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Great Day [Aug. 19th, 2006|05:07 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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How to best explain the awesomeness that is today?

It's been like 10 or 12 weeks since I had a weekend at home with no plans, obligations, traveling, etc.

Today I:

-- slept in

-- went to the monthly Boston Terrier Meetup up the block from us. dozens of Bostons. pure craziness.

-- opened and dealt with about 25 envelopes. bills, statements, etc. generally cleaned my office up.

-- helped Dina clean her office

-- upgraded Dina's laptop to Dapper from Hoary or whatever was before

-- moved Dina's printer downstairs, and verified it worked from Ubuntu

-- cleaned the garage with Dina (mostly Dina)

-- installed a new garage opener button next to the garage door. I didn't have bell wire or patience for soldering, so I have two wires twisted together and duct-taped to the ceiling, wrapping around pipes and stuff, then into a breadboard that's duct-taped to the wall. Out of that is a push button. High-tech. I need to hookup my garage-door-opener-from-computer again that I had mostly going at the old house (except the wiring kept falling out of the garage motor before and I knew we were moving, so never cared to do it right). Then I can open the garage from my phone when I'm biking home.

-- got a new tripod because I lost the mounting thing for my old tripod. called them, they were closing in 5 minutes, and raced down and made it before they closed.

Productive day.

[User Picture]From: muerte
2006-08-20 01:55 am (UTC)
Wait how would you hook your garage door up to a computer. Just some X11 stuff and then a command from your cell to open it? That's pure genius.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-08-20 02:35 am (UTC)
Parallel port + libparapin + relay.

There are a bunch of USB kits for doing misc stuff too, but I haven't seen a moderately cheap one.
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2006-08-20 02:54 am (UTC)
What's the distance limitation on parallel?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-08-20 02:58 am (UTC)
I dunno. But I'd just run bell wire (long) to the bread board + relay which would be connected to the (relatively short) parallel cable to the computer.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-08-21 12:19 pm (UTC)
> Then I can open the garage from my phone when I'm biking home.

There's... just something wrong with that.
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