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.
Woodend is a rural community in the central part of the Riverina about 14 kilometres north east of Pleasant Hills. It is situated by road, about 12 kilometres west from Yerong Creek and 23 kilometres east from Osborne.
We are part of the Lockhart Shire Council.
Woodend is a small town in Victoria, Australia, with a population of about 5,000. The town is in the Macedon Ranges Shire Local government area. It is bypassed to the east and north by the Calder Freeway (M79) and is located about halfway between Melbourne and Bendigo.
Woodend was first surveyed in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell, who opened it up for settlement. When gold was discovered in the area (towards Bendigo and Ballarat), Woodend became the main thoroughfare through the Black Forest, and accommodated many gold-diggers and their families. The tourist boom caused the settlement to grow and develop. Later the place became a centre for sheep-farming, and in 1862, a railway connection to Bendigo was built though Woodend, as a connection to the regional centre.
Woodend is currently a popular tourist attraction within a one hour drive of Melbourne. It is a gateway to surrounding tourist attractions like Hanging Rock, located at nearby Newham, Mount Macedon, and the numerous waterfalls, villages and homesteads between itself and the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs area. The area supports a large horse-racing community.
Woodend's location in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range means that, unlike most of Australia, snowfalls are not uncommon.
Woodend is renowned in the Victorian arts community for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, an event where artisans from around Australia gather to perform. It is always held on the Queens Birthday Weekend in June. See www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au
Woodend historically has many interesting old buildings. There are two surviving pubs/Inns. There were several more in the days of the railways. Woodend Railway Station once saw dozens of trains every day, and a steam train turntable was until recently still located alongside the track. Entering Woodend from Melbourne, most of the shops and eateries lie either side of the main high street, with the clocktower forming the heart. The Old Stationmasters House sits on the approach to the High street. It was built in 1897, in the days when the Stationmaster could stand at the side door and see right down the line.