Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


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Pleiades arrives in style

16 November, 2010 (14:53) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

I traded in my venerable Jeep Liberty for a new ride recently, a Subaru Tribeca. Subies are well known for their reliability and their AWD. The Tribeca is basically an overgrown outback – in fact the new outback looks alot like a Tribeca. After pondering my driving habits for a bit, I thought that an [...]

iPad blog power…

16 August, 2010 (21:25) | Uncategorized | 2 comments

I’ve finally gone the iPad route. It’s surprisingly handy during conference calls and it’s great for slipping into a motorcycle jacket. It’s not a laptop replacement, but it’s great for in between stuff. Major faults? No printing, no camera. I don’t care about video as much as document capture. I’d like to see it augment [...]

next for motoKomp: garage door control

29 July, 2010 (23:14) | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Here’s a really simple way to add a garage door opener to your motorcycle. Unfortunately, it’s a bit limited. I don’t run around with my high beams on all the time. So we’ll use a microcontroller to watch the high/low beam switch. When it toggles a couple of times, the atmega in motokomp will activate [...]

New gauge mount for MotoKomp

26 July, 2010 (09:24) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

I had some fitment issues and some loose screw issues with the old gauge mount, so built a new one. This one has three machine screws mounted through the rear case and a 6061 aluminum bracket that was hand bent and riveted by yours truly. While I was at it, I added a plastic mounting [...]

MotoComp – My DIY “speedohealer”/motorcycle computer

30 April, 2010 (09:40) | Motorcycle, News, Projects, Projects, Uncategorized | 4 comments

This is my latest hardware project: MotoComp. It’s based on some work by [Bill2009] but I’ve been extending and reworking the code quite a bit. I installed gauges from a 2004ish Honda CBR 600 on my 1993 CBR 600 F2. Typically, this conversion uses a $125 product called “Speedohealer” to adjust the output of a [...]

LoTD: Clean your cell phone

19 February, 2010 (11:39) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

Here’s a good Lesson of The Day: Clean your data off of your cell phones. I picked up some used c168i cell phones off of ebay to do some integration projects. Hooking up the serial port is just a matter of connecting a 3/32″ audio connector up to a TTL USB serial cable. I was [...]

New Recipe: Irish Fish soup/chowder

17 February, 2010 (11:32) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

I made this last night and it came out fantastic. This time I used about 1.5lb of Cod, but whatever fish is optional.

10Gb ethernet cards

21 January, 2010 (10:18) | Uncategorized |

That’s right, 10Gb – Ten Gigabit. I need the ability to capture data from 10Gig links in my production network. Copper cards are actually pretty cheap, running a mere $600-800 USD. My links are all fiber, and I like it that way. You’ll need a dual port card to use a fiber tap, but most [...]

You might be a geek

11 January, 2010 (20:43) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

if you download and run xbench on your macbook so you can speed up thawing out the plastic wrapped steak sitting between your macbook pro and a concrete countertop. xbench:

New RGB Keypad Arduino Shield – kit coming soon

12 December, 2009 (18:25) | Uncategorized | 305 comments

Remember my RGB keypad project that I originally posted in Hack-A-Day? (part 1 and part 2) I finally got around to cleaning it up a bit and designed an Arduino Shield for it. This is the first prototype, and it looks pretty good. I did a quick build of the shield, and after a function [...]

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