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Workspace Improvements: 2009-01-29 Media and Network
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The HP Scanjet has been moved beside my desk next to the audio gear. Not only is this more convenient, the rearrangement allows consolidation of all of my network equipment to the media table, including the hub and Wireless Access Point on the top, the household router and DSL modem on the shelf below the scanner. Pride of place is shared between the H-P MediaSmart Server (\WHS) that is backing up all of the system and the separate battery backup unit that’s dedicated to WHS and the network units. Now that there is consistent, automatic backup, I must become accustomed to keeping my shared data on the server rather than the other computers. The development web server will be migrated to WHS also.
Built off of my last project (Arduino powered Vex Robotics platform), I put together a netbook-powered robot that is driven by an Xbox controller attached to another PC. A wireless network connection transmits the joystick data from the laptop that the joystick is plugged into to the netbook, which interprets the data and feeds it to the Arduino by USB. The Arduino outputs pulse-width signals to 2 Vex Motor Modules (which are continuous rotation servos). The base is powered by a 12V NiMH battery pack I salvaged from a very old laptop but the netbook is powered by its own battery. Since the netbook has a web cam, it is possible to set up video streaming so that the netbook sends back a live video feed, allowing the robot to be controlled from a different room. The netbook is my new Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (Atom 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA950 graphics, 1024×576 10.1″ LCD, 160GB HDD) and it is currently running Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition (which does work fine on netbooks).
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