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Electronics, Robots, Neural networks, and Kerbal Space Program
  • KerbalController: a Custom Control Panel for Rocket Game Kerbal Space Program

    Thanks for the compliments!It's slow going, but work's been insane lately... It comes and goes in waves. I'll get a burst of time to build, then a few months of nothing... So aggravating!I'm big into hardware, so I'm going all out building my Kerbal controller to be the best I can create. My true dread, is the day that I have to start coding for it!

    Yeah... Easy to forget those... SIP resistors are a wonderful, wonderful thing!You can get two kinds:the most common ones I see are common lead resistor packs. They have several resistors, one resistor on each pin, except the first pin. The other lead of all the resistors ties to the first pin as a common lead.The other kind of resistor pack has isolated resistors, one resistor for each pair of pins.

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  • richfiles commented on xenobiologista's instructable Reuse a "disposable" Spice Mill8 months ago
    Reuse a "disposable" Spice Mill

    All it took was some hot water from the sink... Granted, my apartment has some HOT water, but all it took was just a few seconds of heating, once the water was at full hotness.

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  • richfiles commented on tomheylen's instructable How to Fix Bad Chinese Arduino Clones11 months ago
    How to Fix Bad Chinese Arduino Clones

    Sadly, most of that flew right over my head... I'm a hardware guy, TTL, logic gates, CPLDs. etc. It's someone else who's been maintaining the software plugin for KSP to do the communication. Amazingly enough, we now have THREE different plugins that do this, all in different ways.The one thing I got out of your info... Our temporary solution was to use clone Arduinos with the CH340G chip... Or to use a USB to TTL serial adapter! XDI think the person maintaining that plugin did eventually get the stock Arduino devices working natively again, but yeah... Hats off to guys like you, and the guy that maintains that plugin for actually knowing how to do all this type of stuff! I'm using a custom mechanical keyboard and this Kerbal Space Program controller as an excuse to force myself to learn...

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    Sadly, most of that flew right over my head... I'm a hardware guy, TTL, logic gates, CPLDs. etc. It's someone else who's been maintaining the software plugin for KSP to do the communication. Amazingly enough, we now have THREE different plugins that do this, all in different ways.The one thing I got out of your info... Our temporary solution was to use clone Arduinos with the CH340G chip... Or to use a USB to TTL serial adapter! XDI think the person maintaining that plugin did eventually get the stock Arduino devices working natively again, but yeah... Hats off to guys like you, and the guy that maintains that plugin for actually knowing how to do all this type of stuff! I'm using a custom mechanical keyboard and this Kerbal Space Program controller as an excuse to force myself to learn C... SO far, i just keep building hardware... O_o Oh well, eventually I HAVE to learn, or I'll have very expensive paperweights!

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  • richfiles commented on tomheylen's instructable How to fix bad Chinese Arduino clones1 year ago
    How to fix bad Chinese Arduino clones

    Oddly enough, the CH340G chip has proven to be a solution to a problem plaguing people building controllers/cockpits for Kerbal Space Program. The stock standard Atmel 16U2 based Arduinos were not properly communicating under Windows 10, and we STILL have not found a solution. It was discovered that communication is fine when using the CH340G and it's different drivers.Weird, but hey, whatever works, right! Still trying to track down the 16U2 communication issue with Windows 10 though. For the time being... I'm simply not gonna use an Arduino that uses a 16U2 for my build.Now the fun part... Finding an eBay listing that doesn't annoyingly put BOTH 16U2 and CH340G in the listing title to stage extra hits./)_-

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