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By: smh (offline) on Monday, January 18 2010 @ 10:18 AM PST (Read 1935 times)  

FWIW, the code in beady1.pde to "correct" for rollover from the millis() function is unnecessary.

You don't need to correct for rollover when you're calculating the difference between unsigned values. If you're not convinced (I wasn't either), try running this simple C program. It uses unsigned char rather than unsigned long to save time, but the principle is the same.

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#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {

  // Two unsigned values
  unsigned char then = 0;
  unsigned char now = then + 10;
  // Enough iterations for both values to overflow
  int i
  for (i = 0; i < 300; i++) {
    unsigned char dt = now - then;
    printf("Now = %u, Then = %u, Difference = %u\n",now, then,dt);
    if ( dt != 10 ) {
    if ( now == 0) {
      printf("Now is about to overflow...\n");
    if ( then == 0) {
      printf("Then is about to overflow...\n");


Great kit by the way!

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