highaltitude.log.20070123

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[00:10] <laurenceb> hi all
[00:12] <laurenceb> does anyone know of any small cheap linux systems other than gumstix?
[00:12] <laurenceb> I've been thinking about something linux powered, multitasking is very useful
[00:13] <laurenceb> routers are good but a bit big
[00:15] <icez> single-board computers
[00:16] <icez> which are similar to gumstix
[00:16] <laurenceb> can you suggest anything affordable
[00:17] <icez> mmm
[00:17] <icez> unfortunately..no
[00:17] <laurenceb> ok
[00:18] <laurenceb> I may try a router simply as its cool
[00:18] <laurenceb> I have very little linux experience
[00:19] <icez> well I have a fairly large knowledge of Linux
[00:19] <laurenceb> but from what I've seen of jcoxons projects it does everything I would want from an OS
[00:20] <icez> linux can do anything =]
[00:20] <laurenceb> with micros you can have interrupts but it's just not the same
[00:21] <laurenceb> you can just have different threads to do the different stuff :-)
[00:21] <laurenceb> instead of some main code and little ISR's
[00:22] <laurenceb> can you use perl to interface with the hardware?
[00:23] <laurenceb> from what I've seen you basically print to the hardware drivers
[00:24] <icez> there are modules for perl to interface with hardware
[00:24] <icez> like serial/parallel..
[00:24] <laurenceb> ok
[00:25] <laurenceb> the problem I see is that I will have to crosscomile stuff over
[00:26] <laurenceb> or can you just install openwrt or whatever and go from there?
[00:30] <laurenceb> come to think of it can you compile stuff from source on the device?
[00:44] <laurenceb> icez where are you?
[00:46] <icez> in arizona?
[00:48] <laurenceb> sorry I was just wondering where you had dissapeared to
[00:49] <laurenceb> can you offer any advice about crosscompiling ect, is it needed?
[00:54] <icez> oh
[00:54] <icez> well
[00:54] <icez> i'm not certain
[00:54] <icez> if you use ANSI C or standard C++ it shouldn't be a problem
[00:56] <laurenceb> you can compile it on the device?
[00:57] <laurenceb> obviously perl is a script
[00:58] <icez> well
[00:58] <icez> it depends on the type of processor
[00:58] <icez> there are extensions to GCC to use AVR's or PIC's or etc..
[00:59] <laurenceb> woah cool didnt know that
[00:59] <laurenceb> but then you would have to have gcc installed
[01:00] <laurenceb> whats a buuildroot then?
[01:00] <icez> well
[01:00] <icez> you compile on your PC
[01:00] <icez> and send it to your device
[01:00] <icez> buildroot...never heard of
[01:01] <laurenceb> ok sorry
[01:01] <icez> sorry?:P
[01:01] <laurenceb> I'm a noob
[01:01] <icez> bah everyone is a noob
[01:01] <icez> :p
[01:02] <icez> I'm sure you know more about electronics than I do :]
[01:02] <laurenceb> :-)
[01:02] <icez> but i'm having my first hardware lab in my CS class tomorrow!
[01:02] <icez> hooray for logic gates!
[01:02] <icez> :P
[01:02] <laurenceb> I will certainly get a router going
[01:03] <laurenceb> okay I'm off now, cya
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[21:55] <jcoxon> haha
[21:56] <jcoxon> amazing
[21:56] <jcoxon> they found nova 3
[21:56] <jcoxon> that was the cutdown device and beacon we launched about 2 weeks ago
[21:56] <jcoxon> its in Denmark
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[22:17] <hmh33> hello
[22:21] <hmh33> e(+cnt)]
[22:21] <hmh33> er
[22:21] <hmh33> 54.7442 N, 8.4665 E
[22:22] <hmh33> approx landing site for Nova 3 which has just been found by some people in a German island near the Danish border!
[22:35] <hmh33> 620km from the launch site
[23:38] <jcoxon> he hmh33
[23:38] <jcoxon> haha mazing
[23:38] <jcoxon> amazing *
[23:39] <jcoxon> did they find it inland or on the beach
[23:42] <jcoxon> thats incredible
[23:51] <hmh33> I'm not sure exactly where they found it but the island is very small and their property is pretty close to the sea
[23:51] <jcoxon> hehe
[23:51] <hmh33> anyway they're going to post it back to us
[23:51] <jcoxon> checked it out on google earth
[23:51] <hmh33> so Steve can have his radar reflector back after all :)
[23:51] <jcoxon> haha
[23:52] <jcoxon> and we get the Peg III beacon
[23:52] <hmh33> yup
[23:52] <jcoxon> so what did they say?
[23:52] <hmh33> I guess it settles the question of whether or not my cutdown worked :(
[23:52] <jcoxon> oh well :-p
[23:52] <hmh33> I only talked to them briefly then I put my German friend on because my German is pretty bad
[23:53] <hmh33> apparently they thought we were from the government and they were worried that we were spying on them
[23:53] <jcoxon> hehe
[23:53] <jcoxon> so they are relieved now
[23:54] <jcoxon> 620km
[23:54] <jcoxon> not bad at all
[23:54] <jcoxon> the recent storm could of washed it up i guess
[23:55] <hmh33> seems an unlikely location unless it landed in a very nearby part of the sea
[23:55] <hmh33> I'll email them and ask more details about where it came down
[23:56] <jcoxon> :)
[23:56] <jcoxon> i haven't finished my circuit
[23:56] <jcoxon> actually didn't get round to it
[23:58] <jcoxon> shame we didn't put a camera on it or gps logging
[23:58] <jcoxon> but i'm also glad we didn't launch
[23:58] <jcoxon> oooo i wonder if the tangerine made it :-p
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