Merry Christmas to you too and the rest of group.
You are doing a great job an it is very well done. You have spent many hours
of work wich you share with everybody!
----- Original Message -----
From: "fixitsan2" <fixitsan@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2011 1:57 PM
Subject: [smartsockets] Merry Christmas
> Unless we speak before tomorrow, I would just like to wish all group
> members a Happy Christmas and thank you for your continued support and
> interest in these projects.
> It is 10 years ago that I began my first experiments with nixie tubes,
> when I decided that I wanted to make a nixie clock for my father's 60th
> birthday present. So, beginning in November I ordered tubes, some PICs,
> downloaded Microchip's MPLAB for the first time and taught myself assembly
> language for PICs. It was a steep learning curve considering the 10 week
> deadline, but I couldn't afford a higher level language so battled on.
> Then my interest continued with an invite from Ray Weisling to join the
> first nixie group, NEONIXIE-L on Yahoo, when he saw me selling clock
> number 2 on eBay, which I made in order to pay for both clocks.
> It is nice to see so many of those members are also here, and with you
> there is also a huge number of new people with an interest in nixies. It
> is nice to know that so many people share an interest with yourself !
> Although I built the first clock alone, it is true to say that I would not
> have improved my skills or opened my mind to some very interesting ideas
> had it not been for my membership of that group, and the support, the
> nagging, challenges and humour shared among all members there and now
> I seem to have taken those ideas sideways into developing the Smartsocket
> concept, originally for neon based tubes and now for the IV-17 vfd tubes
> which I first began experimenting with in 2007. (it has been a slow
> project !)
> Without feedback from users I very much doubt that I would have been able
> to focus on and direct the projects to their current iterations.
> John Smout has left a great project in the files section for use by all
> members using neon based display devices, which works very well.
> I have also learnt about managing different (but very similar) versions of
> code. Working closely with some of you to try to incorporate features and
> facilitate your ideas has meant rapid development, sometimes with errors
> in coding which did not become apparent until a later version highlighted
> the error.
> However, things seem to have settled down more recently and I don't know
> of any bugs with any code. There is a demand for a test function of the
> IV-17 devices. Maybe the reason I didn't see the need at first has been
> because I don't have any problems (not for any other reason than I already
> have devices which are proven). I will try to produce more than just a
> segment test confidence function.
> What's next ?
> The strong interest in an IV-17 vfd based device has got me looking at
> writing a word generating device, along the lines of a FLW, but I like the
> idea of incorporating a word ladder selection routine too. I have already
> tried writing sample code for this and I like the challenge ! This would
> be a standalone device, based on the Explorer kits, with a rotary encoder
> for use as the menu system navigation and parameter setting input device.
> Anybody in possession of an explorer kit already will be pleased to know
> it will be backwards compatible, and will be available as a preprogrammed
> pic on it's own, if required.
> Once again, thanks to all of you who have contributed already. Your input
> has been very important to me as you can see.
> Merry Christmas and the best of the season to you all and your families
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