Boston University Information Lab and Design Space
I want a project issue tracker
We do projects! We need someway to track progress and more importantly to track issues. We are distributed and many times multiple people work on a project. A bugtracker can be perfectly utilized for this purpose.
Up for consideration:
Another option is Trac.
Trac is another great tool. However it is a bit bloated and a hefty install. It has its own wiki which just adds unneeded overhead when we already have one.
The original idea was to make a mechanized etch-a-sketch. However, this has no progressed into making a laser-etching device.
4/13/2011 Ordered new steppers from adafruit, as our were not precise enough :(
The College of Engineering has approved funding for the project, we are waiting on the funds to be transferred to acm/sao accounts. Jeff has order a few parts and we are waiting for the transfer to go through before ordering the rest.
03/05/2011 - Software is ~95% complete, steps through and lights a debug LED. most parts ordered. still requires interfacing with the laser, a way to attach the steppers to etch a sketch, and final fabrication of an enclosure.
//code documented -jeff
current code can be found here https://github.com/BUILDS-/Drawbot
graphical QT wrapper for PC_Side scripts can be found here https://github.com/crowell/laser-Kontrol
If you want to join this project, email Jeffrey Crowell (Can Be Found on the BU Directory)
The laser that will most likely be used will be a 650nm, 250mW red diode laser (250mW “Cute” laser from O-Like) that will have the capacity to etch into wood and/or dark plastics. The laser will be focused to get a resolution approximately equal to the resolution of a motorized etch and sketch
Stepper motors are controlled by the arduino (currently jeff’s arduino uno(2010)) Code for this is on the github. These are (eventually going to be) connected to the dials on the etch-a-sketch. Thus we can control the position of the laser. The laser on/off (is going to be) controlled by the arduino setting a transistor to high/low
Here is a copy of the Proposal that Jeff and Samir submitted to the college of Engineering for funding and was approved
Included is a detailed list of parts that we intend to purchase
Looking to make a programmable LED Cube similar to this.
Have ordered 1000 LEDs from a retailer in China. Waiting for package to arrive.
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Derpnet is intended to create a free and open source, secure, private method of communication. As communication is our primary goal, we will implement an IRC setup and increase security and privacy from there.
As our goals are different than those of a standard IRC setup, so too will our implementation differ in a few important ways. These include:
Other aspects of the traditional IRC will be implemented normally (for example, the channel-oriented setup, etc.). To accompany the IRC setup, Derpnet will also maintain a webpage (full of things like what it is, how to register, etc.) in the OpenNIC space (and possibly also in the normal webspace).
The Derpnet project exists to fill the vacuum of secure, open source group communication. Currently the only such implementation is face-to-face conversation and while the release policy on that source may be debated the point is that it is rather inconvenient. The IRC protocol is an existing framework that allows for a variety of clients already implemented to be used with no additional modification.
C++ is a compiled language (which allows for fast execution) without being interpreted (I am looking at you right now, Java). In addition, its similarity to C allows it to be approachable by many programmers (unlike the other languages we wanted to use, Haskell and ATS).
Due to our association with BUILDS, we are able to make use of BUILDS hosting. This requires us to use git, which although some view as more difficult to use, is functional and adequate for our current needs. Currently commits are restricted to project members. Our git repository is publicly accessible at https://github.com/BUILDS-/Derpnet for those interested in following along.
The leader of this project is currently Robbie Harwood, who can be reached at rharwood at bu dot edu. Additionally, until our own server is operational, we will occupy channel #derpnet on foonetic.