Or, Modbooks, Samsung slates, and Starions
I’ve been a bit lazy again – Real Life (TM) has intervened. First up, the wrap up of the expedition, needless to say, we had much more working stuff this year…! The repeater system on the hill, which was connected both by PMR and wifi to “Base” worked great, however, our “Remote Base” system that was to run on CB channel 27 needed some heavy work, and we weren’t able to get it running in time for the expedition.
I worked as main operator on CB for the two days, with another operator taking the bulk of the PMR work on a laptop! IAXRpt was used here, right hand Ctrl key is PTT. I used a standard Simoco SRM9000, and of course, I had my portable, a SRP9100.
Things had changed from last year, much to my delight – tea and coffee making facilities were no longer in the HQ area, we had our own “boss” on the ground, rather than taking orders from the “big boss” who would be out and about at any time problem solving. Overall, I am happy with the facilities, the equipment, and the weekend this year. As I was told “No lost or broken bodies, we did good…!”
As it was the 25th anniversary of the event, it was a special one, and I was glad to be invited along again. As it goes, my invitation stands for next year!
Court – we have our final appearance in Parramatta in early November. Three and a half weeks away I said to my mother this morning. I can’t wait for it to be over. Its a two day appearance too, there is that much evidence to be tendered. Oui.
Grace – finally got her to agree to come over to Australia, so I’m organising to get her over here for my 30th birthday in January. This is on track at the moment, and I don’t see why that should change.
My open cabling course – will start on the 15th of this month. I should go well, I’ve pretty much done it all, I think the word “attendance” was invented for me.
Andrews wedding – bring it on! My best wishes to both Andrew and Ruth.
And while this is a pipe dream at the moment, I may, if I get the money I wish to from the court case, have the chance to buy a fully modded 1983 Starion, which has had the internal combustion engine removed, and an electric motor (I found out from a Sydney bus used during the Olympics!) placed in it instead. This is my ultimate dream of coure, apart from getting Grace over here, and thats where Modbooks and Samsung slates come in.
For the Starion, I know the motor controller has an ethernet port on it for diagnostics and reprogramming. No, for those who fret, you can’t reprogram and reboot the controller while the car is in motion. Thank heavens! However, you can (once pulled over) reprogram the performance characteristics on the fly. Find shes a bit sluggish going up a hill? No problem! Break out a laptop – or a slate! – and mod those settings!
Initially, I was looking at the Modbook Pro. The worlds first, and only, Macintosh slate, she certainly is a sexy piece of kit. However, it falls down in a number of areas: no keyboard, no touchscreen (pen only) and lacklustre performance specs for the price. Whereas a Samsung slate (for Windows 8, I’ll be installing Hackintosh on it with my mods man, Jason) is alot cheaper, has a detachable keyboard, and the screen can accept fingers as an input device as well as the “S-Pen.”
Even if I don’t actually get the Starion (although if that were the case, I’d be very disappointed – modded for me!) I could use the system I’m designing – a StarSeer Lite! – to provide diagnostics for a variety of cars, as eventually, when I get a petrol powered car as well (since you can’t use an electric car in the wet much), I want to be able to examine what in the hell is going on. For dumb dumb me, mechanically, of course.
In fact, I have about as much mechanical skill as the average goldfish. Lucky Grace knows her way around under a bonnet!
So it is all happening! I’m all over the place, everything has to be done one at a time, in the correct order, or it can’t happen at all. But I’m sure I can do it!