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Recall Notice [Sep. 22nd, 2002|03:00 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Hell yeah... I got a recall notice for my car's transmission (news story) so now the service place will know what's wrong with it.

Can't wait to have my car working again! (last time I took it in for service they weren't able to fix it... and it only cost me $100! grrrr.)

In other news, I've been sore from working out. I hadn't been taking my vitamins... maybe that's why. God knows my diet isn't healthy and balanced. Whatever vitamin that makes muscles heal I'm surely lacking. My mom taught me how to make meatloaf last night, though.

In more other news, been re-reading two of my college texts a bunch:

Contemporary Logic Design

Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface

Went to Wacky Willy's (local amazing surplus store) and Radio Shack for misc parts. Unfortunately, Radio Shack's turned to shit over the past decade, but there's another place in the area (NORVAC) that has everything.

Been reading up on different FPGA, EEPROM, and Microcontrollers I can burn from Linux. The AVR Microcontrollers have support from the GCC toolchain so that's pretty cool. Next I need to find some good circuit/logic simulators.

I'm getting excited about learning electronics. The more I think about it, the more fun little projects I envision. It'll also eventually give me a reason to learn the Linux kernel internals and write device drivers.

As for everybody suggesting I use X10 or Homeseer stuff: No. I'm not going to pay $60-$90 for big, clunky modules with crappy interfaces (Windows) The whole point of this latest obsession is to learn.

Off to my brother's soccer game now and pick up my recall notice from the other brother (guess I hadn't told Honda my new address...)

[User Picture]From: jojobear99
2002-09-22 03:13 pm (UTC)
damn, you mean there's real life uses to the things in those books? =) I have both of those books--at least the first one i *had* till i loaned it to a friend who hasn't returned it yet... the second is still on my bookshelf collecting dust as i haven't had any desire nor reason to refresh my memory on ISAs and MIPS =)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-22 05:33 pm (UTC)
yeah, good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: notjohndavid
2002-09-22 03:42 pm (UTC)
one thing I used for a few small projects is the microchips 16F84

it's neat because it's easy to program and it's flashable... so you can change the program and reuse the chip which costs like $2 or something
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-22 05:33 pm (UTC)
thanks, I'll look into that.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-09-22 04:10 pm (UTC)
Heh. Computer Organization & Design is the textbook for one of my classes right now.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
BTW, I've been meaning to catch you.... what do you do your linux video capture with?

I've been considering getting a LML1011 and then converting all the MPEG-1 it records to DivX as I have CPU to burn.

But if there's something just as good for capturing but uncompressed, that's cool too, as long as it doesn't drop frames capturing.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-09-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
For hardware, I use a plain ol' bt878 wintv card, which doesn't do any sort of compression. For software, I use streamer, which comes with xawtv. I like it because it's commandline and can do multithreaded MJPEG, and I dislike it because it loses sync after a while.

The LML1011 is low-res, but if you're just going to output to a TV, it's definitely good enough. As long as the MPEG-1 isn't heavily compressed, it should be fine for converting to DivX. As easy as transcode -i input.mpg -o output.avi -y divx5 -V.

If the LML33 can do 100 quality MJPEG, then it could definitely produce higher quality video (limit is the speed of your hard disk). 720x480 is only really useful if you're outputting to a computer screen, though.

I've never touched either of the LML cards before, so I can't really comment on the quality of what comes out of them.
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From: ex_neville87
2002-09-22 04:32 pm (UTC)


How exactly do they rationalize charging $100 for fixing nothing?

"For $100, we'll spend some time and accomplish nothing. Sound good to you?"
I thought they were supposed to quote a price to fix the problems they find??
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-22 05:33 pm (UTC)

Re: hmm

They were supposed to call me back and then keep fixing it, but they didn't.

So I have to go in and bitch at them.
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[User Picture]From: rivulet
2002-09-22 08:58 pm (UTC)


I hear that if you eat some protein (like a Powerbar or something) within fifteen minutes of finishing your workout, your muscles won't be sore the next day.
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[User Picture]From: nemo
2002-09-23 03:33 pm (UTC)
Potassium for the soreness. Eat a bananna.
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