August 3, 2016: Here's a "Word
Attribute Puzzle Solver" which uses predefined rules to apply
predefined "letter sets" to a given set of phrases with unknown common
characteristics. The objective is to find for a rule/letter set
combination which applies to all of those phrases and to a single
phrase in a second list of solution candidates. I peeked at the backside
of this calendar page to get the solution and coded the appropriate rule, but the program might provide a
platform for me to do better with future puzzles of this type.
July 20, 2016: Whew! I'm up and running on a new laptop after a three-week conversion effort. New computer + New Operating System = Lots of learning opportunities! The old faithful Dell Studio 17 decided it was time to retire, so action was required . The upgrade story was originally posted here, but moved to this HP Envy page because it is rather long.
I did manage to get one project written and posted today - Keypress Display Demo displays all character keys entered on the keyboard from any application. A user had suggested it as a way to view password entry for older programs that do not have the option of viewing the keyed characters before submitting the password.
June 28, 2016:
2 1/2 weeks of this month found us out west in Utah, Montana, and Wyoming visiting five National Parks with a daughter and her family. Seeing the animals and geological wonders was nice, but the family time was even better.
Probably only time for one program this month; this June 16 Mensa
calendar puzzle was chosen because I couldn't solve it manually in the 5 minutes
I allocate to these things. The program
Revolving Letters allows users to
rotate columns to find a solution, or let the program do the grunt work and
solve it for you. Computers really shine at "grunt work"!
May 28, 2016: A fix applied last month to our Cutlist program (See April 3, 2016 "What's New" post), introduced a problem which prevented the printing of user generated solution diagrams. Cutlist Version 4.04 was posted today to correct this problem.
May 27, 2016: May has been a busy month - one granddaughter earned her Dr. Pharmacy degree and another got married. We travelled to attend both. We're proud of Kristen and happy for Sarah. Coincidentally, if things go as planned, we will be attending Kristen's wedding and Sarah's graduation as a Chem. Engineer next spring!
The intervening days were spent catching up with mowing, garden care, tree
trimming, etc. Evenings allowed me to complete the
DTMF (Touch-tone) Decoder Test program. Here's a picture of the device
put together by the family Electrical Engineer (my son) which
listens for tones and sends the decoded digits to my program for display.
Probably not of interest for the majority of viewers, but if it is, visit the
link for more details.
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