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   A good deal of work done at the Garage.  Finished setting up the box and repainted several surfaces.  Installed two bookshelves.  Went to dinner with Tyson and took a picture of my slice of pie :)
Disassembling  the box

Disassembling the box

   Added FCKeditor to our photoblog administration.  I kept running into problems of creating posts that were not XHTML 1.0 compatible.  One of the problems was things like "mdash", and inserting tables into posts.  FCKeditor should take care of most of this, although in my initial test, generic table creation isn't XHTML 1.0 compatible because it leaves the "align" tag with empty.  I'll work with it more and maybe see about editing the code so it doesn't have this problem.
   Today, I disassembled the box and moved it to the Garage.  Reassembly wasn't too bad, except ended up making the top of the box about 1" longer then it should have been— I forgot to line up the boards.  I also forgot the paint at Park Place, so I'll have to do touch up work tomorrow.  But tonight, I sleep at the Garage for the first time in almost 5 years.
   Got a good start on the perimeter shelf at the Garage today.  In the end, I ran out of braces.  The 3/4" plywood shelfs are braced, at most, every 4 feet.  At this distance, I can hang from the shelfs and they are still stable.
   Having the shelfs built, I was able to move a good deal of the items off the floor.  Now I can move in more stuff :)  The next big part of this project is the sleeping box.   It's going to require almost full disassembly and reassembly.  The box is too large to fix though a standard door.
   The White Dragon take control over  The Indigo-Dragon is scheduled to be transported to Tyson's house.  There, it will likely serve until we decide what the best coarse of action is now that we won't have our super cool DSL :'(
   Pictured is the Dragon's Den, even less populated.  To the left is my temporary computer table.  It will have to serve this role until some form of broadband Internet is installed at the Garage.  The large black object on the left is my sleeping box.  This picture is a very fast 5 image stitch.


   Pictured is Zam and Britney's dog Harley.
   Tear-down continues.  I traveled to the Garage to finish painting the shelfs.  Dropped off more stuff and returned with more empty crates to fill.  StaAck, Dencker and Zen started working on the basement tear-down.  The effort spent turning the dungeon into a studio has been reversed, and the basement is again cold and uninviting.
Corndog, the Unholy!

Corndog, the Unholy!

   It is Corndog, the Unholy!  Jimjim's new tattoo last Thursday.
   I went in search of some replacement items.  Picked up 6 replacement mini-blinds and a light globe.  My room is still a disaster area, but I can work on that more tomorrow.
   Tear-down and moving continues.  For the first time in the nearly 4 years I've lived here, my room receives light though the windows.  Shelf building at the Garage started.  I bought two 4x8' sheets of 3/4" OSB.  My plan is to cut them into 8'x12" strips.  These will by mounted to the wall by some heavy-duty brackets and should make for some fairly strong shelfs.  I had planned on starting by painting the shelfs the same color as the walls of the Garage.  However, I discovered all the extra paint had frozen and after thawing, it had separated into paint chunks and water—that is, useless.  After buying more paint, I put on the first coat.  It's going to take at least two coats.
   My room (formally, the Dragon's Den) with daylight from the windows.  Two image stitch.  You can see the 2x4" board that held the sub-walls.  This layout was designed so I didn't have to paint or patch holes after hanging milk crates.  It worked very well.
The Dragon\'s Den, 2/22/2006

The Dragon\'s Den, 2/22/2006

   Rather then continue the tear-down of the Dragon's Den, I got called to work at a station in Illinois.  When I returned, I found the Netgear 1 Gbit/sec switch "locked up".  It was quite strange.  Only the power light was on, all connectivity lights were out.  After I power cycled the unit, everything returned to normal.  I don't have a clue what happened, but it doesn't inspire confidence.
   Shown is the Dragon's Den at it's prime.  This is an eleven image stitch showing approx. 270?.  I had to do the stitching at 1/2 resolution as I don't have the memory to do it at full size.  The full-size image is 5300x1159 and consumes 128 MB of RAM when loaded.

February 22, 2006

Teardown begins

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   The tear-down of the Dragon's Den begins.  I took a good number of pictures as finial documentation of how the Dragon's Den looked.  Then, I began removal of the west wall for the much needed milk crates.  Next, I took down the book shelfs.  Shelfs are one of the first items of business at the Garage.  Once I install the shelfs, the books can be moved onto them and free up floor space for the next batch of items to be moved.  It's going to be a lot of work!

February 21, 2006

Minimo on a Dell Axim X51

   Today I worked with "Minimo", a Mozilla port for mobile devices.  For work, we use a PDA as part of a machine control device.  This allows the status of the machine to be monitored with the PDA while physically next the a place mechanical adjustments can be made.  I wrote in at the end of January about how I applied AJAX to the HMI used on the control panel.  I wanted to do the same thing for the PDA.  The problem was, the Windows Mobile version of Internet Explorer doesn't support 'XMLHttpRequest'—the key to making AJAX pages.  The only way to refresh dynamic data on these pages was to reload the page.  This blanked the screen during loading and rendering time and was really undesirable.  
   The solution: Minimo.  I read about the project sometime ago, but I recall there wasn't anything functional at the time.  Then, I looked into it again a few days ago and e-mailed a link to my co-workers about the possibility it might work.  I received a call a little while latter asking how why Minimo way displaying everything in a column.  I was surprised that it even loaded.  Not having a PDA myself, I was at a loss to answerer these question.  I was shipped one over the weekend, received it late in the afternoon yesterday, charged the battery over night and started to play with it this morning.  Sure enough, Minimo loaded without issue.  It took several seconds to load, which I wasn't excepted, but everything was functional.  It turns out the single column mode was just a default display mode, likely intended to make full size web pages more navigable.  After switching to 'desktop mode', everything look as it should.
   Then, the big test: would Minimo support my AJAX system?  First, I made a simple page to test DOM.  Just a 'span' tag and some javascript to change the contents of the tag.  No problem.  So, I went for the gold.  I included my AJAX javascript in the head of the HTML and added a dynamic field.  And, it worked!  The field, a counter, steadily incremented each time the javascript requested new data.  About 30 minutes latter, all the pages were updated to have AJAX support for dynamic text fields and images.  All worked.
   My only complaint was that when Minimo was in full-screen mode, it left two bars on the screen.  One quick navigation that ran down the left side about 5 pixels wide, and one at the bottom of the screen about 2 pixels high.  I made a post on the Minimo forums and will see what kind of feedback I get.  Aside from that, I'm quite happy.  Screen refresh rates went from once every 10 seconds to around once a second and it's very smooth.  I did have to turn down the rate at which new images were generated from once a second to once every 5 second.  I think it's a limitation of the PDA's CPU power.  Lowing the refresh time seemed to improve the speed of dynamic text refreshs.
   Pictured are trees and shadows from my very cold bike ride on the 17th.

February 20, 2006

   A former co-worker of mine, Mike Engebretson, has put up his new domain  On his site he has some of his music and shares some of his experiments with circuit bending— a technique of modifying simple sound making electronics such as toys and keyboard to produce entirely new sounds by modifying circuit pathways.
   Pictured is an icy tree branch siting in Turtle Creek.