new education team - please explore

Phoenixink phoenixink at comcast.net
Tue Jul 24 00:42:25 BST 2007


Hi John,

Unfortunately I have not been able to make any progress with this. 
The last suggestion I had from the users group was to see if the software called the USB as a com port.
If it did I may have been able to redirect the com port through WINE to make things work.

I have checked the software itself and as many of the associated files as I can but have not found any reference to com ports.
Therefore, I am assuming the software communicates with the USB port directly.

At this time I have tried all I can think of without success.

I am copying this to the users group also in case some one has any suggestions not yet thought of.

enjoy

Jim




----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Ridge 
  To: Phoenixink 
  Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 5:38 PM
  Subject: Re: new education team - please explore


  Hello


  I am wondering if you have made any progress with data logging (of any sort) and Ubuntu/Linux


  My reasons:
  1. I teach science (mainly biology) at Stanmore College and have recently been given responsibility for developing science courses.
  2. The Min of Ed has made money available for projects involving wireless devices
  and
  3. as you point out, data loggers not working is a show stopper.


  cheers


  john


  On 9 Jul 2007, at 14:02, Phoenixink wrote:


    Hi Jim,

    I saw you new team message and wanted to explain a scenario and ask a question.

    I am currently working with a middle school science teacher to build a LTSP network for his class. 
    We have put together 4 clients and a server that all work very well together.
    The target is 20 clients.

    However, there is one real problem that is stopping us from using this solution over a Microsoft solution.
    The problem is the "Pasport Explorer" and the "Data Studio" software by "PASCO" ref: http://www.pasco.com/pasport/home.html
    You collect temperature and other data via the USB port from the Explorer with the Data Studio software, which then plots and otherwise allows you to manipulate the data.

    I have tried to use WINE as a windows emulator for the Data Studio software and it works well except there is no way to access the Explorer probe on the USB port, so even though the software runs it cannot collect the data from the Explorer probe. This is a show stopper as far as being able to implement Linux.

    I have contacted PASCO and they have no Linux software, no intention of doing a Linux software, and will not give me the commands for the Explorer probes so I can write a software myself.

    With all this in mind, how can we expect schools to actually switch to oss such as Linux? 

    I appreciate any comments you may have and of course any ideas on a solution for our particular situation.

    Thanks

    Jim Cooney
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Jim Hutchinson 
      To: edubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com 
      Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 2:20 PM
      Subject: new education team - please explore


      Greetings all,

      I have just set up a new education related team (https://launchpad.net/~education-enthusiasts) and I would like to find others interested in helping to build it. The main focus in to build a community of teachers wanting to use oss and those wanting to help teachers. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions please share them with me. If you'd like to join - please do. 

      Thanks,
      Jim Hutchinson

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