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Project update: PIC microcontroller now talks to computer! Weee! This happened within, like, 10 minute of the start of my workday today. It's funny how a night's sleep can make things magically happen. Now I get excel spreadsheets full of 5 columns of numbers.

So now that that's done, I've got a to-do list that could knock over a brick wall. Here's what gets done before monday:

1) Mount strain gages on moonbuggy
2) Calibrate gages (develop formulas in software)
3) Read serial data with qbasic or Java, not hyperterminal
4) Verify that serial data works wirelessly through transmitter/receiver pair
5) Solder analog components, PIC, transmitter, and receiver to circuit boards (started this tonight, failed miserably)
6) Mount components in cases
7) Kill moronic lab partner whose temperature sensor still doesn't work
8) Prepare presentation for advisory board meeting monday afternoon
9) Shower

I was in the tech building so late tonight the campus cops stopped in on their rounds and asked what I was doing there! aaahhh! Another guy was there with me though, working on his project. He went on a food run for both of us and we talked about loopy insane "i'm in senior design and can't think right" stuff.

I promise one day I'll have a life to talk about in my journal again. I know it's been a while.


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Apr. 17th, 2002 01:32 am (UTC)
Hmm... Tuesday through Monday... Shouldn't 'shower' be on there a few more times? :)
Apr. 17th, 2002 05:41 am (UTC)
nah... real geeks know what's important :)
Apr. 17th, 2002 06:16 am (UTC)
Yes, a waterproof keyboard so you can code in the shower.
Apr. 17th, 2002 11:33 am (UTC)
Congrats on the PIC!
Apr. 17th, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
hi i found u on the linux community
lol...shower while on the computer, never heard of that b4..
Apr. 17th, 2002 03:50 pm (UTC)
I have a temperature sensor somewhere which I tested once, and had work. It was part of my weather logging contraption which I've still not built yet, and I tested it by wiring it into a ADC which I plugged into the parallel port and read in 4-bits at a time. After inputting the formula specified by the manufacturer of the thermister, it actually worked to. The only bit that always bothered me was that the calculation involved log, and I couldn't find a good log function for either the Z80 (which I was originally going to use) or the 6800 (which I bought more recently since it has a Flash ROM, built in ADCs, built in timer module, programmatically alterable PLL which allows for the CPU clock speed to change on the fly, serial controller and a million other amusing features) so I couldn't decide whether to log the raw data to the I2C Flash ROM or try to do the maths first :)
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