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by LucidGuppy
Thu Sep 02, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Floating point equations to integer equations?
Replies: 1
Views: 1458

Floating point equations to integer equations?

So computers don't really like floating point. If you have an equation thats in scientific notation how do you convert it so that it works with integers? For simple equations I'm fine but it gets pretty hairy when the equation has big exponents and stuff like that. Can any point me in the direction ...
by LucidGuppy
Thu Sep 02, 2004 10:41 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Visual Basic
Replies: 13
Views: 5637

Re: Visual Basic

Man I wish I had someone else tell me this before I shelled out money for VB.net.<p> http://www.sharpdevelop.net/OpenSource/SD/Download/ <p>is a gnu open source c# ide for that rests on top of the .net framework...<p>...but it also works with VB code. So go to MS and install the .net framework and t...
by LucidGuppy
Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 12C509 programming
Replies: 23
Views: 5366

Re: 12C509 programming

Pic Basic by melabs isn't so bad for pic chips - and it produces hex files that any programmer can use. Its slower than asm but good for general use. See if www.melabs.com picbasic pro supports the chip your working with.<p>Cheers
by LucidGuppy
Wed Aug 11, 2004 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: satellite radios
Replies: 10
Views: 4706

Re: satellite radios

I have xm with both the home and car system. The home system is great - no complaints no signal outages. I would not have been able to get the music I like on any radio station anywhere. Plus I treat CD's poorly so the radio makes even more sense. Only 3 classical stations - check the website if you...
by LucidGuppy
Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ZigBee
Replies: 0
Views: 769

ZigBee

I read the article on ZigBee and I'm really impressed. Has anyone had experience with this new technology? Any projects you made with it? If so what are the hardest aspects of working with it?<p>Thanks...
by LucidGuppy
Wed Aug 04, 2004 6:02 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Firewire
Replies: 0
Views: 1454

Firewire

I know that "USB complete" is a good reference for getting started using/making usb compatible devices and talking to them. Is there any equivalent in the Firewire arena?
by LucidGuppy
Tue Aug 03, 2004 11:03 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Threaded interpretive languages
Replies: 4
Views: 2632

Re: Threaded interpretive languages

for anyone still curious - the chip was an ecog made by cyan technologies
by LucidGuppy
Fri Jul 30, 2004 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parallel port / excel spreadsheet / a to d gumbo...
Replies: 0
Views: 775

Parallel port / excel spreadsheet / a to d gumbo...

Hey Guys,<p>I'm looking at "parallel port complete" and the a 2 d circuit comming out to the parallel port. Using VB to do whatever it wants with the data. Which is nice. I want to know, since VB 6.0 has gone and is replaced by .NET - what software/language are people using to access their PC ports ...
by LucidGuppy
Tue Jul 27, 2004 4:05 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Seeking sensor designs
Replies: 6
Views: 3926

Re: Seeking sensor designs

Are we talking about a limited "room" version of LORAN ? LORAN has several transmitters located accross the coasts and your antenna on your boat...its used for navigation. I'm trying to get a better understanding of what your looking for.<p>Thanks
by LucidGuppy
Sat Jul 10, 2004 6:21 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Darpa Grand Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 2547

Re: Darpa Grand Challenge

I can now see why darpa wouldn't want a robot that screams "HEY I'M OVER HERE!!!" when it kicks up all that dust. But anythings going to be visible when it travels at top speed (just like road warrior :D ). And the payload would be low to boot with the Hcraft. I guess it would need some kind of turb...
by LucidGuppy
Sat Jul 10, 2004 6:07 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Threaded interpretive languages
Replies: 4
Views: 2632

Re: Threaded interpretive languages

I think the problem is the fact C programmers are so plentiful and the syntax is in so many other languages that its become the lingua franca. <p>My main problem right now in making a TIL is the lack of registers on the chip I'm using. Can anyone point me to resouces on how to use memory locations l...
by LucidGuppy
Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:31 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Threaded interpretive languages
Replies: 4
Views: 2632

Threaded interpretive languages

Is anyone on this website familiar with threaded interpretive languages (in the spirit of Forth)? I'm making good progress in making one - but just checking if anyone's been tinkering with them lately?
by LucidGuppy
Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Making a coin light up
Replies: 5
Views: 1584

Re: Making a coin light up

Don Lancaster www.tinaja.com has written a whole lot about the pitfalls of getting a patent and how they're just about useless to most people. Unless your a big company and the product generates tens of millions of dollars worth of revenue - and there's no prior art - and the design is non-obvious. ...
by LucidGuppy
Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:29 pm
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Darpa Grand Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 2547

Darpa Grand Challenge

The new darpa challenge is up on their website and I was thinking - even through the rules exclude it - if a hovercraft could do a better job than the last batch of atv's did. It would have to have better obstacle avoidance but it would be much more mechanically simple. If I built one I wouldn't min...
by LucidGuppy
Tue Jun 01, 2004 10:52 am
Forum: Robotics
Topic: Underwater Robotics
Replies: 3
Views: 2231

Re: Underwater Robotics

I was thinking about using a tether to a surface float with a Ramsey electronics tv transmitter and using a small pinhole camera inside a clear enclosure on the submersible part. About 30 feet of video cable connect the two.