As part of my tinkering with 802.15.4, I needed a way to bridge the divide between my computers and the microcontrollers. My initial idea was to build an ethernet to 6LoWPAN router, but this was soon shelved due to the complexity of the beast.
In a desperate attempt to reclaim space in our house, heres is stuff I don't need. I'm open to offers on everything.
All items are located in Canberra, Australia.
In order to minimize component count, stocked items in my junk box, and to improve efficiency as well as have software control of the power supply, I wanted to do away with inefficient, standalone linear regulators and instead use spare PWM pins on the microcontroller to generate voltages instead.
This library creates a simple feedback loop, where you specify the target voltage, and the microcontroller alters the PWM duty cycle to create the requested voltages.
After upgrading my desktop to Windows 7, my second head (a Viewsonic VX2835wm) was showing a horribly overscanned image (blurred text, edges cropped). After fiddling with the monitor settings and setting the aspect ratio to 1:1, I then ended up with letterboxed image, with missing information around the edges (eg, the Windows start menu was off screen).
According to nVidia, this should already be accounted for in their drivers (from the release notes for 191.07):
I finally got around to upgrading my desktop to Windows 7. After backing up my Vista desktop to a network share, I reinstalled. Upon reinstalling, I went to mount the VHD created (The Lazy Admin has an easy procedure documented), but I kept getting a cryptic error dialog "The version does not support this version of the file format.".
I just upgraded my parent's media centre machine to Windows 7, however, the image through the DVI/HDMI cable was underscanned (text was blurry, and the image had black borders around it).
Normally, in the Radeon Catalyst drivers, you would go to the Desktop & Displays, then right click the display at the bottom of the screen (not the big one in the middle!) and select "Configure".
Unfortunately, in the latest Catalyst 9.9 drivers, which you select "Configure", it takes you back to the home page of the control centre. Downgrading to Catalyst 9.8 resolved this problem.
As part of my efforts to reduce our power consumption, I have decomissioned my diskless VM host and move the virtual machines onto my fileserver. This involved migrating the machines from VMWare (on Linux) to Virtualbox (on Solaris).
One of my VMs is a FreeBSD x64 system, and while it came across fine, the time on this machine ran 3-4 times slower than normal (other x86 FreeBSD machines were fine).
To correct this, I added the following line to /boot/loader.conf:
I just bought an Efergy wireless power meter on Ebay. It consists of a hall effect current meter clamp that clips around the mains line to your house, an RF transmitter module, and a receiver module with an LCD display that shows various bits of information that it gathers. The same meter was also sold at Aldi recently under the brand "Trade Power".