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Sunday, January 14th 2001 3:13pm

Ok, more news on the PIC based serial servo motor controller. I'm now on code version 4. What does this mean? Here's the run down:

Independent control of 8 servo control channel pulses. Interrupt driven ASCII serial port routines to set the requested servo to the requested position (0-255) (these work!).

When I scope the output signals, the appropriate channel's pulse width changes as expected! This is a major accomplishment...however...

It seems that the servo isn't moving through its full 180 degree range. What's the deal with this? I guess I'd better to try another motor, then check my references to be absolutely sure that the timings that I used in design are correct.

After I fix the servo range problem, it's on to adding the query command, perhaps using a binary mode (based on a jumper?), and then eventually doing some board layout.

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Saturday, January 13th 2001 5:48pm

Significant progress made on serial servo controller! Yippie!

Note to self: ALWAYS, that is always remember to use the second parameter on MOVF calls. Without it, the assembler will default to 1 and the behavior is probably not what you wanted. :) This is actually what caused me the most problems...

I'm controlling 8 independent servo channels now...all variable, all on PORTB. I've done some pretty detailed scoping of the timing signals, and all looks good.

Next step: Hack a fix to move behavior for RB0 to RA4 so that RB0 can be used for serial interrupts. Then implement serial interrupts. Then actually use the serial data to change position variables.

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Tuesday, January 9th 2001 9:26pm

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....Mozilla 0.7. Yummy.

Ok, so it's official. I have over 24 hours of WCSB (www.wcsb.org) recorded in mp3 format. I'm addicted to the Noise Rotation. If you're bored on Monday nights from 10-12 (central), give it a listen. Sometimes it is much better than other times...but overall I love it. So I spent some time getting up to date on trimming the recordings that I hadn't manually processed since our vacation.

Feel sorry for chucksta. Modems suck.

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Tuesday, January 9th 2001 8:35am

Werd. Big money props to my gal Queenie who found my damn check book late last night. I thought I was screwed...but alas she discovered its sneaky hiding spot in the remote corners of the bathroom (of all damn places!)

I did some additional development on my PIC based serial servo controller last night. I'm still a long ways off from being finished, but maybe I'm a step closer. Serial port is invaluable as debugging tool (sometimes). Maybe I'll throw up a page for the controller under "electronics" sometime.

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Monday, January 8th 2001 9:13am

Yup...it's a fuckin Monday.

If you have any idea where my damn checkbook is, please let me know. I'm pulling my hair out over this! How on earth could I have lost it??? Where did it go? Do the otherdimensional monkeys have it?

Oh yeah, and a big FUCK YOU to the guy who felt it necessary to put the following bumper sticker on his white GMC pickup:

VEGETARIAN
Indian word for "Lousy Hunter"

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Sunday, January 7th 2001 6:52pm

Well...I guess it's that time again. Time for the regular Sunday night 2 hour TV viewing block: The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, The X Files.

I really don't watch that much TV...but I feel like less of a person if I miss these shows now. Call me crazy. You're probably right.

I have a bunch of new DVDs that I got for xmas that I haven't seen yet...so perhaps I'll throw one of those in after the networks get boring again.

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Sunday, January 7th 2001 3:21pm

Well people....the madness has started. The Infiltration Lab main page now has a weblog/journal/call-it-what-you-will. Persistent ramblings are sure to follow from yours truly.

Ok, well maybe not. One thing I know for sure is that I wasted way too much time developing this, so perhaps I'll actually force myself to use it on a [semi] regular basis.