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Heya! The kits are currently only available via the Kickstarter - we'll be making them available generally after we've shipped all of the Kickstarter units.


Thank you for the reply. I will probably buy them soon.



1. The cables have a "twist" internally so they electrically match if you if you attempt to "loopback". They'll also have custom branding on the ends to make it clear they are not USB cables.

2. The modules/dock/cables are electrically compatible with USB (5V power, 3V3 data) and won't cause any damage to a USB device.

The reason we selected those connectors is because they are rated for many insertions, relatively cheap and easy to get assembled as proper moulded cables, SMT placeable, and strong. We did evaluate many options but nothing came close to the quality at a reasonable price.

Hope that answers your question!


Ah that is good to hear as I have seen in the past a number of things which use USB connectors, (for the same reasons you mention) but don't follow the spec at all. Which causes all kinds of fun problems.

Keep up the great work.


Thanks! :-)


Hey Ben, thanks for submitting this!

This is Jon from Pimoroni - we just launched Flotilla today.

We've been working on Flotilla for just over a year - the vision is to provide an electronics experimentation system that scales with ability and has as few restrictions as possible.

The hardware in the video is a little out of date but pretty representative of our final design. The main change is we've swapped to round/thinner cabling to make it easier to route them around in your projects.

The Dock maintains the state of the system receiving updates from sensors and issuing commands to connected devices. It then sanitises the data and discards duplicates before passing it via USB serial to the host Raspberry Pi.

If anyone has any questions I'll hang around to answer them best I can!


I've seen 30Hz in action on a couple of panels and there is no way I can stomach it!


Honestly I don't notice it ... where does it bother you?

I'm not sure whether I really want to know the answer here - this might be one of those things that you can't unsee once it is pointed out!


Definitely nothing you can't un-see - it's just terribly jarring for me.

I pretty much find anything (that doesn't have inherent motion blur baked in - like film/tv) below 45 frames per second painful to watch - however 60 frames or more is smooth as silk.

Edit: I should point out I do a lot of CAD work, constantly panning/zooming. I'm sure in a text editor it wouldn't matter so much!


I can definitely see how it might not be the right monitor for CAD work. Hope you find something that works for you (and that doesn't break the bank), although it feels like waiting a few months could be a good strategy.


The SOC doesn't support more than 512MB of RAM (or USB3). Raspberry Pi is built to a price point above all else - you could keep adding/upgrading features but you'd just end up way out of their target price.


This kind of action from big names is absolutely crucial to halt the ridiculous situation we're faced with.

I'd happily put up with "protest slow-downs" every day of the week if it helps motivate the non-technical masses to understand the importance of what's being slowly taken away from them behind the scenes.


I haven't run any anti-virus software for at least the past ten years either at work (Ubuntu), on my laptop (OSX) or at home (Windows 7).

To the best of my knowledge I've never succumbed to a virus and have certainly never seen any indication that I have!

I'm cautious with what software I choose to run and do cursory checks of links in e-mail/online. I really only run business related software (Sublime Text, CS Suite, Browsers, Autodesk Inventor, Eagle CAD, etc) and any games I do play (rarely!) are via Steam.

All machines are used regularly depending on where I am and what I'm doing. I'm the only person who uses any of them. I generally only re-install when I'm replacing a machine or substantially upgrading it (perhaps once a year or so).


Hey that is really nice! Are you interested in looking for a way to get them manufactured?


If there is community interest, I definitely would!

I love the Pibow, by the way. ;)


Drop me an e-mail (details in profile) we're definitely looking for e-paper/ink options at the moment!

Glad you're a fan of the Pibow! :-)


Andrew came to see us the other day and chat about their vision for Linux Voice. They know what they are doing and all have a solid publishing background so we can't wait to see how it turns out.

It's a really refreshing approach and they are committed to giving back to the FOSS community from the profits generated by it. I also really like that they plan to release the content for other uses after a brief embargo.


Reports of up to 15% of the worlds memory production being affected, no reported casualties.

Memory shipments are on hold from the Far East while the effect on supply and pricing is determining.

Also see: http://www.kitguru.net/components/memory/faith/far-east-memo...



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