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I'm a long-time MINDSTORMS enthusiast. I played with LEGO MINDSTORMS from 2003-2013, and during that period dreamed of becoming a mechanical engineer. While I still find engineering fascinating, and LEGO MINDSTORMS will always have a special place in my heart, I believe that my future lies with computer programming.


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comment Convert 3rd party NXT programming language code to NXT-G program?
I disagree. This question is about converting source files from other programming languages into a format readable by NXT-G, not asking what programs exist as an alternative to it.
Sep
12
comment NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?
I believe you misunderstood the question. The question relates to a hardware problem in which the display malfunctions in an otherwise fully working NXT. You answer is for if the NXT is in SAMBA mode and needs firmware downloaded, which is answered in another question.
Aug
28
comment Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?
Well, I went ahead and awarded the bounty to this question. Not quite ready to select it as the accepted answer, though. I still encourage others to provide a more complete answer if possible.
Aug
25
comment Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?
Not bad. It doesn't completely fulfill all the criteria for any of the stages of thoroughness, but it does cover some of all three. If nobody provides a better answer in the next three days then I'll award the 50 bounty to you.
Aug
22
comment Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?
Quite right. I was thinking about that when I first wrote the question. I guess just it's preferable that the submitted download links are for English versions.
Aug
22
comment Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?
It is true that that is software packaged with some RCX sets, but I didn't list it here since it was educational software rather than retail software. And like you said, it was an add-on to expensive 3rd party software. Nonetheless, if someone includes a link to download that in their answer, I won't count any points off.
Aug
21
comment Are NXT Light sensors compatible with EV3?
possible duplicate of Will Mindstorms EV3 be backwards compatible?
Aug
7
comment Is there an XML format for Lego?
Thanks for the clarification, I've edited my answer and removed the false statement that it doesn't.
Aug
6
comment Is there an XML format for Lego?
Ah, very good! I didn't realize there was documentation on LDD files, and that it came closer than .ldr files to what randomblink was asking for. I'll go ahead and edit my answer to acknowledge this.
Aug
6
comment Where can I find LDraw examples?
Last time I checked, the LDraw All-In-One installer comes with a bunch of sample official models.
Aug
4
comment Why does my RCX programmable brick have no power socket?
Really late, but... I thought the power adapter wasn't removed until the RIS 2.0. And I'm almost certain that there was no RCX 1.1, but rather a 1.0.
Aug
3
comment Lego-compatible suction cups?
That link got broken in Fall 2013 when the MINDSTORMS website updated, so here's a fixed link: us.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/community/…
Jul
15
comment How can I find the analog output of a color sensor?
Sorry to break it to you, but the block you linked to for NXT-G doesn't work. If you try to import it via the block import and export wizard, it won't import. The author of the block even acknowledged this and apologized, and said that he probably wouldn't fix it since he has way to many different versions of things on his computer. I would cite my source on where he said this, but that forum seems to have recently gone down...
Jul
14
comment Is the NXT forward compatible with EV3 sensors and motors?
5 months late but... I would argue that this is not a duplicate since the question linked to asks about the EV3 being backward compatible with NXT sensors and motors, whereas this question is vice versa; it asks about the NXT having forward compatibility with the EV3 sensors and motors, which is addressed in neither the linked question nor its answers. I went ahead and edited the question to be more clear, as well as nominated this for re-opening.
Jun
28
comment As of November 2011, should I buy the NXT 2.0 now, or wait and buy the NXT 3.0 later?
I apologize for posting this really late, but I feel that I need to post this for posterity. Prior to January 2013, LEGO didn't specify what their next kit was, people just assumed it was an NXT 3.0 since rumors of such had been floating around the past 3 years. But it turned out that it was announcing the next generation, the EV3, not a newer version of the NXT. So my prediction was correct that the NXT 2.0 would be the last NXT kit.
Mar
23
comment How do I print images onto minifig body parts?
Ah, that's nice. But it doesn't have quite as much customability as I would like.
Jan
13
comment How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?
While the blender script sometimes works, the technique of importing an LDraw file into LeoCAD, then exporting it as either an obj or 3ds file and importing it into Blender has been MUCH more reliable from my experience. In the python script, bricks often get left behind, lack all of their verticies, or simply don't get imported. A massive contrast from the LEOCAD technique provided by PeterDC.
Nov
20
comment NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?
@Joubarc No, I have two NXTs. Sorry, I should've said "one of mine" Instead of "mine". And now I understand better what you're saying.
Nov
20
comment NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?
I disagree. Mine recently gave out when I was right in the middle of making a robot. I wanted to get back to building my robot as soon as possible, so I soldered it. It only took about ten to fifteen minutes to heat it up the soldering iron, disassemble the NXT, solder the capacitors, slightly reassemble it the NXT, test it, and finish reassembling it. It's really not that risky if you know what you're doing. I much prefer soldering it over having to wait a week or so.
Nov
20
comment What's the most cost effective and efficient way to buy bricks?
Oh, ok. Well, I never found that to be a problem.