In any case, I’m not quite done yet. There are a few more things I’d like to complete before calling the migration finished.
- Reduce memory usage: I’m now running this on my own server, but it only has 256MB. Loading pages currently spikes usage close to the limit, causing really laggy page loads.
- New theme: The current theme I’m running is a bit slow in terms of loading. I’ll be moving to a faster responding theme, Responsive, in the coming weeks.
- More content: I’ve been doing a lot on my project since my last update. I haven’t really talked about it too much, but that’s because I’ve been a bit lazy. Rest assured, I have plenty of pictures/documentation, so the only problem will be me having to just do it.
And that should be it for now. Hopefully all of these changes will take affect before the end of February.
President Obama (yes, the President) visited our school (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology) to sign the “America Invents Act,” which essentially trades the old “whoever invents first gets the patent” system to the new “whoever files first gets the patent” system, which would streamline the process.
Anyway, it was really quite a neat experience being that close to the president. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to shake his hand, but I did get fairly close. You can watch the whole event here:
In regards to school, I think it’s very important to my learning – not because I learn much in classes, but rather because it keeps me stimulated with ideas. A lot of times, I already know what’s being taught in class, and wonder what the point of “wasting” time is. However, I think if I just had a ton of free time, I wouldn’t be any more productive (with regard to projects), and in fact, I’d probably be much less productive. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think we would get more done if we had more time. Maybe some people are that disciplined, but I’m certainly not. My projects stem out of pure interest, not out of necessity or self-discipline.
Well, besides school, I also have some extracurricular clubs I have to be responsible for, as well as college applications. That means I have even less time to work on my projects, which according to my above statement, means the likelihood of finishing them on time is higher!
I’m cautiously looking forward to the coming year.
The flashlight will be similar to the AG:MF01 except it will be completely cylindrical (with the body containing the lens), and it will incorporate capacitive touch sensing. Other advances include the use of a more powerful microcontroller, the ATMega-168, as well as a commercially-built PCB (designed in Eagle).
The project page can be found here: AG:MF02 Flashlight.
Anyway, the first day was pretty fun. I got to meet my mentor and some new students (although I’m not working with anyone else). Hopefully I’ll learn some interesting things.
The design is very simple, but it will be an interesting way to learn about how to use MPUs.
This project is being done for my Microprocessor course at TJHSST.
Please visit my Microprocessor-based Oscilloscope page for more details.
This is my first post.
I will mainly be using and editing it to test out certain plugins and wordpress features.