highaltitude.log.20060709

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[16:35] <phatmonkey> hey james
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[17:17] <jcoxon> hey phatmonkey
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[22:35] <Jim> hi folks
[22:40] <macfreak4> hi
[22:41] <rocketboy> hi
[22:44] <Jim> anyone got any opinons on how useful bluetooth would be for communication between the different modules of the payload? eg. a BT link between gps and gumstix
[22:45] <Jim> obviously no use for payload to ground comms, but there is so much BT stuff around these days
[22:45] <macfreak4> i would see bluetooth as unnessesary, since all the components are virtually stationary
[22:45] <macfreak4> most products can be found in non-bluetooth formats
[22:46] <macfreak4> and since it is wireless it would be more prone to failure
[22:47] <Jim> thats my worry, but i'm trying to work out if i should invest in a gumstix with intergrated BT
[22:47] <macfreak4> i would suggest not -- it's an added cost for a fairly pointless feature
[22:48] <macfreak4> you can find serial-equivalent models of most components (gps, phones, etc)
[22:50] <Jim> I know it's such a noob question, but can you reccomend a good starting point for the gumstix platform? there are so many different configs and specs...
[22:54] <Jim> perhaps i should take that one to #gumstix :)
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[23:14] <phatmonkey> hey jim
[23:14] <phatmonkey> #gumstix is a little dead, try the mailing list!
[23:15] <phatmonkey> definately don't use bluetooth for components on the payload
[23:15] <phatmonkey> unreliable, more expensive and a waste of power!
[23:15] <phatmonkey> there are two choices for the gumstix itself, connex and basix (sp?)
[23:16] <phatmonkey> connex gives you an extra port for expansions, the basix has an MMC memory card slot built in
[23:16] <phatmonkey> apart from that, i believe they are the same
[23:16] <phatmonkey> then you can pick the expansions that have the features you need
[23:31] <Jim> nice one, thanks phatmonkey. enough to be thinking about. I'll be back to chat more later.
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