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LarryTubbs
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I've been programming in some form or fashion for 30 years, but last Christmas I bought myself a Raspberry Pi.  I never new the unbridled joy I could get from having my code turn on an LED!  My entire career output has been completely intangible, existing only in 1s and 0s on magnetic media deep in the bowels of my company's servers, but now my code is actually making things happen in meat space!  I think I'm hooked.

I'm pretty new to all this stuff.  I decided that I needed a project to focus my experimentation.  I've been converting my old web-based Enigma machine simulator into a physical Enigma machine.  I've ported my Enigma software library to Python, and I've successfully prototyped all the components of the Enigma on breadboards (Lampboard, Plugboard, Keyboard, Rotor, Rotor display, etc.).  My next step is to transfer my designs to PCBs so I can mount them in an actual machine housing.  Oh, and I need to fabricate the machine housing.

Yeah, I think I have a problem all right.  I'm hoping I found others with the same affliction here at the Drone Bot Workshop.  And if this is wrong, I don't want to be right.


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Centari
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@larrytubbs, Welcome aboard!  Yes, you're in the right place.  😀 

Lots of good folks here.


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noweare
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Your right, you can control the world with these boards and once you get your feet wet your background

will make you an extremely dangerous programmer. You'll fit right in : )


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SuperCharlie
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@larrytubbs

Pretty much the same here. I did tech nerdy work for a long time and then programming yada yada but never really touched the real world until Python and raspberry Pi.. it makes you feel kind of steampunk doesn't it? LOL


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codecage
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Great on the Enigma work!  I'm a KL-7 fan myself, having serviced them back in the late 60s while in the USAF.  I always thought of the KL-7 as an Enigma machine on steroids.  There are a couple of KL-7 emulators available via the web, one written in Java by a University crowd from MIT even using the graphics from original program done by Dirk Rijmenants.

SteveG


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LarryTubbs
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.  Will now go lose myself in KL-7 research.


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codecage
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@larrytubbs

Maybe we can send encrypted posts back and forth!  🤣 

SteveG


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LarryTubbs
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@codecage, don't tempt me!


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codecage
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I'm going to have to practice the mental gymnastics it takes to encrypt a message and then be able to decrypt the message.  The gray matter is not as nimble as it once was.

SteveG


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