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.
The town of Coominya is located 18 km from Lowood and approximately 20 km from Wivenhoe Dam. Coominya is 100km by road from Brisbanes CBD. Coominya is in the Esk Shire Council LGA in Queensland, Australia. The town has a population of approx. 350 people, most of whom are involved in agriculture.
Coominya is known for its beautiful selection of fresh produce grown by the friendly locals in this small rural community. Driving into Coominya is just a delight, the scenery of Coominya is fantastic as it is surrounded by Atkinson, Wivenhoe and Somerset dam.The wildlife in Coominya is superb, it is home to truly unique Australian Wildlife and if you are lucky you might get a chance to see the beautiful singing lorikeet parrots, the cute and cuddly koalas and kangaroos and on the rare occasion you might see a dingo!
Coominya is a small town but has a lot to offer. For employment there is an abbitors which is owned by AFC, jobs are often advertised through Mission Australia in Ipswich on popular job search websites and local newspapers. Coominya also has a handy post office where you can pay your bills, collect and send mail or make a telephone call at the phone boxes just outside. For your convenience there is a general store where you can purchase most house hold items but if you are after a quick meal for dinner or after food on the run you can count on the Blue Teapot cafe to have fresh quality and ready available food, or you can even just relax and have a coffee and chat to the locals. For those of you with a thirst and are up for some great country stories there is a friendly corner pub with reasonable prices and great service. The nearest bigger shopping venues are in Lowood, Gatton and Esk but if you want to do major shopping you need to head to Ipswich or Toowoomba. Ipswich.
Coominya has a lot of history behind it, why not take a look at the famous Bellevue homestead. It was moved from Wivenhoe Dam to Coominya. It is sure worth looking at and is a very rare place to visit.There is an old railway station but unfortunately it stopped running because there weren’t enough people in Coominya to run the train, so now there is buses available on a daily basis to get you to your desired destination.
Coominya has its own primary school, but the nearest high school is in Lowood. The first principal of Coominya state school was Constance Flanagan and current principal is Mark Gibson. Coominya State Primary School puts on an excellent Christmas Carols presentation every year and you can find out more information by contacting the schools office.