Old I/O devices for your Linux PC.
A $10 Answering Machine
1 Bit Data Scope
X IR RC
Build a Six-headed,
Six-user Linux System
A multi-headed, multi-user Linux system is a great way to
reduce the cost, noise, and power needed to support more
than one user in a room. This article shows you how to
build a six seat system that can run six independent
instances of Gnome or KDE.
The system described above had a problem which is fixed in
the recent nVidia drivers. The system should work for you.
Here are some
simplified instructions for installing a dual seat system
A $10 Linux Answering
- Build a Linux-based telephone answering machine using a
ten dollar winmodem, open-source libraries, and our simple
1 Bit Data Scope
- The 1 Bit Data Scope captures one bit of data at a rate of
46080 (or 92160) samples per second and encodes the data into a
stream of RS-232 characters which can be read by any computer at
57.6 (115.2) kilobaud. The Data Scope is a fairly simple
construction project which uses six low cost IC's.
1bitds is a Tcl/Tk program
which gives an oscilloscope-like display of the data. Display
modes include triggered, continuous, and one-shot, and it has a
1000-to-1 zoom range.
X Infrared Remote Control
- The ELM622 by ELM
Electronics is a preprogrammed PIC which converts commands from a
Sony infrared remote control into a serial data stream. This
project shows how to build a Linux IR receiver based on the ELM622
and how to use the receiver to control an X application such as
- ProbeScope and the OsziFOX are low-cost digital oscilloscopes
that fit into a hand-held probe. This article reviews the
ProbeScope, presents its serial protocol, and gives an X-windows
program to display the 'scope traces. The X-windows program,
xProbeScope, needs only Xlib.
Radio Shack DVM with RS-232
- A review of the Radio Shack Digital Volt Meter that has RS-232
output. The article describes the DVM and the protocol, and gives a
simple program to take reading once a minute.
Duracell: An application note which measures the
discharge curve of four brands of AAA batteries. Uses gnuplot to
plot the curves.
- A description and sample program for the Qtronix QX-022R serial
keypad. The keypad has the "numeric" part of a standard keyboard
but has an RS232 interface.