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Another year flown past. Hard to belive.

Advogatorites, I have come to make my yearly report.

Operation busNet, concieved as a vast and brilliant plan has totally failed. I knew this after about a year but gave it another six months to be sure. Operation redNose (or blackTooth haven't decided yet) is comencing, but it is the hard work longer time frame version. As part of this transition of projects I am now a full time student in order to gain the requisite knowledge. For those who know what I am up to, I will be in a period of planning over the next few years (while studying) and any input on methodologies to use would be greatly apreciated.

For those who knew about busNet, the reasons for failure were several. First off the hardware was spectacularly bad, much worse than expected and a bit more limited than I would have liked. Hardware reliability was however completely dwarfed by software issues. A requiste for it all going to plan was a certain amount of stability. I kept thinking this would become possible as things settled down, but in the end I had to face it that complete reflashes on a weekly basis precluded the project from continuing.

Moral of the story. When projects are measured in years, trying the quick and dirty method just wastes time. Time lost 18months lost $ (certain missed oppourunity and reduced income) of approx $50k

The bigger project will be better but is looking at 10years before I expect to impress with results. It does however mean big drop in income for several years, that kind of sucks but if your going to get things done, you might as well go the whole way.

Seeking: people with specialised knowledge. Skills required: VLSI design (low power, complex fuctions, DPA aware), maths (cryptosystems pki, threshold), Biological (especially implant systems, bone conduction, nueral interfacing, bio-power), advanced de-centralised trust metrics (come advogato pour forth!), philosphy (morals in technological extremes)

It will not be another year for my next entry, so will see you guys around a bit more.

One year on... well I still can't say much, give it another few months and I might comment

Well it had to happen sooner or later, I have had my first real bad ebay experience.

I have had a few ripoffs on shipping, but finaly hit one where it was delayed, non-comunicative and finaly after 2 months I figure it is never going to turn up.
Not pleasent and not a cheap item either.

In other news, I'm getting my diary entry in a bit prompter than last time ;)

Playing with RFID, comunity WiFi and some other stuff. I would tell you more but that would spoil the surprise!

Forgive me world, it has been 18 months since my last diary entry.

What to say. Many things have happened.

Building whole computers within a single chip, works quite nicely and is fun that I would recomend to anyone with a vauge idea of what a soldering iron is ;)

Fincryp stuff continues to evolve, soon the world will be ready to embrace money in a different way.

The revolution will not be webcast.

My website molders in a corner of the net going years without updates, I am now almost nostalgic for how out of date it is.

I do not think there is anything else I can tell you

Back from holiday and having a major email address change, see my wiki page AndrewMcMeikan for more details. Main contact address is now andrewm@opendesign.cx

cya, Andrew...

Well have created my first sourceforge project, not exactly a Linux project but a hardware one. Building a ZX81 using an FPGA (or CPLD or other logic array device)
http://source forge.net/projects/zxgate/
so many things happening that diary is just not getting used, sorry folks!

my Website re-vamp is still delayed, hopefully another week or two and should be done.

Oh well back to the revolution...

Well after a long break, here is a quick update for the diary.

Work way too busy and mostly why so little posted in here ;)

The World way too depressing, probably only going to get worse.

Underground growing well, seems that there are quite a few who want a different world.

Financial crypto still real hard giving money away, who would have thought it? Now have over 50 golden agents throughout the world, the totally anonymous stuff seems a lot less in demand, this also seems against my expectations

cya, Andrew...

Well a slight outbreak of outlook vbs scripting had me emailless for a couple of days while the company went into paranoid mode, this just after two days of no web proxy. I get back to the net and find it has lost Douglas Adams, but my box under the desk has ticked over a year without a power failure...

[root@service /root]# uptime
  2:03pm  up 368 days,  3:43,  1 user,  load average: 0.01, 
0.01, 0.00   

set up a PersonalWiki over the Easter weekend, everyone should have on. Very usefull, I used PhpWiki

Still sucks that my certs on Advogato amount to nothing :(

Just an update.

CARS Picked up new car for the wife on Fri (AUS$20000 Nubira) she intends driving until she is bored with it then we will swap and I'll use it for work. Sold the Valiant on the weekend (AUS$650, still have spare motor auto gearbox and diff if anyone wants)

WORK A little on the quiet side, will get around to fixing all the spares up, couple of workshop jobs in.

PLAY I am rated as an observer, bit depressing, have not figured out why I got downgraded, still thinking of ideas as to how to implement a trustable distributed credit rating system. Getting rid of the Valiant has made some room in the garage so I'll do a bit of cleanup and hopefully get some electronics projects underway again.

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