Apr 28

The casing for the mini ITX board arrived, it looks very nice and complete.

The assembly is very straight forward, all wires are nicely labeled on the connectors. There is even a breakout in the back for a second serial port.

 When all cables are connected the casing looks to be full but in practice all cables stay nicely in place so that when the top cover is mounted no cables try to escape…

The DVD player is using the IDE connection, the one that I used during installation of Ubuntu is using a SATA connection. Also there are two jumpers on the mini ITX board that allow the USB power to be switched on during booting, by default these were disabled but since I would like to use an USB keyboard and mouse it might make sense to enable them. I’m not sure how these hardware changes will affect Ubuntu during it’s next boot but let’s see.

After closing the case and inserting the power supply the board automaticly powers on and the fan that is in the casing starts spinning silently. A couple of seconds later Ubuntu starts without complaints, I’m even capable to type my username and password with the USB keyboard. Also the USB mouse works fine, again I’m plessantly surprised.

Jan 19

I modifed the stylesheet so that the area for text is larger allowing a larger font size to be used and larger images. Specially the screenshots in Generate the G-code page are imrpoved by this action.

Also minor changes are made to the grafics, for example the bullet is now more in-line with the rest and the icon on top allowing you to sign up for RSS feeds and to log in has been increased.

Jan 19

I spend the last 8 months on learning how the mill a part for the robots. Main goal was to build a CNC machine and figure out the process from designing a part in 3D all the way to autometed milling of the part. This process is documented in the page Machining parts.

Jan 18

I took a while but finally my blog is on-line…