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3 AM Aussie NSW time - AAAARRRGGGHHHH
David Ashton   4/15/2014 5:40:05 AM
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Expect me if you see me Max, much as I'd love to attend, 3 AM is not when I am at my best......

Incidentally I could not get your time zone converter to work properly, here is a more user friendly one (read: friendly to old farts like me):

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

 

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Re: 3 AM Aussie NSW time - AAAARRRGGGHHHH
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 9:43:56 AM
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Hi David -- I'll use your converter next time -- I'm sorry you can't join us -- but maybe you'll wake up in the wee hours and not be able to get back to sleep and think "I wish there was someone I coudl chat with" ... at which point a light would go off ... LOL

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Re: 3 AM Aussie NSW time - AAAARRRGGGHHHH
David Ashton   4/15/2014 4:55:27 PM
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@Max - stranger things have happened.....but don't hold your breath....

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Arduino Lilypad?
kfield   4/15/2014 10:45:14 AM
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Max, would my experience using the LilyPad Arduino (for sewable electronics) quaify me? 

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Re: Arduino Lilypad?
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 11:10:24 AM
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@kfield: Max, would my experience using the LilyPad Arduino (for sewable electronics) quaify me?

Well, that and the fact that you pay my wage LOL

Are you sure that you are actually sewing something in that hat -- I thought that was where you kept your secret candy stash?

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Re: Arduino Lilypad?
David Ashton   4/15/2014 4:53:51 PM
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@Max - she's wondering where to put the propellor motor (Beanies aren't too ladylike... :-)

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I think I could talk about something
Duane Benson   4/15/2014 11:50:18 AM
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I have two Arduino Leonard-based projects, a few PIC-based projects, A Raspberry pie with a small Adafruit LCD, some FPGA projects, two game wardens, seven hunters and a cow. I might be able to chat about one or the other of those.

(Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference)

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Re: I think I could talk about something
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 12:06:45 PM
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@Duane: ...A Raspberry pie with a small Adafruit LCD...

It's not the size of your LCD ... it's what you do with it that counts LOL

So, can I take it you will be joining us on Friday?

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Re: I think I could talk about something
Duane Benson   4/15/2014 2:10:28 PM
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I'll be there. The Pi LCD is really cool, except that I can't get the Pi to boot to the LCD, despite having, to the best of my ability, followed the directions to get it to do so. I always seem to have a problem with the start-up scripts in Linux.

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Re: I think I could talk about something
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 2:12:01 PM
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@Duane: I always seem to have a problem with the start-up scripts in Linux.

That's why I prefer the Arduino to the Pi ... it's more suited to my small brain LOL

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Re: I think I could talk about something
David Ashton   4/15/2014 5:02:09 PM
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@Duane.... "two game wardens, seven hunters and a cow. "

I didn't get it but googled it and got the Tom Lehrer song - he's always good.  

It was a good start to my day - thanks.....

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The law was very firm - it took away my perm-it
betajet   4/15/2014 7:29:16 PM
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No fair Googling!

I got it right away -- I grew up listening to Tom Lehrer.  [Those who met me at "EE Live!" nod knowingly.]  My parents have the 10" LP.

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Re: The law was very firm - it took away my perm-it
David Ashton   4/15/2014 7:36:49 PM
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@Betajet....  >No fair Googling!     Well at least I admitted it!!

Gimme a break, I am Zimbabwean :-)

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Re: The law was very firm - it took away my perm-it
Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 10:27:34 AM
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@David: I am Zimbabwean :-)

I'd like to hear you say that after a few beers :-)

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Re: The law was very firm - it took away my perm-it
David Ashton   4/18/2014 8:38:09 PM
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In the group I hung around with in Zim in my younger days (well it was Rhodesia then) the party trick was to say "Bulawayo" while burping - very uncouth but quite funny if everyone present has had the said  few beers.   (Bulawayo is Zim's second city.)

Now I'm in Australia, a nation which considers it un-Australian not to burp (whether drinking or not) I have tried to get my fellow Australians to try it using "Tumbarumba' which has the requisite 4 syllables.  Success so far has been a bit mixed......

(afterthought - I think it's called "Belching" over there???)

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Max chat
Crusty1   4/15/2014 12:06:59 PM
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Hi Max yes I have been busy on a lot of electronic hobby items recently, so I will try to be there.

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Re: Max chat
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 12:09:33 PM
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@Crusty: I will try to be there.

It will be great to chat with you -- I onlty wish you had been able to come out to EE Live! and meet up with Duane and Javi and Adam Taylor and myself ... maybe next year?

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Re: Max chat
Crusty1   4/15/2014 12:24:52 PM
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Thats about as likely as getting Farther Christmas there in person with his elf.

I am in the dog house as I have had to buy a new laptop today, because XP is no longer being supported.

Should mean some of the programmes will work a bit faster. But purchase cost, lowest was the only factor.

May be I can emulate Icarus and drop in all fired up next year after a do it yourself fly past the sun. LOL

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Re: Max chat
Sheepdoll   4/15/2014 12:37:08 PM
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@Crusty1: as I have had to buy a new laptop today, because XP is no longer being supported.

Ha:  I have a working windows98 machine.  Their are drivers that were older hardware never ported.

For me it is always about the drivers. Otherwise I would use a Mac.  I have some old ones of those too.  There is a MIDI program that works best under OS9.  Apple removed finder MIDI (Well all of real Quicktime*) from Mavericks. If it was not designed at NeXt, It was not designed by Apple. (But I digress)

*Quicktime player should be called Quartzplayer now.

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Re: Max chat
Crusty1   4/15/2014 1:10:02 PM
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@sheepdoll :- Yup I also still have a Libreto portable running Windows 98 and AVR Studio 2.0

Do not have a DOS machine.

Got an Apple IIe

Lots of Acorn computers under repair, two working.

MacBook Pro for net communication.

Trouble is that most of the FPGA software seems to want to run in native Windows and I hate slowing down my Mac.

Older machines are handy as they have true serial and parrallel ports so they still hang in there though not connected directly to the world wide web.

Will have to start getting rid of much of this as the clutter is getting too great.

best Crusty

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Re: Max chat
Duane Benson   4/15/2014 2:07:07 PM
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"Older machines are handy as they have true serial and parrallel ports so they still hang in there though not connected directly to the world wide web."

The first time I built something with an Atmel processor, I didn't have a programmer. I figured I'd be okay because there are a lot of easy build-it-yourself AVR programmer designs floating around. The easiest one plugged into a parallel port.

After I'd built it, I realized that none of my working computers had a paralell port. Fortunately, I was able to go out into the garage and cobble together a computer, with a parallelport, from old parts.

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Re: Max chat
David Ashton   4/15/2014 4:51:47 PM
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@Duane - Handy things, parallel ports.   You can also drive an LCD (the 2 or 4 line text ones) from a parallel port (well you have the 8 data lines plus some control lines - same as a LCD wants).   I saw a design once that did this, and had software that displayed your PC core temperature, cpu usage, etc on the LCD.  Oh, for the good old days.....

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Re: Max chat
Duane Benson   4/15/2014 5:00:16 PM
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David - I hadn't thought about an LCD. That would be cool. I did look at using a parallel port for an A/D input a while back.

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Re: Max chat
elizabethsimon   4/15/2014 6:01:18 PM
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And I thought I had a collection....


I counted 7 XP machines in my house and only one of me so most of them do not get a lot of use. I did upgrade the laptop I use themost to Win 7 since I already had the disk for it. I need to upgrade one of the desktop machines but haven't decided if I should get a copy of Win 7 or just get a newer computer (and then what do I do with the old one?)

It is nice to have real serial and parallel ports so I'll hang on to some of the old computers for specific uses. By the way, some of my co-workers have said that Win 7 doesn't support parallel ports (even when they got a parallel port board and installed it). This caused us to have to buy a USB programming dongle to program the FPGA on our project because all the ones we had on hand were for parallel ports.

 

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Re: Max chat
Crusty1   4/16/2014 2:37:17 AM
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@ elizabethsimon This caused us to have to buy a USB programming dongle to program the FPGA on our project because all the ones we had on hand were for parallel ports.

I have never found to date, a parallel port USB that would do the two way communications, Have you found one that works? I have a good seial USB but all my other parallel USB units are useless.

If we are talking family PC useage then I dread to think what the total of machines are.

This may be why Apple Mac are more expensive as we seem to be able to keep these going longer, from the sofware side and hardware.

If I ever manage to get the FPGA code right I will reinvent my beloved UK101 home built computer in one chip. I still have the roms.

Yes Max it's been a lot longer than a year since I started to learn VHDL but I am getting there. It's just that there are so many interesting baubles to play with along the self education route.

 

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How to Share Projects
DrFPGA   4/18/2014 10:24:09 AM
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I'm interested in how to share projects. Some of the existing methods (Github for example) seem overly complex for the new user (IMHO). If anyone has some suggestions for better/easier sharing methods please attend the chat!

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Re: How to Share Projects
Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 10:28:50 AM
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@DrFPGA: I'm interested in how to share projects.

That's a real good point -- pleasde remember to bring thsi up in the chat.

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Re: How to Share Projects
DrFPGA   4/18/2014 12:59:37 PM
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Will do- jumping over right now.

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Re: How to Share Projects
DrFPGA   4/18/2014 1:07:08 PM
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If I get any good suggestions during the chat I will post them here. Easier than scrolling thru 20 pages of chat to find them.

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Re: How to Share Projects
Max The Magnificent   4/18/2014 1:47:25 PM
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@DrFPGA: If I get any good suggestions during the chat I will post them here. Easier than scrolling thru 20 pages of chat to find them.

That sounds like a great plan -- let's call it "Plan A" so that no one gets confused LOL



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