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04.08.18

Yesterday someone got the ball to drop through the hole, but the alignment was off and it did not start the chain reaction. Made that adjustment and should be okay now.

04.18.18

Site was down yesterday due to a 4 hour power outage at my house. 

05.20.18

I know that the software interface runs out of memory that controls the relays. I purchased a Rock 64 single board computer with 3 times more Ram memory than the RPI 3, but could not get the software to work with the hardware. Odroid forum suggestion was for me to get it to work and share my results, but I am more of a follower of programming rather than a trail blazer. I am aware of the issue and will have something better in the future. Got my sights on this: https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-n1/odroid-n1 09:29 pm Now that my radio controlled tank with a Raspberry Zero on it for a camera has enough power (5VDC@6 AMP) that phase did not happen tonight. One domino got hung up on another one - seems they need to not be line up at such an angle moving forward.

07.03.18

Noticed today the domino's were knocked down. Rover had an issue in that it did not get the command script that moves it forward.

07.22.18

Rover does not have enough battery power at 5 vdc. Tried to share with WiFi Raspberry zero/w computer but it runs on 6 vdc. Ordered a battery and smart charger for it this weekend.

07.28.18

Separate battery for the WiFi camera(Raspberry Zero/W)
and the Rover. Now that the Rover travels more than ever-had to modify the corners it has to navigate.

07.23.18

Domino's were down when I got home from work. A tech I work with may have been the one. It's the reason I was not going to tell anyone I know personally, but in a sea of 1 billion web pages, tough to be discovered. The upside is that I am working out bugs every time they are toppled. The Rover tank (WIFI camera transport) for the 1st time has navigated the two corners. I have another smart charger on its way for the Rover. I like that they indicate when the battery is charged and are designed not to over charge the battery.

08.01.18

I ordered a used Axis IP camera with 2 way audio and will see if I can make it work with my Exacq Vision NVR (my manager at work gave it to me). Have to have audio if any 
video is made of the domino's falling. Going to double the RAM also.
The way moving forward in the industry is not to have to buy licenses in order to add a camera onto your NVR or purchase an upgrade to support a cameras firmware version 
(one customer had a license to add a camera, but had to pay money out to Exacq Vision in order to support the new camera firmware).

08.12.18

Spent three nights trying to use this Windows 7 - 32 bit machine to act as a storage device for the Ip camera that supports audio I ordered for $38.00 on Ebay. I was so sure it was going to work I even doubled the RAM to 8Gb. Turns out I had to call a friend who has his own computer company. Shared directory addresses that Windows 10 has no problems with are troublesome for windows 7. I needed to use the local host Ip address and not the computer name. Got it set up to record with video and audio the domino's falling and am running motion record sensitivity tests this weekend.

11.14.18

 Trying to get the best relay control to work on a webpage and it works halfway sort of. Been reaching out for help, but not having to beat helpers away with a stick if ya 
 know what I mean.
 

08.18.18

Knocking my head , mostly against walls of code, trying to get a different web interface working for the relays… just when I think I can put the game back online, the relay array that was used for the last interface does not work for the new interface. I can hear them change states but the terminals do not indicate a change. The interface is done - and looks great even though it is kind of joined together and done rudimentary. If it works better than what I used before… that is what matters. I have to build some circuits tomorrow after a stop at AX MAN and that will determine if we can go online 08-19-18.

08.21.18

I don't know what the dealio is, I made two circuits a year ago or so that would give me 5 volts dc - triggered from the Raspberry GPIO pins (which are 3 volts dc). The 5 
volts is what I need to drive the relays that control the side mirror that pan and tilts the plate with the ball on it. I can't get anything like that to work again, can't 
find the information I used before. The hardware part now is as labor intensive as the software part. I ordered something from Canada tonight that I hope will solve the 
situation and get Domino topple back online. Peace out.

08.24.18

Said to a co-worker today that if I could channel the time and effort spent getting relays to work with a new web interface… I could practically be president of the fire alarm company I work for. Got to the point where I was willing to pay someone (guy said he was busy until January) and/or someone from the Raspberry Forum just giving me the information I needed to make it work so my obsession could be put to rest. Turns out WAY MORE SATISFACTION solving the puzzle myself with only three pointers in the right direction… working on it for 3 weeks. https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/

09.02.18

From my sisters the image refresh rate for the game camera was horrible and later the next discovered that the audio portion of my site was streaming video at 30fps. I 
want it to be 1 fps. The issue arises  when I don't modify setting after a reboot/power cycle. The remedy is to go to the config page and lock those setting in. I have 
now completed that on all camera servers also. No more having to remember after servers restart. Been checking the new relay controls and they have not failed once since 
their incorporation into the site.From my sister's the domino's glitched and stopped. https://dominotopple.wordpress.com/

09.03.18 Was able to check the responsiveness of my site with my phone's signal strength at the bare minimum. It took 3 to 5 seconds for the video to catch up with the audio, but with a little effort I could have knocked over the domino's. SIGNAL STRENGTH.

09.25.18

The relay controls have been working better than expected. I don't "babysit" that aspect of my site any longer. I found an open source program that will allow me to stream 
to Twitch and record the Rover camera when the Rover makes its rounds, but I am waiting on a single board computer that I pre-ordered in last month... the new ship date 
now is October. [[https://vimeo.com/291748256]]

09.28.18

Commandeered the microphone to make a video of the Rover doing its thing, but for the second time since the idea, it did not work. Seems to work when I “bench test” the record the Rover video with audio plan. Not all 100MB jewel cases fell - have to keep it simple if I want it to work with some consistency. Found this Open Source program for broadcasting… the computer I am using until my new one arrives might not have enough mojo to make it work effectively. https://obsproject.com/

10.01.18

My single-board computer that I per-ordered back in Aug. 2018 shows "in stock" now on the website. With it I hope to record with audio the Rover making its rounds. Also 
got the idea to use LEGO'S and make a maze for the ball to travel through in order to drop into the hole. This week Lego's should arrive.

10.04.18

I am painfully inept at knowing what's what with Lego products (would help if I hand picked from a store). Ordering on EBAY has been a two week process to get all ingredients.

10.12.18

The configuration I first had with the Lego's was so difficult it took 10 minutes for me to drop down one level. I have adjusted it now to be easier [tech I work with 
beat that 1st configuration-not sure how-maybe black magic]

10.19.18

Latte Panda Alpha arrived yesterday. Going to record Rover WiFi camera as it makes its rounds. I hijacked the audio for now until I make this recording. Computer is a fast little bugger running Windows 10 Pro.

10.26.18

Rover recording stopped video after running along the 1st bench. It later had its tank track dislodge. I think that issue has been resolved. As for the video, if I reduce 
frame rate I might get the whole Rover adventure.  ROVER WiFi CAM
Seeing some information on a single board computer that looks as if it will be on the cutting edge of what is new... ODROID

11.03.18

Rover recorded its rounds to OBS studio for the 1st time. Jacked cpu usage setting up to ultra fast and will see if the experiment will repeat itself. I also bought a USB microphone for the Latte Panda computer (Blue Snowball from Best Buy).

10.05.18

The ROVER CAM recording worked a second time after uping the CPU usage to ultrafast. Going to change it up for next time. https://dominotopple.wordpress.com/about/

   

11.12.18

Can't seem to get complete adventure of Rover recorded a third time. Video hangs and acts like a refresh is needed. Audio is okay. Going to take up this challenge again with a different computer… Re: Brand New ODROID Single Board Computer -Postby odroid » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:37 am -stmicro wrote: I wanna buy a couple of H2 boards. When do you guys start selling? When do you unveil the price and shipping date? “We will start the manufacturing process within a few days. If everything goes well, we will start selling from November 20th and the first shipping date will be November 27th. The price information will be available on November 20th too. Please wait two more weeks”.

11.18.18

Read about some issues with OBS STUDIO stopping the video recording and still recording audio... that is what has been going on with trying to capture Rover escapades. 
Using NCH SOFTWARE now and will see if anything changes. 

11.28.18

The trial period ran out on the software mentioned above. Never had a full test with the ROVER because technical difficulties prevented it from moving (TWO TIMES!). I am throwing caution to the wind and I registered the software not knowing if it will fill all my video recording needs.

12.11.18

 I won't rest until I record the Rover trip around the benches. It is back to the proverbial drawing board. Enjoy these archived video's until the site resumes. 
[[ https://vimeo.com/dominotopple ]]  
   

12.31.18

The reason why Rover cam fails is the battery. Need 5vdc and the closest I could come without being 6vdc is 4.8vdc. I might chance 6vdc to see if I can get longer camera images after the Rover leaves its docking station. Will order new battery later this month. On a side note, got a Rock64 single board computer to act as a server for TiddlyWiki and not only is the drive it's on encryted so is the http connection. Took many hours to make it all work, but the satisfaction of a job well done is a reward in itself.

01.23.19

Site traffic has not been anything like before back in the year 2006 or so. I will see what happens down the road, but being found in a sea of 1 BILLION web pages has 
proved to be the most challenging of my site makeover project. I like the look and feel of TiddlyWiki so I am only going to be making news updates here: 
http://dominotopple.mywire.org:5678/tiddly_topple.html
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