I was hoping to have a bit more free time now that I’m on my spring semester, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m currently taking a Unix class and a Database class, and the database class is consuming all of my free time. Its a hybrid class, which means its part in-class, part online. Somehow this translates for my teacher as 6 nights of homework in a row, starting tomorrow (so that includes homework due every night of Memorial Day break).
My current projects (that I’m not going to have time for):
- Figure out what’s wrong with my Xbox (It can’t see the mod chip, but my spare modded xbox reduces motivation).
- Figure out what’s wrong with my Carputer’s LCD display. The screen goes to standby half the time, I’m hoping its a software problem (hibernation bug maybe?).
- Run cat5e (correctly, not through the air return) from the basement to upstairs.
- Terminate previously mentioned cat5e at a patch panel on one end, and at some wall jacks on the other.
- Clean, then try to fix an OLD oscilloscope that I got from a friend.
- Continue my nixie clock pipe dream/vaporware.
- Convince myself to spend money on a HTPC to replace my Xbox setup.
I’ve probably missed something in the list, but oh well.
I bought a ethernet shield and have rigged a rtc chip up to it as well. My plan is to pull information from a NTP server (the basic code for this is working) and set the timezone offset via a web service (that uses the WAN IP). The user will then be able to tweak all the settings via a web interface. I’m thinking about just having one button on the clock itself for snooze/dimming/misc functions.