Below are some projects I'm working on intermittently. Sometimes I
leave 'em for months and then something exciting happens.
This page is a list of packages, patches, interfaces, and little
utilities that I've written to make my life easier, predominantly in C and
Tcl/Tk. (no academic class programs here). A couple of them are even
pretty popular by my humble standards.
- I built
a 3D Laser Line Scanner from hardware through
point-cloud viewer. for a class project and also just
for kicks. It's still in progress, but works. There's
some sample data here too.
What you get when you have a scope, cheap CCD cameras,
and more computers than you can shake a stick at (believe me,
Alternative OS's and Old Hardware
Linux is my primary OS at home
(2+ linux boxen, 1 mac, 3 doorstops) because it makes me happy. If I want an
environment to handle the details while I get real document-oriented
work done I'll use a Mac. Windows just drives up my blood pressure
every time I'm forced to use it. I was licensed a copy of Win95 once,
but not a single byte remains. If you need more propoganda, check out
I seem to have a knack for getting ahold of old machines for little
or no cost - Suns in particular. I've had a slew of Sun-3's pass thru
my hands and had one fully operational 3/60 running StunOS
4. Unfortunately an attempted upgrade to
NetBSD rendered it inoperable.
I've also recently aquired a Sparc-1 which was running
RedHat linux 4.2 with some
difficulties, but operates beautifully as a diskless Xterminal to my
laptop. It's monitor has been requisitioned as the head to my new
desktop linux box.
I managed to get NetBSD 1.2 to boot on my Centris 650 off an
external 230MB Magneto Optical drive. It's slow, but pretty
cool. Ethernet and X also worked pretty well, though color X was not
completely functional. I've since given up since I have enough unix
machines and realized I'd rather have MacOS too.
I got to play with some pretty cool toys while working at
LANL and decided I need to
know more about basic electronics. I haven't gotten around to
building anything on my own yet.
- I've worked with
awhile and wrote some companion and extension