Our team has been working with UNIX and Linux since the early 1990s using primarily Novell, Redhat and Debian. We have also wrote x86-based and embedded-based kernel-space character and block device drivers; along with user-space drivers for various projects; which where mostly proprietary drivers for private companys. Some of the drivers included:
The most popular public kernel-space driver we wrote was the "poor mans closed-loop motor controller" called: Parallel Port PWM/Encoder Kernal Space Linux Driver. And our most popular public user-space driver was the USB Missile Launcher Linux Driver.
Our debugging techniques may involve gdb, valgrind, kmemcheck or simply printf, kprintf, and via DIO (e.g. LEDs or seven-segment displays).
We have extensive knowledge of the Linux command line tools (including the cut down version provided by busybox), packages available, and the inner workings of Linux itself. And have worked with numerous embedded Linux architectures such as x86 CISC, MPU ARM RISC (via OMAP, LPC, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and Arduino solutions), FPGA and microcontrollers (MCUs) such as STM32F4, MSP430, Atmel, PIC and LPC. Let alone using ti.com Design Tools for buck-boost converters, lowpass/highpass filters, and power management IC (PMIC)
We have been programming for over 15 years in many languages for generally Linux, BSD (e.g. Mac OSX) or Windows. However generally embedded tasks are done in C, C++, python and/or simple shell scripts using vital tools such as awk, sed, grep, telnet, ssh and netcat (among many others).
Electronics is an art our team has been working with since childhood (from building kits from Dicksmith, Tandy, and Jaycar to designing digital electronic keypads). Since then, we have maintained a constant update of knowledge and experience on the topic, since most of our projects involve either building a circuit from scatch, reviewing circuit designs, programming for target microcontrollers, and/or reworking pre-built PCB's for various needs such as bypassing/hacking solutions, or replacing broken components.
Our primary developer Luke Cole has a history as the "go to man" for many colleagues, and is well known to have "a knack for making things work". To learn more about Luke see his LinkedIn page or personal home page.
Balmoral is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 4 km east of the CBD. Balmoral is Gaelic for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle’.
To the aborigines Balmoral was part of the area they called ‘Tugulawa’, which meant ‘heart’- probably a reference to the heart shaped piece of land which constitutes Bulimba and Balmoral. Aborigines camped at the end of Apollo Road.
Mrs. Daniels recalled a large Aboriginal camp in the area now known as Hawthorne Park (History of the Bulimba Electorate 1959, p17).
Ollie Crouch, the son of George Crouch, who had settled in Bulimba in 1865, remembers: ‘there used to be a camp down Brisbane Street. One-eyed Jacky was the Chieftain’ (Turner-Jones, 1990, p.11). Corroborees were held at the site of Cairncross graving dock in Morningside.
Balmoral is Gaelic for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle’ and is the name of one of the Queen’s castles in Scotland. It has been said that it was John Watson, whose career varied from builder to State Member, who gave the area the name Balmoral, after the town of his birth in Scotland.
In 1888 the Bulimba Divisional Board was broken down into several bodies and the Balmoral Divisional Board was created. The first chairman of the area was Councilor Edward Griffith. In 1901 the Local Authorities Act changed this to the Balmoral Shire. Balmoral remained as the name of the shire, but not a suburb, until 1927, when trams came to Bulimba. An unknown official objected to the fact that trams going in both directions along Queen Street should both display the destination ‘Bulimba’ (although one was really going to the Bulimba Ferry), and the destination name was changed to Balmoral. In the 1920s there were proposals to amalgamate the areas of Bulimba, Balmoral and Morningside, under the name Balmoral, but nothing came of it.
The pioneers came to Balmoral for farming. Small crops, cotton and bananas were grown, and later sugar was cultivated. Until the construction of the bridge over Norman Creek in 1856, the only way to get to Balmoral was by ferry across the river, or by travelling from Kangaroo Point to Stone’s Corner where it was possible to cross Norman Creek, and then to go along Bennetts Road to the cemetery and out to Balmoral. This trip could take a whole day and this isolation slowed development in the area.
Balmoral is a small village in the Southern Highlands area of New South Wales, Australia. It was formerly on the alignment of the Main South Railway Line until 1919, but has since been overtaken by a new alignment. The village used to be known as Balmoral Village.
The town is now served on weekdays by the Picton Loop Bus Line that runs to the towns served by the old Main South railway alignment, between Mittagong and Picton. There are six services a day on this route.