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46  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: Tutorials on: September 14, 2007, 09:12:19 pm

I understand the need to keep the small "core" set of examples under your control, so that you can easily verify with 100% certainty that they work and are the same examples distributed with the arduino.

The only reason I brought this up was because of this thread where someone was having problems with the LiquidCrystal library (he's not the first person to have the same question either). I wanted to fix it so that nobody has the same problem anymore, but it's in the Tutorials section.

To answer your question, it seems to me that pretty much everything in the right-hand column of the tutorials page should be moved to the playground.

Thanks for listening!
47  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Tutorials on: September 14, 2007, 10:46:50 am
This may be an off-the-wall question, but am I the only one who thinks the "Tutorial" section of the site should be merged into the playground? It seems to me that it's just one more place to have information segmented.

I like the idea of having a "tutorial" page that takes new users through progressive steps, but it seems to me the individual topics should link to Playground entries.

Or is it just me?
48  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / ThinkGeek launches "Hacked our stuff?" p on: January 30, 2009, 12:21:47 pm
Some of you may have read my post about hacking the R/C Moon Phase light from ThinkGeek ( Well, somehow the right people from ThinkGeek stumbled across it, and decided to blog about it: (

In addition, they launched a "Hacked our stuff?" promotion where hacking ThinkGeek gear can net you a $50 gift certificate.

49  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Hi There! on: September 14, 2007, 05:38:09 am
Most excellent. We should go update the wiki with these beautiful images.

Great work.
50  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Version control for hardware projects? on: September 14, 2007, 10:05:51 am
Honestly, as a complete newcomer to electronics I decided to give both EAGLE and gEDA a try simultaneously. I spent an entire weekend following the tutorials for both products. I was far more impressed with gEDA. At the end of the weekend, I felt more comfortable with gEDA. That's not to say I'm any good with either suite!

51  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Version control for hardware projects? on: September 11, 2007, 02:12:07 am
Does anybode know how the internals of the open source schematic & layout projects gEDA/PCB ( would allow file versioning?

Personally, I prefer gEDA. The gschem capture program is actually more intuitive than EAGLE, and it's open source. To answer your question, I submit the following quote from the gEDA documentation (view online)

Schematic files are pure ASCII and will always be pure ASCII. gEDA does not support any binary file formats. The file format for schematics is described in the gEDA file formats document.

This means that version control systems should work flawlessly with gEDA tools, and allow developers to work simultaneously on the same file, easily verifying and merging their changes.

52  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino on Google Video on: August 03, 2007, 07:32:58 am
Thanks for the link.

That ser2net library looks pretty awesome.
53  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Maker Faire on: September 14, 2007, 05:41:55 am
As most of you probably know, the Maker Faire is coming up next month in Austin, TX.

I'll be flying out all the way from Okinawa Japan and I think it would be great to meet up with some of the arduino faithful. Can we get a count of who's attending, and decide if we'd like to meet up somewhere?

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