Hardware hackers rejoice!

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Mon May 28 19:25:13 UTC 2007

Brian Fahrlander wrote:

> (Or, "More fun things to do with Ubuntu")
>     I have a 'life project', http://CounterMoon.org, where I'm building
> a trailer in which I intend to spend the rest of my life on the road.
> And ya just KNOW I'm not going there without Ubuntu Linux...
>     So I'm working on the controls; 
>     Rather than blow thousands on an A/D card (and the expensive cabling
> to get those values the length of the trailer without noise or loss) and
> [shudder] using anything with Microsoft, I found the 1-wire system from
> Maxim/Dallas Semiconductor.
>     The OWFS provides directories like /sys where you can read and write
> to these devices as easily as reading and writing kernel parameters.
> The code to check on things can be in anything you're comfortable with,
> I chose Perl.

That's really cool Brian - except of course for the bit about using Perl :-)

I took a brief look at 1-wire systems a while back to monitor my solar/wind
electrical system, but not having any hardware background, I lost interest. 
I might just take another look.

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