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About Tim Fischer

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    Plymouth (Twin Cities) Minnesota
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    Software Engineer

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    Christmas decorating, woodworking, bicycling, model rocketry, lots of other stuff.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Was around in 2003 when Dan announced it on PlanetChristmas, and was one of the first customers the day the store opened. The rest, as they say, is history ;)
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    Christmas, of course

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  1. Tim Fischer

    Fire at LOR

    Thinking of Dan & Co during this time. Hoping that damage and financial setback to the business is minimal. Keep us posted, please.
  2. It's pretty simple to reproduce: Steps: 1) New sequence, add at least one RGB channel 2) Tools-> Channel Configuration 3) Attempt to delete the RGB channel by deleting its components* 4) Say Yes to the "Are you sure" dialog 5) See the error mentioned in the original post. * The Channel Config is not smart about groups are RGB channels. There is no way to delete an RGB channel from the Channel Config dialog, at least in S3 which I'm still using. This seems to be a major omission. But in the meantime you can only delete RGB channels by right clicking on them in the main SE window. And that can be really tiresome.
  3. Tim Fischer

    Merry Christmas Sign

    It's super easy to obtain a piece of coro (Home Depot sells it), trace out whatever you like, and punch out a design with an awl or something. I've never really understood why people pay so much for pre-punched coro props when you can create your own, 100% unique ones so easy and so much cheaper.
  4. Tim Fischer

    Show burps and some weird stuff pops up

    Other then someone mentioning they found a workaround on the LOR-UG group nobody was even TALKING about Facebook, so the little aside about that group was off topic at best and obviously caused frustrations to flare up even more. Let's stick to the topic - getting to the bottom of this nasty bug. I'm still running S3 this season (for reasons that have nothing to do with my trust in LOR's upgrades and everything to do with my personal schedule this year) so I'm not affected, but as a developer I know these sorts of issues can be really frustrating to track down when you can't reproduce them in-house. Has anyone been approached to send their entire show (all files, etc) so you guys have a chance of actually reproducing it? I did that with a similarly-evil bug that was affecting a much smaller handful of us a few years back and Bob was able to reproduce it right away once he had my full configuration, which led to a proper fix. And thanks for checking into whether the Dan Baldwin FB account is genuine or not.
  5. Tim Fischer

    Show burps and some weird stuff pops up

    There's a recent post by "Dan Baldwin" in that group, and there's some thought that it may not be authentic. Can you confirm or deny that the real Dan Baldwin wrote that post? If not, he should probably report the account to FB as an imposter. I wouldn't expect an unofficial FB group to be moderated in the same way a vendor forum is. In general I hang out there to have some fun and hopefully help with some folk's issues along the way. Haven't been on these 'official' forums (or any other forum for that matter) much at all in the past year or so but I do get on FB regularly so it's nice to have some contact with the community, even if it's dysfunctional lol.
  6. Just for completeness, here is a video of our fountain, made with 4 of the $24-ish Ray Wu DMX floods. Note that these are NOT intended to be submersible, but I beefed up the waterproofing of them and they've now been through two seasons of summer use with no issues. Really looks great and I get a lot of complements on the. The shown sequence is really basic and is the sort of thing we run most of the time. I do have a peppier red/white/blue one I use for the 4th of July. I run it off of an iDMX in standalone mode. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10200985306702113&l=3107867062102766116 P.S. This makes me miss summer, the pond is totally frozen over now.
  7. Tim Fischer

    2014 Minisota Christmas Event

    This Saturday is the "big event"! Directions can be found here: http://www.plymouthlights.com/map.htm We'll start socializing around 8:30 and get going 'officially' around 9 or 9:30 probably. This one's going to be really informal as I just haven't had as much time as I'd hoped to pull things together. But I think it should still be a lot of fun and there will be information shared I hope - I'm depending on all of you for that! Here's what I have for an informal agenda (not necessarily in this order): Introduction roundtable, what's new with your display, etc. HLS: Gary LOR: George Simmons LSP: Mike Vixen+: Ernie Vixen 2: Brian Dave: Renzilla Anything anyone else would like to discuss We'll have coffee and donuts in the morning, and lunch will be provided. A few vendors have also stepped up with some door prizes we'll draw for. Bring along your display items you'd like to share/show off/get feedback on/have us drool over. Display pictures/videos are also welcome. Thanks and hope to see many of you on Saturday.
  8. Tim Fischer

    2014 Minisota Christmas Event

    Just bumping this thread - the more the merrier
  9. Tim Fischer

    2014 Minisota Christmas Event

    If there are any vendors or individuals that would like to donate some door prizes in exchange for some exposure to those at the MINI, please PM me. Thanks!
  10. Tim Fischer

    2014 Minisota Christmas Event

    Hi all - In case you haven't heard, we're planning on the annual 2014 MiniSota Christmas event on Saturday June 14. This year the event will be hosted by PlymouthLights in Plymouth (16700 33rd Ave N). If you're in the area, we'd love to have you. If you've never been, the events tend to be rather informal but a lot of good information is shared, and plenty of good conversation and fun takes place. Planned topics included various sequencing software options, pixel control, general decorating techniques, and plenty of other conversations. As far as the schedule goes, let's planning on gathering for coffee & donuts around 8:30, maybe getting some 'official' business going around 9:30, we'll break for lunch, then plan on going into the afternoon until everyone decides they've had enough (historically we've usually gone until 3 or 4pm if I recall correctly). For those of you who said they'd present something, could you please contact me or reply here so I know you're still planning on it? And if anyone else wants to jump in and do something, let me know too. Thanks much! -Tim
  11. Tim Fischer

    Mad grab sale. what a disappointment!

    If I were LOR I'd just end the sale altogether. If they need to clear out some items, just list them at a lower price on the website and those who notice it get them. Every year it's whiner after whiner, and no matter how fair and explicit LOR tries to be, the whiners and entitlement mentality babies just cry and cry about how evil LOR is as a company and how they'll never deal with them again.
  12. Tim Fischer

    Mad grab sale. what a disappointment!

    Gosh, I know everyone can read, but the email I got clearly stated that many could put the same item in the cart, but the first through the process "wins" Not sure what was so unclear about that for you.
  13. Tim Fischer

    LOR.. All BS aside.. time to answer the questions

    Let's move this thread back into a more positive direction: To Dan and LOR: It would be great if you could provide some details, even vague ones, about what you expect in the pipeline and a very rough ballpark time frame. As I indicated earlier in this thread, I'm really not in a bind for the 2014 season... I won't be adding significant channel count this year (I know that is not true for everyone else... I'm just commenting on my personal situation). So if you said that there were major changes coming that wouldn't make it for this season, I'd still be OK with that. A lot of us have used LOR hardware and software for a long time and would like to continue doing that. But it really seems that LOR has changed directions in teh past few years, moving from powerful controller that even the low end can afford and use, to more of a "value-added" retailer of lighting products. It's disturbing to me that products that were planned for the 2012 season (including an E1.31 bridge for LOR controllers, powerline data for LOR pixels, etc) still haven't seen the light of day. And the sequence editor hasn't had any major features added in 2 seasons either. It's frustrating that even something as simple as the "4GB patch" hasn't been officially recognized, much less implemented. -Tim
  14. Tim Fischer

    LOR.. All BS aside.. time to answer the questions

    I suggest you grow a pair and realize that sometimes when you start a discussion in public, it doesn't always go the way you envisioned Furthermore, I think if LOR admins were to lock this thread, it would speak volumes. They can, of course, feel free to clean it up as they see fit to remove personal attacks and keep it on task. But this is a very important question that, if avoided, speaks more than any official post could.
  15. Tim Fischer

    LOR.. All BS aside.. time to answer the questions

    And I kindly ask that you do not. There are a lot of people, myself included, acutely interested in what, if anything, LOR plans to do with the software in the near future. Dan as already promised an update, and locking this thread serves no real purpose. If people can't control their own off-topic rants, then deal with them directly.