[tz] FW: Beginner's help request

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Thu Nov 9 22:20:48 UTC 2017

On 2017-11-09 04:34, Daniel Ford wrote:
> Thanks for your response to my comments. And I tip my hat to you for the 
> great effort in developing a library that handles the convoluted TZdb!>
> I have to mention at the outset that:
> 1. I'm a raw novice at the whole Arduino scene (and see further comment
> below);
> 2. I have zero knowledge and experience of C++.
> My background is a professional electronics engineer, having spent the past 
> 30 or so years designing/developing embedded systems, both hardware and
> firmware. My firmware experience (self-taught programmer) is mainly with
> assembler (various devices) and C. That said, I'm always willing to learn new
> skills in my retirement (helps stave off dementia, they say! :-)
> I hate Arduino! It's a platform that seems to have been developed by, and is 
> now largely supported by, hobbyists. Detailed technical documentation is 
> invariably somewhere between atrocious and non-existent. Anathema to a 
> professional engineer! So why am I using it? Where else will you buy a
> computing platform with an in-built wi-fi module (both client and AP modes,
> even simultaneously!) for under AUD5 including postage (<US4)? [There could
> be similar Raspberry Pi bargains, but they would likely come with similar
> issues.]

RPi comes with quad 32 bit processors, 1GB memory, enet, BT, wifi, serial,
supports up to 32GB SDHC, USB flash, or USB magnetic drives, a fairly standard
embedded Debian Linux distro, thousands of utilities and packages, and regular
updates to tzdata and all the other packages.
You could easily host your own mirror on one.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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