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by kheston
Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: precise location in space
Replies: 32
Views: 8203

precise location in space

My son is a karter. I'd like to keep a better account of where he is on the track at any moment in time such that we can refine his line and do other coaching based on the data we log. There are kits out there that measure how he's using the kart's controls, but his position on the track isn't quite...
by kheston
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can your Christmas Lights do this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2645

Re: Can your Christmas Lights do this?

Philba,

Did you mean to post a link?
by kheston
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can your Christmas Lights do this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2645

Re: Can your Christmas Lights do this?

Philba,

Did you mean to post a link?
by kheston
Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can your Christmas Lights do this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2645

Re: Can your Christmas Lights do this?

I think it's cool, personally. If I were his neighbor, I'd try to one-up him. :)

Speaking of which, did he HAVE to spend all that money with LOR or can dimmer packs be built on the cheap?
by kheston
Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thousands of parts being disposed of...
Replies: 28
Views: 5150

Re: Thousands of parts being disposed of...

Miguel,<p>I'm local. Any way I can come look?<p>Thanks,
Kurt
by kheston
Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caller ID Privacy Manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3168

Re: Caller ID Privacy Manager

It looks like you can get a simple answering machine going for under $10 provided you have a PC lying around. I'm using an old Pentium 90 with 64MB RAM. Works fine.<p>Check out:<p> Digium <p>for a ready to run FXO card (X100P - $25.95). Or if you have your soldering iron handy:<p> Howto -and- laptop...
by kheston
Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caller ID Privacy Manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3168

Re: Caller ID Privacy Manager

It's much more than you're asking for, but you might check out www.asterisk.org. <p>Asterisk is an open-source PBX system that can be configured to act as a full-fledged call router/voicemail/voip system. I got started with $14.99.<p>I've set up a single-line FXO device to be a call screener. Depend...
by kheston
Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DMM software for Windows XP
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: DMM software for Windows XP

John,<p>Let me preface this by saying I know NOTHING about HAM software. However, I have tried to get old programs to work with newer hardware with some success.<p>I come at things from a programmer-nerd standpoint and often go where no person who values unwasted leisure time will go. But if you're ...
by kheston
Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On/Off using a serial port?
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: On/Off using a serial port?

110V appliances, that is. :)
by kheston
Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On/Off using a serial port?
Replies: 3
Views: 616

On/Off using a serial port?

I'd like to build a simple device that I can plug 120V appliances into with <= 10A draw and cut/restore power using RS232 (and a serial port on my PC).<p>I know X10 has lots of neat stuff for this, can it be done more simply (cheaply)?
by kheston
Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PS2 to serial port conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: PS2 to serial port conversion

Is this what I'm looking for? Schematic<p>Looks like I could build one for under $10.
by kheston
Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PS2 to serial port conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: PS2 to serial port conversion

Actually, if I wasn't such a spend thrift, I'd buy scanners with serial interfaces from one of those guys and be done. However, I've cheaped out and purchased 7 declawed CueCats on EBay. I do have a single Symbol LS-1004 with a serial interface for which I've written a simple POS system. However, I'...
by kheston
Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PS2 to serial port conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: PS2 to serial port conversion

What would be the best way to approach the conversion? Microprocessor?
by kheston
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PS2 to serial port conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: PS2 to serial port conversion

I've tried one of the passive connectors (I have three or four), but it doesn't seem to power the scanner. Can I remedy this by sending one of the pins 5 volts without creating a smoke show?
by kheston
Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PS2 to serial port conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

PS2 to serial port conversion

Hi All,<p>I have a number of keyboard-wedge PS2 interface barcode scanners that I'd like to adapt for use with the DB9 serial port (RS232) on my PC. I don't mind if the change is permanent. Is there a way to do this?<p>I'd like to trigger events in my UI based upon when a barcode is scanned. When us...