After a long down time and a move or two I finally returned to my project of a software version of a scoring machine. The basis was from COWPaste's Flick Timer. I then learned what I could from the GNU Scoring Box posted by EricS. The idea behind this project was that lots of people have laptops or computers that could double as scoring boxes if they had the software and a dongle to connect to the floor cords. Yeah, a lot of you will say "I don't want my laptop anywhere near swinging swords.", this isn't for you. I grabbed some parts from Radio Shack: Parts: 1 Male Parallel Port connector 6 banana plug sockets 1 plastic box 25 foot 6-conductor phone cord, it would have been better if the conductors were solid instead of stranded, but beggars can't be choosers. Downloaded a driver from the internet to read from the Parallel Port in .Net and got to programming in C#. Now I've got a simulated box that does foil (hopefully Épée and Sabre later this week). I also ordered parts so that I can change the parallel port connection to a USB connection. The interface is not by any means a finished product. The screen shot shows the primitive colored squares for lights and limited (but important) menu options. I hope to make it scalable so you can make the box as big or as little as you like. I also want to make it skin-able so you can customize the visuals and the buzzer sound. I'm not sure how to distribute it. Fencing is my living (I'm a coach, fencer, ref, and now hardware designer). I feel like I should charge for something, but the whole point of this project is to make fencing more available to the masses and to better allow the fencing community to stay up on the new timings as they come out. I'm open to suggestions for pricing schemes that people would find reasonable.