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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Browsed mail, and events variously. Amazed, and disappointed
to see Microsoft attacking
one of the totemic 'Cloud' vendors (in the hype-jargon of today).
Threats supposedly started in 2009 (shortly after the launch of Azure).
Is it possible that winning Salesforce to Azure was a cherished pipe-dream ?
Interestingly they appear
to use (or have used) Linux on Dell. In that context, perhaps it is
somewhat positive, that this is not (on the face of it) a TomTom style
attack on Linux per-se.
Prodded at file-system layout a little, how can a hard-disk
cloning system subtly change only some of the layout ? odd. Prodded a
new & interesting bootchart2 bug.
Lunch; cut my micro-controller code down to the very bone for
testing the stepping extruder; apparently connecting the other stepper
controllers to the main-board 'causes' the extruder controller to
glitch and die, urk. At times like this, one needs a friendly local
hardware company with spare storage scope around to decipher the
entrails after the event; hmm.
Back to Evo issues, creating a meeting without mail being
setup is rather a problem it seems. Well pleased by
Petr's hat-trick. Amused by Fridrich's suggestion to normalise all
time keeping to a uniform 'milliseconds-since-creation-of-universe',
Meeting with Intel; Dinner. Lydia & Janice over in the
evening, chatted with them, and poked with the RepRap electronics,
learned several useful things, most of which probably should be
If you accidentally touch the crystal (or whatever
it is) when trying to see if the micro-controller is
overheating you will glitch/stop the clock. This has the
unfortunate side effect of making everything seem flakier
than it really is.
A cheap 12V laptop power-supply is under-powered to
drive four NEMA 17 stepper motors, unless you adjust
the stepper controller pots carefully to the minimum level
necessary to drive them. Doing that hugely reduces the
(inferred) voltage spikes killing the extruder controller
Grounding everything vigorously is good; adding a
meaty ground line direct from the USB connector housing
to the PSU ground improves live measurably.
The reprap controller firmware has a toggle button
marked 'Extrude', don't be fooled - what it really appears
to mean is "extrude for a bit, then stop" (at least, I
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