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 suburb of Drewvale is 19.5 South of the Brisbane CBD and borders the neighbouring suburbs of Calamvale, Parkinson and Algester.
The area is mainly made up of examples of newer homes anywhere between 25 and 5 years old – especially low and high set brick homes. There are some examples of older style homes left over from the early days of the suburb.
The area is sparsely populated with a semi-rural feel, although a number of recent residential developments are changing the make-up of the suburb. There was a lot of farmland prior to the development of new housing estates with a few houses still on large acreage blocks.
The main road to Brisbane is the Beaudesert Road and the Logan Motorway is located close by making it convenient to get to the Gold Coast.
Most of the community infrastructure and facilities are located in neighbouring Calamvale. These include educational facilities and sporting facilities.
According to the 2001 Census there were 6,212 people living in the Drewvale/Parkinson area with a median age of 30. The median individual income was between $300 and $399 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings 79% were either fully owned or being purchased; 17% were being rented.