Happy New Year, 2010!
Note: the first part of this blog entry os from Dec 11th (yeah, I've been busy). The rest is more recent.
Circuit Cellar and Elektor
I just saw the Circuit Cellar/Elector announcement on Circuit Cellar. What has surprised me most is that I've only seen comment on the issue on the PIC List. I trust Steve Ciarcia and the Circuit Cellar staff's judgment and don't expect major changes. I am nervous about the future, especially during these uncertain times. I still expect the quality of what Circuit Cellar delivers. For the moment I'll sit back and watch the future unfold. Of course I could write an article for Circuit Cellar. That would probably help. :-)
... and now the rest of the news
This is the rest from this month, uh decade. :-) I went and ordered a WAP from Comcast ($10 for shipping). It arrived today and it'a a Netgear WNR100 v2. The Netgear's GPL Page has it listed and I've downloaded the package. I'd like to see if I can get OpenWRT on there. Just this week I upgraded my older WRT54G which had Alchemy on it. I now have two WAPs running OpenWRT. I also loaded vnstat and hope it can help me to keep track of the amount of data being transmitted and received. I'm also looking at adding a couple of iptable entried to do the same. The later may have the advantage of using less resources overall. I also have a Netgear WGT634u (I may be getting more). This will be my future firewall gateway (more RAM, more Flash and USB access). I just have a little more work to do on it to get everthing I want (network usage and IPV6 tunneling).
So far this month has proven to be a most productive month. I started learning to play the violin and fiddle. A non-computer related present from my wife. She's hoping it will settle my mind on something other than computers. I spent a lot of time understanding IPV6 from a systems engineer's point of view (I'm tired of reading IPV6 related RFCs). Earlier this month I picked up three suits at Joseph A. Banks. These are really nice suits (3 for 1 sale). Luckily I didn't need it for job searching. Someone else in my department got the ax (I'm glad it wasn't me but I am sorry to see the other person go). Afterwards I went and applied for NJIT Computer Science Graduate entry. I mainly want it so I can learn a few things. I also need it for work. It should help me get out of a non-technical position into a technical position in the Labs. Now that I'm a little more secure in my job (for the moment) I'll purchase a new flat screen TV. My old TV is near the end of its lifetime and a new TV should have lower energy cost. The new TV will be nothing fancy but something better to watch baseball on (Go Yankees!). I'll need to re-cable the network, power and cable access to reduce some cable loss and to make it easier to access multimedia on the TV (via my DSM-320). Let's see, I'm also the chairperson for the CJBC's Longest Day bike event, on June 12th. This is the first time I've chaired an event but I've ridden the event for 8 out of the last 9 years. Oh, and I've also volunteered to do another home automation presentation on April 24th at TCF (the Trenton Computer Festival, see the wiki TCF entry). The last one I did was in 2008. This time I intend to have the dollhouse finished in time. I just haven't yet figured out how to automate it in some presentable manor (pun intended :-). This is going to be a bit tough to do and I don't expect that this years presentation will be perfect. But I do expect it to be a lot better than the first presentation. It went okay but it was short on pizazz. This one should have plenty of blinken lights. :-)
Finally I managed to make new appointments for a visit to the doctor (hopefully I'll like this one), a dentist's visit (the previous dentist retired) and an eye exam (my eyes are getting worse). That's all for now (as if that wasn't enough). I'd say that was a very productive month (and I still have 15 days to go). Saddly I've got plenty to do!