Repair of Vinduino R3

It's probably just me, but I thought 12V was 12V... turns out, putting a battery on the Vinduino R3 isn't really optional...  And 12V from a PS-15kx might be a little too much...

I thought I could run the thing off of just a 12V power supply as it's got a solar panel hookup to charge a battery...  That's when the MCP73831 let out the magic smoke... And I ordered 100 of them off ebay.  Now, a few weeks later I've checked the capacitor closest to it for damage (I don't have a meter good enough to work on capacitors of this size, something I'll have to remedy) and replaced the battery management chip.  Successfully I might add, and now, when work will allow, I'll be able to move forward putting all the other pieces together to get my remote moisture sensors up and running.  Hopefully without letting out any more magic smoke.  I'm sure that stuff isn't healthy to breath in!


Long Time Coming

I suppose a short post is better than no post.

After a long hiatus, I suppose I'll try to get back into this blogging thing in the hope that it will be helpful in the long run.  I'm attempting to recreate the Vinduino project, though documentation has been somewhat lacking.  Oh, and I've never done anything with Arduino, so this is quite the learning process, but I've been enjoying it so far... So much so that my sleep has not been very regular lately!  Between planting season here and waiting for more parts from China I'm not sure how quickly this project will progress, but there may be many additions along the way.


Easter Morning

God, what did you do?

You made that... made this... by yourself.  You choose to get into this mess.  I wouldn't have.  
You created me, allowed my imperfections, my weaknesses, my cowardliness. I wouldn't have.

You let him do that?  How could you?  He never did anything to you, and you let him do THAT? 
For me?  I'm not worth THAT!  NO! I'm not...  really I'm not.  I haven't done anything for you.

I ignore you, reject you, resent you, push you aside, and so much worse.  Why do you keep coming back?

Love? That doesn't seem like love, it seems like stupidity. 70x7? Always? Forever? Forever is a long time.
I know you know that... but do you really mean it?  Really?  REALLY?!?! huh...


And what about him? 
You let him do that for me...  You should have let me take that fall, after all, it was my mistakes that put him there.

No he isn't... There's no way.  I know you can do everything, but you CAN'T do that.
'I just did.'? What is 'I just did.'?!?!

So, he's here? Now? With me?

Always and Forever, to the very end of the age.


PNG Departure

It's been a pretty crazy two weeks since I came out of the bush...
Computers, projects, visitors, and a big sing-sing over at Pausa which I
don't have time right now to edit.

This photo was taken on a momentary brake from the rain in this "dry"
season as the clouds helped to form a moon halo. We've been hearing how
dry this year will be, yet if you were to walk out in the yard right now
you wouldn't be able to tell if you had shoes on or not from the mud
that would slosh up around your ankles. Pretty amazing. And I thought
it rained a lot here last year!