Archive for the ‘Other Projects’ Category

Sound, USB 2.0 and DIrectX3D in VMWare Player for a Windows XP guest

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

I have had a Windows XP virtual machine kicking around for a while and just figured out how to upgrade it for some of the new features of VMware Player 2, as well as fix the sound problem I’ve always had with the virtual machine. (more…)

Part 2 – Put your Lacrosse WS-23xx weather station online

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Automated updates from your 23xx to wunderground.com

I have an extra linksys WRT54G (with linux firmware) lying around which I plan to use as an always-on linux box. I have not set this up yet, but I have tested out a simple setup on my desktop Linux box to upload the data from my 2317, which is now accessible by IP (see previous post), to wunderground.com. (more…)

Part 1 – Put your Lacrosse WS-23xx weather station online

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Setting up a Serial Device Server

I got a WS-23xx (I think 17, but it was just called “pro”) for Christmas. The PC softwhere which comes with it is horrendous. In addition, I didn’t want to have to have a PC running all the time in order to upload data to the web. This hack will show how I took a Lantronix MSS-T1 Serial Device Server, and modified it in order to make it work with the 2317. Once the Serial Device Server is working, the 23xx essentially has an IP address and can be accessed from any computer that could normally access that IP.

1. Acquiring a Serial Device Server

What is a Serial Device Server? It is a powered electronic device which converts an RS232 serial data to data that can be transferred over a TCP/IP network (more…)

Copying Figures from PDFs

Monday, March 12th, 2007

I found this discussion in a google search. I will distill what I took from it and what worked for me. The best suggestion for free software was ghostscript and ghostview with pstoedit. Install in that order. Ghostscript is the command-line backend used by the ghostview gui. Pstoedit is a plugin to ghostview/ghostscript which allows you to save a page in a number of formats. For importing to Microsoft products, the best format is Windows Enhance Metafile. Once you have opened your pdf file in ghostview, select edit->Convert to vector format… Then choose the file type and the page you want to convert. I was not able to figure out how to select just a portion of a page. (more…)

Installing Courier IMAP On Westhost VPS

Monday, May 9th, 2005

WARNING: Use at your own risk. Following any of these procedures could cause problems with your VPS account. I don’t claim to be an expert on this, I just kept working at it (ugh, like for a whole weekend) until I got it to work. I have only been using this setup for a couple of days, but so far so good. There may be better ways of installing an IMAP server, and there may be better IMAP servers. This just happens to be the one I found. Please email me if you find any errors in this document, or have any suggestions. (more…)