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Have you seen this? / http://hackaday.com/
« Last post by NigelRen on October 13, 2013, 08:55:27 AM »
Great to see how much people are doing all sorts of stuff out there.  Shame soooo much of it is in the USA :(
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Forum how-tos / Embed images
« Last post by nikki on October 12, 2013, 12:56:34 PM »
To display an image in your post it must have already been uploaded onto the internet somewhere. My mistake, apparently you can add images as attachments. We'll see how this goes - please keep your files to a moderate size so they don't take up too much server space...

Other ways you can do it:

You can use the 'insert image' button in the editing menu to display an image. Just wrap the URL of the image in the img shortcode like this:
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[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/9434637193_b761da3eb1.jpg[/img]


Some photo sharing services provide you with BBCode embed code that you can paste directly into your post.
For example: Flickr.

Go to the photo's page on Flickr and click on the 'More ways to share' icon (rectangle with an arrow near the bottom right of the photo's black surround).

In the pop-up, click 'Grab the HTML/BBCode'

Select the 'BBCode' radio button

Copy and paste the resulting code into your post

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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/manyandvaried/9434637193/][img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/9434637193_b761da3eb1.jpg[/img][/url]
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/manyandvaried/9434637193/]BANANAS![/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/manyandvaried/]Many & Varied[/url], on Flickr


BANANAS! by Many & Varied, on Flickr
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Forum how-tos / Embed video
« Last post by nikki on October 12, 2013, 12:32:40 PM »
For YouTube videos add the video's URL to your post:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_AbfPXTKms
まるです。



For Vimeo videos, use the 'V' button above the smiley in the post's editing window to give:

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[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/67479443[/vimeo]
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Forum how-tos / Help documentation
« Last post by nikki on October 12, 2013, 11:52:55 AM »
General instructions on how to use different functions of the forum can be found in the help documentation.

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Researching / Re: Bare Bones Arduino building
« Last post by JohnS on October 04, 2013, 04:17:52 PM »
Thanks for the full reply - I'll have an explore and see what looks viable.
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What's on / Re: The final Maker night at the Public - Tuesday 29th October
« Last post by JohnS on October 04, 2013, 04:16:35 PM »
Great - the more the merrier.
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What's on / Re: The final Maker night at the Public - Tuesday 29th October
« Last post by Kim on October 04, 2013, 01:29:51 PM »
Will try to be there.
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Researching / Re: Bare Bones Arduino building
« Last post by nikki on October 03, 2013, 08:37:02 AM »
I noted the comment on the product page "To program the board you'll need a USB programmer." and wondered if I could just simply switch the chip into an existing Arduino Uno, get it working, and then use the now programmed chip for my project. I think it is the same chip?
Workable or not?


Totally workable.
The main thing you've got to watch out for with this method is damaging the pins of the chip as you move it around.

You can get IC Extraction Tools tweezers to help with this.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/ic-extraction-tool-2555

Or you can rustle something up with a ZIF
http://www.adafruit.com/products/382 (see the 2nd image)

I'm interested in finding out more about how to get these sorts of small basic projects going. Any pointers welcome to advice, tutorials, or better options given the price.



The next step from the Phenoptix kit would be for you to buy the components in bulk.  http://shrimping.it/blog/bill-of-materials/ has done some of the heavy lifting in terms of looking for suppliers.

If you're buying the ATMega chips like this, you'll need to burn a bootloader onto them before you can start programming them with the Arduino IDE. You can do this with an Arduino board, though:

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoISP
http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoToBreadboard


I appreciate there may be tiny Arduino boards out there that may be a better option (http://jeelabs.com/products/rbbb) for example, but adding a USB link pushes the overall price up - anything better or easier?


I use the RBBBs loads, but I tend to buy in 10s from the states (Modern Device website) in kit form and solder them up myself. I like the small size (better than I can do on stripboard). Think this works out at about £7 per board. By the time you're in double figures for numbers of boards, the price of the USB BUB http://moderndevice.com/product/usb-bub-ii/ or FTDI Friend http://www.adafruit.com/products/284 becomes less significant.

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What's on / The final Maker night at the Public - Tuesday 29th October
« Last post by JohnS on October 02, 2013, 03:01:55 PM »
Look forward to seeing everyone at the final maker night at 'The Public'.

Please come along and make the most of this final event to bring along your creative activities, talk and share ideas with like minded others.

If you are interested in keeping this going, please come along and make it known so we can try to establish future interest and consider finding another venue to avoid letting this effort die out.

John
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What's on / Maker Night - Tuesday 15th October 2013
« Last post by JohnS on October 02, 2013, 02:57:50 PM »
Look forward to seeing everyone at the next maker night at 'The Public'.

Please come along and make the most of this penultimate event to bring along your creative activities, talk and share ideas with like minded others.

If you are interested in keeping this going, please come along and make it known so we can try to establish future interest and consider finding another venue to avoid letting this effort die out.

John
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