[SATLUG] XCSSA Meeting, Monday 7pm at SAC: Microcontroller Hacking and NetBSD Net Booting!

Tweeks tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org
Sun Jun 15 22:57:44 CDT 2008


FYI... Tomorrow night's XCSSA meeting at SAC:

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Hey all..

If you missed last months' cool meeting on microcontroller hacking:
	http://xcssa.org/archives/XCSSA_2008-05-19.html

well we're having a related (and way cool demo) this month... PLUS our own 
John Baker will another installment/attempt at doing a live NetBSD net-boot & 
net-install demo!

First up:

1) NetBSD Net Booting and Installation (presentation starts EARLY at 6pm)
By: John Baker
John is actually starting his presentation between his class and the formal 
XCSSA meeting at 6pm (room 025).  He is actually going to set up a LAN 
bubble, run his own DHCP/bootp/tftp/NFS 
server to boot strap the machine he's installing NetBSD on, NFS mapping his 
own source repo, and compiling/installing NetBSD completely diskless (over he 
network).  You can glean a lot about the underpinnings of UN*X and networking 
services from this one demo!

next up...


2) "Building a ZIFduino Microcontroller Board" from Kit
By: Tweeks
Nothing too formal.. just a quick step by step guide on how to assemble a 
ZIFduino microcontroller board from kit:
	http://www.instructables.com/id/Assembling-the-ZIFduino-1.2/
But with his own photos...
Tweeks will describe:
  * Basic knowledge level needed to get into Arduino μ-controllers
  * Why ZIFduino vs Diecimila vs the Nano versions of Arduino?
  * Observations on PIC vs Arduino vs raw ATmel-AVR programming
  * Example applications (stuff you can make)

Tweeks might also show a brief demo of compiling some example code for 
basic "flashing lights" just for the geek satisfaction.  Kind of like last 
month.

next... Eat Pizza and Shift Gears!

3) Arduino Application Show-n-Tell/Demo time!:  
"Why microelectronics are cool: high altitude balloon automation"
By: Chris Snell
Chris won't be doing a formal presentation, but will be sitting by after 
tweeks' demo/talk to show off how he's using the arduino microcontroller to 
control his high altitude (like 100k ft high!) HAM+Arduino pan/tilt remote 
digital photo/video camera!  He's prepared to show-n-tell regarding:
  * What is a high altitude balloon and why on earth would you build one?
  * Basics of HA balloon design
  * Building an automated payload with Arduino (Robots...they're everywhere!!)
  * My Balloon launch plans
  * Brief blurb on ham radio



Sounds like another fun month!


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See ya there!

Tweeks
Pres. of XCSSA.ORG


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