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Re: OP505s

On Fri, Feb 18, 2000 at 10:11:04AM -0500, Joyce Poon wrote:
> On another note, if you are @ New and if you have time, please pick up
> some LEDs for me (you will probably need a bunch too for demonstration
> next week).  12 is a good number for me.  Thanks.

Well, as it stands right now, I'll probably have to use mostly the
simulator.  I really don't like this since there are large parts of my
program that are difficult to simulate (eg. wheel speed feedback that
actually does anything remotely similar to what the wheel speed
feedback would do in real life --- his simulator simply doesn't have
some of the necessary features unless I want to start doing some
tricky stuff with file & processes.

Unfortunately, I don't think I have the time to do this tricky stuff
(it involves setting-up a process to take simulator output and
translate this into supposed input back to the simulator, but with a
few additional complications).  Actually putting things together would
quite likely be easier, but we probably don't have the time to pull
that off, either.  We just didn't get enough done during reading week.
<sigh>  I feel so defeated for so many reasons.

But that's ok!  I have complete confidence that despite not being able
to demonstrate a working robot for the mid-term, if we ever do get
around to putting Zeta together, she will experience no difficulties
other than the minor nuisances that are to be expected and can
usually be solved in a couple nights!  :-)

I'm really not sure how I'm going to demonstrate some parts of Qubit,

If our evaluation is on Thursday and not Monday, we would probably
have time to put together some very simple demos that connect eg. the
sensors to the comp board and let the comp board switch between
sensors and maybe light an led whenever it detects something.  That
would be a decently cool demo --- I get an XT computer tonight from my
parents (unless the snowstorm is extraordinarly (sp?) bad).  I can
work with you on getting a simple demo of this type done.  Writing the
code would take maybe 15 minutes.  Talk to me the sooner the better if
you want to try this.  It would look good for the TA.

I am so glad we are being mid-term evaluated by TAs and not by Malone.
Being evaluated by Malone would be hellish.  TAs I can handle and
manipulate.  :-)  For whatever reason, I always feel defensive when
talking with Malone.

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