highaltitude.log.20060501

[00:42] <Tiger^> ok, time to go.
[00:42] <Tiger^> g'nite :)
[00:43] <HenryHallam> night!
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[22:16] <Professor> howdy
[22:16] <jcoxon> hey Professor
[22:17] <Professor> how's it going man?
[22:17] <Professor> how's the next balloon project coming along ?
[22:17] <jcoxon> yeah its going well
[22:17] <jcoxon> have a gps/gumstix/nokia all linked up
[22:17] <jcoxon> though got my 2nd year exams so the rest will be slow
[22:17] <jcoxon> launch in 2 months
[22:17] <Professor> cool
[22:17] <jcoxon> how about you?
[22:18] <Professor> nice nice
[22:18] <Professor> well, my brother is coming out for a visit in 2 days
[22:18] <Professor> I might find a reason to launch a balloon with no payload other than an APRS beacon
[22:18] <Professor> probably not though
[22:18] <jcoxon> crappy camera + 555 timer
[22:19] <Professor> yah, I know. I need to get my shit together and build a circuit for that
[22:19] <Professor> I'm going to make a general purpose timer system that can be programmed via rs-232
[22:19] <jcoxon> yeah that sounds like a better plan
[22:19] <jcoxon> really should update my site tonight
[22:19] <Professor> yah. give the source / schematic away free, sell kits or assembled boards, whatever
[22:20] <jcoxon> my gumstix does all the timer stuff for me :-D
[22:20] <Professor> and I need to make sure I do in-circuit prorgramming for these chips I use so I can update firmware for people for free
[22:20] <Professor> oh yah, I forgot about my gumstix. I was totally excited about it till I fried it. Since I got it back I just powered it on to verify that it still works and haven't messed with it since
[22:21] <jcoxon> grab a camera, solder 2 wires to the shutter then to GND and a gpio
[22:21] <jcoxon> the a quick script and go!
[22:22] <Professor> do you have any recommendations on cameras?
[22:22] Action: jcoxon is keen for as many lanches as possible!
[22:22] <jcoxon> a cheap one
[22:22] <Professor> hehe
[22:22] <Professor> I'll have to see if rite-aid or whatever has those cameras around
[22:23] <Professor> I found some $15 usb based cameras but they were no good. no decent pictures if it was moving
[22:23] <jcoxon> i need to find a camera for Peg III
[22:23] <Professor> I would like to have a 5 minutes on, 10 minutes off kind of video recorder
[22:23] <Professor> so I'd get the 5 minutes at launch time, and every so often during the flight
[22:24] <jcoxon> with a gumstix that would be soooo easy
[22:24] <jcoxon> perhaps even overkill
[22:24] <jcoxon> hehe
[22:24] <Professor> I could do it with a pic just as easy
[22:24] <Professor> I don't have a camera though
[22:24] <jcoxon> and less of a loss
[22:25] <jcoxon> no old digitals hanging around
[22:25] <Professor> I just got a couple chips in late last week which are "real-time clocks" (battery backed up clock chips for computers)
[22:25] <Professor> nah, none
[22:25] <Professor> the only one I have is an eos 20d. too costy to lose
[22:26] <jcoxon> :(
[22:27] <jcoxon> i'm sure there are some special deals you can find
[22:42] <jcoxon> brb
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