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46  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Road vehicle passing counter on: March 03, 2014, 02:11:21 am
The road crews around here all use some type of hose with a pressure sensor on one end, as Robtillart said.

Depending on where you live, you may also want to consider the fact that in today's overly paranoid society, people tend to think that random devices on the side of the road must be bombs.
47  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Any old timers able to host my code ? on: February 25, 2014, 12:59:45 am
I'm not an old-timer, but I'd be willing to set something up.
48  Community / Bar Sport / Re: A Space Cannon, CERN style! on: February 25, 2014, 12:58:27 am
How about a MAC?
49  Community / Bar Sport / Re: on: February 22, 2014, 04:51:07 pm
I have started receiving items in their retail packaging, with a shipping label taped to one side. At least you got one piece of packing material in yours.
50  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Calls "from windows" about "online hackers inside your computer". on: February 22, 2014, 12:01:30 am
I've always built my own machines so I'd never fall for it  .

But I'd love to have some fun with a scammer over the phone, I'd feed them false information and have some fun!

I'd like to see if I could do something with an Asterisk box in my house. Either put them on hold for an indefinite period of time, forward them to a another scammer, or trap them in some kind of auto attendant thing ("Press 1 for English" * auto attendant switches to German, etc.).
51  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Ballistic Chronograph on: February 21, 2014, 11:46:41 pm
I was thinking the sensor would be attached to the end of the barrel in a PVC pipe. This would cause everything to be lined up correctly, I think.

Thats a good way to injure yourself. Even if you do manage to get it lined up, that PVC is going to shatter and melt from the pressure/heat.

The laser grid idea sounds cool. I have never seen one made like that, I kind of want to try it.
52  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Calls "from windows" about "online hackers inside your computer". on: February 21, 2014, 11:40:26 pm
It is a scam that has been used in the UK for a few years now.
They ask you to type something in and you tell them what it is.
They say you have got a virus which is serious but they can fix it for a fee.
You pay them £150, and they say they do something and then they say it is clear. They promise that the fee will cover future work.
You are then rung up every month or so and they get you to pay increasingly large amounts of money.
One woman on a consumer program is reported to have paid over £12,000.
I get about three of these calls a week. I just say I run a Mac (which I do) and they hang up.

Yep. Typically they have you launch the windows event log, which is usually full of yellow warnings and red errors, and they tell you that the yellow and red things are all viruses. They then get you to install a remote desktop app on your PC so they can infect it for you and charge you a sum of money.

A lot of them are starting to fail because they are getting too greedy. I had a customer call me after receiving one of these calls. They wanted $400 USD. He told the guy he only paid $350 for his PC, so he'd just get a new one, and hung up.
53  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Found today on the intertez on: February 11, 2014, 07:51:16 pm
It was bad enough that every new version of Windows played musical chairs with the control panel icons.  Windows 8 just nailed the coffin for me.  I use Linux at work (preference anyway) and am trying out a Hackintosh as my main home PC.

The whole bit about "it's supposed to train you not to use shutdown" sounds very plausible to me, but as a long-term user of Windows, I don't hold much faith in its ability to remain running indefinitely without there being a performance penalty.  Windows 7 has made strides (I have a laptop that I always hibernate instead of shutdown) but at my last job, where I had a Windows 7 PC and a Linux PC running together side-by-side, I would reboot Linux for hardware / kernel changes and power outages.  I would reboot Windows between once a month and once a season.  Not bad, but not quite appliance-like.

Aside from the technical shortcomings, you can't just flip the paradigm on an entire industry and expect everyone to be OK with it.  People are creatures of habit, and most of them don't consider it fun and amusing to learn new OSes, any more than a carpenter would like to try out a new concept for The Hammer every four years.

Exactly. I have a Linux (CentOS) server colocated in a datacenter. It always amazes my windows server-trained friends when I log into webmin and they see "Uptime: 440 Days".
54  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Garage door code capture on: February 09, 2014, 11:17:01 pm
Garage door remotes most likely use rolling codes anyway.
55  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Found today on the intertez on: February 08, 2014, 07:34:38 pm
That makes sense, you are starting the shutdown process smiley

Yes but how many people other than programmers think like that. It is one of the prime examples of why Microsoft got it wrong.

This is in contrast to the Windows 8 method for shutting down a PC, which makes sense to no one at all. You just hover the mouse over of the right hand side of the screen for a few seconds with no visual queue, then right click (which slides a menu onto the screen), then click "settings", then click shutdown. That doesn't actually shut down the computer though, it just puts it into standby mode. If you want it to actually shut down, you have to hold shift while you click shutdown.

I've been building PCs for over 15 years, and I had to look at a manual to figure out how to turn off my mom's new Windows 8 PC.
56  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Project Management Software? on: February 08, 2014, 07:26:05 pm
I do a simple work log on excel with time and dates that I work on the project and what I worked on, version of software, circuit board etc. I can't keep track of every aspect of a project. I have to review them if I work on them after not working on them for a while. I also keep a pin usage list in excel detailing which pin is used for what. The PC folder structure serves as my organizer. I also have printouts of things I consider important (say client sent in a description of diagram and I print and date) or convenient to have on paper, in a hanging folder. I don't know how formal you want to go. The more you organize, the more you waste time organizing smiley

I also use a lot of boxes. I have boxes for each project, different size "Really useful boxes". I keep stuff I received for each job until the client asks them back. They usually don't, cause they keep coming back for updates and upgrades smiley-wink .

So far it's kept my sanity and I didn't trip over too much stuff laying around. I also recently invested a bit on decent tools. Must have if you are ramping up your business. Can't be held back by cheap tools if others depend on your work.

This may work. I could keep a spreadsheet of active projects, that includes things like hours, delivery dates, costs, etc, and then just use the folder structure for storing files. I have taken a couple project management classes in college, so I am very familiar with the "The more you organize, the more you waste time organizing". Spend 4 hours filling out gantt charts, making reports, and doing calculations, all on 3 hours of work.

I also have the boxes of parts from clients. That was my first surprise. Customers spend all this money sending me this stuff, and none of them want it back.
57  Community / Bar Sport / Re: I loathe reporters. on: February 05, 2014, 11:11:48 pm
Its a 1kW Laser, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
58  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Uplink/Downlink to Mars. on: February 03, 2014, 10:56:26 am
For interstaller communication you need other types of handshakes , you should be able to send prematurely or opportunistic data to increase the bandwidth.

I think caching servers would be a better option. The traffic never leaves Mars. If you buy hosting from a company, they put your stuff on a Earth rack and a Mars rack, with the data being synced between. Sort of like how the Amazon Cloud was supposed to work before people got cheap.
59  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Modding PS3 Controller + PSXLibrary + Arduino on: January 29, 2014, 04:51:42 pm
60  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Weird or Innovative Repairs, Catastrophic Failures on: January 27, 2014, 03:31:52 am
Hmm, Question, WHAT is in the door that requires a rats nest of wires?
Now that you have it under cover, keep welding...
Tom...... smiley

1980's electric window and door locks. You can roll down the passenger window and unlock the passenger door from the drivers side. The controller (a pair of relays...) lives in the center console usually, so the driver's side has all the wiring for the both doors, and the passenger side has the wiring for only the passenger door. I don't even want to think about how many wires would be needed for a 4-door SUV. The truck didn't come with electric windows or door locks, but I got the replacement doors for $50, so I couldn't pass it up. They were even the correct color under the blue paint.
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