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 Gap is a leafy and hilly suburb of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. The suburb is located 12km west of the Brisbane CBD. The Gap derives its name from its geographical location of being on foothills in a valley (i.e. the gap between hills). The suburb, The Gap, is located between Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill (both Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill form part of the Taylor Range) as well as Mt Nebo.
First settled by Europeans in 1860, The Gap was originally heavily forested. Timber felling was the first industry in the area, and with the removal of the timber the area was turned over to farming. Following World War One the area was broken up into smaller farms for returned servicemen, many of whom farmed poultry and dairy cattle. Many of these farms were too small to be commercially successful.
The district was later subdivided into blocks of land for housing estates, with one of the remnants of The Gap's former rural identity being The Gap Pony Club. The recreational activities of inhabitants of the suburb are well catered for, with many facilities including many sporting clubs (Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming and Golf etc) and there are a number of lush green parks.
The Gap is also where the main entrance to the Brisbane Forest Park is located. A major bushland area in Brisbane's west, Brisbane Forest Park has many Australian wildlife species, including marsupials, birds, fish and reptiles. Brisbane Forest Park also has an information and wildlife education centre.
The suburb has a large-size shopping centre (which extends from Walton Bridge Reserve to The Gap State High School and Payne Road State School). There are also Churches of many faiths, as well as a local Police Station in the suburb. Ashgrove Fire Brigade, which is at West Ashgrove, is also in close proximity to The Gap.