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*HyperLight
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Posted:Little update for you all (thought I'd start a new thread as the last one was getting a bit big!!). I've been a busy bee tonight and I now have 4 pairs of the MK4 (dare I say final?) boards soldered together... now to get something to put 'em in ready for Synergy!




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*HyperLight
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Posted:It's like he can read my mind!

I popped home at lunch today to find that I have a package containing some accelerometers waiting on my desk... it's going to be almost impossible to solder the little devils, but quite exciting none-the-less biggrin


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Yakumo
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Posted:Well I needed some off-topic de-stressing cos I'm trying to get my head round a new UI system so I can off some major workload from Jon if I can do it well enough tongue

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akgraphics
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Posted:Heya I've been nosily following your progress for aages now, I feel its time for me to say you guys are amazing! I'm studying engineering at the moment, and I can't get my head around the electronics / microprocessors module, or C++ programming (oh wait, i can make a program that says hello and asks your name:)) - its totally unbelievable that you're making these so well. It's always interesting following the design process too, thanks for sharing the goodness.

When you get to a stage where you're happy with your final design, I hope you find some funding to go into mass mass mass production in the near future! Inexpensive quality products are a lovely rare thing these days. Good luck with your accelerometers!


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*HyperLight
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Posted:Thanks very much! I'm just about to have a crack at soldering one of those accelerometers and just to give you an idea how tiny these things are...


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...I think I'm going to need that luck! eek ubblol


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Yakumo
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Posted:what are you complaining about, that components at least 2 inches across on my screen,



oh and you've dropped some jumpers under your weekly 'hyperlight building' wage biggrin


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Posted:Yeah, where did you find a 5p that big?

There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees

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Yakumo
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Posted:they're too tight to pay him in modern currency, the old ones were much bigger devil

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Posted:Hey Johnny my lovely! So, will i get to play with some of your toys next week? wink

Sounds like you're making lots of progress, hope you havent encountered too many problems.
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Motley
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Posted:Hi Beth hug BUSHPIIIIG!!! biggrin ubblol

Jon: I have been following this thread with great interest, you've made some great progress recently, can't wait to see the finished product!


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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Guess who I'm going to visit today with footage of 'you-know-what's

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Posted:Michael Douglas, with footage of his dad in Spartacus?

But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Yakumo
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Posted:I'M SPARTACUS!


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<ontopic? looking at gfx display code for wav forms...>


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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Don't start....

Frustrations with software meant that Hyper vid is partially delayed- watch this space (well, this thread anyway:))


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*HyperLight
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Posted:*le sigh* ..one problem down, several challenges to go!

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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Woke up to find most of the garden fence blown down so i spent most of the morning taking down panels of fence in the rain...


Video will get made, honest...


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Yakumo
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Posted:dude, jon told me what you were having problems with, grab me on skype or ring or something I can sort all of that out easily. Thought he wanted me and sym in there too tho tongue

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*HyperLight
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Posted:I got a load of accelerometer boards working last night *grin* ...just need some firmware to process their output now!

...and yes, a video with four people spinning hyperlights would be awesome, but the footage we got before is reasonably good. Polarity, would you be around this week to try shooting some more? The stuff myself and Chutney got before was good but he's right about it looking a little washed out - the camera couldn't cope with the brightness!


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Posted:*Looks at calendar* Nope, nothing on till January.

Just let me know when.


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*HyperLight
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Posted:Thursday maybe?

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Yakumo
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Posted:wxwidgets makes baby Jesus cry.



(well, compiling with some addons for it that would have been REALLY useful, on vs2k5, spent more than 4 hours last night trying to work through link errors with the guys in #wxwidgets on freenode)

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*HyperLight
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Posted:Lol, not enjoying your wx experience Mr. Yakumo? What's wrong with you man? It's lovely!

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Posted:Why? Apart from me not knowing how to use xcode, I found it great to install and compile Jons software with...

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*HyperLight
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Posted:Alright, compiling wxWidgets in the first place can be a bit of a pain (although I'm not sure what I did wrong the first few times as I can now compile it relatively easily!). I'm sure it gets complicated if you start adding in the additions.

Which addons were you trying to add?


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Yakumo
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Posted:oh I've pretty much sorted it all now, I had to ditch the nice wxVC project creating wizard that set up everything nicely including fully linking in the formbuilder generated files for you. (and everything that I'd been working on using that already)



I'd spent quite a bit of time learning how to use that properly and building the start of a new UI, then learnt about how wxAUI is built into the new wxWidgets codebase so wanted to explore that , and just ended up having a choice of it either happily compiling the wx demo's and samples, or the wxPack parts (wxVC formbuilder integration) I'd been working with, never both (with 20-30 minutes in between attempts at retrying, minimum, due to having to reinstall and recompile everything).



I'm starting from scratch now, and will just have to take the extra time to learn exactly how to integrate everything by hand instead.



Everything will be far better for it by the end, including my knowledge, it's just going to take more time and effort.

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*HyperLight
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Posted:Blimey! Just be sure to keep a record of what steps you take so that the rest of us can reproduce them and contribute to your efforts. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! biggrin

If I get a chance, I'll have a bit more of a hack at getting the wiki working on the hyperlight site so we can try and keep track of things. I've also been toying with the idea of installing bugzilla and tying it to the repository along with a mailing list for interested developers smile


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Yakumo
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Posted:don't worry, I am, well versed in such things.
wouldn't have to go through the same crap even a week from now if I'd forgotten exactly what I did and there was a new release.


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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Thursday not good for me Jon frown

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*HyperLight
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Posted:frown How about monday next week then? Sunday's also a potential but Monday I'm definitely free. Who knows, in a weeks time I may also have some more features working! biggrin

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Posted:what on earth are you clever people talking about?

I like Languages.

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Yakumo
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Posted:It's er, it's like a new form of spinning.

Spinning the 108 little plastic block things in front of the glowy thing in the hopes that something mindblowingly cool eventually happens.


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