Pi Plate

Just in case your missing the theme so far, i have several things that are sitting in boxes waiting to be used. Another item i have is a Pi Plate, a shield or break out board that makes it easy to do some stuff with the Raspberry Pi. It took less than 15 minutes to solder this baby together, and it was nice to break out the soldering iron its been too long since i’ve had the chance to do this. I’m looking forward to testing this out soon.

It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I’ve really posted much here. I suspect that the main reason is Twitter and Tumbler is where i’ve been putting the fragments of my online lifestyle lately.

So let me see if I can summarize whats been going on lately.

HDTV is in the house. Down on the farm we use over the air to get our TV. No big deal really we don’t watch that much TV anyway. We get 2 and sometimes 3 channels on a good day. I setup one of the analog converter boxes to a TV top HD antenna and we don’t get one channel that we do watch but we now pick up one channel that we didn’t have. The quality difference is like night and day. I have also hooked the box up to the big antenna that we have with about the same results, still missing that one channel that we would like. I’m thinking I may have to get a different big antenna and a booster for it we are about 1 mile out of the range that it shows so maybe that will help. I still have to get the Tivo2 setup with IR to control it, so we don’t miss those Saturday morning cartoons the boy likes.

The boy has discovered that he really likes the old games that I once played. Like the old NES, SNES and NES64 stuff. Basically anything Mario he loves to play. So instead of hooking up all those consoles, which I still have and dragging out the boxes and boxes of games that I still have, we’ve been doing a lot of emulation stuff. First off I have all the OSX emulators running for each of the platforms. It’s surprising how much better is is at these games then I remember being and he is only 4 🙂

I love modifying anything that I have to make it do more. So I’ve hacked my PSP to allow it to run emulators to play these games also. The boy also wanted to watch his movies and stuff on his DS so I worked on that and got moonshell going so now it plays homebrew, movies and music. Next up is the Wii, It’s been hacked to use homebrew and emulators also, I just can’t help myself sometimes.

All this indoor winter fun is just about to come to an end, the days are getting warmer and the major garden work will probably start this weekend.

Happy New Year

Well 2009 is here, seems like the year went by so fast. It’s time to get busy around the farm and I have a few interesting work projects coming up.

Happy New Year everyone!

Hurricane Ike

Seem like just last week we were worried about Hurricane Gustav, well this week we had Ike. Ike actually made it up as a hurricane. First off the family is all fine and no damage to our houses. Although there are many, many people who can say that tonight and our prayers go out to them. We are without power (from the power company anyway) just like everybody else and I expect that to continue for a while.

Around the farm we have a lot of trees and stuff down. i had to drag one with the truck and cut another one up with the chainsaw just to get down the road. I saw a lot of downed trees and such today but I don’t think that anyone around here was injured or suffered any major damage. Of course I haven’t been in contact with everyone but i did man my scanner most of the day listing to the county road department and police and fire. Finally i was able to get on the laptop and dialup to see what was going on in the rest of the places.

Now the second thing thats been on my mind is the bank branches and how things are with them. All but our operations center and one branch with an automatic generator are down. There is even a report that one of the branches, the southernmost one has roof damage or no roof at all. I know there is a little damage externally at the branch I work out of, but nothing major. I guess Monday morning will be a little crazy.

Hurricane Gustav

Like many people we were pretty concerned about Hurricane Gustav. Initial reports said it would still be a hurricane when it reach east Texas. Luckily for us it lost most of its force before it got to us. We did get a lot of wind but it looks like the only really damage was some roofing of the old barn blew off and a door broke. So we are thankful that it wasn’t worse. The rain wasn’t as bad as predicted, we got less than 2″.

One thing that we did do was a lot of prep work and while most of the things I did weren’t needed, I’m glad we were ready just in case.



Originally uploaded by nf0

I’ve been need a few FPS games to play lately. Satellite gameplay is no fun. So I’ve been searching for some free ones for OSX. The one in the image is called Warsow.

I did have a few problems. I’m pretty sure that it’s related to the package, but none of the maps will let you play with bots, it gives you a no nav map error, I think this is only on the Mac version. To solve this you just need to do the following:

1. Go into devmap mode, this is done by pressing the ~ when you have the game loaded up and type: devmap mapname.
2. Type: makenodes
This can take several minutes. Once all the link messages stop going by its done.
3. Type: savenodes
This took several minutes on mine and eventually it disconnected. Once I reconnected bots were working just fine.

While the bots seem to be a little non aggressive from a distance, once in range there aim is deadly.

A story about “Batman”

by Tim Burton

I’ve watched this several times since it originally came out way back when. But today was a special treat. Me and my 4 year old were at my parents when he discovered the VHS that’s been there since when ever that was released. With all the recent batman stuff on TV lately he decided he wanted to watch it. Of course the none action scenes bored him and he still doesn’t under stand secret identities, but I’m pretty sure he is a fan now, he even got a Batman lunch box 🙂