Windmill Software Ltd
Data Acquisition Intelligence

July 2010

The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 144           July 2010
--------------------ISSN 1472-0221----------------------

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* Windmill Notes: Using Windmill with Unix
* Excel Corner: Making a Live Picture of your Data
* DAQ News Roundup

Windmill Notes: Using Windmill with Unix

We've recently discussed under which versions of Windows 
Windmill will run (issues 140 and 141 -  Readers have 
pointed out that Windmill will also run under Unix using 
Wine 1.2-rc2 or Virtual Box.

Wine is an implementation of Windows on top of Unix. You 
could think of Wine as a Windows compatibility layer. 
Wine allows the Windmill software to run under Intel 
Unixes like Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Wine does not 
require Microsoft Windows: it is a completely alternative 
implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code. 
For more information on Wine see 

You've also told us that Windmill 4.3 "runs fine in a 
Windows 98SE Guest operating system in VirtualBox running 
on Ubuntu 9.04".  VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, 
Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large 
number of guest operating systems including Windows 
(NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 10, 8, 7). 
Ubuntu is an operatating system based on Linux. 

If you have used Windmill with a Unix operating system 
setup please let us know.

Excel Corner: Making a Live Picture of your Data

In Excel you can paste a live picture of some of your 
data in another workbook. When the data changes, the 
picture updates. The picture floats above the normal 
cells and columns, so you don't have to clear a space 
for it. This is very useful for reports and data 
summaries or dashboards.

To create a live data picture you use the Camera tool. 
You may be unaware of this because it is not shown by 
default. To enable it you need to:
1. From the View menu select Toolbars and then Customize.
2. In the Commands tab select Tools.
3. Scroll down the Commands box until you see the Camera icon.
4. Drag the Camera onto your tool bar.

Now all you need to do to use the Camera is:
1. Select the range you want to "photograph".
2. Click the camera icon.
3. Click whevever you want to place the picture.

A live picture of the range appears. When the data 
changes in the original range, it changes in the 
picture. As it is a picture you can move it about 
and resize it at will, without affecting the 
underlying data. 

For more information on using Excel see and

If you have a question about using Excel for data 
acquisition, please get in touch. Fill in the form at . 

DAQ News Roundup

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Submarine robots learn teamwork
   Studying the deep ocean floor is cumbersome, 
   expensive and dangerous. The majority of 
   exploration efforts have to employ an autonomous 
   unmanned vehicle (AUV). But many AUVs are 
   specialised: they cannot travel far alone and they 
   can only provide a narrow range of data. The work of 
   one European project, however, has the potential to 
   dramatically increase the range and functionality of 
   the world's AUV fleet using networking technologies 
   and software.
   Source: SCUBA News

3-legged dogs boost robot research
   Scientists are examining how three-legged dogs move 
   to help design and develop robots that can adapt 
   in the event of an "injury." The new research 
   looked at walking and running techniques in dogs 
   with fore- or hind-limb amputations.
   Source: Eureka Alert

Share information to boost cellphone performance 
   Software that allows cellphones to collaborate could 
   help improve the quality of data collected by the 
   handsets' sensors.
   Source: New Scientist

NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System
   A NASA-led research team has successfully 
   demonstrated for the first time elements of a  
   prototype tsunami prediction system using GPS  
   technology that quickly and accurately assesses  
   large earthquakes and estimates the size of  
   resulting tsunamis. 
   Source: Nasa

Automotive Electronics Gold Rush in China
   China will drive global automotive electronics 
   growth over the next few years as production volumes 
   increase and average content per vehicle rises. 
   According to a recent IMS Research report, the 
   Chinese market will more than double to reach 
   $22 billion by 2017.
   Source: IMS Research 

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