I've created this site for a couple of reasons. The first being that I needed a web host to store files etc. that I needed
access to away from home. I also wanted to make it easy for people to see my photos, which is why
The second reason was I wanted to use it as a resource page. If I ever do anything I think might be interesting to others I
would like to have somewhere to make it publicly available. I prefer keeping at least some control of this process which is why
I chose to use a conventional web host with a custom website rather than Facebook or another free social network option.
The final reason reason was I wanted build some experience with web hosting and web page production. Which is also why I've
recreated this site using some HTML 5 and CSS3 coding. It is by no means a perfect website with excellent coding but it
definitely improves on what I had here before.
A while back I saw a Youtube video on a
microcontroller that could be run off three grapes in series, which I thought was fairly cool. It turns out that it is a
Texas Instruments (TI) MSP430 chip, well one of the MSP430 series. With the exception of the Arduino and a few others, development/experiment boards
for devices like this are normally fairly expensive so I left it alone and forgot about it.
I recently came across this tutorial on Blender tutorial site Blender Cookie.
It details how to create a python script to create a graphic visualisation for an mp3. It is a pretty cool tutorial but one thing that it doesn't show is how to add materials to
objects. I decided to have a look and see how to do it.
One of the things that caught my eye in the Oomlout starter kit was the
TMP36 temperature sensor. To quote Analogue Devices "The TMP35/TMP36/TMP37
are low voltage, precision centi-grade temperature sensors."
Installing the Arduino software, the development envoirnment (text editor, compiler and board communications stuff), on Windows 7 is fairly easy it isn't as
straight forward on Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10.
On Sunday the 31st of January I ordered an Arduino starter kit from www.oomlout.co.uk. The
ARDX kit to be exact. Not only was the kit shipped
very fast it was also one of the cheaper kit options for what was in it at least.