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Tekdaqc  - 
 
 
We've finally finished shipping out the first batch of Tekdaqc's (if you haven't received your shipping confirmation from UPS yet, you should get it tonight or tomorrow at the latest). Now that I have a brief moment to breathe, I wanted to clear up a few things with everyone who is interested in the project.

Some of you know this already but Tenkiv was originally founded to bring a new solar technology we developed intended for maximum cost-effectiveness to market. Part of what the system needs to run is an accurate data acquisition system that can operate in noisy real world environments not set up for DAQ. It was basically impossible for us to find something that fit this need, we might be able to hack something together with existing products but it would cost us upwards of $15,000 and it still wouldn't be ideal.

A big part of the problem for us was the entire solar power system we're making is supposed to cost around $15,000 for a medium size installation. The cost problem was basically impossible to solve without developing our own DAQ system. That's where the idea for the Tekdaqc came up. The only reason for the extremely high price tag of a top end DAQ system is the market is pretty static and the big guys aren't being pushed. It's a small industry and there's not much incentive to enter it unless you have an ulterior motive like +Tenkiv.

Our hope now is that people in a similar situation to us (people who need affordable lab grade DAQ systems) will find the Tekdaqc and join us in creating an open standard that will make top end equipment more accessible.

So where are we now and where we headed?
We only had one requirement to ship the Tekdaqcs out to our Kickstarter backers and that was any remaining problems needed to be repairable with only software updates. The boards are all calibrated and have equal or greater accuracy to what we list in our specs. However, there are two pressing issues that need to be patch.

1: Telnet connection reliability.
The Tekdaqc firmware has some packet loss which will cause it to occasionally lose connection or stop sending/receiving telnet messages altogether. This bug is especially noticeable when using the Tekdaqc Manager because it puts the Tekdaqc under maximum load. So until we fix it, we recommend not using the Tekdaqc Manager. Fixing this is our absolute highest priority, more on that in a bit.
2: Digital outputs aren't fully implemented. (This is actually done but we haven’t published the update yet)
We decided to redo how the firmware handles digital outputs so it is more efficient when using many simultaneously. It's an easy change.

We're dispatching a major firmware update in about 3 months that will fix both these issues in addition to many minor bug fixes. When we release the new firmware using the Tekdaqc will be a completely smooth experience as opposed to the strenuous one it is now. We thought it was better to ship now and let everyone begin working with their Tekdaqcs than to delay again until the new firmware was ready.

One last thing I want to touch on is using the Tekdaqc for temperature control or other specialized applications. We had the option to purchase the Tekdaqc for temperature control on our Kickstarter because we had a partner who was going to assemble a kit for that purpose. Unfortunately they weren't able to complete it. Luckily, we were working on a program that will serve as a more complete replacement for the Tekdaqc Manager. It also has an extension system so specific functions like temperature control can be added extremely easily. So we're going to make a temperature control extension and get that taken care of ASAP. In the mean time we've sent the temperature control backers a Tekdaqc so they can start using it like normal until the temperature control software is complete.

As always I want to thank the ever patient Kickstarter backers for their support, I look forward to working with you all as we move forward. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at support@tenkiv.com. Also feel free to contact anyone on the team directly via Google+ or email. My email is zjuhasz@tenkiv.com. 
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We do not want this community to become nothing but a repository of advertising and links to commercial sites.  With that in mind we want to remind all members that commercial posts need to go in the commercial topic area.  

We consider a post to be commercial if it's primary purpose is to promote a product or to direct members to a commercial site (even if indirectly).  Posts of products or services for sale are clearly commercial, as are links to sites engaged in the sale of products or services.  Some posts are a bit more ambiguous but, if the underlying purpose of the post is to draw members to a commercial site or a site promoting products and services, then we consider that to be a commercial post.

We have worked hard to build this community into the number one renewable energy community on Google+, and one of the largest online anywhere.  The intent of this community has been, and still is, to be a source of critically reviewed information on renewable energy.  If we allow the community to drift into an endless string of commercial posts it will become increasingly difficult for members to find unbiased information that is actually useful.

With the above in mind we are going to become increasingly strict in enforcing a segregation of commercial and non-commercial posts.  If you have already been reminded by Tenkiv about inappropriate posts of commercial information or links (other than in the commercial topic area) you should expect to be banned from the community for the next violation of this policy. 
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Thank you +Tenkiv  :)

I've been playing whack-a-mole with spam posts/accounts here of late. Whenever they pop-up I report the post and where appropriate the account too (and I encourage other community members to do the same).
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Tekdaqc  - 
 
To our friends and valued customers:
We want to thank everyone who has had their patience tested during this bumpy Kickstarter journey. 

We are CLOSER than ever to shipping! If no issues arise from the time this update is live, we will be shipping mid October.

So why did it take so long?
Like previously stated, there were a multitude of problems ranging from the manufacturing of the Tekdaqcs to parts going out of production. One part that isn’t complete is the calibration, specifically the voltage references which are needed to calibrate the Tekdaqc.  The needed reference has been built and tested and it has exhibited outstanding stability and low noise.  Prior to using this reference we need to compare it to a NIST traceable reference.  This needs to be done as close to the time of calibrating.

Another part we are working on is the firmware. Initially we planned for the Tekdaqc’s firmware that could be updated by the end user so we could send out the Tekdaqcs without perfect firmware, and then just push new firmware as it becomes available.  We had this in mind when we set up the scheduled ship dates, which is why we were so optimistic.  There are however a few aspects of the firmware that need to be "perfect".

1.  The analog front end (the portion of the Tekdaqc that converts voltages into digital data) can only be calibrated by Tenkiv.  Therefore we need the firmware that controls the analog isolators, the ADC and temperature sensor, to be extremely stable and well developed before we ship, or we would potentially need every Tekdaqc returned for recalibration.  
2.  The "boot loader" needs to work reliably so that the end user can update firmware as new versions are released.  We are able to reliably update firmware, so this issue is resolved.  
3. We need to firmware to work well enough that we can test all of the hardware on the Tekdaqc before shipping.  Obviously no firmware can correct bad hardware.  We are now able to test all hardware except for the high current digital outputs. 

With the above in mind we are very close to a firmware revision that will allow us to ship fully calibrated, fully hardware tested Tekdaqcs.  The analog front end hardware is working as designed (extreme precision and low noise) but still needs a few small tweaks to eliminate some occasion glitches that would affect the factory (Tenkiv) calibration.  The high current digital outputs need a bit of firmware work so that we can test prior to shipping. 

Hopefully this sheds a bit more light on our current situation.  Again please message us if there are any questions and/or comments. We will do our best to address them. We thank everyone who has been sticking with us during this journey and hope the Tekdaqc will exceed your expectations.

-Tenkiv team
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Here a picture of the fleet of Tekdaqc getting tested and fine-tuned to our high standards! We are almost there, we got enclosures prepping as well more pictures to come. 
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Hello Everyone,

Last night I published a new release of the Tekdaqc firmware, v1.0.1.0. It is primarily bug fixes, but does include some performance enhancements for digital sampling. The link to the release on GitHub can be found below.
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We wanted to remind everyone on the community of the rules of conduct that govern this community.  

The community was set up as a place that one could go to see diverse information and opinions on virtually anything related to renewable energy.  We have topics as diverse as solar, fossil fuels and nuclear energy, not to mention a commercial section, and even a topic area for unproven, weird ideas (perpetual motion machines etc.).  Even when we don't agree with the viewpoint (or in some cases the data presented) we believe that presenting it for commentary is beneficial, since it allows others to present their dissenting opinions and data.

We want all the members to understand that it is a clear cut violation of the purpose of this community for anyone to block others from commenting on their posts.  We do not want to become nothing but a place for people to "preach to the choir", blocking anyone, who's opinions or data they do not like, from commenting on their posts.  Though our threshold for banning from the community is very high (as some of you have complained about in the past), but it is not infinite.  

So that there is no confusion in the future, these are the things that will get you banned from the Renewable Energy Community:
1.  Threatening another member.
2.  Comments that include insane rambling, unrelated to the original post or any of the topic areas on the community.
3. Blocking others seeing or posting comments on your posts.
4. Commercial posts as comments to other people's posts.  We have a place for commercial posts, and we appreciate if you put commercial posts in that area.

To be clear, we very very rarely ban anyone.  We have banned some members who were using the community to post links to sites completely unrelated to renewable energy (porn, buy a spouse, religious propaganda, etc.), but until recently we had not banned anyone else.  Google + does not make it easy for us to monitor one member blocking another from viewing/commenting on the other's posts but we have had a few cases of such behavior brought to our attention.  In the future please let us know if there are any posts or members that you believe are in violation of these few rules so that we can deal with them in the appropriate way.
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Thanks.  I am no longer blocked by Alex P.  I'm assuming you had something to do with that.
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Tekdaqc  - 
 
Hey Backers,
We just wanted to take the time to touch bases with all of our supporters. We hope you all had a productive summer and are ready to start using your Tekdaqcs!  As we talked about in the last update, we are almost finished calibrating all of the Tekdaqcs. Barring any major issues, in a few short days will we have all of the Tekdaqcs calibrated, tested, and ready to ship.  Due to our unfortunate delays, it has been over 9 months since we sent our our initial survey, and many things can change including your addresses change between then and now. We want to make sure that you get your rewards, so please go to the Kickstarter website and update your addresses if needed so we can start shipping the rewards!

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The Tenkiv Team
A professional grade, affordable data acquisition and control board that promotes an open standard in top tier DAQC.
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Contact us directly at support@tenkiv.com We can explain everything that is going on.
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Tekdaqc  - 
 
Tekdaqc Kickstarter update:
First we would like to thank you for your continued support. We would like to reaffirm that we are focused and working hard to deliver a high quality product that is made to the highest of manufacturing standards. We had to push back our shipping date again due to issues.

From problems with manufacturing to parts going out of production, we are being hit with problem after problem. We are deeply sorry for all of the delays.

We are currently working on fine tuning our manufacturing process, and based on our estimates, we will have the Tekdaqcs and rewards out within the next couple weeks. We will be posting update pictures of the Tekdaqcs and enclosures as soon as we receive the last few components. Again, we are very thankful for your support. 

-Tenkiv Team
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Another reminder to our members about our policy on blocking comments and commercial or off topic posts.

This renewable energy community was created as a place to objectively review information about renewable energy and related topics (other energy conversion systems and the politics of renewable and non-renewable energy).  We do not want this community to devolve into nothing but a place to spew propaganda or for free advertising of commercial products.  We have always moderated this community with a largely hands off attitude but we do insist on a few general rules.

-Content with no connection to energy will be deleted.
-Commercial posts with energy related information will be accepted but must be posted in the commercial topic area.
-Members must not disable comments on any post for any reason.
-Members must not block other members from viewing or commenting on their posts.
-Members must refrain from threats against other members.
-We encourage both objective criticism and voicing of opinions but we discourage rants unrelated to the topic of the post being commented on.

With the above in mind, we will warn members who we believe violate these rules.  We encourage debate on rules violations because we do not view our role as moderator of this community as a license to censor.  After several warnings we will ban the offending member.
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I also took screen captures of the post/comments (before he deleted them) as a record, as he didn't seem to be taking kindly to any information critical of E-Cat.
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We are seeing a huge number of commercial posts and links to commercial sites, that are not being posted as commercial topics.  For this community to be easy to use and useful to the member there has to be a way for the user to sort through the posts he/she is interested in reading.  Our vision for this community is that it should serve as a place to come to to get objective information about renewable energy.  Commercial posts have a legitimate place in the mix, but users should not be forced to wade through hundreds of commercial posts that they are not interested in.

With the above in mind, we are going to be much stricter about insisting that commercial posts get posted in the commercial topic area.  A commercial post is any post that is advertising a product for sale, or any post that links to a commercial site, or a post that links to a repost of an article placed onto a commercial site.  If a commercial interest wants to post a legitimate article to this community, in a non-commercial topic area, they need to post the link to the original non-commercial article, not a link to the reposted article on their own site.

For the next several weeks we are going to be posting reminders to members who are violating this policy.  During this time we will move the post to the commercial topic area.  Following the several weeks of reminders we are going to have to start banning posters who continue to violate this policy.

We want this community to be "the source" for objective information on all topics related to renewable energy.  We invite posts from anyone, on any related topic, but we want to make sure that the community doesn't end up as a sea of advertisements that members have to search through to find interesting discussions.  Please, everyone do your part to make this the best possible experience for all members, by posting to the appropriate topic.  Thank you.
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Big news! The API Docs (http://goo.gl/nlo4fc) and source code (http://goo.gl/xSNnwY) for the Tekdaqc firmware are now online and available to all!
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After much back and forth with our enclosure manufacturer we've determined it won't be possible to meet our March 19th ship date. We delayed resigning ourselves to another delay for as long as possible because we thought it might be possible to send out some of the Tekdaqcs on the 19th.

We've now switched manufacture's to one that is more expensive but also better equipped to handle this order in a timely and reliable way and have gotten confirmation from them on a 1 month timeline. So the new ship date for the Tekdaqc will be late April (we've learned the inevitable lesson to not give hard dates).

We're extremely sorry for the second delay, but this one was unintentional and completely out of our control, we were given just as little notice as you. We hope to make it up with an amazing DAQC machine and are eager to get it in your hands and get a community of Tekdaqc users to work.

Also if you ordered an unenclosed Tekdaqc and are wondering why this affects you, the reason is we found it impossible to achieve an extremely high level of accuracy without thermal insulation and electromagnetic protection of the board. So every Tekdaqc will now come with an enclosure, regardless of what level you backed the Kickstarter at.
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April...May...how's June looking for delivery of the enclosed tekdaqc? 
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