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76  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hakko Tip Thermometer on: February 28, 2013, 08:14:58 am

So, which one is correct?


Neither. All instruments have errors.
77  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hakko Tip Thermometer on: February 27, 2013, 08:12:54 am
Fort Worth is a great city.  We visit whenever we can. 

Thanks!

OK, here's what happened. The Hakko soldering station FX-888 I bought was NOT a fake, so I'm making a rash assumption that it's calibrated since I just got it. If it had been two years, then no ...

I set up the station and FG-100 to make a measurement. The FG-100 senses room temperature and that was spot-on. I turned on the FX-888 and set it to 300C. I waited a little while and put a small spot of solder on the tip, and touched it to the sensor.

I kid you not, I am not joking, and I was shocked -

The FG-100 read ...

300C

It was not even off by 1 deg at first, then went up to 302C after a bit.  smiley-eek
78  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Please need help on complex alarm-clock project!! on: February 26, 2013, 07:28:55 pm
People If you really know how to use an arduino please help!!!I need to design an alarm clock that at 10:00am will go on. When it goes on i need to somehow start music(airplane sounds if possible), LED lighs going on and off continiously, and also a small motor to go clockwise continously until the alarm goes off.

What code have you written for it so far?
79  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hakko Tip Thermometer on: February 25, 2013, 07:09:05 pm

Or it fell off the back of a truck.   smiley-twist

Like me.  smiley

Hey - I'm in Fort Worth.
80  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hakko Tip Thermometer on: February 25, 2013, 05:46:19 pm
I got the Hakko FG-100 today. If it's a fake then I'm really impressed with the ability of the fakers. I don't have a "real" one to compare to but, honestly, it would be hard for me to even guess. I mean there are no flaws at all. The box even has a foil-type label. Maybe it isn't a fake? Maybe the cost in the far East is just very low?
81  Community / Website and Forum / Re: "Document Expired" Messages When Going Back to Search Results on: February 24, 2013, 08:42:52 pm
Let's hope they have time to talk to you and fix this. Meanwhile I can live with right-click + open in new tab... smiley-wink

Do the Admins even read this area? Why haven't they commented on this issue?

This problem needs to be fixed. I was searching for information just today and this document expired issue is really aggravating. Why do they think it's OK to leave as-is? If members can't easily use the results of their search it will only contribute to overposting of problems that have already been solved. That's one thing this forum surely doesn't need.

Hello? Hello?  smiley-roll
82  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: how to put components with thick legs onto perfboard on: February 22, 2013, 07:07:40 pm
...and some components have flat wide legs that also don't fit onto perfboard (FETs).

I ran into the flat/wide issue with a MOSFET and all you have to do is rotate it 90 deg and splay the legs out a bit - it goes right in.  smiley
83  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Forum Website Down on: February 22, 2013, 09:39:28 am
Whatever it is - it never is "just" or "only" - there is always something that bites back. Which means you need to have a fallback plan.

Yes, so create a fallback plan ...

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I can see that they didnt "throw in an upgrade" during this cleanup/stabilasation exercise. That is a sign of mature handling of running a service.

Who would want to "throw in" an upgrade? It's not that difficult - I know I've done it before. If they aren't going to upgrade then can we please get them to fix the "document expired" messages when going back to search results?
84  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Forum Website Down on: February 21, 2013, 08:51:18 am
Also, I notice that in my profile setting where I can set the time zone offset, it always wants to guess and does not want to keep the value I give it.
Especially as we have daylight saving time, it is out by one hour. I hope if you are going to version 2.x of SMF it will be fixed.

Yes, I have a great deal of experience with SMF forums. The time offset seems to be working for me. I don't think that is an issue with SMF 1.1.18. But, there is another problem that the Admins haven't yet commented on - the irritating messages that you get when going back to your search results. On a forum like this, that really needs to get fixed. If people can't easily read all the results of a search, they'll simply just add more posts, of which there are enough already. Support for this version will be ending this year - support such as security updates.

If they are going down for a long maintenance task it would be the perfect time to upgrade the forum to SMF 2.0.4 - get it over with. It's free and shouldn't take all that long. I can't imagine why they wouldn't do it.

If they have any questions I'd be glad to answer them.
85  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thursday - what to do? on: February 20, 2013, 07:42:27 pm
You have all day to think up names for the Arduino Bartender -

Ardunio Bartender Names
86  Development / Other Software Development / Re: [MOD] Arduino Enhanced Release 1.0.3 for Windows (installer, drivers, etc) +SRC on: February 20, 2013, 01:16:11 pm
When I open the IDE I get an empty window. If I then go and open one of my programs it opens yet another window. Is there any setting that will stop the second window from opening. I just want the code to appear in the window that starts when the IDE starts. I looked at the preferences file and didn't see anything that looked like the setting I needed.
87  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Forum Website Down on: February 20, 2013, 09:41:17 am
We are schedulating a massive migration for tomorrow, that will resolve in a long downtime. More news soon on the Arduino blog.


I hope the maintenance goes well.

I hope you will also seriously consider updating the SMF version to 2.0.4 while you have a good chance. 1.1.18 is years out of date.

Reference threads -

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,148835.0.html

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,149441.0.html
88  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Plant Watering Project on: February 19, 2013, 08:00:53 pm
I would like to build a plant watering system from for some potplants on my balcony. 

I think he meant potted plants.

Right lucid? Just say yes.  smiley
89  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Trying to learn how to code Sketches on: February 19, 2013, 08:29:15 am
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Instead of saying "write a sketch" they could have said "add functions to the system-created main() to make the program complete. Same thing and more accurate.
...but longer.
Excuse me, but I have to embark in my hydrocarbon-fuelled road vehicle and guide it to my place of domicile.

Longer? A few more words? Another sentence - maybe two? Yea, technically it's longer. IMHO it's way better to call it what it is if it merely takes a few more words or a couple of sentences. I'm just freaky-weird like that.  smiley
90  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Trying to learn how to code Sketches on: February 19, 2013, 08:05:31 am
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A sketch also has a main() function,
No, it doesn't.
The IDE adds the main to the sketch that you write.
A sketch is like a sketch of a picture - an outline, and incomplete.

So? What difference does it make if it adds main() automatically, whether you see it or not? If it's there it's there and that makes it a C program like we all know it is. Instead of saying "write a sketch" they could have said "add functions to the system-created main() to make the program complete. Same thing and more accurate.

It matters not what is added automatically to make the system run. They should have just used the common names and called it what it is - a C program. It's not a sketch it's a program - a C program. Why they decided to "hide" that fact is odd, except if they wanted to avoid the term "C program" to avoid scaring prospective new experimenters.
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