• CullenShane

    It's the end of season and nothing's happened.

    I'm retiring as timing chief. Should I have the replacement chiefs move to another software or are things really going to get better?

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  • CullenShane

    It started working for us half way through the day. Maybe its fixed?

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  • CullenShane

    Did you restart the new computer when you started having problems?

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  • CullenShane

    We've been blessed in that we've only lost 2 sites this year, one is supposedly temporary (which is what they said last year) and we've got two other sites left. The BETTER of those two just informed us that we received a noise complaint last year, so now, newer, more restrictive noise controls at that site.

    Also, since our remaining sites are expensive, we're having to raise prices this year since we're using those more.

    We're trying to get into airports around the area, but we haven't had much luck with that. We'd love to get into the local international airport, but costs are high, and the site wouldn't be that big.

    It's always something.

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  • CullenShane

    USB Serial ports are the devil. I'm building a machine with real RS232 serial ports so I don't have to deal with them every year. Though, I've worked many years with RS232 and so my opinion might be just a tad biased.

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  • CullenShane

    I absolutely echo the above. Welcome back to some normalcy!

    Sorry to hear about the health issues you've been going through with your family, I'm glad your startup is doing well!

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  • CullenShane

    @MCOAutocross said:

    Curious, is there a reason, you put the entire WAP outside instead of just an antenna? We were planning on using a normal wireless router, located inside the trailer. Its 3 antenna would be relocated outside via extension cables. Is there a reason we should not do this?

    Primarily it's because of reliability and reliability. The AP we're using is completely waterproof and designed to be pole mounted outdoors. The antenna we purchased is designed to be used specifically with that access point and is also designed to be pole mounted.

    The AP we went with is a Ubiquiti Rocket M2 (now the Ubiquiti AirMax Rocket M2) and the Ubiquiti AirMax Omni 2G10, there's also a 2G13, but honestly it's a little overkill.

    For people that try to make reliable networks (things that don't have to be mess with.... ever) this is the way to go. Consumer access points available at big box stores are generally made to fail and sometimes fail after an extraordinarily short amount of time.

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  • CullenShane

    @canadabeau That's awesome! I'd love to get to that next year. Working on it!

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  • CullenShane

    A free option that I used to use all the time at work was COM0COM and Hub4COM, they're a little archaic but once you get them setup they work really nicely, they would be perfect for what you're trying to do.

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  • CullenShane

    Those are killer specs! :D

    That's a quality machine right there, much better than our budget machines. Our budget machines have some issues, that's for sure.

    I agree, ECC is total overkill. My club is very concerned with losing data, machines dying mid event and so forth. A side effect of Axware crashing, and the machines being the kind of machines they were.

    I'll let you know what I get, I'm pulling hard for an embedded server in our timing trailer, but we'll see where that goes.

    Cullen

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  • CullenShane

    This is similar to how SCCA Nationals is scored, something like this would be a good addition.

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  • CullenShane

    I'm looking to buy a 'real' server for axtime, and I'm also wanting it to run off the 12V battery.

    I have a friend who is knowledgeable in such things insisting that I get something with ECC, but it doubles the cost of the server compared to just buying a NUC. It's also an Atom, which has much less single-threaded performance compared to new CPUs. So that brings up a few questions.

    1. Have any of you had issues with servers crashing randomly? I have, and I used to chalk it up to bad power and the Windows Tax, also cheap, old machines. Probably a little of all three.
    2. How much CPU power is actually needed? It seems my single core Celeron 900 from 6 years ago can do it fine while running Linux, but struggle greatly while running Windows. According to CPU Boss these CPUs have the same single threaded performance as the ECC Atom. My 5 year old i5 is a boss at handling RM.
    3. Is RM actually multi-threaded? Being a Node.js app I was assuming not, which means single threaded performance matters more than number of cores.

    Thanks everybody!

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  • CullenShane

    @vreihen Back from the dead!

    Did you finish this setup? What was your experience with using an Atom NUC?

    I'm looking at doing the same thing and trying to decide if going with an Atom with ECC or a NUC with a Celeron is a better option.

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  • CullenShane

    At our Novice school this weekend, we had one issue where a false finish, while reset on the FarmTek timer didn't get updated on the ConeCounter and 'On Course Live'. Refreshing both these screens fixed it, but it was pretty confusing. I don't think the originally reported bug is the same as this though.

    This is also my reminder to actually try to reproduce it. :)

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  • CullenShane

    There's something weird about the Windows zip, there's a file on the root that's 0 bytes. While technically a legal file, it's definitely odd. It also has the same name as the enclosing folder, which might be illegal on pure Windows file systems. (shrugs)

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  • CullenShane

    I'm going to try to reproduce this after I get my new timing server setup this week.

    I don't know if we've run into this, but we've definitely run into issues where screens came out of sync, and we were using Chrome as well. This sounds plausible enough to be the problem, especially considering when in the event we started having the trouble.

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  • CullenShane

    Sounds like you've already made a decision, but I have some input.

    I would encourage any club using Axtime to only rely on proven professional quality access points. SOHO access points and routers, while simpler to setup, are not ultimately reliable and are not designed for the specific requirements that autocross throws at them.

    I've had no problems with my ubnt M2, and yes, it might be overkill, but if it's the difference between a smoothly running event and not, I'll gladly, gladly take the overkill. Especially since the overkill ends up being cheaper than the SOHO unit.

    YMMV

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  • CullenShane

    We bought an AT&T Hotspot (Netgear 770S) from a retail store for $60, then refill the SIM card on it with 10GB/mo plan for the months we run. Then let it lapse in the off season. (No Contract)

    For connecting all the computers the NetGear 770S allows for an external Ethernet connection that we employ and run a separate access point that has much, much more range.

    This replaces the FreedomPop device we had that didn't work at a few of our sites, and would go up and down through out the day depending on how it felt.

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  • CullenShane

    @Duke said:

    There is a method of doing this in the TK screen. In the Recent Runs area, click on the incorrect run. If there was a car wrongly inserted in the queue, click Remove Driver But Keep Times. That will delete the incorrect car and move all the times down 1 to fill the gap. Alternatively, if the queue is right but something is wrong with the time, click Change This Driver's Time. Then you can edit the incorrect time for the run and it bumps all the following times up 1. That method will pull the next driver from the queue into Recent Runs to be assigned the last time in the bump.

    Awesome! I'll go play with that some more.

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  • CullenShane

    @canadabeau Very nice! Depending on your inverter your 750W might not be enough.

    The TrippLite that I spec'd is able to deliver 1250W for 15 minutes which is able to handle the 1Kw load that our laser draws on startup, most 750W inveters can only handle a peak load of 800W, which is normally below what a typical laser printer requires. Once it starts it's fine at only 250W, but that initial start is expensive. Also, 100W might not be enough to completely charge your large battery bank (in one day without an event), 200W is probably a better number. Lead Acid batteries don't like to sit very long without a pretty significant charge.

    I do like your larger bank! Very nicely sized!

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