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316  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: What's your Job? on: March 17, 2009, 12:15:30 pm

Web developer/programmer.
Currently resting due to long term illness.
Playing with Arduino to keep my brain working when Im able to concentrate enough.

317  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: For the love of solder fumes, STOP generic naming! on: March 29, 2009, 06:23:48 am

Dont forget to have a look at the more advanced aspects of the search engines.
One of the most useful Ive found is the "site" directive for google.
Appending "site:arduino.cc" restricts the google search to the arduino.cc domain.
So the search is restricted to the domain. No spaces after the "site:" or it wont work.

For example:
"pwm site:arduino.cc"

and excluding terms with the "-" directive from a search can be realy useful to get rid of any false positives you know you are going to get.
pwm -"Partnership for World Mission"

http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861
Is realy useful.

Gordon
318  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Web hosting recomendation on: March 10, 2009, 08:27:57 am

Ive gone with http://www.eukhost.com.
I had to ask a question about there services so emailed there support team on a Saturday afternoon not expecting to get a reply that day as I didnt have an account with them.  I got a reply within 15minutes.

cPanel Linux Bronze with a domain and vat £45.99 a year.
Not the cheapest around but I was impressed with the sql and backup support.
They give a lot for the money as well. The number of applications and services that can be installed through a click of a link on the control panel is pretty impressive and its all supported. Loads of documentation and how toos once you sign up including video walk throughs.
Im a bit spoiled for choice so Im going to have to do some reading up on the several cms systems they offer as standard. Let alone all the other photo albums, scripts, blogs and other apps they offer.
Things have certainly moved on from when I first used a hosting service.
A couple of meg and a very restricted cgi setup.

Gordon
319  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Web hosting recomendation on: March 07, 2009, 07:43:28 am

Thanks for the references.

Id prefer to pay in pounds sterling as the rate used to be nearly 2 dollars or euros to 1 pound now its about 1.5.
Over a year that adds up. Also while they all give 24/7 support theres always better support when its in your own time zone.

I had a look at 1and1 before, I dont think it had the mysql in the price band I was hoping for.

streamlinenet Power user package looks interesting.
Id have to set up the CMS system myself though.
Unless its hidden somewhere else in there blurb. Ill ask ome questions.
Some others Ive seen its just a matter of selecting the package from the management screens.
Sounds a bit lazy but I used to write that sort of stuff for a living and Id rather just get on with getting something online than spend my time building it all from scratch this time.

Gordon



320  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Web hosting recomendation on: March 06, 2009, 01:32:57 pm

Hardly Arduino related but I will be using it to publish any projects Im working on.

Can anyone recomend a web host in the UK.
Id like it in the UK due to currency fluctuations.
Im finaly getting round to getting my own doamin and site.
Ive done a quick google and there are hundreds of companies but Ive got no idea who is reliable with a decent uptime.They all list different storage sizes and bandwidth.

Im looking for something that has or can have put on it a content management system.
Doesnt have to be as all singing and dancing as joomla.
I imagine I will need databse support for the cms.
Maybe even sub domains/multipe domains, so the kids can have some space on there as well.

Looking to spend up to £5.00 per month for something amazing but would prefer less than £4.00 per month for something that will do.

Thanks

Gordon
321  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Housing a temp sensor outside on: March 10, 2009, 06:54:07 am

The sensor grenade gave me the idea that a small white plastic tablet tub upturned would do the job.
One of our cats has continual mediaction for a thyroid problem so Ill grab the next empty one.
Maybe with some foil wrapped over it to reflect the sun and leave the bottom open.

Ive found that even a white box in the sun doesnt reflect enough and warms too much from sunlight.
The box hasnt enough ventilation either.
I got around 22C yesterday in the sun when I know it was around 11C.

Gordon
322  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Housing a temp sensor outside on: March 08, 2009, 11:29:26 am

Great.
Ill replace my existing sensor then house it in a well ventilated box to protect it from the rain and sun.

Gordon
323  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Housing a temp sensor outside on: March 07, 2009, 07:51:57 am

Has anyone any thoughts on how to house a temp sensor outside.
Its just a ds18b20 on a long wire. So no other components to worry about.

Ive had one hanging outside my window for a couple of months but now Im getting some spurious results.
The one inside is fine and reading true. So Im putting it down to the elements.
Its just soldered heat shrinked and then wrapped in some tape with the plastic case poking out.
Im going to try a replacement and see if that gets rid of the strange values.

Should it be in a closed sealed box or should I alllow air flow and just keep the worst of the weather off.
If its in a closed sealed box I should imagine temp changes would take longer to effect the temp sensor.
But I know it must need some protection.

Should I encapsulate the leads and joints in some hot glue or another compound leaving the plastic case protruding?

Thanks

Gordon

324  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Who rides motorcycles? on: January 27, 2009, 06:30:28 am

Ex military Armstrong MT500.
Big green 500cc kick start single.
Lots of fun and built like a tank.

Gordon
325  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: detecting RPM by wrapping a spark plug wire on: November 26, 2008, 11:37:53 am

I did a quick search on "Timing light hack" and came up with this:

http://www.dutchforce.com/~eforum/index.php?showtopic=19818&st=0
This guy is doing something different but the diagram in the thread might be of use.

Gordon
326  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: detecting RPM by wrapping a spark plug wire on: November 26, 2008, 06:43:23 am

What are you trying to measure?
If its RPM there are easier ways to get it.

Is it for a permanent installation or for temporary use like a timing strobe?

Gordon
327  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Pet RFID chips on: November 30, 2008, 06:48:51 am

I havnt done anything with this yet but thought anybody interested might like to see what someone else has done with the pet tags and other uses than id.

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product.asp?dept_id=44&pf_id=8916&_ctId=EkJRjN6AdPY42tLpAoNBpVzitn2L9QQCp7eeXn8BOog%3d

Pretty impressive but should not be anything that an Arduino hacker could put together.

Gordon
328  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Pet RFID chips on: November 15, 2008, 06:31:57 am

Thanks, thats given me a bit more info.

Gordon
329  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Pet RFID chips on: November 11, 2008, 02:11:25 pm
Dear all,

Just on the off chance that someone might know the answer.
Is it possible to read the rfid chips, used here in the UK to tag our dogs and cats, with the rfid readers used with the Arduino? Like the parallax rfid reader.

I realise that the ones elsewhere in the world might be a bit trickier. Like in the USA. Ive read they have various manufacturers doing there own thing. But I believe the UK ones are standard across the board. My vet has only one reader he uses for all chips.

I thought it might be interesting as my dog has one that is not only for identification but also transmits his temperature. Hes happier with this than the traditional thermometer inserted where the sun dont shine.

Also has some interesting possibilities like the cat flap you can buy now that only lets in cats with the correct chip id.

Gordon
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