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106  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: mm verses inches on: August 24, 2010, 08:33:36 am
Maybe we should expand this to what a billion is... Is it a thousand million or a million million?  Wink

EEEeeek, don't open THAT can of worms, it would bring into question the disarray of associated 'illions (like trillion and squillion and vermillion)
107  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: mm verses inches on: August 24, 2010, 07:50:32 am
Without entering the world of one is right the other is wrong, I just say go with one measurement system you are happy with from front to back and include the other where necessary in brackets like you suggested.

Personally I'd go Metric throughout due to the proliferation of metric components that a user is going to be ordering regardless of their shoreline and include the Imperial measurements in brackets for the relevant areas, namely wood dimensions.

It's all about fashion anyways... metal and technology is hip n trendy, so they use mm, wood is traditional and guesstimate, ergo inches.  Just my take on it, and both systems are "right" in their own world.

You're aiming your book at a technical market, or at least technical wannabe's (at the simplest level) so stick with the technical nomenclature and add the Imperial / AS for fluffyness (as in feel good)

You should also consider having it translated in to Esperanto in case you upset a new age fundamentalist, lol.  :-X
108  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: "The hunt for red...uhm hall effect sensor on: September 03, 2010, 01:13:14 pm
You mean these ones that I just googled?

Might be the version of google chucking them up quicker for you, but it was the first link (well, the one that isn't a pdf)

109  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Open source shopping cart software? on: September 02, 2010, 04:05:40 pm
Some nice little features on presta shop... had a quick squizz over it, might come in handy  8-)
110  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Plain or Frosted Plexi For Binary Clock on: August 06, 2010, 04:33:32 am
frosted (or super dark)always says "your hiding something" to me

Sometimes hiding stuff is a good thing, it adds to the flexibility of design.

Sure, for some things it's appropriate to have the guts on display... but for a clock?  If you're not after a retro look, then you'd not really want the LED holders on display, no matter how cool we think they are.

I'm watching this thread intently, purely from a design aspect... and LED's on display just won't do for me  smiley-grin
111  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Where do you buy your stuff? on: July 30, 2010, 06:04:06 pm
My list:

Electronic goldmine
Robotshop, at first until I found out how overpriced it is

Electronic Goldmine don't ship to Europe... unless I'm missing a trick?
112  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Coolest thing you've done with Arduino on: August 12, 2010, 05:26:24 pm
Turning it on for the first time and actually getting it doing something.  It was like kissing my first girlfriend smiley-grin
113  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino wearable ideas on: August 09, 2010, 05:30:46 pm
Hip Flask warmer?
114  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: IDEA: Bicycle dynamo on: August 13, 2010, 06:19:49 pm
To add to Crosh's idea... use it on the back wheel/chain rather than the front... add a deraillur gear to drive the genny off the chain drive (even a small electric motor would do it) and run is off pedal power with capacitors for those moments that you're not pedalling..

Or add in a battery and charging circuit.  You could hide it all under the seat too, which is LOADS easier than faffing about on the front end of the bike.

Job sorted
115  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Is Flicker blocking the arduino's forum? on: August 12, 2010, 07:58:16 am
I just view all sizes, pick the image I want to use then Right Click and grab the image source from there.

Least you have a bit more control over the exact size of image you want to use.
116  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: motors on a track on: August 08, 2010, 02:56:13 am
I'd imagine a monorail of some sort would be ideal, but you may well be better just using the idea and making one.  The biggest challenge you're going to have is supporting it, so I suppose it's going to depend on how big it is too.
117  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ebay bad deals (warning: may contain rant & rave) on: August 09, 2010, 05:36:52 pm
Eeeekkk... maybe they've already been to space and back and that was the result of re-entry?  

They are truly shocking
118  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ideas you'll never finish on: August 03, 2010, 06:27:56 pm
My electric pogo unicycle.  I hope I never finish it .. because I won't last long after it is done.   Plus I can't figure out how to make it jump without sending the family jewels for a free ride into my stomach.

So on that note, I have a couple of air shock pogo sticks I'll never convert to electromagnetic nut smashers if anyone is looking for parts for there very own death machine....

That made me laugh...  smiley-grin
119  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Cutting Solar Cells Up? on: July 30, 2010, 02:57:45 pm
aaah, makes sense.  Thankyou for letting me know.  I had visions of a micro-gnat arduino spy bug thing.  smiley-grin
120  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Cutting Solar Cells Up? on: July 30, 2010, 02:45:38 pm
Various places (Electronic Goldmine, for instance) sell broken solar cells for making larger experimental panels

Damn... they don't ship to the UK!! PAH [smiley=angry.gif]
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