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Thursday, May 12th, 2011
1:08 pm
the NJ Computer Museum's Vintage Computer Fest is THIS WEEKEND!

The NJ Computer Museum
hosts the annual
Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0
THIS WEEKEND: Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th

at the InfoAge Science Center
Wall Township, New Jersey

The Computer Fest has more than just talks, and workshops;
we have vintage equipment RUNNING!

I'm a member and I'll be there as a volunteer!
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
2:29 pm
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
10:29 pm
Open Source, 3D Printable Gearbox
81:1 Gearmotor

Thought I'd have my intro post actually be of something: my 3D printable gearbox.

It's not perfect yet, but when this is working I'll be able to swap out the old 10$ tamiya gearboxes in projects of mine for these, which come in under 2$

With the MakerBot having fundamentally altered the price landscape of 3D printing, a gearbox you can print on it will be a pretty big deal. Granted, it'd take about a hundred gearboxes to save as much money as the MakerBot costs, but a hobbyist who can add "and I'll never have to pay for gearboxes again" to the list of benefits from having one of these bad boys will be a pretty happy camper indeed X3

(Full disclosure: I get free parts from MakerBot due to a number of services I've been rendering MakerBot Industries lately...)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
5:47 am
abandoned already?
I recently acquired a Netgear WGR101 54 Mbps "Cable and DSL Wireless Travel Router".
It's a WiFi "ACCESS POINT": ethernet in, 802.11g out.

Netgear seems to have abandoned it already! Their web links are dead, their search engine finds nothing. All I want is the latest firmware and the manual.

1) can anyone help with firmware revs or manual files?
2) Has anyone modded/hacked it for Linux?
3) I was hoping that Netgear would "try harder" to compete with Cisco (which absorbed Linksys, Networks Everywhere and many other competitors). What network mfgr can one trust?
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
3:05 am
Friday, December 12th, 2008
4:09 am
gurrr gurrr gurrr! goes the ferret!
I'm getting really disenchanted with my microcontroller development kits.

I find no enthusiasm or active support for Zilog's last gasp, the eZ80, which is strange since it seemed head and shoulders above the other embedded ethernet microcontrollers (well, except for ARM). It has oodles of RAM and FLASH and seemed ready to find a niche, but I barely find any mention in Circuit Cellar for it and they sponsored a design contest for it.

I learned a lot about the PIC-18 in a master's course and prototyped my thesis using one, but it's hard to defend a yucky icky architecture. There's a glorious quotation likening democracy to sausages and no matter how much you may love them, it's best never to look too hard at what's inside or how they're made. So too with the Microchip PIC-18.

While studying the architecture and data sheets, I was rather appalled to find no vectored interrupts (the Z80 had that in 1976!) and no skeletal code to help me make a framework for interrupts. I'd use a micro or nano OS or monitor, but I'm yet to hear of one (I'll admit, I'm a newcomer to the MIT PIC list and it's so active that I can barely read the daily digest). A friend who uses the PIC-18 agreed that the errata per chip is often a show-stopper, despite the prescribed workarounds. For example, I spend a night reading how the "shadow" registers worked and concluded that they're nearly impossible to use since they're so easily clobbered. And the friend noted that in some silicon, it didn't work at all!

No, this is not an invitation to convert me to the Atmel AVR side-of-the-force, so much as an admission that I'm not in the confident position I had hoped to achieve by choosing my friends chip sources.
Monday, December 1st, 2008
5:36 am
I need help with a PC BIOS setting (to increase RAM latency): see http://mejeep.livejournal.com/80414.html
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
7:03 pm
Hello, Newbie has a dumb question =P
Hey everyone, I'm new here, I actually JUST found this place and needed your help ( thank goodness for furry community having a large collection of sub-communities on here ).

I'm very... DUMB when it comes to computers and technology ( I can work with them, and figure things out, and I know what to do on them obviously ), but when it comes to the technical things inside the computer, I'm pretty dumb. =P

I need help, because I'm looking to invest on a laptop for college ( Animal Sciences if your curious =P ), and its going to be my home away from home ( I have a feeling I'm going to be moving and instead of packing up my old PC, I'm leaving it here for my mom ).

SO I need this to be everything I need it to be. Here's what I'm interested in and going to need on my laptop:
- Storing Photos/Pictures ( Furry Art, Vacation Pics, etc )
- Music ( Not a total need, but I adore my music )
- Chatting ( Only AIM and Yahoo for e-mail )

I don't do much else online. I'm not a PC gamer ( I honestly don't have the patience, time, or attention span for them ). I figure, this laptop will be my link to the world when I'm all college-y. My art is a MUST need, as well as my pictures.

Any suggestions? I'm not very abusive to my technology ( I've had my current computer since 2000. ) and I take care of things like they are made of porcelain. I don't have any worries I will be dropping my laptop ( though, I might get insurance if they have it ).

Help! Any auggestions would be awesome, and if you could, provide a link to what laptop you mean exactly. =)

Current Mood: hungry
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
11:15 pm
Flexis JM Badge Board Design Challenge: Can Your Badge Do This?
I was pondering "What competes with the AVR butterfly for a fun small microcontroller starter kit" and found this:


Freescale (formerly Motorola semi) is sponsoring a contest! I already have too many other development kits so I'm unlikely to enter, but it looks REALLY WORTHY!
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
6:46 pm
too much stuff!
MEEP! I have too much stuff, I need space! Here's my swap list

*whimper* I didn't think to post here before all the 2008 furcons I attended: Anthrocon, FA United, FurFright.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
11:11 am
tech fun I had
I use parallax products to operate my animatronic wings in my fursuit, so I decided to submit it to parallax.com to see if they would put it on thier customer application page, and they did! and I got $100 of free parallax hardware from them to boot :)

yay :)


heres a link to go look.. :) spent $80 of the 100$ on a propeller education kit.. now I have something new to mess with, already coding with it :)

a microcontroller with 8 cores.. 20 mips per core :) when clocked at 80mhz (5 mhz crystal x 16 with a pll)

its really nice, and is major overkill for me to replace the basic stamp in the wings with this..
it also has 32K of programmable memory. so you can do fairly large complex things with it'
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
5:54 pm
I have been thinking about getting ahold of an EEE PC but I am wondering if anyone has first hand experience with one and what there opinion is of them? I am sure I saw it somewhere also but want to be sure, its running linux right?
Thursday, October 19th, 2006
7:26 pm
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
10:53 pm
Digital voice recorder question
Hello. I bought a digital voice recorder once and its an Olympus recorder... Well I plugged it in and found it has some proprietary protocol. So I tried running the windows software in wine and it works except then I cannot read the USB... So now I am wondering on any digital voice recorders that can be viewed as a mass storage device or some that have little flash cards (preferably Sony if it uses flash cards so then I can transfer things right to my PSP).

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