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Backup solutions Archives:
Raspberry.pi Motorola Laptop
This project is to modify a Motorola laptop designed to interface with a cell phone to work with a raspberry.pi.
Easy Button USB Hack
Macintosh Portable Batteries
This project is to rebuild four Macintosh Portable battery packs.
HP TouchPad Tablets Bricked
(two tablets where battery is drained)
R2D2 IOIO Android Hack
This project is to interface an Android phone with a R2D2 unit.
XBox MAME/COINOPS Emulator
This project is to modify an original XBox to play MAME games.
Downgrade PS3 Firmware
Living Pixar LAMP (Pinokio)
CNC Router for Relief Wood Panels
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality
Using vision processing for removing Dandelions without chemicals
Robotic Lawnmower for doing patterns in lawns (Lawn Sculpturing)
USB LED Lighting Strips for Monitors
Antec Accent Lighting
Would like to find an old transputer card to add to the vintage computer collection.
The transputer was a pioneering microprocessor architecture of the 1980s, featuring integrated memory and serial communication links, intended for parallel computing. One of the main languages was Occam.
PC Transputer Emulator:
Microway monputer and quadputer
Transputer Education Kit (TEK)
Transputer Education Kit
Computer System Architects are now shipping a transputer education kit for $236 with additional add-on-processor boards at $150 each. The kit includes a PC add-in board with a 20MHz 32-bit transputer, two compilers (Occam and C), an assembler, and more than 1,500 pages of documentation.
The entry-level transputer education kit includes a 20MHz T400 transputer mounted on an IBM PC add-in board, with an 8-bit PC-bus interface. Also included in the kit are a T400 C cross-compiler (and assembler), a T400 Occam compiler (with source-level debugger), example, demonstration and diagnostic programs, and documentation. The entry-level board comes with DIP sockets for 1Mb or 4Mb of local DRAM.
The kit can also be ordered with factory installed options, including up to 4Mb of local DRAM, T425 or floating-point T800 transputer. Any number of kits may be interconnected within the same PC chassis or between multiple PC and expansion chassis.
In addition to its utility in parallel processing, the kit accommodates real-time monitoring and control. An 8-bit parallel port with transputer interrupt signals gives the user the ability to interface to a variety of laboratory projects.
For more information, contact Computer System Architects, 950 N. University Ave., Provo, UT 84604, (801) 374-2300; FAX (801) 374-2306.
R and Amazon Web Services (AWS)
This project is learn about AWS and how R can be applied -- especially around high performance computing.
This is an area that I know nothing about.
Quantum Computing Playground
Quantum Computing Playground is a browser-based WebGL Chrome Experiment. It features a GPU-accelerated quantum computer with a simple IDE interface, and its own scripting language with debugging and 3D quantum state visualization features. Quantum Computing Playground can efficiently simulate quantum registers up to 22 qubits, run Grover's and Shor's algorithms, and has a variety of quantum gates built into the scripting language itself.
Shor's algorithm is a quantum algorithm (an algorithm that runs on a quantum computer) for integer factorization formulated in 1994. Informally it solves the following problem: Given an integer N, find its prime factors. On a quantum computer, to factor an integer N, Shor's algorithm runs in polynomial time (the time taken is polynomial in log N, which is the size of the input). Specifically it takes time O((log N)3)
Grover's algorithm is a quantum algorithm for searching an unsorted database with N entries in O(N1/2) time and using O(log N) storage space (see big O notation).
note: time to take out my algorithms book and start to refresh.
Ambient devices are a new genre of consumer electronics characterized by their ability to be perceived at-a-glance (also called "glanceable"). Ambient devices utilize pre-attentive processing to display information: the ability for the brain to perceive information without any apparent cognitive load. Initial research on ambient devices began at Xerox Parc with a paper co-written by Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown entitled Calm Computing. Associated fields include Ubiquitous computing (also known as Ubicomp) and Calm technology.
The New York Times Magazine announced ambient devices as one of the Ideas of the Year in 2002 on the heels of a start-up company, Ambient Devices, releasing their first product Ambient Orb, a frosted-glass ball lamp which maps information to a linear color spectrum and displays the trend in the data. Other products in the ambient genre have since been produced, such as the wifi-enabled 2008 Chumby, and in October 2012 the more sophisticated, 52-LED device MooresCloud (a reference to Moore's Law) from Australia. [source: wikipedia]
ORBneXt is an always-on, realtime desktop data display device. It connects to your home or work internet via Wi-Fi and allows you to track a virtually endless array of information. ORBneXt allows you to visualize important information with colors providing instant knowledge at a glance. For example:
Luma is a smart lamp for the 21st century. Charge your device, listen to music, make a call and set the mood all with this smart lamp controlled by your phone.
ThingM's blink(1) is a small USB light to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet. It packs three dimensions of information (color, brightness, and pattern) into a single tiny package that fits into any USB port on nearly every device.
Chumby is a consumer electronics product formerly made by Chumby Industries, Inc. It is an embedded computer which provides Internet and LAN access via a Wi-Fi connection. Through this connection, the Chumby runs various software widgets. Roughly resembling a small clock radio, it consists of a small touch-screen with a leather and plastic exterior. It uses AC power and turns off if unplugged; a 9 volt battery connector is supplied for backup power. It comes in six colors. [source: wikipedia]