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  1. QUOTE (JiMM @ Sep 23 2008, 08:32 AM)

    I think I'd rather stare at the sun with a telescope!

    "WARNING!!! It is never safe to look directly at the Sun because the Sun’s rays can damage your eyes. It is safe to study the Sun’s surface if you use a telescope to project the Sun’s image onto a piece of paper."

    I don't know what would make it safe to study Michael Moore's new movie. But, I could imagine projecting something... :wacko:

  2. QUOTE (JiMM @ Sep 22 2008, 01:06 PM)

    We're supposed to be http://www.amazon.com/Republic-Not-Empire-Patrick-Buchanan/dp/089526272X' rel='nofollow' target="_blank">a republic, not an empire.

    My kids are taught that in school; they go to school in the room over our garage. On the curriculum this year: Lego Mindstorm robot programming. :thumbup:

  3. QUOTE (rolfk @ Sep 22 2008, 08:30 AM)

    Democracy in theory is sort of an ideal but in praxis it's still one of the better solutions. If for nothing else than that the "people" can not say that they have absolutely no influence in who rules them

    Rolf Kalbermatter

    I think I'd prefer a monarchy. At least then there's a possibility that the government would want to maintain a sustainable economy; he's not likely to loot it to the point that there's nothing left to pass to his oldest son. The incentive in a Democracy is to get as much loot as you can before loosing office. :thumbdown:

    No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session. ~ Gideon J. Tucker


  4. QUOTE (rolfk @ Sep 22 2008, 05:31 AM)

    It's the opposite really :rolleyes:

    Every country gets the government it deserves. It's not the government that makes the people bad. :shifty:

    Rolf Kalbermatter

    :question: What did I do to deserve this?

  5. I'm interested in buying Peter Blume's book, so I'd like to solicit opinions from people that have read it. Is it an excellent resource? I don't want to spend $80 on anything less.

    I'm a CLD/CPI with two years of full-time LabVIEW experience. I currently work as a Test Engineer taking on large projects and would like to improve myself. I've seen a lot of stuff over the years (all two of them!) that I wouldn't be proud of. I don't want to make the same mistakes, and I do want to pursue CLA certification.

    Would you recommend any other books instead? In addition to?

    Thank you,


  6. QUOTE (Vidula S @ Sep 18 2008, 12:54 PM)

    I'd do it like this: http://lavag.org/old_files/post-7534-1221834955.vi'>Download File:post-7534-1221834955.vi

    Perhaps there's a way to use property nodes for the indicator? I don't know. Maybe somebody else will comment on this. (I hope :wacko:)

    This VI uses a boolean 'enable' control and a boolean 'last enabled state' shift register, and another String shift register to store the data while the indicator is disabled. The key is to catch when the enabled state changes and then put the current data (either from the indicator or the shift register) into the appropriate container. These are the 'enable' states & transitions I was interested in:

    start/stay TRUE - append data to string indicator

    start/stay FALSE - append data to shift register

    TRUE - FALSE - put string indicator value into shift register and append data there

    FALSE - TRUE - put shift register value into string indicator and append data there

    I hope this helps!


    I finally have a LabVIEW icon under my name!!! :laugh:


  7. QUOTE (Antoine Châlons @ Sep 18 2008, 10:27 AM)

    By the way, is anyone day-to-day using the Bird's Eye View ?

    I've been using it recently on a project I inherited. I'd never make a VI that didn't fit on one screen!

    NI had their mobile expo in our parking lot a few weeks ago (very cool) and I mentioned that students in a few LabVIEW Basics classes had asked me about a zoom feature. His answer was that NI has resisted doing that so as not to encourage large block diagrams. I wonder why they even have the navigation window.


  8. QUOTE (PJM_labview @ Sep 6 2008, 09:02 PM)

    Welcome to LAVA.

    VIC20: Ah the good old time when one could do pretty much anything with peek and poke (Note: I start with a Commodore 64).


    I went from the VIC20 to the C64. I still have it in the garage.

  9. Let us know who you are

    My name is Jim Carmody. I'm a Mechanical Engineer/CLD/CPI with (almost) two whole years of LabVIEW experience.

    where you’re from

    I'm from Connecticut, but I've been living in North Carolina for the last four years.

    what you do

    I've been working as a Test Engineer for in the aerospace/defense industry for the past four months.


    I've been programming forever (I began with BASIC on a Commodore VIC20). I've solved some interesting problems over the years but I've never been anything more than a pretty good amateur. I started using LabVIEW when I took a position as a Software Engineer, learning the language on-the-job, and becoming very fond of it along the way. I lurk around lavag.org because I want to become an excellent LabVIEW programmer and I'm hoping that spending time in this community will help me grow.

  10. There's an interesting article on the NI Developers Zone about this - http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/5313

    "If tool A and tool B can be used for a certain set of tasks, but tool B has more functionality that makes it useful for additional tasks, which tool is really the more general one? This is precisely where we are with LabVIEW. LabVIEW¹s suitability for measurement and automation applications comes about not because its fundamental programming abilities are restricted in some way, but because they are enhanced and extended."

  11. CPI was easier to get than CLD. I spent about 5 hours in a TX NI classroom, made a short presentation (about while loops) and went home. I've taught two LabVIEW Basics (I & II) classes. Teaching is fun, not at all like working! The preparation beforehand is a lot of work, though.



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