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I took the quiz 19 November 2007

Posted by David Wilson in General.
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Click on the image to take the test yourself. 

Yea Baby! 18 November 2007

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.

Houston we have a new launcher! Our friends at DreamCheeky have released a new launcher! Actually it looks identical to the old launcher.USB Rocket Launcher So, how do you know if you’ve got an “old” launcher or one of the “new” ones. Well that’s a challenge while the launcher is still in the box. It turns out that when you connect the launcher to your computer it identifies itself as a “Rocket Baby”.So here’s some information that I have been able to obtain about the launcher:

// USBVendorID  = 2689 (0xa81)

// USBProductID = 1793 (0x701)

// Controls 

// 01  – down

// 02  – up

// 04  – left

// 08  – right

// 10  – fire

// 20  – stop

// 40  – request status


// 1. To fire, Send 0x10

// 2. The motor keeps working now, keep sending 0x40 to ask for status (say, every 100~500ms)

// 3. If 0x00 received, then the missile is not fired.

// 4. If 0x10 received, them missile is fired.

// 5. If the missile is fired, send 0x20 to stop it. 

OK, so that’s all good news. The question you want answered is when will the launcher work with the Mac Missile Launcher software? Well, I’ve been trying… It’s difficult to get it working when I don’t actually have one of these launchers (even when I have the details of the launcher control codes). I’m working with some internet citizens at the moment who have offered to help with the testing. No luck yet, I’ll post again when a new version is available.