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[07:27] <jcoxon> morning edmoore
[07:27] <edmoore> ello
[07:27] <jcoxon> you are up early
[07:28] <edmoore> don't remind me
[07:28] <edmoore> could not really sleep
[07:28] <jcoxon> fair enough
[07:28] <jcoxon> impressive glide on that parafoil
[07:29] <edmoore> yes amazing
[07:29] <edmoore> reminded me of the atair videos
[07:29] <jcoxon> yeah
[07:33] <jcoxon> urgh got a mock exam today
[07:33] <edmoore> oh?
[07:33] <jcoxon> one of those mocks thats only partially relevent to the actually exam in 3 weeks
[07:33] <edmoore> poo-sticks
[07:33] <jcoxon> pretty screwed - but so is every one else - just going to be embarassing
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[08:02] <edmoore> jcoxon: still here?
[08:03] <edmoore> jcoxon: ping
[08:03] <jcoxon_> yup
[08:03] <jcoxon_> sorry
[08:03] <jcoxon_> mobile broadband was playing up
[08:04] <edmoore> showoff
[08:04] <edmoore> so we're aiming to launch this weekend
[08:04] <jcoxon_> really
[08:04] <edmoore> yup
[08:04] <edmoore> are you aboot?
[08:04] <jcoxon_> fergus was saying you had telit issues
[08:05] <jcoxon_> i sadly can't come up
[08:05] <edmoore> yes - but i heard we were still going to try to launch as of last night
[08:05] <jcoxon_> i've got exams on tuesday
[08:05] <edmoore> pffff
[08:05] <jcoxon_> and need to pass them if i want a long holiday in august
[08:05] <jcoxon_> the weekend afterwards - no problem :-p
[08:06] <edmoore> there'll be a launch just before it
[08:06] <edmoore> typically
[08:06] <edmoore> but rob and ian are away at the weekend
[08:06] <jcoxon_> oh i can do the week as well
[08:06] <edmoore> though fergus and I would still do it - but I'm not sure what arrangements are with BOC
[08:06] <jcoxon_> after tues
[08:06] <edmoore> (who incidently are now giving us free He...)
[08:06] <jcoxon_> sweet
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[08:08] <edmoore_> whoops
[08:09] <jcoxon_> so i can't do this weekend
[08:09] <jcoxon_> however if you do launch i'll listen in
[08:09] <jcoxon_> might pop over to greenwich observatory to get some height if the weather is nice
[08:09] <jcoxon_> whats the 'stream like?
[08:10] <edmoore_> about to have a look
[08:10] <edmoore_> might go for it anyway
[08:10] <jcoxon_> careful ed, careful
[08:10] <jcoxon_> don't want a wet payload
[08:10] <edmoore_> it's not loading for me
[08:11] <jcoxon_> same
[08:11] <edmoore_> will try later
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[08:12] <jcoxon_> http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_atl_h72_00.gif
[08:12] <jcoxon_> urgh
[08:12] <jcoxon_> if it shifts down a bit that might help
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[08:12] <edmoore_> aaargh
[08:13] <jcoxon_> actually there might be window on sunday
[08:13] <jcoxon_> look at the animated one:
[08:13] <jcoxon_> http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_atl_loop.gif
[08:14] <edmoore_> I'd still be interested to see what the 0-60 bit is like
[08:14] <edmoore_> that's quite a large band
[08:14] <jcoxon_> http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=natla_250
[08:14] <jcoxon_> go to 06Z sunday
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[08:58] <jcoxon_> hmmm wunderground really seems to be broken
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[11:50] <jcoxon> that was fun :-)
[12:00] <edmoore> yo
[12:00] <edmoore> jcoxon: ping
[12:00] <edmoore> how was it?
[12:00] <jcoxon> yup yup yup
[12:01] <jcoxon> it was pretty rubbish - shall have to see what mark i get - they are marking it now
[12:01] <jcoxon> hows work?
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[12:06] <edmoore> ok
[12:08] <edmoore> not doing much atm
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[12:21] <jcoxon> right time for lunch
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[13:43] <edmoore> jcoxon: you're probably seen this http://www.picotux.com/
[13:43] <edmoore> but it looks like fun
[13:44] <jcoxon> yeah tis cool
[13:44] <jcoxon> been around for a bit
[13:44] <jcoxon> not sure how useful it is :-D
[13:45] <jcoxon> though if you had 2 network sockets you could spy on people by putting it inbetween a network
[13:45] <edmoore> it's slower hardware than we have on the badger, and that's running bare metal
[13:45] <edmoore> so it would be a bit creaky
[13:45] <edmoore> but it might make a cool intelligent network bridge
[13:46] <jcoxon> yeah, or a network sensor
[13:46] <jcoxon> add something to the serial port and then have it run a webserver to send the data back
[13:47] <edmoore> it would be cool for that actually - maybe a way of connecting a pointing antenna to the web
[13:47] <edmoore> i was quite impressed with a project on hackaday this morn
[13:47] <jcoxon> yeah, use a serial controlled motor controller to move the antenna
[13:48] <jcoxon> hackaday - the atemga webserver or reprap project motor board
[13:49] <edmoore> atmega webserver
[13:49] <jcoxon> edmoore, to tell you the truth for the antenna thing a linux based wireless router would be best
[13:49] <edmoore> it uses that ethernet-spi chip that microchip make
[13:49] <edmoore> might get some of them samples
[13:49] <jcoxon> a bit more power, 2 serial ports - perhaps even the usb version
[13:50] <edmoore> jcoxon: am inclined to think a 'something simple' to do the actual gps and pointing
[13:50] <edmoore> as that requires no processing power, but some motion control - total microchip territory
[13:50] <jcoxon> as in?
[13:50] <edmoore> and then something to attach it to ethernet
[13:50] <jcoxon> fair enough
[13:51] <edmoore> flying the webserver on a balloon however..
[13:51] <edmoore> I still wanna see that
[13:51] <jcoxon> hehe
[13:51] <jcoxon> i'm working on it :-p
[13:54] <jcoxon> right better be off again, time to get exam marks
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[16:26] <jcoxon> woohoo 73%
[16:26] <jcoxon> hehe
[16:42] <jcoxon> ping edmoore
[16:43] <jcoxon> http://shop.strato.com/epages/61428605.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/61428605/Categories/CALEMB
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[18:08] <edmoore> jcoxon: sorry was waitrosing
[18:08] <jcoxon> no worries
[18:09] <jcoxon> wunderground is working now
[18:09] <edmoore> now cortex m3 chips are exciting
[18:09] <edmoore> oh awesome
[18:10] <edmoore> so it looks like early sun
[18:10] <edmoore> heading down towards the thames esturary
[18:11] <jcoxon> yeah
[18:11] <jcoxon> though as early as poss
[18:12] <edmoore> yeah
[18:12] <edmoore> sunrise
[18:12] <edmoore> all done by lunch
[18:13] <edmoore> which will be in a pub
[18:13] <jcoxon> hehe
[18:13] <jcoxon> good good
[18:14] <jcoxon> well if you go ahead i'll listen out on the radio
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[18:25] <natrium42> !seen mc-
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[18:26] <jcoxon> poor zeusbot
[18:26] <jcoxon> he doesn't do anything fun
[18:26] <jcoxon> that would require me to actually make him work
[18:26] <jcoxon> apart from !google
[18:26] <natrium42> :P
[18:26] <jcoxon> you can always look in the logs
[18:27] <jcoxon> but mc- hasn't been on today
[18:27] <natrium42> ok, thanks
[18:27] <natrium42> he's quick to appear and quick to disappear
[18:28] <jcoxon> he watches the logs, doesn't idle
[18:28] <jcoxon> unlike me!
[18:29] Action: natrium42 is also (usually) an idler
[18:29] <natrium42> jcoxon, so tell me what's wrong with apple
[18:29] <natrium42> i get a mbp and first one has dust in screen
[18:29] <natrium42> 2nd one, airport stops working
[18:29] <natrium42> sos they are going to send me a 3rd one...
[18:29] <jcoxon> the problem is that you've got a mbp
[18:29] <jcoxon> gotta use a mb
[18:29] <jcoxon> :-p
[18:30] <natrium42> :P
[18:30] <natrium42> screen res is too low for any work
[18:30] <natrium42> i need my 1920x1200
[18:30] <jcoxon> nah nah :-)
[18:30] <jcoxon> does me just fine
[18:31] <jcoxon> though i'm an apple-tab, apple-~ guy so can have a messing desktop
[18:31] <natrium42> right
[18:31] <natrium42> i set up triple booting on mine
[18:31] <natrium42> (swapped in a 320GB hdd)
[18:31] <natrium42> osx got the smallest partition :P
[18:32] <jcoxon> hehe
[18:32] <jcoxon> i've been using wine recently to run radio decoding programs
[18:32] <jcoxon> work really well
[18:32] <natrium42> bbl class
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[18:32] <jcoxon> np
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[20:25] <jcoxon> wb natrium42
[20:25] <natrium42> hi
[20:27] <jcoxon> hows the transatlantic payload going?
[20:28] <natrium42> too much course work atm
[20:28] <jcoxon> fair enough
[20:28] <natrium42> so it's stalled for a bit
[20:28] <natrium42> have you done anything in that regard?
[20:28] <jcoxon> not really
[20:29] <jcoxon> not sure whats the plan or if i have a role :-)
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[21:21] <phatmonkey> hey jcoxon
[21:22] <phatmonkey> I'm just about to colocate a server, I could make a virtual server for ukhas
[21:22] <phatmonkey> do you want to look after it if I do?
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[21:29] <jcoxon> ummmm, i'm not too fussed
[21:29] <jcoxon> if it helps
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[21:31] <phatmonkey> thing is, i'd quite like to get it off my home server
[21:31] <phatmonkey> but colocation is pricey... would it be cheeky asking for donations I wonder?
[21:32] <phatmonkey> obviously I'm using it for other things, but even scraping together £5 a month or so would help
[21:41] <akawaka> doing a full dedicated server or just a vps?
[21:43] <phatmonkey> I'm getting a dedicated, but running virtual servers on it with xen
[21:43] <phatmonkey> best of both worlds I guess
[22:16] <jcoxon> sorry for keep popping out
[22:16] <jcoxon> i'm sure i can organise a donation :-)
[22:16] <jcoxon> to tell you the truth i can probably co hosting it on pegasushabproject
[22:18] <jcoxon> however if you are happy to set it up i'll do everything else
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[22:32] <phatmonkey> jcoxon: oh cool, what sort of hosting is that?
[22:32] <phatmonkey> there's the mailing list to consider too
[22:32] <phatmonkey> we could do a google group for that though
[22:32] <jcoxon> hmmmm
[22:33] <jcoxon> pegasushabproject is hosted by streamline
[22:33] <phatmonkey> I think it's just the site and the mailing list isn't it
[22:33] <jcoxon> yeah
[22:33] <phatmonkey> well, ok
[22:33] <jcoxon> wiki, site and mailing list
[22:33] <phatmonkey> I'm going to host some sites on there anyway
[22:33] <phatmonkey> so i'll host the site
[22:33] <phatmonkey> and we can move the mailing list to google
[22:33] <jcoxon> okay
[22:33] <jcoxon> lets do that
[22:33] <jcoxon> and i'll sort out a 'donation'
[22:33] <phatmonkey> great, thanks
[22:34] <phatmonkey> if we got a few people to do a recurring payment of £1 a month or something
[22:34] <phatmonkey> then that would be grand
[22:34] <jcoxon> it might be time to sort out some sort of actually society
[22:34] <phatmonkey> it's only £35 a month, and there's loads of other things on there, so I can't ask for much
[22:34] <phatmonkey> yeah, possibly
[22:39] <jcoxon> okay cool, well keep me informed, and i'll start sorting stuff out
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