Saturday, April 09, 2005

Scott's Apple Mac Stuff

Here is where I want to talk about the Apple Mac -- most notably the Mac Mini. My first reaction to this mac was that is seemed inexpensive. Mac users tend to be fanatic and for good reason. The device works well. Mine was really loaded (Bluetooth entry devices, wireless 802.11g communications, expanded memory and the DVD burner) but still I was off and running in about 5 minutes.

Interesting still is that it is very small (less than 7" by 7" by 2") and runs a Unix varient at heart.

As a result, there has been a lot of chatter regarding the Mini, mods, hacks and that applies for the iPod as well. Some folks are embedding Minis in older all-on-one Macs to make a very unique device. I'l eventually like to write code for the Mac family, starting with widgets, which I think will code quickly, then going backwards to more portable UNIX scripts and perhaps older System 7 compatible code if old iron appears useful in my balloon, rocket, amateur radio and history interests.

I'll try to track my favorite Apple resources here.

Contact me if you find something of interest !!




after market products <= remote controls, FM modulators, other stuff for Apples

other sites



other sites




Update for 4/9/05

Man, it's been a busy time since I last wrote anything. A couple hours ago I got back inside from a couple hours of yard work. Mostly pulling weeds from the flower beds. I'd like to make them look a bit nice this year. I can probably just keep things trimmed and weeded better, but to add anything I'll probably need to make deeper beds. Maybe I can set out some flower pots. From time to time I'll see a nice looking container garden that catches my eye.

Anyway, what have I been up to lately. Well, praise band at church takes a lot of time on Wednesdays and Sundays. Besides that, I run the BAARC net Mondays on 146.910. TARC officer's and general meetings are on Tuesday evening and its getting time to put the finishing touches on Field Day.

At the same time, I'm trying to throw away or pack away the stuff I'm not using right now, and consolidate what I do use into a space where they actually get used. Easier said than done. I'm an awful pack rat. While I'm at it, I'd like to get the 6m and SSB antennas finshed up. I got a VHF tuner to try my hand at building antennas. Maybe I can have something for Field Day.

The W5YJ group hasn't worked much on ballooning lately, but their ham shack is improving. I'd like to get some procedure lists and software tools developed on a variety of common or small or cheap platforms for those guys.

The BAARC is in the process of tweaking their two repeater sites, and I'm trying to get involved with that effort.

Derek metioned trying model rockets again, so we are. And he is studying for his ham radio license.

Obviously this is a lot of stuff and I'd like to share how I'm doing it, what I'm using and how it is coming along. So I'll try to have period updates here that tell what is changing on the blog, which is layed out in a hierarchy.










Here is a summary of Projects I'm working on.

Ham Radio Projects:

Model Rocket Projects:

Shortwave Radio Projects:

Balloon Projects:

Programming Projects:

Cool Stuff

Here is where I want to collect news about cool stuff I run across.

Apple Stuff:

Ham Radio Suff for the Shack:

Ham Radio Stuff for Mobile Use:

"Weather" Ballooning Stuff:


Here I'd like to talk about different ideas and thoughts that come to mind.

none right now.


Scott's Space Info

Here are some references and resources I might talk about from time to time.

NASA websites:

Space History:

Non-government (someday amateur ?) spaceflight

Space Capsules

Space Stations

Satellites: Communications

Satellites: Biology / Medical

Space Probes