My Ben Nano probably arrives tommorow - some thoughts
ruben at mostlymaths.net
Mon Apr 9 07:30:13 EDT 2012
You can flash it from a Mac without many problems (my main machine is a 2008 Macbook and I've flashed the Ben countless times with it)
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at 13:27 , Stratman2 Marshall wrote:
> Hi Jon,
> I have had my Ben a little while. I just got a micro sd card (2 gb). 4 buck for the card. I have not flashed latest os yet. I'm leaving
> for trip soon and have not had time. I am going to bring the Ben along. Have usb charger. Not sure charger working properly. At least I can charge via laptop. Will
> be laptop I can use to charge it up on the trip, though could run out of juice at airport or on plane. I got to admit that I would have gotten a cheap linux netbook, but they almost all
> don't exist. I heard Microsoft squashed them by lowering price of bundled os. I didn't want to spend lots of $$ on tiny netbook. That is where Ben came in. $94 via amazon for Ben is cool!
> I think the updating os is a little ridiculous, though probably cool as a learning exercise. Remembering back to days of slackware floppy
> disk installation, not as bad as that! I found some ogg files on internet archive and I suppose I can convert other sound files to that format.
> As I mentioned in earlier email, I primarily will use Ben as music player and just to experiment, in general (i.e. python, gcc etc..).
> Although most people getting Ben have linux on another machine, for me, it kind of defeated the purpose of having to buy Ben and then get
> ahold of a linux machine to updated it. That is wifi is so important. Who cares if it is partially proprietary - at least I don't... Linux for home use has not been big for me with owning a Mac os/x laptop and normal windoze machine. Use linux at work. Has not worked at home for anything useful yet....
> But, my complaints are minor considering how cool the Ben is and it is a full fledged computer and not a cell phone you need to hack.
> > From: jon at fabricatorz.com (mailto:jon at fabricatorz.com)
> > Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:01:46 +0800
> > Subject: Re: My Ben Nano probably arrives tommorow - some thoughts
> > To: discussion at lists.en.qi-hardware.com (mailto:discussion at lists.en.qi-hardware.com)
> > CC: mwniters at yahoo.com (mailto:mwniters at yahoo.com)
> > Did you get your Ben? What do you think? Let us know! Welcome to the community!
> > On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at sharism.cc (mailto:wolfgang at sharism.cc)> wrote:
> > > Stratman2,
> > > welcome and thanks for posting here.
> > > First order of business: lower expectations :-)
> > >
> > > When you get your Ben, we should try to update the software to the
> > > latest release. You are subscribed to the list now, which is
> > > good. In addition for quick replies or to walk you through an
> > > upgrade, I suggest the #qi-hardware channel on Freenode.
> > > If you don't have an IRC client, you can try the webchat at
> > >
> > > http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=qi-hardware
> > >
> > > Cheers, and thanks for buying a Ben,
> > > Wolfgang
> > >
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