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netlinker

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Everything that's conductive will block em signals. Ceramics would work tough. There is a kind of ceramic that you can mill before you temper it, but you have shrinkage when tempering. It was quite expensive as far as I remember.
One could also design a wooden case .. I guess depending on the type of wood this would quite look cool.
 

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You won't even need to do that; just do an apt-get update and an apt-get upgrade (or whatever debian's replaced that with these days) and it'll update all of the needed packages to bring up up to date, but not touch any that don't need updating, and then reboot.
 

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well, yes. in theory. but that's not always true depending on how many changes has occured, trying to update a 3 year old instance of Arch linux for example might be a nightmare. in those cases it's better to flash a new install.
I am assuming going from todays beta OS, to release will be a big change, who knows they could even rebase it on a different distro for all I know, I am not ruling it out! :)
and thats assuming it comes with something bootable at all!:)
 

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I hope you're all doing fine and healthy during these weird time in our lives.

Unfortunately, Corona has hit the Pyra as well, but we're still moving forward.
I've been extremely busy taking care of the shop. Adding new features (like a "pay what you like"-section), doing marketing, adding new products, etc.
Sales have dropped - so I needed to take care to make at least enough money to keep the shop alive. And while our profits are not as good as before, it's still profit and not a loss, which is the most important thing.

Money is still tight, so this was an important task... and it's not over yet.

That was the main reason I wasn't seen that much here or elsewhere - I'm basically working all the time.
So if I made some of you worried: My health is fine :)

And now for something completely different: The Pyra :)

1. What's still missing?

As you probably know, I have 1000 full case sets in my office. Batteries, LCD Cables, Nubs, LCDs... it's all here :)
The heatpipe-material has also been ordered and is planned to be delivered in 5 weeks.
The heatsinks itself also have been ordered - these should arrive within the next 1 - 2 weeks.
Boxes and manuals also haven't been finished, but the production of those happens in Germany and takes around 2 weeks.
I am also waiting for the samples of small silicone cutouts which should shield the battery from the CPU heat a bit. These come from Poland and have been shipped a while ago - but have not arrived yet.
The mass production itself can be done in one week, as these are simple laser cutouts, which is cool :)

Everything else is already here. Yay!


2. What needs to be done?

Well, we still need to coat the cases and make a final color decision.
As I've posted last time, the coating company closed down for a while (most probably because Audi stopped production for a while as well, and they're mainly doing stuff for Audi... pretty normal here in Ingolstadt :D)
They resume work tomorrow, so the samples shouldn't be too far away.

And then only the shells need to be coated.

Global Components has also already started populating the PCBs. These will be finished in about 2 - 3 weeks.

Then it's time to assemble. To save money, we'll assemble them here in our company (well, it will probably be mostly me).
Addtionally, we can see if the assembly can be improved in some ways. This practice has worked well with the Pandora as well!

The biggest pile of work is the OS though.
It seems with Corona, the already sparse free time of developers is even more sparse than before.
That's why Toastbucket and another developer I have here in Germany who wanted to work on remaining issues can't do much at the moment.

Luckily, aTc still builds me some images, so since today, I have an image that can at least boot on the mass production model (which had some changes compared to the final prototype).

The TILER Code needs to be ported to a more recent kernel version though, and the audiodriver seems to be fully broken at the moment... but yeah, at least it boots :)

Hopefully, we will be able to fix this somehow until we start with the delivery... otherwise, I hope that we will have a few interested and motivated developers who ordered one of the first 500 units.
That would help tremendously :)

Okay, that's it for today.
Stay safe and healthy, let us stick together and get things to work :D

As usual: Any questions are welcome here.
Just out of curiosity, have the heatsinks and heat shields arrived yet?
Where have we got to with coating samples from Audi’s coating company and with the final decision over colour?

Guessing that Global Components is still populating the PCBs?

Hope you’re staying safe and well and that your store continues ok!
 

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I´ve got standard heatsinks which are available from stock and which can be delivered within a week.
I´m trying to get a custom size which would be a bit bigger, but that´s optional :)

The shields are here and I need to test them (production time 1 week as well) and the sample cases are coated next week, so I´ll have a video and pics of them ready next week.
 

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I´ve got standard heatsinks which are available from stock and which can be delivered within a week.
I´m trying to get a custom size which would be a bit bigger, but that´s optional :)

The shields are here and I need to test them (production time 1 week as well) and the sample cases are coated next week, so I´ll have a video and pics of them ready next week.
Awesome! Aha so the colour decision will be a surprise until we see the video? \o/

Cheers for the update :D
 

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So now whe are only waiting for the Heatpipes , and if my calculations are correct, they should arrive around Pfingsten (the party where the Holy Ghost let the Peaple speak in different languages (June 1-2 ) )
So whe aren’t that far away, right??
I know that the Pyra isn’t that useful yet as the Pandora, but even if it’s only plays some Atari 2600 as soon as I have the Pyra, I will put it in my Pocket..


Whit best regards, Matthias
 

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So now whe are only waiting for the Heatpipes , and if my calculations are correct, they should arrive around Pfingsten (the party where the Holy Ghost let the Peaple speak in different languages (June 1-2 ) )
So whe aren’t that far away, right??
I know that the Pyra isn’t that useful yet as the Pandora, but even if it’s only plays some Atari 2600 as soon as I have the Pyra, I will put it in my Pocket..


Whit best regards, Matthias
It’s always TM away ;):oops:
 

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but even if it’s only plays some Atari 2600 as soon as I have the Pyra, I will put it in my Pocket..
If all I can get is a command line at first, I'd be more than happy (that's where I spend most of my time anyway).

I really can't wait to see more. Been starting to look through old (Pyra) videos to sate my appetite (partly thanks to Levi for posting an old video that I'd forgotten I'd seen before).
 
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That doesn´t make any sense as the logo plate is a printed design below a trasparent roughened plastic surface.
If we wanted to have it black, we could´ve simply produced it like that.
Well, if you printed it black you'd have a black logo plate also for the grey case, so metallic is a good choice as a neutral color. The coating give a chance to have custom color for every case color.
I understand that since the the logo is plastic it can be coated.
Why not try it since you're doing samples anyway ?
 

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I wouldn't mind a black logo if my case was any darker than say mid grey. But if he can order the part in the right colour when he's decided on the main case colour, why wouldn't he do that?
 

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I wouldn't mind a black logo if my case was any darker than say mid grey. But if he can order the part in the right colour when he's decided on the main case colour, why wouldn't he do that?
Because a metallic grey logo might be better for the shiny grey coating he is going to try ? Or any other color like blue or red.
I understand the part is not meant to be coated. But if it 100% work, why wouldn't you do it?
 
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well, yes. in theory. but that's not always true depending on how many changes has occured, trying to update a 3 year old instance of Arch linux for example might be a nightmare. in those cases it's better to flash a new install.
I am assuming going from todays beta OS, to release will be a big change, who knows they could even rebase it on a different distro for all I know, I am not ruling it out! :)
and thats assuming it comes with something bootable at all!:)
Ooh that is exactly why I hate pacman. It doesn't have to be three years old, a couple months is enough time for the dependency tree to shift too far for pacman to make sense of it.
 
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