on the front steps for the Fedex/UPS vans to come down the road.

Anybody else turn into a big kid about getting their parts/electronics orders showing up.
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Unread postby rooted » Fri May 18, 2018 12:41 am

I think we all do, at least I do. What are you getting in that has you excited today?
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Unread postby cdu13a » Fri May 18, 2018 3:48 am

More C2's, and random accessories from Hardkernel. It's first time I have bothered getting eMMC modules, so will be interesting to see what difference they make.

Mostly trying to get what I need to finish my smart multi-room plus vehicles audio setup. Smart because it has a few tricks up it's sleeves like having your currently playing playlist follow you, between the house and the car, and back again.

Oh, and also getting an assortment of small format displays, and a pile of different sensors to evaluate for use with the Odroids for future projects.
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Unread postby rooted » Fri May 18, 2018 4:17 am

eMMC makes a huge difference in Android, in Linux less so but still very noticeable.

I have all the necessary items to do a C2 based CarPC but have yet to have time. I still haven't installed the amp I mentioned in the OP :eek: :)

Time is a precious commodity, and here on the gulf coast weather rarely coincides.
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Unread postby mad_ady » Fri May 18, 2018 5:11 am

@cdu13a: your project sounds interesting. Perhaps you should document it/send an article to the magazine.
I have 3 mpd instances - one in each room. They play only locally, but I was thinking of getting either pulseaudio to output to all sinks, or use something like https://github.com/badaix/snapcast/blob ... /README.md.
I haven't done anything except research, but sounds related to your project.

An extension to this would be having https://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page integrated with the speakers/webcam mics and have my very own house-wide announcement system.
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Unread postby Firestorm » Fri May 18, 2018 6:54 am

I had a power outage yesterday for a few minutes. What usually happens in this case is that my Odroid C2 (that acts as my home network management server and provides me with an internet connection) starts up before my cable modem is ready and it doesn't try to re-establish a connection when it is. I recently wrote a script to check for internet connectivity, bounce the internet ethernet adapter if there's no connection, and log the date and time to a file - I have it run every five minutes via cron.

What's annoying is that without internet connectivity the Odroid cannot set the clock and all of the date and timestamps that I log are wrong. I purchased the RTC Shield yesterday and look forward to its arrival to help solve this problem. It's not a big deal, but it will make me feel better.
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Unread postby rooted » Fri May 18, 2018 12:13 pm

mad_ady wrote:An extension to this would be having https://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page integrated with the speakers/webcam mics and have my very own house-wide announcement system.


I like the announce feature of Google home, I scare my wife with it weekly.
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Unread postby mad_ady » Fri May 18, 2018 2:34 pm

@firestorm - you can install fake-hwclock. It will save periodically the date/time to a file and restore it soon after reboot. It's not perfect, but it works
@rooted: I can use mpd from home assistant to "say" a text. I used it to tell the wife to unlock the balcony door and let me in :)
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Unread postby cdu13a » Fri May 18, 2018 3:03 pm

@rooted I've had the parts a few times, to do the Setup in the car, but by the time I get a chance to do it, the parts have made their way into other projects.
Weather tends to cause delay here as well, winter can be a rather brutal 5 month long affair and come summer the only free time I have is when the weather is too hot or too wet to work.

@mad_ady I do plan on documenting, but still have a way to go before everything is working well enough to show in public.
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Unread postby Firestorm » Wed May 23, 2018 6:51 am

mad_ady wrote:@firestorm - you can install fake-hwclock. It will save periodically the date/time to a file and restore it soon after reboot. It's not perfect, but it works


Thanks for the suggestion! I prefer the RTC hardware solution and it has already been delivered (too bad that I'm out of town).
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Fri May 25, 2018 9:34 am

well still looking for permanent residence looked at a pad this week but my app was rejected..
it sort of get`s me down to quite some extent basically homeless apart from family putting me up from here to there..i keep looking though..
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Unread postby rooted » Fri May 25, 2018 9:47 am

Sorry to hear that phaseshifter, I hope you find something soon.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 12:25 am

yeah it suck`s..any way i got a bit of banter ..waiting for a new birth-cert to arrive and then i can get some solid i`d together..
they wont let me drive any more due to health reasons..
so photo id must be obtained and y`a need a birth-cert to get a id ..
the world works weird,,
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old school stuff can still be a lot of fun..
i have the i/o board for it not shure what exactly if and what i am going to do with that..i would like to put a small lcd screen on it and turn it into a c-shell type device if i can get a display worked out and pinned out ..i dont know if the i/o board will allow for spi..but one can only try..but well that`s my banter for now,,peace out...phase...
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 1:11 am

I have had to get both a new birth certificate and social security card (home fire), the birth certificate was difficult but the SS card was easy enough. I had to do both in person though.

Currently I'm waiting on Alberto to hit, I live on the emerald coast right in the path. It's only a sub-tropical storm at least.
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Unread postby Technicavolous » Tue May 29, 2018 1:14 am

Currently I'm waiting on Alberto to hit, I live on the emerald coast right in the path. It's only a sub-tropical storm at least.


Where? I'm in Lake County, Howey In The Hills. I'd love to drive over the the Left Coast and treat you to lunch some time!
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 2:37 am

Far from there, Pensacola. Thanks for the offer though.
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Unread postby Technicavolous » Tue May 29, 2018 3:05 am

Every now n then I'm up that far, but not so often.

Not too windy there right now?
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Unread postby mad_ady » Tue May 29, 2018 3:06 am

As an european I find it weird that americans (and possibly canadians as well) don't have an id card. The driver license should only be for driving. What if you're too old or unfit to drive, or simply you can't afford a car? How can the police officer suspend your license for a big offence? (over here they usually take it away for 1-3 months).
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 4:11 am

Technicavolous wrote:Every now n then I'm up that far, but not so often.

Not too windy there right now?
Naa, it shifted over to Panama City. It's partly cloudy, wind blowing a bit.

May be a long hurricane season this year.
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 4:12 am

mad_ady wrote:As an european I find it weird that americans (and possibly canadians as well) don't have an id card. The driver license should only be for driving. What if you're too old or unfit to drive, or simply you can't afford a car? How can the police officer suspend your license for a big offence? (over here they usually take it away for 1-3 months).
We have a license or ID, if you can't get or have a driver license you can get a state issued ID.

Do you have to pay for your ID?
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 12:48 pm

I just paid 65 aud for my birth certificate and another 35 aud to get my photo I`d
which rather sucks as i dont drive any more and a licence would cost twice as much amount for 3 years..
but yet has better i`d value than both the cert and the photo id have separately
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 12:51 pm

I didn't know you were an Aussie.

It is actually ridiculous to charge for an ID, here (in some states) you can be arrested for not having proof of ID yet they still charge you for it.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 12:53 pm

but if i had a drivers licence i could obtain an international licence that would work as i`d in other country’s...
as for my birth cert and photo i`d has no value overseas.
.thats when you have go out further and pay for a passport..dunno how much that would cost in aud..
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 12:55 pm

A passport is only $140 USD, in Australia probably more.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 12:56 pm

it`s all about the buck and red tape..
yeah as for the cost of pass port i dunno..
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:00 pm

i`d been looking into sbc`s for some time when i found the xu3..and thought oh yes very nice so back in 2015 i started up here..
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Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 1:03 pm

I have never seen you use any British slang, no 'smoke a fag' or 'what are they on about', not even a mate.

I don't personally know anyone from Australia so ignore my ignorance, I do have a good friend from NZ who uses so much slang I can't always follow.

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I have been using embedded devices for a long time, first it was MIPS then I switched to ARM.

After finding Odroid device I don't use anything else, well I do use a couple of Raspberry Pi also.
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:11 pm

i have euro decendency prolly why....i dont really bother with slang and crap talk
i was raised by a very hard farther..who died on me as an early age..screwed me up bad..but time has passed....you got to just make the best of what you can..
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Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:16 pm

i had been looking at getting a rasp p-i for a while but hung back knowing that soon there would be better..
p-i boards i have thought even these days just to get one for the gadgets and addons
that are about for them..but still they lack cpu power amongst other things...
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby mad_ady » Tue May 29, 2018 1:16 pm

140$ for a passport? You can probably get it cheaper on the black market! [emoji38]
Over here we only pay a small processing fee (3-4EUR) for an ID card which is valid for 10 years. If you're over 65 it's valid for a lifetime. Passports are about the same.
A bonus about being in the EU is being able to travel inside the EU with only the ID card.
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 1:24 pm

I'm lucky, both of my parents are still around. I even have two grandparents, but my family size has decreased tremendously over the past few years. Death sucks and misses no one.

Pi are good because of the massive amount of support, about anything you can imagine has been done and documented.

I mean they even figured out a way to use a wire attached to a GPIO and a bit of software to (illegally) broadcast on FM radio. I'm part of the XBian team also, so I have to have some Pi devices.
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 1:29 pm

mad_ady wrote:A bonus about being in the EU is being able to travel inside the EU with only the ID card.


It's so small shouldn't need a passport :)

I mean it's about the same size as the US in total, no passport needed to travel the states either.

Can you be arrested for no proof of ID in Europe?
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:30 pm

i`m not part of any team as such ..mostly self taught ..done some tafe electronic courses did a lot of component level repairs and lot`s of building terminals and xt turbo server units back in the early 80`s for local hospitals,,so electronics is in me for the most part ....and yes lot`s of my elder`s havd passed on ..there’s really only my cousins and unc/aunties left..all the great`s and grands have passed ..
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:32 pm

i`m not shure if you can be arrested but most certainly fined down under..they chase buck`s the police down here..there you go@rooted i just used bucks..lol..lol slang there y`a go digger mate from the coast

i`ve been had people comment on the fluency of my english i speak it and understand it very well....but i am a bit slow at the best of times..seem`s there`s a bit of Sheldon syndrome in me..lol..lol
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby rooted » Tue May 29, 2018 1:33 pm

They do here as well, they actually have quotas for how many tickets they must write monthly.
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Re: Off Topic Banter

Unread postby phaseshifter » Tue May 29, 2018 1:38 pm

that is sad to think of it that way..it`s only revenue that is all..and pure greed...
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