DevMike

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  1. Normal price orders made after the sale are all shipping next business day (with maybe a few exceptions). Full price always jumps to the front of the line
  2. We are definitely making progress on shipping. Just from looking at the orders system, I would guess (but don't hold me to this since I am not in shipping) that we should have everything out the door by 5/12-ish. That is pretty close to our prediction of 6 weeks. I do see where there are 3 or 4 HUGE orders that are coming up to be shipped.
  3. It appears that we are chugging right along with shipping sale orders. I took a quick look at the store and guestimate that about 2/3rds of the orders have been shipped. Don't read too much into that, since I didn't look at the size of the orders. The first 2/3rds of the list may have been 1 item orders, and the next 1/3 are 100 item orders. 2 interesting (but otherwise worthless) facts about the sale: It took 30 seconds to get the first order after posting the sale. In 30 seconds that person put 2 different items in his cart, and got through the entire checkout process. That person was Kevin W. from IL. I don't know if he is or is not a member here on the forums.
  4. Remember, we had A LOT of orders. I believe we are still in only the first few seconds of the sale going live for shipments, and some orders take a lot longer to pack than others.
  5. Use the newest S4 and the ServoDog utility. I rewrote it last year and it is much easier to understand.
  6. As others have said, additional cores will allow for some better processing. However, remember that what you are trying to do (control lights) is based on time. That means things process sequentially, not in parallel --> Things have to happen in a certain order at certain time intervals. That usually precludes the use of multiple cores/threads and locks the program to a single CPU. However, Windows will take advantage of the multiple cores if possible. So if you have a processor that has multiple cores and are running SE and VI, windows can put each on a separate core. That helps. BUT.... More is not always better. Sometimes more is just more. For example, if you have a single core processor now and upgrade to a 4 core processor (all other things being the same), the increase in performance is NOT 4x. S4 (and S5 - actually ALL versions of the software) are not processor bound, they are I/O bound - It takes far more time to send the data out the wire than it takes to compute what the data should be. We need get the data out the door before we can compute what the next data should be - so we are blocked. We sit there spinning our wheels constantly checking if the last bit of data has gone out the wire. Once the last bit is out, we know what we sent and what the current time is and can quickly create the next set of data. In this case another core (or thread) doesn't make sense and to use one buys you nothing. We have to wait anyway, and we might as well wait on the core that we are running on, leaving the others for Windows to run stuff on. That's why you'll see 1 core running 'hot' and the others just seem to sit there. To talk about 'IO bound' remember this - Faster wires mean faster processing time. For example, if you have 10,000 channels on a single LOR network (running at .5mbit - Better known as 500K in LOR speak), and your buddy has 10,000 running on Ethernet (e1.31 - which is 1000mbit), his processor is going to be sitting there at some ridiculously low percentage, while yours is chugging along at near 100%, even though you are sending less commands. For him: We sent all the data in just a few ms. The data is completely out the door. so we tell Windows 'Hey... wake us up in 100ms' (1cs). We go to sleep by letting go of the processor. In 100ms Windows wakes us up. We repeat this. For you: You start sending data. After 100ms you are STILL sending data. We sit there asking 'are you done yet? are you done yet? are you done yet?'. Finally you finish, and it's 800ms later. We quickly process what should have happened in those 8 intervals (remember, we work in 1 CS 'resolution'. 1 cs is 100ms and 8 have passed), and queue up all that data to send. In programming, just like in life: everything is a trade-off. For my technical programmer friends: please excuse the oversimplification
  7. PixIE or PixCON? The PixIE is an RS485 device ONLY and does not connect to a hub/router or any other Ethernet connection. If you have connected the PixIE to ethernet, you may have either damaged the board or the Ethernet device. The PixCON on the other hand IS an Ethernet device. If you are having issues with that, there is a checklist posted here that will help you get the board configured.
  8. When presented a no-win situation, the preferred solution is the one that causes less pain.
  9. Wow, that was FAST! I'm looking at the store back end and that is the only word I can use to describe it. For those of you who did make an order, please be sure to check out the FAQ here if you haven't already. Pay particular attention to the stuff towards the bottom where it talks about shipping. It is going to take us a little while to get everything boxed and shipped. Thanks again!
  10. Correct. You must have missed most of the thread -- the issue here is 'which way is UNscrew'. Some users are reporting that some connectors may have left-handed threads, meaning that 'Unscrew' isn't to the LEFT (CCW), it is to the RIGHT(CW). So to determine which way is UNscrew, you can follow my instructions. Now there is no doubt and no confusion as to which way is OPEN and which is CLOSED.
  11. It's hard to tell since the distance from the camera to the board is unknown. We also don't know the total length of the board. I don't see a lot of jaggies, which means a higher resolution, but on the other hand I don't see any pictures which can reduce the resolution. Take a look at the different resolutions here: http://www.daktronics.com/en-us/products/video-displays/outdoor-ribbon A quick scan turned this one up: http://www.daktronics.com/en-us/photos/details?pn=WP-18513&cid=165732 That is 18" high, 163 feet long @ 13mm pitch. The resolution is 56x3808 -- Approx 213,000 pixels.
  12. We may use different suppliers, which may mean the screws may work in opposite directions. I don't think there are 2 different types, but I suppose it COULD happen. Rather than go back and forth just give it a test. I have multiple connectors from multiple different production runs of PixCon16s (and pixies). All of them work this way: Look at the inside of the connector and turn the screw. The small metal plate will move one direction or the other. At one end of travel, the screw will still be able to be turned. It may be a little more difficult, but should still turn - or feel like it could. That end is OPEN. Don't turn it too far in this position - it may be possible to force the end of the metal plate (actually it is a box) off the end of the screw. At the other end of travel, it will stop dead. If you apply the same force as you did on the open end of travel, this side will not move. That end is CLOSED. Insert the wire when things are OPEN, move the screw in the direction of CLOSED until snug. Too long or too short a strip length (there is NOT a lot of tolerance) will lead to issues. No bare wire should extend out of the connector, nor should you be closing the clamp down on the insulation of the wire. If you are looking for a professional installation, we recommend ferrules. With a properly installed and crimped ferrule, you eliminate many of these issues.
  13. It will be several months before we announce any winners.
  14. No you can not. Like 'The Ducks' said, there is more to it - like trace width, copper weight (thickness), etc. Pixies are not rated for more than 4A per port. You need to either power inject (which we do not officially support), or use pixels that are within the spec of the board.