So later this week I get to start doing some ARM development. Using Atmel parts (AT91SAM7A3 for those interested). There is a GNU tool chain so I can actually install stuff when I get the parts and don’t have to wait around for 3 weeks while I get a PO for the development environment.
I can only hope that moving to ARM provides me some relief from trying to do general computing, command, and control on an 8-bit Microchip PIC. Attempting to explain why we can’t multiply floating point matricies together while doing communications has really gotten on my nerves. It seems like parts are chosen at random here and then never changed out to meet new engineering needs. Se la vi….
At least this is a part that I chose to address the application at hand (ya know, the way things should be).
Spent some time updating the website today. Got it to post up calendars’ for Liz and I so that, maybe, our parents can stop asking what we are doing all the time. Decided to go ahead and link the Picassa web albums in with this too since I don’t like to take the time to upload all my pictures to Facebook.
I want to, eventually, get a brief writeup on all my research and hobby projects up on the research wiki. I think it would go a long way towards keeping everyone up to date with what I am working on. I am under no delusions that anyone actually reads this site. But, given its complete lack of content I understand why no one does. Hopefully if I get some content up, like pictures and the projects that I am working on, someone besides my advisor might actually read it.
Heading home for the annual Beaux-Arts Ball this coming week!! Yeah!
There is also the site visit for TESS here at Ames. I have been busting my ass on an embedded system for this damn site visit for a month and a half. Its looking like we are going to have to show a bit less functionality than I would like to have had but hey, considering we only got the hardware on site today I think what we have is pretty good!
Its been interesting working on this project at NASA and looking back to some of the projects Mom administered at LSC. Two very different styles and the people working for the contracts seem to have very different motivations in why they are working. Its been an interesting learning experience and I think I am going to come away with a lot from this.
Got a patent and a paper submitted last month (WOOO!). I still haven’t heard if either one has been accepted but I should know soon enough. Hopefully I get them because its going to help me brag about myself later on when I need to!