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  • Pondlife
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    Nice one Chef!

    I hope it all goes well and I'm sure the effort will be appreciated.

    Did you use the VBB I mailed you about? Any good?

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  • RichardCranium
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    Because I am lost for words.

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  • TheFaQQer
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    Originally posted by chef View Post
    I've added into the program at 25, 40, 45, 49 and 50 certain messages letting her know that she's used up half the chances, a few chances left, in 5 chances it will lock for 3 months, be very careful and finally at 50 it says "box locked. 3 months until next retry, powering down" and it switches off for 20 more button presses (not actually 3 months) and that's the reason I added the backdoor to gain access just incase she does not want to play along.
    Adding the backdoor option is always a good idea at this stage.

    Lay the ground rules down early.

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  • alreadypacked
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    Originally posted by chef View Post
    haha, I have many different sides to me, festival goer, adrenalin junkie, beer drinker, outdoorsy type, geek and cook being the main ones.. this is just a good way to be a bit geeky while working away, buy some new tools and toys which for once are actually needed and with a great end result, plus it keeps me out of the beergardens a bit
    That was my guess

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  • cailin maith
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    So, tell us about the ring, whats it like?

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  • chef
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    Originally posted by d000hg View Post
    Jeez, after all that expense the ring better be brilliant. Either that or you blew all the cash and it's a £50 jobby from Samuels. Maybe you can ebay the box afterwards, unless a jewellery box with built-in GPS is of much use
    hmm well, I thought about that and I'm going to line the box with felt type material so it can actually be used as a jewellery box (her's currently is some teenage tatty piece of crap) and as EO said, it'll make an interesting conversation starter/memory. Plus, she'll own it so I can't really ask to have it back and stick it on ebay.

    Plus, it's not about the expense of it all, if that was the case I could just stick the ring in a bunch of 50's.

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  • chef
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    Originally posted by Platypus View Post


    You must be MUCH more geeky IRL than I ever imagined you to be !!!
    - with all your festival going, I imagined you as a free spirit hippy type

    But seriously, many many congrats!

    <tune of "another one bites the dust" fades in>
    haha, I have many different sides to me, festival goer, adrenalin junkie, beer drinker, outdoorsy type, geek and cook being the main ones.. this is just a good way to be a bit geeky while working away, buy some new tools and toys which for once are actually needed and with a great end result, plus it keeps me out of the beergardens a bit

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  • d000hg
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    Jeez, after all that expense the ring better be brilliant. Either that or you blew all the cash and it's a £50 jobby from Samuels. Maybe you can ebay the box afterwards, unless a jewellery box with built-in GPS is of much use

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  • doodab
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    I proposed using a keyring once.

    Unsurprisingly I'm not married

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  • chef
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    Originally posted by milanbenes View Post
    hi Chef,

    good for you, it's nice to see something original in this world instead of simply off the shelf plastic solutions to everything

    I am sure you know your customer and it will be a big success

    well done

    one thought is it worth to have two boxes, one with the ring and one with like a twix or something and if during the period between delivering the box and unlocking the box if there are any changes in relations you can switch the boxes and voila....

    Milan.
    I see your point, and it was suggested that if things don't go to plan for whatever reason then maybe it might be a good idea to have a backdoor to be able to get into the box (for the reason you suggested but also for the reason of the batteries die or some other unknown reason) rather than having a unobtainable expensive ring.

    I figure that should be enough. Plus, the box isn't cheap once you start adding up the cost of the antique box, the components (lcd, gps, arduino main board + expansion shield, buttons, servo's, switches, wiring, battery packs, dc jacks etc.) I've never done anything like this before so have also invested in soldering irons/stands, circuit board holders etc. And so far it's taken around 2 months to get it done (after work when I have time) and so making a 2nd isn't really an option before xmas. I'll be happy to get this one done and looking/working as I want

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