July 20, 2016: Whew! I'm up and running on a new laptop after a three-week conversion effort. New computer + New Operating System = Lots of learning opportunities! The old faithful Dell Studio 17 decided it was time to retire ,so action was required . The upgrade story was originally posted here, but moved to this HP Envy page because it is rather long.
I did manage to get one project written and posted today - Keypress Display Demo displays all character keys entered on the keyboard from any application. A user had suggested it as a way to view password entry for older programs which do not have the option of viewing the characters before submitting the password..
June 28, 2016:
2 1/2 weeks of this month found us out west in Utah, Montana, and Wyoming visiting five National Parks with a daughter and her family. Seeing the animals and geological wonders was nice, but the family time was even better.
Probably only time for one program this month; this June 16 Mensa
calendar puzzle was chosen because I couldn't solve it manually in the 5 minutes
I allocate to these things. The program
Revolving Letters allows users to
rotate columns to find a solution, or let the program do the grunt work and
solve it for you. Computers really shine at "grunt work"!
May 28, 2016: A fix applied last month to our Cutlist program (See April 3, 2016 "What's New" post), introduced a problem which prevented the printing of user generated solution diagrams. Cutlist Version 4.04 was posted today to correct this problem.
May 27, 2016: May has been a busy month - one granddaughter earned her Dr. Pharmacy degree and another got married. We travelled to attend both. We're proud of Kristen and happy for Sarah. Coincidentally, if things go as planned, we will be attending Kristen's wedding and Sarah's graduation as a Chem. Engineer next spring!
The intervening days were spent catching up with mowing, garden care, tree
trimming, etc. Evenings allowed me to complete the
DTMF (Touch-tone) Decoder Test program. Here's a picture of the device
put together by the family Electrical Engineer (my son) which
listens for tones and sends the decoded digits to my program for display.
Probably not of interest for the majority of viewers, but if it is, visit the
link for more details.
April 25, 2016:
In this No Close Neighbors Mensa
Calendar puzzle solver, the user or the program must insert the letters A
through J, one per square, so that no two letters in alphabetical order are in
squares that touch in any way, even at the corners. Three letters have
been placed to get started. In addition, the program has a "Build"
mode allowing users to define more puzzles. The two known "ready to build"
examples are included.
April 15, 2016:
One more feature was to our Latitude/Longitude distance calculator program today. When calculating an end point from a start point, direction and distance, Latitude Longitude Distance Version 3.2 lets the user to choose between Great Circle and Rhumb Line travel . Great Circle travel is the shortest route between two points, but requires continuously adjusting the direction of travel. The new Rhumb Line option allows one to travel at a constant bearing from where you are to where you want go or to explore what lies at a a given direction at a given distance. Just know that constant bearing (Rhumb line) travel is the simplest, but not the shortest way to get there.
April 3, 2016:
is a program which looks for optimal ways to cut a list of rectangular parts
from a list of available supply pieces. The program is popular
but too complex to work on for fun these days, so until I get around to create a
commercial version, I code bug fixes only. Finally, after two years,
another bug was discovered and fixed. When printing layout diagrams for a
solution with no other lists selected, the layout printing was incorrect.
Only the final page of supply piece diagrams would be printed. It was
fixed today with Cutlist Version 4.03.
The layout diagram page titles now also show which solution is being printed.
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