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rpaloalto

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I was wondering if their are any laserbee owners out their. Who have been able to use the data logging function on a mac. With windows running, on either Parallels, VMware or bootcamp?

I already aske Mr. Bauer, he said asking here.
 

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Yeah... this would be interesting to know...
A few MAC user have asked the same question and as
the LaserBee I comes with Windows compatible Software
we are not sure if there is a possible way to use it in a MAC.

BTW.... Mr. Bauer is my father....;)


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I've got a Mac with Bootcamp and if someone wants to send me one I would gladly test and keep it for my troubles! ;) I will end up buying one at some point, but right now, that kind of money for something I wouldn't get to use too often wouldn't be a good buy for me right now.
 

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I have a mac, and a hackintosh so I could test it on crossover, parrelells and bootcamp but I'm also missing the laserbee.

I would have thought someone around here would have a mac+laserbee.
 

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Hey Asher....

Just has a thought about this...

as to the LaserBee I software test on a Mac...
There is a way that I could design a test circuit board
with a Micro controller that spits out a steam of data
similar to the data the LaserBee sends to a PC with a
Laser on the Thermopile...

If you are game... I could work on that and send it to you..
When you are done with it... you could send it to whoever
would want to try it with their Mac/PC solution idea...

Jerry
 

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The LaserBee I has an RS232 Serial output that is converted to USB
with a Windows Driver...
You can use the Data Logging on an RS232 9 pin Serial Port or a
Standard USB port..

We don't have a Mac in the Shop nor do we want to invest in one..
It would be cheaper for a user to buy a used Pentium I Laptop with
Serial and USB ports for $50.00 - %100.00... Then you would have a
dedicated computer for your Laser testing..
Somethig like this... there are certainly even better prices out there...

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270555028256&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT


Jerry
 
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Hey Jerry,

If you want a macintosh, I have a spare G4 that i'd be willing to part with for free if you want to pick it up. It's in perfect condition and has all the software, bells and whistles in it. Since this would be for a good cause and the advancement of laser science! ;)

- Robert
 

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Hey Robert....

:eek:...That is very generous of you... that would be great to
do some tests with the LaserBee I PC software...
Thanks for your offer..

PM sent...;)

Jerry
 

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Well... a little update is due...
Last Thusday I had a lunch meeting with Robert "roddenberry"...
in Montreal and he actually gave me a MAC G4 computer...:eek:

What an outstandingly generous person... We talked about his
Advertising work and sideline setting up music concerts.... and
of course Lasers and LPMs..
It was a shame the time went by so fast as Robert need to
get back to work...

As soon as we can fit it into our schedule... we'll try to see
what we can do to get the LaserBee I Data Logging software
to run on a MAC... not making any promises...:yh:

Again....:thanks: Robert for the MAC G4... I had a great lunch
and the waitress was not bad either...;)


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Lola says hello! ;)

Anytime Jerry, it was a great pleasure having a pint of Guiness with you, mate! Jerry was kind enough to bring me a cool electronics "care package" filled to the brim with cool electronics, power supplies, laser diodes etc... Many thanks monsieur! :D
- Robert
 

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Hey Jerry, I'd like to point out that it may be possible on all the newer Intel-based Macs to run the LaserBee Software under what's called "Wine" (the Mac builds are called Darwine). For anyone that doesn't know, Wine is basically a open-source Windows runtime that is capable of running thousands of Windows programs without any Microsoft code at all...So if the LaserBee software can properly run under Wine, you would have indirect support for All Intel-based Macs, as well as all Linux systems running on anything besides a PowerPC processor. All they would need to do is install Wine/Darwine (Which on Mac is literally a drag-and-drop process)

You mentioned that you could make a test-circuit for someone to test with...Well if you're interested in testing the Wine/Darwine option I would be glad to test out the compatibility on the newer macs and Linux boxes I have here and send back the equipment when I'm done... ;)

References/Further Reading: WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X
WineBottler - Run Windows Programs directly on OS X (The Mac Darwine suite I personally use).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_(software)
 

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Hey Jerry nice to know you got hold of a mac! That's great! Very genourous of Robert.

If you still want me to test that circuit I would be more than happy.
 

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Thats very generous of roddenberry nice.
Unfortunately the G4 is based on IBM's power pc chip. no Intel inside. The only way to get it to work would be wine or virtual pc. Wine is hit and miss and virtual pc sucks and is only good for simple windows programs, like office.

With the newer intel macs Vmware or parallels should work. The only problem if one does exist. Would not be with the software, but in the drivers communication through the usb.
I'm almost %100 sure it would work under bootcamp. Basically a mac is a full fledged windows pc when using boot camp.

Laserbee if your still up for making that test device. I would love to try it out after asherz.
I could test it on 3 different Intel macs. using vmware, parallels and boot camp. I only have xp, sorry no vista or 7
 

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Thats very generous of roddenberry nice.
Unfortunately the G4 is based on IBM's power pc chip. no Intel inside. The only way to get it to work would be wine or virtual pc. Wine is hit and miss and virtual pc sucks and is only good for simple windows programs, like office.

With the newer intel macs Vmware or parallels should work. The only problem if one does exist. Would not be with the software, but in the drivers communication through the usb.
I'm almost %100 sure it would work under bootcamp. Basically a mac is a full fledged windows pc when using boot camp.
It's pretty much guaranteed to work under bootcamp since that's just your mac booting into windows, but it's a pretty big hassle IMHO, coming from someone who has 4 operating systems on one computer...VMs are a little more iffy since, in my experience anyway, they seem to have issues with a lot of usb devices.

I suggested the wine option because on Intel Macs it actually works with a LOT of windows software, and it's free for anyone that doesn't want to pay the obscene price to buy Windows + a VM. Although you can get a free and open VM with virtualbox from Sun: VirtualBox
 




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