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121  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Cutting Solar Cells Up? on: July 30, 2010, 11:46:08 am
Is it that one?  As it's 0.8x1.6"  What on earth are you powering that needs a smaller solar panel (I'm intrigued!)
122  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Recommend me a DC Motor :) on: August 01, 2010, 07:23:53 am
Google is pretty good for research, you'd be surprised at what your competition is prepared to divulge.

Personally I'd look to your project management strategy and have you and your group come to a concensus about your final designs.  That way at least you're presenting folks with "this is what we ARE doing... just a bit stuck on XXXX part of the programming".

What you are asking is that folks give you the answer.  That's not research, it's cheating, no matter how you dress it up.

If memory serves from my own mechanical engineering studies, torque / mass and energy were all part of mechanics too.  Time to use the grey matter dude  smiley-wink
123  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Group prjects. on: August 01, 2010, 03:30:24 am
Sounds like fun.

Just some observations/thoughts though, not poopooing the idea at all.

Maybe pick a real world problem/idea and take it from there.  What I mean by that is pick something that is commercially available, say, and throw it open to interpretation.

I'm not explaining this very well, I appreciate, so I'll use an example.

Boiling an Egg.  Timing is critical for the "perfect" egg.  Perfect being that it's down to a persons own choice.

The outcome project could be anything as simple as a light/buzzer that comes on after a user specified time period, down to using temperature sensors and some form of mass sensor (boiled eggs are less dense than raw or is it the other way around, I forget)

Rather than specifying components to be used, make the specification part of hte challenge.  So use 2 inputs and have at least 2 methods of verification of boiled'ness.

The finalised circuit could be as complex or as simple as the user needs, and thus inject a lot more creativity.

Back to your knife forum example... I'm sure some knives were quite simple, functional affairs and others elaborate.  The end project was the same though.  Make a knife useful by adding the means by which to hold it, the forummers took that idea and made it their own.

Great idea though, and I'd be up for taking part  smiley-grin
124  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Maybe looking for a new webhost, suggestions? on: July 17, 2010, 04:42:05 pm
I've been using hostgator for quite a few years now and never had any serious problems where I lost data.

They did once have a serious hard drive meltdown on the server I was using, but normal service was resumed within 24hours.

They've been fast, reliable and very helpful whenever I've asked questions.

I opted for a reseller package though (not sure how that'll affect bandwidth / transfer rates) but means I can host the 8 or so sites I have without fear of going over bandwidth / space issues.   :smiley

And you can SSH!!

Hope that helps
125  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: Skins for Arduino? Why not? on: July 29, 2010, 01:55:43 pm
One aspect that seems to be being overlooked (possibly) is the marketability of the skinning.  I'm not talking about making money out of the selling of the skins themselves, more about if you are using Arduino to demonstrate a concept to a client about how something might work, then the skin of the IDE in a professional skin might be more pleasing (and subliminally selling to the client) than the standard one.  It adds an air of bespoke.

I'm not bothered about them though, but I can understand why someone might want it.  It's cool either way for me smiley
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