About this time last year I purchased a Harbor Freight mini lathe that I documented here. Having the need to cut some circles out of copper lately, I once again became frustrated with the DC speed controller’s unwillingness to reset after it’s overload protection circuitry has been engaged.
Two weeks ago I got the email from my department manager asking me to look on the carrier’s website and pick out what new phone I’d like. Evidently our employer was renegotiating our cell phone contract and I could finally retire my battle scarred Samsung Galaxy S that was already two years outdated when we switched to this carrier. I would have been ecstatic with this information had he not opened the email with the sentence “Evidently, we’re the only two not going with an iPhone”. Being the tech guy who’s going to have to take 200+ calls related to iPhone email, iTunes, iCloud, et al over the next two years, the first thing I thought of was taking my own life. Thankfully that notion passed, and I was able to find a fully subsidized Galaxy Nexus phone with ICS 4.1.1. Having found much satisfaction with a slightly stripped version of the OEM Froyo release on my current phone, I thought I would be thrilled with ICS on a bigger, faster, lighter phone that doesn’t need to be rooted to run whatever I want. Winner winner, chicken dinner, right? Maybe not. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that something as innocuous as a co-working waiting in line to use the only microwave on our floor would push someone to the breaking point, but I’m afraid it’s happened. To fully appreciate my dilemna you should first read the Crotch Smelling Laptop rant as well as this article I found a few years ago looking for polite ways to avoid fixing people’s computers.
Finally getting closer to my goal of consolidating all my linux and avr devices down to the bare minimum, this weekend’s project was building and installing my IO board that will control my HVAC, talk to a bus of 1-Wire temperature sensors, control and monitor the garage door opener, and manage my greywater system. I bit off a little more than I could chew with trying to move the role of gateway device onto my Dockstar running Debian Wheezy (curse you XBox Live), but I thought I’d throw up some pictures and a blurb of what it’s all about to entertain myself. Continue reading