October 2005 - Posts
So I set up a shell account with mono
for my friend Kevin. Without even a local compile he managed to get his app botspawn up and running in no time. More details at Kevin's site
. I was pretty impressed. That shows that the general compatibility is there. It's not a gui based application so the transition was relatively easy. I imagine a windows forms based app would be a bit more challenging.
I'll be experimenting more with mono and detailing my exploits here in the coming months.
Well, I have left my job at SAIC
and yesterday started a new one working as a sub-contractor for the FAA
where I'll be working on internal systems. I kind of miss the coworkers I left behind but I felt that I couldn't pass up this opportunity to work within the aviation sector and move myself forward. I will also get to play with some of the newer toys like .Net 2.0. I'm pretty stoked.
Unbelievable, 4 vehicles have actually finished the Grand Challenge
! That's quite a feat considering last year the farthest any vehicle made it was 7 miles. This is gonna change the world of transportation.
Coming to a mall near you:
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Am I the only one that doesn't get this? This has got to be the dumbest goddam idea I've ever heard. Sounds like a dotcom reject.
Looks like some guys across the pond are working on a high-altitude (100k ft+) UAV
based on the NSLU2
The slug is choice for embedded hackers because it's got a great 32-bit intel CPU (PXA255), USB, and it's pretty cheap. You can usually pick one up for about $55 on ebay.
Alien loves Predator
has to be the funniest comic I've read in a long long time. I sat and read every single one.
I'm posting this in case anyone has the same problems I had hooking up a USB joystick in GNU/Linux. Although there are plenty of articles on how to load the USB modules
necessary to support USB devices, there was something missing for me in the steps outlined so I'm gonna share what I had to do. It's pretty simple, since I had the USB HID modules already compiled into the kernel it would recognize my joystick. I could see it recognized using dmesg
. But when I tried to cat /dev/input/js0
it would give me a "no device found" error. So I then installed the joystick package using apt-get. This setup my joystick and it was working fine.. until I rebooted. It turns out that you need to load joydev module using modprobe joydev.
Make sure this module loads on boot and you'll be fine. Use the jtest
util (provided with the joystick package in Debian) to test your device, or just cat the device as I specified above.
And why do I need a joystick? To fly my virtual r/c airplanes
of course (x-plane):
Ten things to say when you get caught sleeping at your desk
My favorite: "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm."