The winner of the Raspberry Pi Zero giveaway is Aaron! Congratulations! I will be emailing you later tonight!
Onto other news. This has been a hell of a week. Had a small health scare with my grandmother, so we drove 200 miles yesterday to visit her. We spent the night and drove back home today. Hence the late post. Shes doing better, so phew! 😀
This week I implemented a cool video encoding queuing system using Redis and Django. The module I used is called Django-RQ, and it makes it super simple to convert your functions into queue-able objects using the @Job decorator.
This Tuesday is my birthday! Woo! I turn 32. I’m content. I also start classes that night. Yay lol. I bought this as a gift for myself:
It’s a Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer for $300. It’s a major upgrade compared to my Micro, but it takes a lot more to get it going. I’ve had it for two days and I’ve finally got most of the settings dialed in.
When I went to visit my Grandma I took along my Kinect sensor and used Skanect to scan her, so I was able to quickly print out a very low poly version of her as a bust.
The Skanect free version limits exports to only 5000 polygons. Once I upgrade I can export at full resolution.
TGIF! Thank goodness it’s Friday. This has been a trying week.
For the bad: I had a little food poisoning, had a small car issue, and dealt with an anxiety attack of epic proportions (hooray for an understanding doctor’s office / doctor.)
For the good: Got most of the kickstarter parts in. Found a really cool edge case in a program we developed at work, and was able to fix it! Also pushed a large project out to AWS for work and it worked. The more I use AWS for large scale applications the more I love it. Still afraid of vendor lock in for my personal projects though.
This kit uses inductive charging to transfer power “wirelessly” from one coil to the other. You put in 12v 1A on the transmitter end, and on the other end you get 5v 0.6A.
I initially had some trouble getting it setup. I was trying connectors in every different position, every combination I could think of. It took me a day to realize my power supply was set to 9v rather than 12v. Once I upped the voltage, I could hold the coils an inch away from each other and still keep a charge. I also tried putting things in between the coils to see how much interference it could take. It had no problems with a coupon book, business cards, a small plastic mint case, though it did have issues being between a remote.
My new Tankstick arrived today, courtesy of XGaming.com. They have asked me to test it and get it running on the Raspberry Pi. I only had a couple minutes to play with it, but I made a little unboxing video for everyone:
Size comparison of the Pi versus a Tankstick:
This thing has some heft to it! With the few minutes I got to use it, I notice why some users of the Raspberry Pi are having difficulties making it work right. It’s nothing wrong with the device, but with the way some of the software interprets the inputs. I have a couple of hunches and ideas on how to fix it, which I hope to get to within the next week.
PiMAME 0.5 is also coming along nicely. I’m reverting back to the 0.3 stack and just adding some minor modifications. That should be released on Friday.
On Monday Element14 will have more Raspberry Pi’s in stock. Get your credit cards ready. I will also be taking my first graduate course that same day. I am very happy and looking forward to working on my masters degree.
I now have a USB gamepad and I’m going to work on getting that setup. I’m currently working on PiMAME 0.4 and hope to have it released this weekend. I am incorporating as many fixes and improvements as I can. I really appreciate your feedback.
I am off work until the New Year!! I think I’m going to sleep until Sunday 🙂
First things first. Happy Holidays and an early Happy New Year to all my readers. All of you have been awesome. Thank you for all the comments.
I have used up over 100GB of bandwidth in a week. That’s AWESOME. I have never used so much bandwidth ever, yet alone in a week. Luckily I have generous bandwidth allotments between my two hosts, so hopefully I won’t have to scramble for mirrors again.
Expect PiMAME updates over the weekend. I am doing a lot to it. The next update should be great.
We had a secret santa in my department, and my co-worker was given a really cool light box since he is a freelance photographer. He did a little photo shoot of my DeskCade units.