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.
Fernvale is a town located on the Brisbane Valley Highway in South East Queensland. The town is part of the Esk Shire.
Situated a few kilometres from the Brisbane River, it is 30 km away from Ipswich and 60 km away from Brisbane. It is 80 km away from Toowoomba and 120 km from the Gold Coast. The Brisbane Valley Highway goes through Fernvale. Fernvale is located 8km away from a major source of water supply, Wivenhoe Dam.
Fernvale has a bakery which claims to be the best bakery in Australia as it has won many awards for pies. It has a medium size supermarket and a large newsagent. It has a population of about 1500. The Brisbane river passes through Fernvale. People go there for recreation, camping and fishing. One part of the river is called savages crossing, while the part is called twin bridges. In 1996, major floods flooded Fernvale. Trees fell, power lines fell, traffic held up and worst of all, Savages crossing bridge snapped in half.
Fernvale state primary school was established in 1872. However, The name of the town use to be called stinky gully. They only changed the name in the 1900's. Fernvale is well-known for there markets. Of a sunday morning the markets are held, and at times you have to park a kilometre or two away. People from ipswich and brisbane travell in to get some bargains.
During the 1983 Black February floods residents of Fernvale had to take to trees and rooftops for up to three nights to escape raging flood waters.