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New Flash: SparkFun users are more likely to use Apple or Linux than the market average. And I like pie. What else is obvious?

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No shipping on Friday. Bean counting! The snow storm last week delayed us.


Robot Name: 401k
Names of people on team: Austin and Peter
Type of vehicle: 4 wheels (rover)
Approximate cost: $300 (not including costs of parts salvaged from old projects)
Size: 15" L x 13" W x 9" H
Weight:  15lbs?

Are you coming? Come for the day! Come for lunch. Checkout a couple vehicles. Geek out for a bit. It's either going to an immaculate spring day in Boulder, or it'll be a white-out. I can't wait!


To continue the discussion (and the betting) from the other day, it turns out we have a large contingent of Windows users visiting the site. According to my very shallow google searching, it looks like SparkFun users are heavy in Apple and Linux OS compared to the market average (Windows : 90% of market vs 78.5% of SparkFun users). Can anyone find more reliable numbers than this?

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  • quadrapod / about 14 years ago / 2

    I wish I lived any where near you guys, this looks like so much fun.

  • Paul12 / about 14 years ago / 2

    Probably a dumb question, but it's free for spectators, right? No need to pay, or for that matter, pre-register?

  • omnivescence / about 14 years ago / 1

    boo windows... I really like Ubuntu.

    • Cross / about 14 years ago / 1

      Up to 7.53% feel the same way. Us 78.41% couldn't care less though :-P

  • Haxby / about 14 years ago / 1

    Wonder if anyone can video the event and post it on youtube or something for those of us that are in other countries.
    Or maybe a live ustream of the actual event with wireless cameras and commentary by Nate?

    • Yep! We're planning on UStreaming as much as possible. Interviews, commentary, endless droning on. Should be a lot of fun!

    • robodude666 / about 14 years ago / 1

      Ahahaha! I just logged in to post whether or not the event could be taped/streamed for people who are unable to attend. It sounds like it will be legen - wait for it - dary.

  • Sharon / about 14 years ago / 1

    Suppose a robot was having compass troubles a week before the big game... causing the robot builder a great deal of stress ... what might the wife of said builder do?

    • Oh no! Do email tech support. I actually had a very bad weekend, that turned into a fanatically good weekend. Why? Because I got my HMC6352 to work reliably. The calibration data gets corrupt at random times (every 10 seconds or so). Writing known good calibration data back to the HMC's EEPROM brings my compass back under control. = happy robot.

      • Sharon / about 14 years ago / 1

        Thanks! I believe an email has been sent to tech support. It turns out he is working with the HMC6352 and is having the same calibration problems (not that I know exactly what that means). All I know is:
        Happy robot = happy robot-ing = no need for wife to stay at a hotel for the next 8 days:)
        I am looking forward to this event!

    • well if if it's from Sparkfun I would email tech support (I know a thing or two about tech support).

  • timojaask / about 14 years ago / 1

    Now I'm gonna sit and CMD+R all day until Mac steps one step higher on the daily stats! 400,000 times should be enough. Hoping those aren't unique visits for a month(s)? :D
    (then it falls back to where it was on the next day :D)

  • Well, within Wikipedia, there's Usage share of desktop operating systems. I'm guessing Google has pretty excellent numbers at this point, but I'm not sure if they share them anywhere.

  • why is there a picture of a Kalman filter on the previous news post?

    • Hey Viliam! We were listing the 6DOF Atomic, that could benefit greatly from Kalman filtering. How in the world did you identify a Kalman filter by an icon? Impressive.

      • Hehe, anyone who's ever read the wikipedia article should recognize that.

      • haha, i've seen it before when i was trying to read up on them, back when i thought it was something fairly easy ;)

  • @quadrapod - Glad I didn't bet you that 20 bucks. You were right on the money - under 8%.

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