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886  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Interstellar Travel on: September 14, 2012, 12:37:05 am
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we could send a frozen embryo on a 67,000 year journey to the nearest solar system.

I am not sure why we would want to do that, we have nearly messed up one planet , at least we are quarantined here with  our greed !
887  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 14, 2012, 12:18:59 am
"I've decided to move away from the Processing IDE base. Ultimately Arduino needs it's own IDE."

Can you make it work for the STM8S-Discovery board too ?  I have a box of them in a cupboard, but only know a smattering of Ardunio programming :-)
888  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Interstellar Travel on: September 13, 2012, 04:42:37 pm
  millis () will roll over 345634 million times on the first stage of the journey :-)
889  Community / Bar Sport / Re: I think I give up :) on: September 13, 2012, 03:53:57 pm
I saw a comment, by a Chinese company I think, that said the very best, and the very worst products are made in China.

The trick is finding the right manufacturer ! 

Where possible I use local manufacturers ( South Africa in my case ) for assembly, engineered parts and pcbs, but the LEDs for example all come from China now, whoever I buy them from, and they are ten times cheaper when I import them.

Luckily I have found a good supplier ( so far, so good ) although the latest batch have the short lead, and the flat on the body, denoting the anode !

When asked about it, the supplier wrote, " we call them the reverse polarity type "   with no further explanation ??
890  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Neil Armstrong is dead on: September 13, 2012, 03:42:13 pm
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English is odd either side of the pond.

thank heavens I learnt it as a home language !  I wonder if other languages can have such hard crossword puzzles if they don't have 20 words that can match a clue ?
891  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: rush job compromises... on: September 13, 2012, 11:22:44 am
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Now with 10% more copper!

seems such a waste,   but then again this batch was full of hassles - now I am ready for the next ! ( I hope )
892  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Interstellar Travel on: September 13, 2012, 11:02:16 am
I have written the software this afternoon, now for the hardware.
893  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: rush job compromises... on: September 13, 2012, 10:35:15 am
Too true Rob,

Heres the bodge I had to do to make the SIM20 modules fit to the pcb I had made for the TI modules, 



and after all the rush to get everything out by Wednesday, the customer said Friday is fine !  heres the displays ready to be packed :-




Every led hole had to be redrilled ( 31000 holes ).

I solved the problem of the 15th digit flickering between 0 and the right number -  heaven knows what caused it, but as it is actually the first data out to the shift reg, I simply stuck an dummy digit in front of the data, which simply spills out on the floor at the end of the 15 registers  :-)
894  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: a robot that follows me on: September 12, 2012, 02:44:34 pm
I built a follow me robot a while back, after a night out on the town, I can't remember the software, or even the firmware, but it follows me faithfully from office to lab, even to the shops, and for the life of me I can't remember what batteries I used - but they are still going after 6 years !
895  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: rush job compromises... on: September 12, 2012, 11:15:39 am
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At least you're not sitting next to the phone waiting for a customer to ring


AAghhh ,   I wish the customers ( thank you, thank you ) could turn up one at a time when I am ready ?

I do have an order for a scoreboard upgrade kit ( where I supply a set of LED "tiles" for the school/club to screw onto an old manual scoreboard ) the tiles are connected by ribbon cable, so they can either drill a small hole behind each tile on an existing board , or even screw the tiles to a wall, and paint over the ribom cable.

Apart from the financial anxiety, it would be nice to have a couple of days break, to catch up on the SIM20 wireless modules modes ( the application docs are pathetic, but I like the 1500m range )
896  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 12, 2012, 10:24:07 am
Thanks Pico,  it is all so clear now  :-)
897  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 12, 2012, 05:02:23 am
  .... and the more I find out,  the less I know .... :-)

but I am enjoying the learning !
898  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 12, 2012, 03:09:21 am
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But I like:


Code:
void loop ()
{
  if ( cost > x )
  {
    serialPrint ( cost ); 
   
    if ( cost > 2x )
      digitalWrite ( ledPin, HIGH );
  }


Shouldnt there be another pair of curly braces after the 2x ?
899  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 12, 2012, 01:11:01 am
Yes , it would need to be deselected when not needed, as it would look like a Xmas tree, which is what I think would show which goes with which.

Or another way of showing the pairs, is to be able to select a way to have each pair a greater  indent from the left margin ( and the text within them )
I sometimes do this anyway, so that I can see each section,  you would have to be able to return to normal .....


void loop ()
{
if ( cost > x )
    { serialPrint ( cost );  if ( cost > 2x )
        {  digitalWrite ( ledPin, HIGH );
        }
     }
}
900  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 12, 2012, 12:13:15 am
Yes,  the first left one in a loop  could be say green, and the very last one the same.

Then the second one could be blue, and its matching one blue,   etc etc  even if they are nested within other pairs.

At the moment we can only highlight one pair at a time, this way they could all show up at once, with their partner.

There could only be so many colours, but they can start repeating the sequence, I think it would be clear which is which partner.
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