Monthly Archives: January 2010

New project, new prospects, new… new :)

Guess what! The goodies have arrived 🙂

The GPS project I will soon start working on is about to… be started :). Today the courier has finally arrived with the GPS Evaluation board and the GPS receiver module, which rocks :). Surely, there wasn’t much time to test everything, since it have only passed like 20mins since I’ve received the first pieces of the puzzle. So far, I have the GPS-08334 Evaluation board (this is actually optional, but is great – in my opinion – for starters) and the EM-406A SiRF III Receiver. I’ve ordered them from sparkfun.com (I can totally recommend it, even if it’s 10% more expensive than other online electronic shops). Pictures were taken with my HTC HD2 (aren’t they awesome?).

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Pieces (of the puzzle) yet to receive: the Vortex embedded board.

Just for fun, I’ve tested the module using the SiRFDemo application, and everything worked like a charm! I’ve connected the eval board to the development station (which is currently an IBM T60 laptop) using the USB connection available due to the evaluation board. For the final project, I intend to use RS232 only.

So what’s next? I’ll write my own NMEA class for the communication with the GPS receiver module (again, over RS232).

To be continued…

Alex

Great minds, think alike…

That’s the only explanation I’ve got regarding the strange resemblance I’ve found today between the SmoothFusion logo and a national TV channel here, in Romania, Realitatea…

However, it seems to me that the minds that think alike have sort of a lag, since SmoothFusion was founded back in 2001, while the ‘new’ Realitatea logo is only dated 2006.

Here’s a short history on the Realitatea logo.

 

 

And here’s the ages-old SmoothVision logo:

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Alex 🙂

Words are… not enough

Here’s to my BFF, Vlad!

Words are not adequate enough in this difficult times he’s facing! Vlad, lean on your friends for strength, love and happines! And most important, always remember that we’ll be there for you!

With lots and lots of sadness in my heart,

Alex