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  1. Binky

    The Caring Corner :)

    Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea? Alice: Well, I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more. March Hare: Ah, you mean you can't very well take less. Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.”
  2. Binky

    Improve Volume Wheel Daemon (Bounty!)

    How is control of the volume currently shared between GUI volume controls and the wheel? What happens if you open Kmix/whatever, and move the master volume slider?
  3. Binky

    Improve Volume Wheel Daemon (Bounty!)

    The physical wheel has an absolute, physical position. You can turn it down to minimum, and up to maximum, or somewhere in the middle, regardless of what the software is doing. Where the Pandora and many older devices have the wheel directly wired into the audio circuit, the Pyra has it...
  4. Binky

    Improve Volume Wheel Daemon (Bounty!)

    Suppose the volume daemon were written to only check the volume wheel when audio is playing. How long would it take to notice a new audio playback stream, read the ADC, and set the volume? If it were fast - taking only a few tens of ms, you'd only get a faint click in the worst case. In fact...
  5. Binky

    Improve Volume Wheel Daemon (Bounty!)

    At what level is the wheel position absolute? If the wheel is a potentiometer connected to an ADC, using modifiers would lead to some odd behaviour. If you set the volume, then pressed the modifier for display brightness, the brightness would jump to whatever you set the volume to. When you...
  6. Binky

    Should I have received my final order eMail already?

    UK law is also absolutely full of weird step/staircase functions for calculating taxes and social benefits. It's as though the politicians who come up with this stuff were all asleep during maths class. It makes sense for discounts to lead to lesser taxes if the discount was given freely by the...
  7. Binky

    Should I have received my final order eMail already?

    You mean that if, like me, you've pre-paid practically the entire cost of the device in vouchers, they count against the customs value of the device, reducing it to practically nothing? That would explain why a few people reported not getting tax bills for importing their Pyras. Still, I'm not...
  8. Binky

    Cracked Case; Wasn't expecting it so soon.

    Do you say that it is likely to become more flawed with time? That seems strange. Product quality generally improves, as design bugs are ironed out, and QC gets better at catching them. I would rather have a device which is conceptually-aligned with my values and have to buy a spare case set...
  9. Binky

    Absurdism corner

    "There even are places where English completely disappears; in America, they haven't used it for years!" - Prof. H. Higgins
  10. Binky

    The Communication Cube

    A thought: So far as I can tell, part of the Great Stallman Debate is that he is accused of being unfit to run a large organisation on the grounds of his socio-political attitudes. One counterargument is that free software can and should be coolly focused on technical merit, not race, gender...
  11. Binky

    Brief Answers to the Big (Pyra) Questions

    How would you connect the second external display? I've not heard of being able to drive two separate video signals down a single HDMI cable - though I suppose it might be possible with some trickery. There are USB devices you can use as external video cards, but I think you'd struggle for...
  12. Binky

    Absurdism corner

    The sign was intended to mean: "Do not exceed 20 [mph/kmph] [because there are] children [nearby]" You should drive slowly in case children are playing on the road. However, it might also be read as: "Do not exceed 20 children [because 21 children would be too many]" Which is funny, because the...
  13. Binky

    The Free Software Foundation needs our help

    Perhaps of interest, the view of a real live woman in tech:
  14. Binky

    Pyra why ?

    I suppose the first point for me is software usability. I have a mainstream (though 'old') smartphone, and I am constantly frustrated by deliberate, systemic design choices. My Pandora is much better, and I'm hoping that a Pyra (with Debian) will be better still. Second, I don't like the...
  15. Binky

    Pyra screen

    I think that's unlikely to be the problem if the backlight controls work and there's a ssh server running! My pandora has failed to start X once or twice after an unclean shutdown. Rebooting fixes it though. There's no harm in having a look to see if the display cable is loose. Are you happy...
  16. Binky

    Pyra in Alaska

    Thank you for the commentary. Even though the pre-order experience is inevitably a bit wobbly with this sort of project, it sounds like the set of features to improve is fairly manageable, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting my unit when the time comes. Either way, real user feedback...
  17. Binky

    COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic

    Here's a thought: There's a lot of simplistic discussion and advice involved in this pandemic. One example being the various distances one is supposed to stay from others. Six feet? Two metres? One metre? One smoot? The obvious justification for that is the limited bandwidth of public...
  18. Binky

    WTB: Pyra

    Perhaps I spoke too soon!
  19. Binky

    WTB: Pyra

    Preorder through the shop here, if you like: With so few of them in the wild, you'll be lucky to find a second-hand unit for sale at less than the cost of a new one!