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PiDashCam part four – Beta code released

Part four of the series on my development of a Raspberry Pi based dashcam. See this post for part one, this post for part two and this post for part three.

It’s been a while since I posted, but the holidays got in the way. Anyhow, progress has been made and I am now in the beta testing phase. I have working code, which can be found on github, and the python module can be found in pypi by searching for ‘pidashcam’.

The next stage is to get the breadboard dashcam into my car and see whether it works in the real world: so far it’s been sitting on my bench taking videos of pretty much nothing; and with no movement.

I also need to noodle more on how I am going to package this thing.

Unresponsive Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard

Why does a previously working Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard suddenly stop booting or responding to the keyboard? Background Back in September 2015 I replaced my home server with a Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T Xeon D-1540. This is an amazing little box: tiny enclosure; Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard with single XEON D-1540 CPU and integrated IPMI and KVM; roomContinue Reading

New ZFS based NAS and VM Host – part 2

In part one I covered the motivation, requirements and hardware. In this post I will cover software installation and configuration. Installing and configuring SmartOS SmartOS differs from many other operating systems, though not FreeNAS, by not requiring installation. You simply copy a disk image to a USB thumb drive and boot from it. SmartOS then createsContinue Reading

Update on contact lenses

In short, I gave up. In the first post I mentioned that I felt OK with the single vision lenses but that I hadn’t tried driving with them in. As soon as I did, I started to notice problems. The main one was that I couldn;t focus on vehicles following behind using the internal mirror:Continue Reading