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1  Development / Other Software Development / Re: changing arduino name in serial device list on: August 26, 2014, 10:05:40 am
This is interesting, allthough I am not the original poster.

What do you gain if buy an USB ID from http://www.usb.org/home?
2  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Electric shock with external supply on: August 26, 2014, 10:03:11 am
Stop using the adapter now. After that you can read the rest of this. There are many kinds of shocks. Some power supplies may leak a little, which is harmless, or they can be dangerous if they are for instance broken. Try to return your power supply and buy a new one. That is safest way.

It would be a miracle if some kind of Arduino Shield would give you electric shocks. Those that I know of, do not generate high enough voltages to give el. shocks.

It is possible that the power supply of your computer leaks a little electricity or is broken, but you would notice it without the adapter too. If you touch metal parts of your computer you may notice something, it depends what kind of mains plugs and cables you have.

EDIT: Fixed some typos.
3  Development / Other Software Development / Re: changing arduino name in serial device list on: August 23, 2014, 10:52:45 am
It is Windows/Arduino/AVR driver issue. I saw something about it here sometime ago. Like having your own USB drivers/ID.

But you can hack Arduino drivers. Check carefully every Arduino driver file. Then you just install/uninstall drivers until they work, perhaps do a system restore or two.
4  Development / Other Software Development / Re: Programming for newbies? on: August 23, 2014, 10:41:30 am
Well. I have done some write only software myself, too. Sometimes it happens overnight. I write something and the next day I have no idea what it is and why I did it . Database GUIs for instance.

Yes. I too have heard stories about awful Labview sw. But I still think that for simple things it is a good choice.
5  Development / Other Software Development / Re: Programming for newbies? on: August 20, 2014, 03:48:30 pm
It is difficult to recommend C(++) to someone who has newer really programmed and does not want to start now. But many people know about PLCs , relays and so on. They still hope to do some basic functions, like delays and comparisons. For those who need it using microprocessors should be as easy as it gets.
6  Development / Other Software Development / Re: Programming for newbies? on: August 19, 2014, 01:10:04 pm
Well
It looks like there are not many substitutes even for Windows. Pylabs is one I found. https://code.google.com/p/pylab-works/
Using Labview was like children's play. (That's what Windows is: Children's toys?)
And compare it to this:
Code:
template<class T, size_t N>
size_t array_length(T (&arr)[N])
{
    return N;
}
Above is a example from Net. I have idea what it does, except nightmares.
7  Development / Other Software Development / Programming for newbies? on: August 18, 2014, 04:55:10 pm
Is there some other languages than C++ available for Arduino? I personally can use C++ but people often ask for an easy way to program some simple things. And C++ for an absolute beginner is quite a lot, expecially if you want a delay or something like that.

Something like for instance Labview where you draw what you want.
8  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Sending a signal through a cable on: July 18, 2014, 06:44:15 pm
Yes, 5-6feet is not so long. A lot depends on the transfer speed you use. If you just wait everything to settle up or get stable, you can use very long cables. Don't forget the earth wire/wires. With high speed and long cables you get transmission lines.
9  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: How to put a CTRL-z character to the serial monitor send-window? on: July 18, 2014, 06:32:28 pm
I just sent myself a SMS with Putty. Ctrl-Z in the putty window worked.
10  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: How to put a CTRL-z character to the serial monitor send-window? on: July 18, 2014, 06:28:45 pm
I have to try that.
I got putty running and it looks nice.
11  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: How to put a CTRL-z character to the serial monitor send-window? on: July 18, 2014, 06:13:23 pm
Yes, I guess I have to. I tried Realterm. It works but it messes up its display.
12  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / How to put a CTRL-z character to the serial monitor send-window? on: July 18, 2014, 05:51:41 pm
I have a GSM modem and I had to test some AT-commands. When I tried to send a SMS, I noticed that I can't send a CTRL-Z to finish it.
13  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Timeout problem : Mega 2560 and Windows on: July 10, 2014, 03:51:00 am
I get timeout messages if I have the board using the serial port at the same I try to upload the sketch.
14  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Arduino 1.5.7 BETA editor freezes when full height on: July 10, 2014, 02:29:14 am
It is not possible write anything to the editor window when I increase IDE height to full screen. The Windows size buttons and menus work and it is possible to end it. If I return the IDE to previous size, it starts to work again. It works at full screen size.

I have installed it into a folder called C:\Program Files\Arduino156, perhaps the IDE protests the wrong version. And it does not help to reinstall the SW.

I have Win 7.

15  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: The Software serial multple serial test example does not compile on: July 02, 2014, 09:47:55 am
Even if the GSM shield uses SoftwareSerial (it does, but it's a bastardization of the original) that doesn't explain why you are trying to create another instance (of a different class) of a software serial implementation on a device with 4 hardware serial ports. Surely you are not trying to read from 6 serial devices at once.
"The World Is Not Enough" but I used the Software serial because that was what the examples said. Using arduino libraries and examples is usually the easiest way and what I can see, the GSM libraries do not understand extra HW serial ports..

I just downloaded IDE Arduino IDE 156
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