The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

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Posted by Deliverator on May 19th, 2005

Here are some things I have been up to:

  • Been fooling around with the latest builds of PearPC, in particular Prasys’s “Elite” Build. Pear PC has come a LONG way since its release to the public a year ago. Although PearPC is unlikely to get much faster at this point (It currently operates at about a tenth of host PC speed), the latest builds have introduced some neat features like G4 emulation (for application compatibility rather than speed), Sound Support, DVD support, support for 4 EIDE controllers instead of the highly limiting 2 that most build have supported. There are a few projects underway to make the user interface for PPC more friendly, including config builders and installshield type installations (that include a prebuilt disk image). One of the more interesting things coming down the pipe is the ability to suspend/resume an image, revert to a previous image and “differential” imaging. These should make Pear PC much more useful as an application testbed and will let me really cut my teeth on OS-X internals for the first time. In related news, I am taking the time to write this while setting Pear PC to installing Tiger. Thanks to information from a tutorial found here, I think I have an installation procedure that should work (and is much quicker and requires less space than the method used in the article). If you are interested in the details, feel free to email me.
  • Spent a good deal of time doing fundraising for the ROV project. We have yet to find anyone who is willing to donate cash to the project, but a number of local businesses have agreed to supply free parts, at cost parts and logistical support. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Novaray, Silent World, West Marine and Starfish Enterprise Diving for their contributions. We should have their logos up on the Titan Robotics site soon.
  • SIFF starts this weekend and I am just about having an Aneurysm in anticipation. Masochist that I am, I have been preparing for my 13 movie SIFF Schedule of Doom by watching movies that I missed at last year’s SIFF.
  • Went to SWN’s Hacknight which was considerably more technical than last weeks meeting. Matt Westervelt has a good summary at his blog. Hacknights are always a flurry of different conversations. Here are the things that I found most interesting
    • Rob’s Netgear box that runs roofnet isn’t flashy, but has amazing potential to be turned into just about anything. It has a mini-pci slot, making the default radio easy to replace. It has a USB 2.0 host controller, making it easy to hook up to external hard drives and other neat gadgets. It has a pin header for a console supplying serial port (although you do have to add your own ttl->rs232 conversion module. I think Rob should sell kits with directions for this and his and matt’s recent work with the Zippit
    • Rob worked on a script to create Blosxom blog entries starting with pictures emailed from a cameraphone. Should be interesting for those who are into moblogs.
    • Casey (working from afar, not actually at the meeting) has been playing around with video support for IMOB. I really wish Casey could make one of the meetings. I am itching to ask him questions about 1xRTT and EVDO . I might just hop a train to chat him up.