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886  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Neil Armstrong is dead on: September 14, 2012, 02:00:32 pm
I love the Gorsky story too,

and all British Astronauts refer to a flag being half-mast  :-)

And our own  South African Astronaut, Mark Shuttleworth, who flew with the russians as a paid passenger, assures me it is "1/2 мачтовых"
887  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 14, 2012, 10:25:37 am
Perhaps it was the quaint offpitch terminals pins that swung it :-) ,  whatever it was it got me out of 40 years of designing with 4000 series logic !

I still havn't got onto v1 yet, too put off by changes to libraries that I dont understand..
888  Development / Suggestions for the Arduino Project / Re: Interest in overhauling the IDE user interface? on: September 14, 2012, 01:21:35 am
Its a shame the STM8S  didn't have a user group like Arduino.

I bought in a box of them a few years back for an aborted project ( someone else was doing the software )

Then I found Arduino, and as they say, the rest is history  (  mystery sometimes :-) )
889  Community / Bar Sport / Re: I think I give up :) on: September 14, 2012, 12:43:02 am
They didn't mention it when they sent the sample with the last batch of " correct polarity :-) " ones.

It was only when I wanted to see how bright they are that I found they were marked wrong ,  and asked them if it was an error.

Hmm,  I think I will drive on the other side of the road next week...  :-)
890  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 !
891  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 :-)
892  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 :-)
893  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 ??
894  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 ?
895  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 )
896  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.
897  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  :-)
898  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 !
899  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 )
900  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  :-)
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