Monday, March 31, 2008

Ad hoc applications

For our 7DS project, we are dealing with a class of applications that are highly mobile, work in disconnected or intermittently connected networks, and without central servers such as DNS and DHCP.

What name do we give this new set of applications? We call them ad-hoc applications!

The only reference I was able to find for ad-hoc applications seems to suggest that this term isn't very popular, but maybe it will catch on...

Our 7DS system - and the BonAHA framework I am building at Columbia and has been put on SourceForge - will hopefully create a usable framework for these class of ad-hoc applications. We're nearly done with version 1.0, but I still need to fix up some bugs and document the code.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Drill Bushings from McMaster-Carr for WORKIT Soekris

Hi, I'm back after a long while ... decided to continue using my Blogspot account for work related blogs, while the CS@CU wiki can remain as a wiki for official documentation.

Today, I was looking at finding ways of getting washers/bushings to seal off the Demarctech hardware that encloses our Soekris net5501 box. Talking to George at the machine shop indicates that McMaster-Carr would be the best source of such bushings.

I think I am looking for the items under :
Machining and Clamping > Drill Jig Bushings > Drill Bushings and Liners > Drill Bushings for Soft Materials

More to come soon ... as soon as I figure out exactly what I need.