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1  Community / Bar Sport / Re: EMP - faraday cage on: June 11, 2011, 11:17:31 am
I'm assuming you're doing this just for fun, and you don't actually believe the nutjobs?
Indeed smiley-grin
2  Community / Bar Sport / EMP - faraday cage on: June 11, 2011, 09:19:29 am
Well, seems like there's another rapture theory out there: in 2013, there will be an electro-magnetic pulse. This will destroy all electrical appliances. This will cause extreme chaos because nobody will know what's happening without internet, tv, radio, newspapers, cars...
Now, my question is: how can I construct a Faraday cage to keep some stuff secure (so I'll be the only one with a still working laptop and, of course, some kind of solar charger for it)? I've found lots of different opinions on things like what metal to use, whether or not to ground it, ..., and I thought maybe the smart people in here would have some tips or ideas.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Breadboard VBB3 Analog Input Problem? on: May 28, 2011, 04:37:32 am
Maybe post your code so we can help you...
4  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 22, 2011, 12:27:37 pm
doublet,

Where is that store you shopped from? Pretty good price!
Amazing price, I know! I once was searching for a L298 on google products, and they were 2 times cheaper than the others. I've been adding stuff the last few months.
I would absolutely recommend them for LEDs (no RBG LEDs, sadly): 100 LEDs for $2.20 (sparkfun: 25 for $2.95).
Here's the link: taydaelectronics.com.
5  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 22, 2011, 06:03:18 am
Basic components... A LOT of basic components...
6  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Hiring in Belgium on: May 21, 2011, 10:30:06 am
Hello I live in France if that is any use to you.

20 years 4GL development and about 5 years embedded controller (PIC) and PGA coding.

Cheers Pete.
Sorry, seems like you're too late. I already have the job smiley
7  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Code for processing and arduino on: May 18, 2011, 03:00:38 pm
Google.
8  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 11, 2011, 12:54:47 pm
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Seriously.  There already exist quite a few magazines that cover the target market, and are usually pretty hungry for well-written articles.  Which they'll pay for.  Once you've start getting a bunch of people complaining that their articles are getting rejected by Nuts and Volts, Make, Microcomputer Journal, and etc because they have "too many arduino articles", THEN it'll be time for a separate magazine.
Yep
If you look around, there are an awful lot of magazines/websites around to satisfy people's hunger for arduino projects.

There are 44 653 Arduino forum members. That are 44653 people who found the way to the forum. In 2010, the point of 130 000 sold arduinos was reached (with clones, it would be at least two times that, I suspect). Is this market saturized? I didn't think so. I also believe in it being free.
9  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 10, 2011, 02:52:15 pm
30X BC108B transistors
1 meter of wire
3X 12 way 3A terminal block
5X 1K resistors
2X 74HC595 shift registers

All for my LED cube. Stupidly, I somehow forgot 30 resistors! (I am using a shift register to turn on a transistor, which will be connected to either 1 of 25 columbs, or 1 of 5 layers - hence the 30 transistors. To make sure I do not put too much power into the transistor bases, I will be using a resistor between the shift register output and the transisitor base. I forgot to buy these resistors, so I need to get them to complete my project).

Onions.
Seems like you forgot the LEDs too xD
10  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 10, 2011, 02:48:29 pm
This idea has been stuck in my mind for some months: an Arduino magazine? Why not?

So, in short, I'm looking for opinions and other ideas smiley

I assume you are sitting on a pile of money, and its burning a hole in your pocket?

The truth is, starting a magazine is hard and expensive work; have you done your research as to your target market, how many of them purchase magazine subscriptions, which ones they currently subscribe to, etc?

Do you know about your competion? You have Make, Nuts and Volts, Servo, and several others to consider; no, none of these are focused on the Arduino exclusively (or at all), but they -are- your competition, so you need to keep them in mind - mainly as to what makes them successful, how do they draw in the readers, how can you compete with them, etc.

These days, you also need to build a community around your magazine, and that means social networking and a good website. This costs money - quite a bit of money. You're probably looking at around $20K USD for the website development (complete package, actual development company, plus the marketing, etc) alone.

I'm not saying it isn't possible, nor that it isn't a good idea (I'm kinda surprised it hasn't been done yet, in all the years the Arduino has been around - makes you kinda wonder "why?" - you should look into that) - but there does need to be a reality check.

I don't think it would be worth trying unless you had about $100,000 USD to kick it off - that would be "to do it right" (ie, getting an office, hiring staff, building the website, marketing, etc). Even then, it could be a crapshoot...

Good luck with the project; I'd probably subscribe myself (or at least pick up an issue - I don't consider myself a beginner, per se, but I would be interested in such a magazine).

smiley
You get me wrong - I know there are much others out there. But I want to make a free, downloadable, community-made magazine. Not really like a magazine, but more like, ehm, let's call it an e-magazine smiley


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You're probably looking at around $20K USD for the website development (complete package, actual development company, plus the marketing, etc) alone.

$20,000 !? I built my website using HTML, and it did not cost a penny. If you get to grips with basic HTML, you can easily put together a website. After that, you will need to consider hosting it. If you already have a website, you cna add it on to that. Otherwise, you will need to buy a domain name and server space (unless you make an arduino web server). 1-2-3 reg seems a common web hosting company, so have a look round there to get an idea about prices.
As cr0sh said, professional web development would not be cheap. On the other hand, homebrew websites are.

Onions.
You're talking about static websites. As a hobby PHP developer, I must admit cr0sh is right. My dad is setting up a webshop, and the company that is going to build it asks €6.500.
For a system that I am aiming to, $20.000 seems reasonable. However, as I don't have that much money, I'll develop it myself (I have already written some classes of it, just to maintain my PHP skills).
11  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 10, 2011, 01:54:39 pm
How about user contributed material? Any of the readers can write an article to be placed in the magazine, should they want to. To keep spammers out, it would need to be checked over by the editor first, but it could serve as an announcement page. Basically, like the playground, only on paper.
I certainly will not be able to do all this alone.
You'd want to include news, reviews, letters, readers wives projects (you'd probably want some web space to host decent instructions for all projects included, this may be better than filling the mag with it), how-tos, theory, that kind of thing.

I'd pay for it if you publish it as an eBook through the kindle store.
Well, if people appreciate it the magazine, I would start a YouTube channel, and the next step would be a website with forums, tutorials, ...
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Chaos Communication Camp on: May 10, 2011, 01:49:07 pm
Yes, I have. I could carpool with someone from a hackerspace in the area, but it's still expensive... I think I'll make a deal with my parents, "can I go if I have good grades?"...
13  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 09, 2011, 03:12:32 pm
Wow, brilliant idea! Will you deliver to the UK  smiley-grin ?
I'll deliver to the internetz: completely free pdf, print-it-yourself (to stay in the DIY theme smiley-grin)

You said it was aimed at beginners, but there is no reason why it could not have more advanced things in it. Why not have a section like the exhibition/gallery, where people can show off their arduino creations? Maybe a project of the month prize? Arduino related news section?
Maybe some sponsored ads from sparkfun or digikey or so (e.g. 'You can buy a kit with everything you need to do this project from sparkfun.com/qsdf/qsdf') with €1 profit / kit or so and then use it to fund prizes and stuff?

Why not have a section like the exhibition/gallery, where people can show off their arduino creations?
The projects should have good documentation, so everybody can build them easily. Maybe sell kits through e-shops, like I said above.

Totally exited!/size]
14  Community / Bar Sport / Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 09, 2011, 02:19:37 pm
This idea has been stuck in my mind for some months: an Arduino magazine? Why not?
But... Why start a magazine while there are so many blogs, so many project sites and wikipedia who knows everything? It would be aimed towards beginners. Like, every issue, another part or shield is presented, and how to use it, ... You wouldn't only get a pile of electronics if you buy that certain piece after a while, but also the knowledge to use them. Of course that wouldn't be all, stuff like projects in detail (how exactly it's made, how it's works, ...), making a project with a walk through the steps of designing the code and hardware, explanations of, for example, the differences between some programming languages or a description of the differences of Creative Commons licenses, ...

So, in short, I'm looking for opinions and other ideas smiley
15  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Most Stupid Creation Thread on: May 09, 2011, 02:14:33 pm
I had a physics lesson today, and now I realise just how true all of this is. We were doing an invstigation about how the legnth of a sicamore seed wing affects the time it takes to fall. I had to describe to my teacher how the lift was created over the wing. Surely it should be the other way round - the teacher telling the student not the student telling the teacher?

It feels soooo good to know you're smarter than them xD
But on the other side, it's a bit alarming: what if we learn all kind of things wrong? [/what-if stuff]
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