I just ran into this Shapeways Blog Post and couldn’t resist reposting this photo of those colourful ring fest. If you’ve read earlier in my mechanical iris diaphragm post I was just playing around with Alibre Xpress and see if I could design a ring using that, guess someone at Shapeways thought they were cute and printed them out! The rings are painted using a water based paint, I just wonder how it’ll look with an acrylic paint to smoothen out the surface somewhat.
Well this chronicles my first attempt at compiling a toolchain for programming ARM’s in ELF code.
Why do I need a toolchain for programming ARMs?
- I found a LPC2378-STK development board in my room
- I want to give ARM programming a try (PS WinAVR is great for programming AVRs)
- I found I have some spare ARM7 LPC2378’s lying around (WTF?) and thought I’ll actually complete my Chumby Speedometer on my car project!
Or more correctly, how to open Canon CR2 Raw Files for editing in Ubuntu using GIMP. F-Spot the default image viewer in Ubuntu already allows you to open Canon CR2 Raw images for viewing.
It started with a colleague walking by my desk today and asking me if I had ‘cowsays’ installed on my machine, never having heard of it before he dared me to just try run it. A short command not found and a subsequent apt-get install later… I didn’t know whether to burst out laughing or slap my forehead.
________________________________________ / This is a very very useful and \ | productive program available in Ubuntu | \ and other Debian distributions... / ---------------------------------------- \ ^__^ \ (oo)\_______ (__)\ )\/\ ||----w | || ||
Well it was just nagging me, and for anyone who runs into this problem here’s the solution (to the ever moving Firefox path problem)
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
Assuming you already had the sun-java packages (anyway if not just get it).
Controller-Area Network or CAN Bus is one of many automotive communication buses for communications between various ‘car computers’. Information such as speed, fuel consumption, accelerator pedal position is all transmitted between the various controllers of a car akin to ‘fly-by-wire’ control systems of aircraft but I guess ‘drive-by-wire’ is more appropriate in this case.
There are other rival bus technologies include LIN (Local Interconnect Network) which is supposed to be a lower cost alternative to CAN, but I’m not interested in that. Why? My car uses the CAN bus, not LIN, not Ethernet. So lets go about figuring what can be gleened from the communications whizzing around my car!
Shapeways had a little Halloween special last month where they offered 66% off on their new black detail material. Always wanting to try out some 3D printing for myself, this offer reeled me in!
So I set out to design something in the shortest amount of time and yet would still give me a good ‘feel’ of what 3D printing is capable of today. The time constraint was probably also due to the fact I read about the offer at midnight and wanted to send it to print before I sleep 🙂 Result? Concept, Design, Upload, Ordered all within 2 hours!
The concept is a mechanical iris diaphragm, similar to those in cameras but on a much larger scale. If you’re a Stargate fan, you would have think this is a much SMALLER scale version of the Stargate iris, then I would say that only has 20 blades…mine has 24!
There’s not much design detail out on the web, or at least no design drawings to plagiarise but I’ve seen enough stargate to try design something up myself…
Yup… I’m actually putting something on this domain finally 🙂
Content will be coming soon including but not limited to…
1)Perverse applications of science… details of projects that are…weird…
2)Free software links… boring but useful…