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  1.    21 Feb 2015 #121
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    I have some old parallel and COM port IO boards but are pain to use, have to write DOS programs to use them. I'll have to look into Pi a bit more. Have tons of motors and mechanisms from HDDs and CDs to play with, just need good interfaces. Does anybody know good forums that deal with Raspberries ?.
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  2.    21 Feb 2015 #122
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    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That's the thing, the price is right for something to just play around with and try new things. caperjack have a look at this, https://www.adafruit.com/products/1275 a bit pricy but it would be a cool looking to mount a display and Pi too, and maybe one of these, https://www.adafruit.com/products/443
    interesting ,its all so new to me, it will be a learning curve for sure,[just the janitor ,boy I can mop a mean floor ,lol] .as I have no background in electronics ,and as far as coding and such stuff ,never could catch on to that ,had a hard enough time with english in school ,lol
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  3.    21 Feb 2015 #123
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    N Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)

    I've had my Pi2 for about a week now and so far all I've done is played with it. I'm running Raspbian and have just tinkered with it, basically just have it setup like a mini desktop. Got wifi and Bluetooth dongles working on it, installed Firefox and LibreOffice and installed Samba so I can share files from my Windows computers.

    I had a Model B that I had setup with Raspbmc but always felt it was too underpowered so didn't use it much. A few months ago I got it out to play with it some more and found it no longer worked, won't boot.

    I've looked at some sites that show what others have used their Pi for but haven't found anything that caught my attention. I am looking forward to trying the IoT version of Win 10 when MS releases it. Other than that, the Pi2 is just a toy for me.
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  4.    21 Feb 2015 #124
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I have some old parallel and COM port IO boards but are pain to use, have to write DOS programs to use them. I'll have to look into Pi a bit more. Have tons of motors and mechanisms from HDDs and CDs to play with, just need good interfaces. Does anybody know good forums that deal with Raspberries ?.
    This site might appeal to you, Hackaday | Fresh hacks every day. Don't let the name fool you, it's about hacking old hardware to do new things. There's stuff on servo's and motors, robotics, just about everything electronic.
    EDIT: Have a look around here too, https://www.adafruit.com/ they have an extensive tutorial section with lots of home brew projects done on the Pi.
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  5.    21 Feb 2015 #125
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    I don't have a denifite project as well. My old pi is a dedicated internet radio and part time surveillance cam. The Pi2 can be a mobile entertainment center when going out of town. I may also use it a lot as browser.
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  6.    21 Feb 2015 #126
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I already have a B+ that I use for a media center, it's hooked up to my TV in my bedroom. At some point I want to set up one of mine up as this, https://learn.adafruit.com/freq-show...tl-sdr-scanner. I already have that SDR dongle and a 5 inch touch screen. I also have a temperature, barometric pressure, altitude sensor board that I hope to be the start of a home weather station. Pi's are easily repurposed to do a variety of things. I'm not sure my budget will allow me to get into the robotics side of things.
    Do you know if that scanner can be bought/shipped to US? I always thought of a DC to light receiver
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  7.    21 Feb 2015 #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by meebers View Post
    Do you know if that scanner can be bought/shipped to US? I always thought of a DC to light receiver
    The SDR dongle? , https://www.adafruit.com/products/1497
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  8.    21 Feb 2015 #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Tx alpha....Margaret said my order went thru. $10 shipping
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  9.    21 Feb 2015 #129
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    Quote Originally Posted by meebers View Post
    Do you know if that scanner can be bought/shipped to US? I always thought of a DC to light receiver
    adafruit.com is an American company .
    started by this lady.
    About Adafruit - Press, Limor Fried / Ladyada & more...
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  10.    21 Feb 2015 #130
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    Quote Originally Posted by meebers View Post
    Tx alpha....Margaret said my order went thru. $10 shipping
    I probably should have mentioned this earlier, I also bought one theses, https://www.adafruit.com/products/1531. It lets me use some home made antennas that I use with my police scanner. The one that comes with it is very short and meant more for TV reception and FM radio. It will work but it will limit your range, depending on what your listening too. I did some shortwave single sideband listening and the AM Air band as well. This was from Windows 8 with the modded driver and SDR Sharp software.
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