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  1. Well it happened. My hard drive crashed and I got to experience how good my backup strategy was. I was able to recover all my data that I backed up on my external hard drive no problem. I used the windows back up utility. The problem I did have was my laptop hard drive crashed while I was traveling. It was working intermittently so I was able to back up everything when I got back to my office, and recover. What I learned is to have a backup strategy while traveling. So what I am going to do know is get a flash drive (32 GB or so) to back up to while I am traveling. An off-site storage
  2. http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/6510 Here is a presentation on mastering the Certification Exams. Dan
  3. On this day of Festivus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus I would like to begin with the the Airing of Grievances! The Report Generation Toolkit making 80 thousand files when you make an EXE! ARRRGGGG
  4. QUOTE (Minh Pham @ Dec 20 2008, 01:51 AM) You need a relay that can handle the current draw of your light. i.e. If you have a 100W light and are supplying it with 240V it will draw .42A.(P=VI). I would also make sure you follow your local electrical code when wiring it up. Dan
  5. I would strongly recommend getting some training. It will save you a lot of time. The training offered by NI is excellent. If you are on a budget and are disciplined the NI course books are great! Dan
  6. I have been using this to stop VI's http://forums.ni.com/ni/board/message?message.uid=760429 Dan
  7. QUOTE (Michael_Aivaliotis @ Dec 11 2008, 04:09 AM) Great.... What next. Santa asking for a bailout? Times are tough.
  8. QUOTE (Tomi Maila @ Dec 11 2008, 09:22 AM) Educating customers how YOU do a software project. I don't know about everybody else but for most of my customers they have limited experience specicifing software requiremtents. I think part of my job is to help them help me get a good requirements. That means asking good questions and writing requirements. It also means comuncating with your customer along the way. Managing expectations I feel is very important. Usually I am developing CUSTOM software. There will be bugs and problems. It is smart to be clear with your customers about t
  9. This is what God looks like. I saw it in a movie so I know it's true.
  10. QUOTE (crelf @ Dec 5 2008, 03:30 PM) Just a note buying these specifications from IEEE can be expensive. What I did is go to my local University Library. They had a subscription to every standard you could think of. I was able to get these standards at no cost! Libraries are a very good thing! Dan
  11. I have my own business, and I couldn't agree with you more regarding requirements. Having good requirements/specifications=good software. The LabVIEW style Guide, and The LabVIEW training classes are great places to start regarding the format of you specification documents. My current philosophy on getting good requirements is trying to involve the customer as much as possible. I recently purchased Microsoft Live meeting and I can prototype user interfaces to my customers in real time. This helps explain ideas in a way the customer can see and touch instead of a vague intangible idea.
  12. QUOTE (crelf @ Dec 1 2008, 03:24 PM) I use the Windows Backup Utility. I like it.
  13. QUOTE (PaulG. @ Nov 16 2008, 08:57 PM) I think the Report Generation Tookit is extensive. I think the base Report Generation that installs with LabVIEW is limited. It would be nice if the Report Generation with LabVIEW had more functionality i.e. that ability to manipulate tables (change fonts, change columns, etc) and a better method to place control images, pictures, and tables where you want them in the report. Someting in between Report Generation Toolkit and basic Report Generation. The problem I have sometimes is my customers don't want to install Microsoft Office on their test
  14. QUOTE (Justin Goeres @ Nov 14 2008, 12:33 PM) :worship:
  15. Hello, I was wondering if out there somewhere some there are some additions to NI's Report Generation VI's that come with LabVIEW; not the Report Generation toolkit just the basic Report Generation VI's. Specifically is there a way to control the size of individual columns, and change the font of text on individual cells in a table? Thanks Dan
  16. QUOTE (crelf @ Nov 11 2008, 01:17 PM) I don't know. Just make sure if you go down this path make sure it is waterproof. Hopefully some good natured folks would put out the fire, and they use water. When I was looking into this I found a lot of fireproof safes, but not a lot of water and fire proof safes.
  17. QUOTE (crelf @ Nov 8 2008, 01:40 AM) Here is a link to a fireproof/waterproof external hard drive. http://www.keenzo.com/showproduct.asp?M=SE...5107&ref=GB QUOTE Offsite backup still seems like the way to go to me, but current broadband connections can hamper people from taking advantage of the capability of offsite backups. I would agree that off site would be safer from fire or some other natural disaster. However the main failure mode I am worried about is my hard drive crashing. In my opinion recovering from an external hard drive or a personal server would be faster/eaise
  18. I like using VISA events. You can create a VISA event on a carriage return. When a carriage return happens (or another event of interest) you can read all available data on the buffer. I have found this a very stable way of reading serial data Hope this helps Dan
  19. You have peaked my interest in a server. What are some good resources to look into this? I know absolutely nothing about a server, so I need something on my level. We're talking single cell organism here. Dan
  20. QUOTE (Justin Goeres @ Nov 4 2008, 09:46 AM) Wow thank you for sharing you journey. I just have an external drive I back up all my critical data and store it in a waterproof/fireproof safe. You have given me a lot to think about. :worship:
  21. Hello all Michigan LAVA folks We have some LabVIEW user group meetings coming up you might be interested in. http://www.autosofttech.net/semlug.html http://www.autosofttech.net/West_Michigan_LVUG.htm The topic in Livonia is "What is new in LabVIEW 8.6". There will be some new hardware that will be available to oogle. The topic in Grand Rapids is "Mastering the NI certification exams" 11/06/2008 11:30 a.m.Livonia, MI 11/13/2008 05:30 p.m.Grand Rapids, MI Hope to see you there!
  22. Hello, I was wondering what people use for their backup method, software, etc. Right now I use the Windows Backup utility. It works for me right now, however I am moving over to SVN. I am wondering if this will cause a problem with my repositories? What do other people use for their backup method? What software do you use? Why do you use it? What are the pros and cons? What backup medium do you use and why? Are there any backup best practice guidelines? Thanks Dan
  23. I was re-reading my "LabVIEW Style Guide" and came accros a very interesting feature that would solve this problem very nicely. It is project libraries. This is explained on page 43 in the "LabVIEW Style Guide" Here is the documentation on NI's website http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/37...ject_libraries/ In short the LabVIEW project library is a file with the .lvlib extension that maintains properties shared by a collection of LabVIEW source files. The properties include a name prefix, and much much more. I was manually puting my project name in all my vi file names. This way I
  24. I am a newbie to the subversion and have a very stupid question. I have created a repository, and have had good luck with checking stuff out and checking stuff in. However in my reposiory I don't see the files/folders I have added beyond what subversion needs using windows explorer. I can only see the files I have added in the repository using the repo-browser. Is this the desired functonality? Are my files actualy in there or is the repository a log of working copy file paths or a bunch of pointers to working copies? What I have read is that my files are in there but why don't they appe
  25. Hello, I know this info is somewhere but I am having a hard time trying to find it. When using a Counter/timer to measure frequency there are multiple methods. i.e. Low Frequency with 1 counter and high frequency with 2 counters. What is the definition of a "low frequency" and what is the definition of a "high frequency"? i.e. low frequency = frequencies below 100 Hz Also what is the definition of a "large range"? Thanks Dan
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