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Idea about what would have made today a LOT better for ALL

 by Sputnik ¦  Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:02 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Idea about what would have made today a LOT better for ALL ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 3062

A more appropriate way of handling todays fiasco would have been to clear ALL carts at start up, you must fill your cart AFTER start up, shop during the time and $$ allotted and hope to make it out with some goodies. This would have made it a lot more fair, it would have lasted longer and the server...

Re: server clusters

 by Sputnik ¦  Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:53 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Appease Angry Customers ¦  Replies: 72 ¦  Views: 12259

<LOL!> Yes, you are absolutely right. In fact, I had roughly estimated that if they had had capacity, it would be over in 2 to 3 seconds. One possible solution is a monte-carlo bandwidth limiting solution- For a group of connection requests coming in a window of say, 3 seconds, randomly pick one (o...

 by Sputnik ¦  Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:28 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Free Day Poll ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 2575

I gotta say it's been a completely negative experience for me. I filled my cart with about $120 worth of stuff. Not only did I waste nearly two hours trying, but I made it to the finish line twice only to time out after clicking that final link. Even worse, I'm pretty sure now that my card got char...

Re: follow up

 by Sputnik ¦  Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:33 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Display Command Set ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1266

hellooooo, no one managed to log the data on this display as yet..... hope it happens soon....... It might help if you stated EXACTLY what LCD it is you are referring to. You only posted a few specs which could apply to many many different LCD's. If you want it to happen soon, you will have to do i...

 by Sputnik ¦  Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:30 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Exciting Mini Camera!!! ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2414

If you dont need the resolution, just buy one of the cheap little $20 cams like Aiptek sells. They capture at 640x480 at 20Fps (some higher) and are incredibly small. For the money I dont think I would go any other way. Yes, building something yourself is something in itself but for $20, it just isn...

 by Sputnik ¦  Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:47 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

VStar650CL wrote:Oh, yeah, PPS - Did you notice those mags were in the marine section? No lie, I bet they're for temporarily patching cracks in steel boats.
That is quite possible!!

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:11 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

Those suckers are Neodymium Iron Boron. I was joking about my daughter, but if I wasn't, one sheet of that stuff could probably hang her there for life! Enjoy, glad I could help. :D Yea, I see. Its rare to see flexible neodymium maxnets. I may just get some to see. Ive had a few things come along t...

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:56 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

If you guys want try mag strip, you can even try it cheap... Skycraft has these for $2.50 ea, flexible rare-earth. They're 7" squares, but they can be scissor-cut. You'd need 5-6 of them to make a 10-foot x ~2" strip. I'm buying a couple myself, just because... never know when I might need to hang ...

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:58 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

I dont think this would be an issue if done properly. Neck and neck will not be THAT close. Especially if you used the two receivers as stated. An easy solution to this would be to position the transmitters at diferent locations on the cars. One car on the front, one car on the rear etc. Any discre...

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:20 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

What if the cars are neck-and-neck? A single set of IR receivers will have the same problem Philba pointed out with RFID... interference with each other. The advantage to having the track trigger the car, rather than the other way 'round, is that the outgoing signals from each car can be guaranteed...

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:04 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Lithium Polymer Major Issue ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 1990

I have removed the battery from the circuit that I made and am now using a Sparkfun LiPo charging board and it appears to be charging. It reads 3.8v when I put the DMM across the terminals. How long do these take to charge? It is a LipO battery from Sparkfun, I believe it is the one with the charge...

 by Sputnik ¦  Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:45 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: R/C Lap Counter Projects - Need Help, Guidance to start me. ¦  Replies: 46 ¦  Views: 10368

A simple solution would be to use IR. Make a module to be fitted to each car , assign and ID to each (even using remote codes would work). limit the output of the IR transmitters and narrow the beam so it will not "trigger" early. You could even use 2 IR receivers placed a certain distance apart and...

 by Sputnik ¦  Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:07 am ¦  Forum: New Product Ideas ¦  Topic: PCB Edge Clips ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 10260

A socket itself would work for the soldering jig!!!!!! Or just a hole pattern drilled in a PCB.

 by Sputnik ¦  Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:00 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: text projector. help with ideas ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 2090

From the sound of your experience, by asking what you need to program them (no offese), you will have a very difficult time with the first option you posted, its not for the faint of coders. Anyway, you dont "program" the displays, you have to send data to them using a microcontroller. However they ...

 by Sputnik ¦  Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:03 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Stuff For sale, PicKit2, BS2, BX-24P, PB-105 BreadBoard etc ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 863

Sorry, the only thing left is the PICAXEs