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
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.
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.
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???)
@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.
"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.
@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.....
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.
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!