25 Jul 2000 nelsonrn   » (Master)

Finished Goblet of Fire a few weeks ago, so I can resume normal life. No, I'm not going to tell you who dies. Got a Kinesis Contour keyboard, in an attempt to address my RSI. It's nice to use my thumbs for backspace and enter, but I don't like the way I have to reach with my thumbs to hold ctrl and enter. The perfect keyboard has not yet been invented.

I've got a Compaq iPaq on order, along with the PCMCIA sleeve. Looking forward to the GPS and camera sleeves, although they're still deep in development. Yes, of course, I'm going to reflash it with Linux. I suppose the Microsoft crap doesn't suck so very badly, but I know there'll be an itch I want to scratch, and no way is it worth learning Microsoft tools in order to do it.

I wish electronic design was easier. I wish that someone made a digitally-controlled motor. I want to tell the motor "Go here and take X ms to do it." It could make a lot of neat hacks much easier to do. Another hack I'm closer to actually doing is to take a PIC or 8051 with an A/D converter, and hook it to a hobbyist servomotor. I'll generate the pulse needed to control it, and measure the motor drive signal with the A/D. When the motor gets driven, I'll command the motor to run in that direction. That way, I could position something by hand, and yet also instruct the computer to move it back to that position.

In my copious spare time, -russ

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