Work on the web site continues to gobble up about 30 to 50 hours a week, creating and updating web pages.... a labor of love.
Puerto Morelos, Mexico, is a small fishing/tourist village about 30 miles south of Cancun. So far, it remains relatively undeveloped and is a haven for those trying to escape the phony glitz of the mega-resorts.
March.... April.... May... June....
Working on more articles and more music for the web site...
... and spending a lot of time working on a new electronic product for amusement parks, special effects robotics and remotely piloted vehicles.
This nifty new servo control system will eventually be sold via my web site.
A delightful day at the Butterfly Pavilion near Denver.
And they have creatures other than butterflies too...
July - December
Working on software for the servo control system... seemingly endless lines of C code to connect the servo controller CAN bus to a remote computer via TCP/IP... yikes this is a chore. Layer upon layer of software protocols, and two different C compilers... each with their own petty rules. Arrrgggg.
And then even more software in Visual Basic to create a signal generator and digital oscilloscope to analyze the servo system tuning and performance. Kinda boring, yet very challenging.
It's the end of December now... I've spent six months on
this silly project, and it all works! It is a digital servo controller,
with internet TCP/IP and CAN bus interfaces, but I'm so sick of it that
I doubt that I'll ever market this nifty new product.