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6181  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Futurlec...  legit or scam? on: March 11, 2009, 03:00:52 am
The contact phone numbers are on their 'About us'  page:

Good luck and please keep us informed of how you get on.
6182  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Futurlec...  legit or scam? on: March 10, 2009, 01:50:17 pm
Futurlec ship from Thailand. The are very clear on their web site that although they have offices in Australia, US and UK, they do not hold any stock in those places.
But is worrying if shipments are taking longer than a few weeks. Have you tried phoning their local sales office?
6183  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Futurlec...  legit or scam? on: March 10, 2009, 02:51:52 am
Similar to melka, I have placed a couple of orders with them without any problem and I have recommended them a few times in these threads.  I would be interested to hear how they respond; please keep us posted.  
6184  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino, a weapon of mass destruction?! on: March 31, 2009, 05:03:10 am
Good to hear that it worked out ok in the end.
I think the moral of the story is:  Don't make jokes about drugs or bombs to bureaucrats – they really don't think that's a laughing matter.
6185  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Future of arduino on: December 19, 2008, 09:08:33 am
Jeff,  what you want may already be available, check out the sanguino:

And if you need something beefier than that, have a look at the wiring i/o board:

If those don't fit the bill and you think a LOT of people are wanting capabilities not available on existing boards, why not draw up a spec and see if you can convince one of the many companies selling arduino related products to invest in its production.

IMO, one of the key reasons for the arduino success is that it has focused on simplicity and low cost rather than power and flexibility.

I trust that as the arduino team bring out new and more powerful products they will do so keeping the arduino simple and affordable.
6186  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino Duemilanove w/ATmega168 @ $22* promotion on: March 15, 2009, 01:31:01 am
If someone manages to buy all 30 boards, then I guess the community is not ready for total openness  
A single purchase of all the boards would only say something about the buyer, not the community.

Anyway, good luck with your promotion
6187  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino Duemilanove w/ATmega168 @ $22* promotion on: March 14, 2009, 01:17:46 pm
I agree with Nachtwind, if the primary purpose is to increase the user base (and of course, your customer base) then limiting one per IP address would seem more effective.

But perhaps if your ecommerce site can handle it, how about offering one per hour. That way those in far flung time zones also get a chance to get a board.
6188  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: servo-servo mechanicals on: January 29, 2009, 03:05:58 pm
Hot glue works well for this kind if thing

It produces a strong bond but can be seperated. If you wrap the servo with masking tape you can prevent the glue from permfinantly sticking to the case of the servo.
6189  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Cheap equipment on: February 02, 2009, 11:44:11 am
@uzimonkey: congrats on that scope, it will probably last forever.

If you are interested in a logic analyzer of around the same vintage, the HP 1650B is a simple easy to use analyzer that you can find for very little money (although they are heavy so shipping can be significant) for example:

And the HP 16500 is  a more sophisticated (and complicated ) analyzer that also can be found going cheap.  This one is starting at $24.99 with  $39 shipping (its really heavy!)

The description says the hard drive is faulty but you can replace the drive. My 16500c drive went faulty shortly after I got it and I replaced it with a flash disk plugged into an IDE adapter.  I think you can still download the software from the HP Agilent site.

Anyway, a PC logic analyzer is probably more convenient and easier to use so don't let me tempt you into a complicated DIY repair project  smiley-wink

Good luck!
6190  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Cheap equipment on: January 29, 2009, 10:40:20 pm
it's really inexpensive to pick up a Tek 465B and probes.
Seconded, its a really good scope. Or go with the 468 which is the 465B with the digital storage option. There is one on ebay here:
6191  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Good international electronics shops? on: November 10, 2008, 01:31:47 pm
There is a good list of suppliers here:

And a more extensive list of suppliers of components and things here:
6192  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: where to start? on: January 16, 2009, 12:58:51 pm is a good place to start.
That web site is nowhere near as well organized for beginners as the Arduino site but you should be able to find what you want and there are a few books listed there as well.
6193  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: where to start? on: January 15, 2009, 04:41:14 am
If you want to interact with sensors and other physical thing like motors and LEDs then the Arduino is the right choice. Processing is a programming environment running on a pc for interacting with pc resources like the screen, mouse, keyboard,  sound etc. The arduino development environment was designed to be similar to Processing and both platforms can talk to each other.  Learning one will make it easier to learn the other. And no bad thing learning both.

Have fun!
6194  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Arduino board hierarchy on: December 06, 2008, 03:59:11 am
Fred, think of all the potential customers created by the goodwill from Mikal's contributions.  smiley-wink

And to everyone else here, please buy goods and services from Mikal's company so he doesn't get busted   smiley-grin

Mikal, what is it you do when you are not helping all the good people here?
6195  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Supply from China, suggestions please? on: October 13, 2008, 10:55:17 am
The 19264 ones has difference in pin15 and pin16 used for CS, It would be grateful if you could mod the library to handle the 00 state. Anyway, we should be cautious in stating the compatibility

The 192x64 pixel panel has three controller chips, the 128x64 panels has two.
Supporting more than two controller chips gets a little complicated. With just two controllers, the code just toggles between one and the other whenever the 64 bit boundary is crossed. With three or more chips, all the other chips need to be disabled. I think this is best done by adding a new method for controller chip selection. The method itself is not complicated (it would deselect all chips and select the chip with the x address modulo  64). But modifying the code to call this method in all the places needed requires some care.  Feel free to produce a suitable version of the code if you want to ( I will be happy to give you advice) , but until code has been modified and tested, it would not be accurate to describe the 192 pixel panel as compatible so would respectfully ask you to modify that statement on the product pages with the 192 pixel panels

Let me know if I can be of help
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