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[09:20] <jcoxon> edwardmoore, r/c stuff here
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[15:58] <edwardmoore> hi jcoxon
[15:59] <edwardmoore> and chris....
[15:59] <edwardmoore> i see you hiding
[15:59] <edwardmoore> Metuk
[16:03] <Metuk> yeah
[16:03] <edwardmoore> it's a quiet day in the office
[16:03] <Metuk> I need the shield of anonymity
[16:03] <edwardmoore> you need to not sign yourself up as 'chris holdsworth'
[16:03] <edwardmoore> actually
[16:04] <Metuk> true
[16:04] <edwardmoore> what client do you use?
[16:04] <Metuk> Colloquy
[16:04] <edwardmoore> uhuh
[16:04] <Metuk> Its better than Ircle or whatever
[16:04] <edwardmoore> i use it aussi
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[16:57] <jcoxon> hey edwardmoore
[16:57] <jcoxon> sorry was snoozing
[16:57] <edwardmoore> understandable
[16:57] <edwardmoore> i have an idea
[16:58] <jcoxon> okay
[16:58] <edwardmoore> can we call the thing we're beuilding 'harvey'?
[16:58] <edwardmoore> well HARVe
[16:58] <edwardmoore> high altitude re-entry vehicle
[16:58] <jcoxon> hmmmmmmmmmmmm
[16:59] <edwardmoore> that'd be you unconvinced
[16:59] <jcoxon> well
[16:59] <edwardmoore> :p
[16:59] <jcoxon> it ain't "re-entry"ing
[16:59] <edwardmoore> high altitude return vehicle
[16:59] <edwardmoore> anything suitable that begins with r
[17:00] <jcoxon> i'm more of fan of abstract names
[17:01] <jcoxon> but i'm not that fussed!
[17:01] <edwardmoore> william
[17:01] <edwardmoore> steve
[17:01] <edwardmoore> shagging torpedo
[17:01] <edwardmoore> nigel
[17:01] <edwardmoore> normal
[17:01] <edwardmoore> damian
[17:01] <edwardmoore> hugh
[17:01] <edwardmoore> hermes
[17:01] <edwardmoore> delivering itself back to you!
[17:02] <jcoxon> hehe
[17:02] <edwardmoore> i wonder if computing services would sponsor us
[17:02] <jcoxon> you got my message about the r/c gear?
[17:02] <edwardmoore> nope
[17:02] <icez> well, if it comes back to you, you should give it a dog name :]
[17:02] <jcoxon> well it sitting right here in my room
[17:03] <edwardmoore> oh awesome
[17:03] <edwardmoore> if we want to have something working on monday we might need more than wednesday afternooon
[17:03] <edwardmoore> i mean saturday afternoon
[17:04] <jcoxon> indeed
[17:04] <jcoxon> i've now got hte whole of friday off
[17:04] <edwardmoore> i'm free basically all of tomorrow- only have a 5 minute tutor meeting at lunchtime
[17:04] <edwardmoore> similarly friday but a DoS meeting instead
[17:05] <jcoxon> how about friday morning?
[17:05] <jcoxon> sort of can't spare all the day
[17:05] <edwardmoore> that diagram in the nasa paper showing the geometry and alignment with regards to centre of gravity will be useful
[17:05] <jcoxon> coool
[17:06] <edwardmoore> i can do some mundane stuff like mod the rc gear to two vertical sticks on friday if you want
[17:06] <edwardmoore> i mean thursday
[17:06] <edwardmoore> i must learn to think before typing
[17:06] <jcoxon> yeah
[17:06] <jcoxon> thats a good idea
[17:07] <jcoxon> need to get batteries - r/c transmitters take up so many
[17:07] <edwardmoore> can you see if the sticks are verticalable?
[17:08] <edwardmoore> some of them can't be turned as there's a left-right 9rather than up-down) slot moulded into the case
[17:09] <edwardmoore> also sorry to spame you, but just look at the potential of this thing http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Defender-110-LPG-Gas-Petrol-3-9-EFi-V8_W0QQitemZ150101720892QQcategoryZ29748QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
[17:13] <jcoxon> hmmm
[17:14] <jcoxon> they aren't molded to the case
[17:14] <jcoxon> however without some modding you can't turn the left/right one as it doesn't fit
[17:14] <edwardmoore> hmmmmmm
[17:14] <jcoxon> could be fixed by taking off some plastic
[17:14] <jcoxon> and then perhaps gluing it in place
[17:14] <edwardmoore> well i'll have a bash at it
[17:14] <jcoxon> each stick is a seperate unit which is the good news
[17:15] <edwardmoore> cool. it should be doable then
[17:21] <jcoxon> don't see why not
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[20:23] <LaurenceB> Hi all
[20:25] <edwardmoore> hi LaurenceB
[20:52] <LaurenceB> bbl sorry cooking :-)
[22:03] <LaurenceB> say does anyone know how to use openoffice spreadsheets?
[22:14] <edwardmoore> I've always found the best way of dealing with OpenOffice Spreadsheets is the following: file > exit then start > programs > microsoft office > excel. That normally gives best results
[22:16] <LaurenceB> yes i'm poor and haven't paid out to micro$oft
[22:17] <LaurenceB> I've set up my glider to record data on eeprom and now I'm trying to graph it
[22:18] <LaurenceB> ideally I could record video at the same time and then match it up to what the plane is doing
[22:21] <LaurenceB> I've got a ton of data like ABCABCABC and I want to move all the a's b's ect into different columns
[22:32] <edwardmoore> LaurenceB , how are you getting the data from eeprom to the PC?
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[22:35] <LaurenceB> serial link
[22:35] <LaurenceB> theres a serial port in the side of the plane
[22:35] <edwardmoore> just going into hyperterminal?
[22:35] <LaurenceB> yes
[22:36] <edwardmoore> ok, see if you get get the chip to whack in some commas between the a, b, c
[22:36] <edwardmoore> and then start a new line for the next set
[22:36] <LaurenceB> yes, but I made an error in the code
[22:36] <edwardmoore> so re-write it :p
[22:37] <edwardmoore> but yeah, openoffice should recognise new lines as new rows and commas as columns
[22:37] <LaurenceB> Yes, but I want to look at the data I just recorded
[22:37] <LaurenceB> I'll much about in notepad typing in commas
[22:38] <edwardmoore> ok
[22:38] <edwardmoore> or write a program to do it :)
[22:38] <LaurenceB> too lazy
[22:39] <LaurenceB> I smashed the carbon fibre tail yesterday
[22:39] <edwardmoore> ouch
[22:39] <edwardmoore> is this the glider or the rogallo?
[22:39] <LaurenceB> the glider
[22:39] <LaurenceB> saving the rogallo to smash up later :)
[22:39] <edwardmoore> lol, sensible
[22:40] <LaurenceB> I've put some epoxy on it, and fitted a larger rudder
[22:40] <edwardmoore> epoxy solves the world's ills
[22:41] <LaurenceB> decided to use it as a glider for tests
[22:41] <LaurenceB> so I've removed the motors and my homemade speed control
[22:42] <LaurenceB> it weighs a lot less so it should glide better
[22:43] <LaurenceB> the rc for the rogallo should arrive tomorrow, should be fun
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[23:27] <FireRabbit> LaurenceB: this might work http://www.ooomacros.org/user.php#104183, rather stupid that it isnt built in
[23:32] <LaurenceB> hmm thanx
[23:32] <LaurenceB> I've done it in notepad tho, its very useful to have a graph of all the internal variables :)
[23:33] <LaurenceB> if it was combined with video even better
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[23:46] <LaurenceB> I'm off cya all
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