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Title: What happened?
Post by: Penfold on June 16, 2017,
It seems like this community is slowly dying off :(.  Is it due to people just getting too busy with real life?

I really haven't seen much activity on here.  There hasn't been any Co-ops, or updates on the status with the Lynx Express components and potentially making the chip change to SMD for members?  <yk.. I haven't seen Robert on the forums in a while, but that's not to say that he is on and has responded to people.  I personally, just haven't seen him.  Maybe I am needlessly concerned, but I just wondered.   
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: emcee on June 17, 2017,
It's been quiet... don't know why except time of year.

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Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: caretaker on June 18, 2017,
RJ has a life and after spending a large amount of time invested in creating products for our light shows he may have moved on to other things in his life. In the mean time there has be an explosion of other DIY technologies out there.  With that said with no new developments in the Lynx line and no coops many have moved on to other boards to stay up to date. The fact the RJ has kept this board up I think is a very nice thing for him to do.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: Segull on August 23, 2017,
I understand. And I am always reminded of this wonderful place  :) Every time I look at my Aeon clock.
I miss all the great discussions.  :'(  Miss all the wonderful people!!!
I two check back once in a while just to see if anything is going on.

And I agree thanks to RJ for keeping this board up.

Joe
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: zwiller on September 19, 2017,
I believe there is still a niche for DLA.  Some people like building their own gear.  Also, not everyone wants a single controller controlling 100k pixels.  There seems to be lack of focus on port per prop concept and I think that could be the niche. 

That said, I think designs could be updated and improved based on how David Pitts took Pixelnet with web based programming etc.

To me being port per prop my ideal controller would be like a smart hub where each port was as transmitter for smaller 4 or more port receiver boards where they are powered. 

I bet others have some seriously good ideas too. 
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: JoeFromOzarks on September 30, 2017,
I sure miss this place and the ol' days when things were hopping!!   :)   I took some time off to kick cancers butt, but I'm back now, though with a little different direction.

Do you have a link to "David Pitts took Pixelnet with web based programming?"    I'd like to look into it.

Thank you!!

:) joe








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I believe there is still a niche for DLA.  Some people like building their own gear.  Also, not everyone wants a single controller controlling 100k pixels.  There seems to be lack of focus on port per prop concept and I think that could be the niche. 

That said, I think designs could be updated and improved based on how David Pitts took Pixelnet with web based programming etc.

To me being port per prop my ideal controller would be like a smart hub where each port was as transmitter for smaller 4 or more port receiver boards where they are powered. 

I bet others have some seriously good ideas too.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: oj70chevy on October 01, 2017,
same here took a year and half off due to putting my son in college and other life things. now I'm back and its sad to see it slow down so much. ill keep an eye on this post to see what's the new thing everyone is doing.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: kidcole on October 02, 2017,
I just sold 24 LOR boxes this year.  I am dropping LOR software in favor of xLights and I didn't want to mess with special cabling.    Just wanted everything pixels and DMX.  So I'm soldering my brains out making Lynx Express.  Finishing the last two today.  My whole display will simplify technologies to Falcon, Sandevices and Lynx with xLights software.  I hope to get a couple Pi players running but I'll run direct off xLights if I run out of time.

I very much appreciate RJ keeping this site up.  People will need the Wiki and all the discussion boards to keep their gear running.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: smeighan on October 02, 2017,
I think the short answer is RJ left. DLA hardware is proprietary and only developed by RJ. When he left there has been no new features released in years.

I looked at posts by RJ

2013 - 507 posts
2014 - 173 posts
2015 - 31 posts
2016 - 1 post
2017 - zero

I spend most of my time on
xlights facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/628061113896314/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/628061113896314/)
FPP facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1554782254796752/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1554782254796752/)
xlights forum: http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php?action=unread (http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php?action=unread)
falcon christmas forum: http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php (http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php)
diyc forum: http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/forum.php (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/forum.php)
acl forum: https://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/ (https://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/)

From 2011 to 2013 DLA was the happening place.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: rjhodgefamily on October 03, 2017,
I would be extremely happy if RJ would just open source the PIC software and the board designs. I know they represent a large commitment on his part. But I think the LE is great at what it does. It serves my need for straight up dumb controllers at a reasonable price. And I enjoy putting them together. Having 13 different houses in our light show makes switching a little difficult we need the wireless capabilities and the LE meant people could join with what they already had. No need to go out and buy Pixels and other stuff.

Granted most houses have at least one LE with a EX/RX daughter board at this point. So I would just need a replacement for the LE to add on. I know they are out there I just like the LE.
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: arw01 on October 04, 2017,
I think it has become a business for a lot of folks now.

Second the convenience that Zwiller mentioned.  Sure beats packing a pipe bomb controller off the prop into the house, program it, pack it back out, turn the lights back on, realize you messed it up, pack it back into the house, rinse repeat ad-nasuam.

I it really nice to sit in your car with the heater going, a laptop and restructure your whole channel count, colors, nodes etc from a webpage..
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: nvizzini on October 09, 2017,
I got ill, moved to Houston  and not designed a show for three years.
I hope to have a show this year but it will be small.

talk to you soon
nicholas
Title: Re: What happened?
Post by: naztrain on October 19, 2017,
Wow... this is kind of depressing.  I built my first display (on my parent's house) in 2008 as a freshman in college (RJ helped me troubleshoot a burned-out SSR4 while I was on the roof as a snowstorm rolled in).  I just finished graduate school, bought a house of my own, and came back here to see about upgrading my system to include some pixel elements for next year.  I had visited a few times annually to see where the technology was going, but with school it was hard to keep up and I didn't notice how slow things had gotten until tonight.  Back when I started, the Lynx system was one of the only ways to get the blinky-flashy going. Now as I look around the internet, the options are a bit overwhelming, especially given the added complexities of RGB/Pixels.  I wonder if too much diversification in the hobby and the rise of major social media platforms had a hand in the decline of the community here.  It's certainly not lack of interest--when I started my display, I was one of maybe a dozen synchronized light shows in the county.  Last year there were 5 in my small town, and dozens more in the neighboring city.

At any rate, I hope that, whatever RJ is doing these days, he knows how much joy his work here brought to us and all our "audiences" through the years. We had a mostly blind neighbor boy who would come over to my display as soon as it got dark to dance with the lights.  It was one of the only times he could see the world around him.