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1  Using Arduino / Motors, Mechanics, and Power / Re: Good old mechanical design on: January 24, 2013, 11:51:28 pm
Oh, it's like 2 years old, maybe I did read it back in 2011!
2  Using Arduino / Motors, Mechanics, and Power / Re: Good old mechanical design on: January 24, 2013, 11:49:05 pm
Umm, why's this in my notify list? smiley-wink

Interesting reading but I swear it's the first time I've seen it...
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 18, 2013, 03:18:53 am
Hey good to see you back.  smiley
How did that laser cutter project go then?
There is a Maker Fair at Newcastle at the end of April, will you be going?
Hmm, laser cutter - yeah it's still in bits. Moving house didn't help.
I have just received my makerslide though so stealing its parts to make a bigger one is becoming a reality.

Maker Faire wise - I do fancy going and the date is free at the moment but as I haven't managed to make it to one yet, perhaps my luck isn't good enough for that.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 16, 2013, 01:01:21 pm
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Yes but the inventive have figured out what pins work for the wireless and put wireless functionality in - see http://21stdigitalhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/arduino-esplora-interfaced-to-xbee-radio.html for some details.
It's easy enough to add but also, it would have been easy enough for them to put it on-board or put on surface mount pads between the display pins where you could solder one on (something like a nRF24L01 in SMD package would have been ideal - http://www1.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_149253_1.jpg)
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 15, 2013, 06:07:59 am
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Check out the offerings from Udacity and Coursera
I hadn't realised there was so much available for free - I'll have to take a look.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 14, 2013, 09:15:50 am
It is. 5 feet across.  Its a display that gets mounted somewhere, maybe at shows or something.  I made/programmed cards for 5 of the displays, my wife flew out to Vancouver, WA to teach them how to install the 1st one, they did the next 4 themselves.  Apparently the end customer was quite happy with them. The only change was holding each word in place a bit longer, so if you should see one live it will be taking longer to go thru all the words.
Did you make the displays themselves or just the electronics?
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 14, 2013, 03:18:32 am
Oh - wow - there's a name I haven't seen in a while - a BIG WELCOME BACK!
Thanks.

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Most of the changes in my life have been non-Arduino related - a couple of new jobs along the way, plus some free online classes in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Hmm, I fancy some free online classes like that!

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I'm still working on my robot oh-so-ever-slowly. Purchased a couple new Arduino's (one was a Mega) - but haven't done anything with them besides testing. Bunch of other new electronic junk has been bought, too (just yesterday, went to a HAMFest and got a couple of Linksys NSLU2s devices - maybe something fun will come of those!).
Had to look those up - they look pretty funky - what are you considering doing with "a couple"? Surely one is all you need?

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Anyhow - enough about me - what about YOU!? What happened - where/why'd you go? Anything you can say openly on the forum? If not, I'm sure we'll all  understand...
I just had to do that work thing...

I used to watch *every* post that was posted on the forum (RSS will do that for you) and it had just got to the point where there were far too many to watch. This coincided with getting a new job (doing home automation and home cinema installs for people with more money than sense) which took up almost every hour I was awake because of travelling time.
So, for 12 months, almost everything stopped but work. Anyone who knows me a bit more will know I do mountain unicycling - and this took up the free weekends (those ones where I wasn't working anyway).

In July, a year after starting my new job, I decided the company was not somewhere I wanted to be so I moved on (don't get me wrong though, the work was, in theory, exactly what I wanted to do).
I took 6 weeks off while I moved house, then started my current job doing IT support for the local council.
Travelling time's down to 5 mins (by unicycle) and I don't work every conceivable hour in the day.

5 months on from that, I've got everything out of storage boxes and my desk is again covered in microcontrollers and my mind is brimming with projects.

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Again - welcome back - I'm sure that some of the n00bs around here can use your advice and help...
Well, once I've taught myself how to use an Arduino again.  smiley-wink




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Got the card (2 actually) driving this Nike FuelBand display too.
http://www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17/Prototype_in_action.MOV
That looks... large. Aren't they meant to fit on your wrist?
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 13, 2013, 06:09:00 am
Welcome back mowcius. I've put up a couple of different designs,
http://www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17/

Not using for home automation tho
Wow, do you *use* all of those boards for something?
If not home automation, robot overlords? smiley-grin
9  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Cases, Machined aluminum and Walnut on: January 13, 2013, 06:05:36 am
Holy crap Mowcius, I saw the new avatar but didn't read the name. I've only just passed your post number as well, I suppose you're going to depose me smiley
Most likely not - I don't have as much time as I used to and it'll take a bit of time to get back into the swing of things.

For people wanting to say anything else about my extended disappearance from the forums - I've got this thread: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?topic=142391 - lets not derail any others too much.

So, I'm still looking to buy one of those walnut cases - they look hawt.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 12, 2013, 09:33:07 pm
Welcome back. Biggest change if you haven't kept up with the arduino product line is that the platform and IDE has become a lot more complex with boards like the Leonardo, 32 bit arm based Due board, brand new Esplora board. So the breath of new users and questions and problems they bring forth seem to have jumped up significantly. IDE has lots of new features but breaks a lot of things from the pre IDE 1.0 version. On the other hand the amount of external shields and modules and devices that can be used with the arduino boards is booming it seems and more affordable then ever.

Hell even retail Radio Shack stores are now selling arduino boards and some shields, didn't see that one coming.  smiley-grin

 Anyway glad to have you back and getting it going again.

Lefty

Cheers!

I've kept a bit of an eye on the IDE changes and new boards (more on that later...) but I haven't used anything since the initial 1.0 release and Uno.

Not sure how much the Due is going to do with the popularity of boards such as the Raspberry Pi personally, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see.
For me, Arduino is good because it's generally simple code for a simple microcontroller, doing simple things. Moving away from DIP chips and towards more powerful, impossible to DIY components isn't ideal in my mind.

The Esplora looks like an interesting step but as usual, it seems they've kept it all secret before release and as such, missed out on a trick or two - where's the on-board wireless? Hell not even a standard wireless footprint is included.
11  General Category / General Discussion / I'm back! - What have you done? on: January 12, 2013, 09:09:39 pm
So - after over a year of not being active on the forums (ok, I popped back a couple of times) am I allowed back into the club?

I promise I'll be nice  smiley-mr-green

Lots of things have changed in my life (for the better) in the last 18 months but now things are a bit more settled, programming up a few lots of MCUs is on my to-do list.

Happy to see my post ranking hasn't dropped off the first page yet while I've been gone - a few names up there I don't recognise now though and many forum addicts who I do!



Now to make this thread a bit more interesting - those who remember me - what's changed while I've been gone? What's that cool project you've started/finished? What percentage of your house is now controlled by Arduinos?
12  Community / Bar Sport / Re: My dream home workshop: construction is underway on: January 12, 2013, 08:59:24 pm
There must be some updates by now!

Where's the pics? smiley
13  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Cases, Machined aluminum and Walnut on: January 12, 2013, 07:38:15 pm
I can do that.  smiley-cool
14  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Cases, Machined aluminum and Walnut on: January 12, 2013, 06:56:33 pm
Looks like you've been busy in the mean time - 30k posts!
Not sure whether to be impressed or concerned smiley-wink
15  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Cases, Machined aluminum and Walnut on: January 12, 2013, 06:52:45 pm
Hey stevovee, still got any of these for sale?
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