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[DPRG] Message from Tankbot

Subject: [DPRG] Message from Tankbot
From: Randy M. Dumse rmd at newmicros.com
Date: Wed Jul 8 15:47:59 CDT 2009

Hi. My name is Trackbot. I'm a cousin to tankbot. I sensed my
daddy was going to have a stroke, so I blew my brains out trying
to warn him. My prototype H-bridge was missing a main capacitor,
so my back EMF popped my brain and then sent 12V everywhere.
Daddy didn't get the hint. A week later he had his own brain
problems anyway. It's been 4 years, and I'm still waiting for
him to recover and install my new brain. I just sit in here, in
the back classroom, on the floor, waiting for things to get
better. At least I still have a daddy. 

Please help. It's so hard being an abandoned bot in our family.


P.S. I think Tankbot is a little over educated, running Linux. I
personally think its wasteful to have such a big brain and use
it to run a bloated program like that. But who am I to complain.
I've got no brain at all at the moment.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dprglist-bounces at dprg.org 
> [mailto:dprglist-bounces at dprg.org] On Behalf Of Bouchier, Paul
> Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 9:36 AM
> To: dprglist at dprg.org
> Subject: [DPRG] Message from Tankbot
> Hello. My name is Tankbot, and I've just become an orphan. My 
> daddy recently abandoned me and ran off with some other 
> robots. I just can't understand it. I'm much more attractive, 
> smarter, stronger, and better equipped. I'm really quite a 
> capable robot - I've competed in the last two Roboramas. Even 
> though I embarrassed my daddy by running over the course 
> markers, what people don't realize is I'm a tank - that's what
I do! 
> I'm quite well equipped - I've got a compass, a webcam, 
> Arduino and many other goodies, and I run Linux. 
> I'm probably best suited to a daddy or mommy who has some 
> familiarity with Linux and C. My old daddy says he'll support 
> my hardware if I find a new daddy to program me, but he 
> doesn't have time to lavish the love he used to on me. If you 
> would like to meet me, please talk to my old daddy.
> I'm the club robot, but all I really want is for someone to 
> play with me.  I'm all alone in the world, but I know if I 
> commit suicide I'll get sent to robot hell, like Wall-E. I 
> need a new mommy or daddy who can give me the love and care I 
> need. Please consider me if you are in need of a good robot.
> Thank you for your time.
> Tankbot
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