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46  Community / Bar Sport / Project Management Software? on: January 17, 2014, 01:16:44 am
I have finally reached the stage in my "business" where I need some sort of assistance with project management. Does anyone have any recommendations for software or systems for organization of  projects? I basically just need a nice interface where I can store project descriptions, files, dates, and customer info, with a "overview" that lists the project dates and status'. I'm not working on anything large enough to warrant something like Microsoft Project Pro...yet.

Presently i'm just using folders on a NAS with index files that describe the folder's contents. It works for organization, but lacks the "overview" aspect.
47  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Show us your arduino electronic work area, no matter how humble or grand. on: January 17, 2014, 01:06:05 am
That container is what they call a "new build", which means it's only done a single trip from China (presumably) to Oz. They cost more but are essentially brand new so worth it I think. That said we got this one for almost the same price ($3500) as a banged up container like the other one we have.

As we are often away security is an issue, but of course anybody with a grinder can get into a container in no time at all.

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Rob

Have you considered burying them? Lots of people use these things as underground bunkers. It would be a lot more secure, temperature controlled, and generally not that expensive.
48  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Roomba for lego pieces? on: January 13, 2014, 12:22:50 am
Maybe a suction hose with a screen on the end can pick pieces up?


This was my first thought as well.

Put a section of heavy screen (the kind with 1cm x 1cm holes) behind a vacuum hose (a shop-vac would work well). Dust and small particles will get sucked through the screen into the machine, while bricks would stick to the screen. Then you just need a beam-break sensor or something in front of the screen to detect the bricks. A simple T fitting with a flap would work for gravity-dependent brick extraction. When the vacuum is on, the flap gets sucked shut, and seals. When a brick is detected, kill the vacuum motor, flap opens, brick falls out the bottom of the T (and into a bucket or something).
49  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 09, 2014, 09:20:36 pm
I prefer Maineiac.
50  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: 12 digit Keypad-controlled lock not working on: January 05, 2014, 03:13:48 am
Maybe sprinkle some Serial.println() statements in your code to see where its hanging up? I usually like to put a Serial.println(key) in my "if (key != NO_KEY)" statements. That way I know if the keypad is working, if its hooked up correctly, and what keys it thinks are being pressed.
51  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 01, 2014, 08:29:21 pm
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Why does it matter?

It doesn't. Relax.

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Do you get mad at people from the UK when they call themselves "European"?

I am from the UK, and would never describe myself as European, heaven forbid. In fact, if I had been born about 100km further south, I'd have been French. Shock, horror.

I've been relaxed this whole time, but thanks for giving me permission.

I think you missed the point of my post. I'm just wondering why people take offense to citizens of the United States of America calling themselves Americans. Its a name, not a declaration of war.
52  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 01, 2014, 12:34:56 pm
I usually go with the Aussie title "Seppo"

No I don't, just kidding.....

But I do often remind USA citizens that America is two continents. Also, as we saw above wrt to Mexico, the USA isn't even the only "United States" on the planet!

My current favourite- or perhaps given the context of this thread, favorite- is "Merkin"

I don't understand this sort of thing at all. Why does it matter? Do you get mad at people from the UK when they call themselves "European"?

Also, "America" is not a continent at all. There is a North America, and a South America, but "America" does not exist as a continent. People from the US, Mexico, and Canada are "North American". People from Brazil are "South American".
53  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Wireless printer/device server on: January 01, 2014, 12:19:43 pm
Ok, so look for something HP specific then.  Gotcha.

You might be better off building a small print server with a raspberry pi or Micro-atx board with an Atom/AMD APU. That would ensure compatibility, and you can use it for other things like basic file sharing/dns/backup/etc.
54  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Poor ad choice heading on: December 31, 2013, 04:21:53 pm
Hot is not a desirable quality in battery chargers  smiley

What if it doubles as a footwarmer?
55  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Ohm's Law... on: December 31, 2013, 12:27:52 am
... isn't a suggestion like speed limits.


And similarly, you get more leeway when its really cold out...
56  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: December 27, 2013, 06:13:55 pm
Would 'Yankee' offend?
Depends on who you direct it at. Yankee generally refers to people in the northeasern US,...

Haven't spent much time in the Upper Midwest, eh?

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...people from the south tend to take offense.

Shortly after moving to Houston I stopped at a grocery store to buy a Mountain Dew.  Unable to locate the cooler, I walked to an employee who was stocking a freezer.  I politely asked, "Excuse me ma'am.  Would you mind telling me where the pop is?"  She turned slowly, glared into my eyes, then announced to everyone within earshot, "Y'all sound like a bunch uh damned Yankees!  The Cokes is over dere."

Folks south of the Mason-Dixon line, west to Texas, will most certainly take offense at being labeled "Yankee".  A few will actually take so much offense as to resort to violence.


I only recognize the four compass directions. "Midwest" is a fictional land that only exists in movies.
57  Community / Bar Sport / Re: ARDUINO IS A JOKE on: December 27, 2013, 01:39:26 pm
To maybe salvage something from this topic...

I find this happens quite frequently. Very smart people with long careers in their field have very difficult times changing with new technology/methods to the point where arrogance like this is normal. The idea that they may not know something is absurd to them, and the realization that they have something new to learn can be too difficult to come to terms with, so they react with anger. "Thing y is stupid because it doesn't work like thing x has for years!".

 You also see it a lot if you spend any time working IT at the college level. You spend much of your time telling people with Ph.Ds in astrophysics how to plug an HDMI cable into their laptop. Its like they are afraid to try to learn new things.
58  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: December 27, 2013, 12:23:49 pm
Would 'Yankee' offend?

Depends on who you direct it at. Yankee generally refers to people in the northeasern US, people from the south tend to take offense.

I see it as a shortening of "The United States of America". You can't say USian, or United Statesian, so it becomes "American", the suffix of the full country name. People generally don't refer to themselves by the continent they live on, since its way too generic. You might as well just say "Earthling".

Another way to look at it is through the intentions of founders. The US was created as a conglomeration of individual state governments (much like the UK or EU, really), we are citizens of our states, rather than the country.
59  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Can you actually buy these anywhere?? on: December 25, 2013, 09:28:19 pm
NO WAR SCARCITY, EH? THE 37 SENSOR MODULES KIT IS SOLD OUT, OUT OF STOCK AND NO IDEA IF EVER AGAIN. Forget your suggestions, it is the ONLY kit and it was only in ONE site ad sold PRECISELY AFTER I PROGRAMMED A KART. Just like in EVERY SERVER I VISIT. READ HISTORY. Your board is imbecile and pointless without such kit. What do you reply to THIS? Another euphemism and NOTHING IS HAPPENING?

If any part of you is still with us, I suggest you seek immediate help. Something is not right with you, and I fear for your mental well-being.

The module you mentioned is available from at least 50 different sellers, in quantities greater than 100 units.
60  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Can you actually buy these anywhere?? on: December 24, 2013, 01:25:45 am
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don't do drugs.
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