Archive for March 2007

Mechanical Turk

March 30, 2007

So I was checking out Amazons Mechanical Turk. Where you can perform tasks like dictation and image recognition that are hard for computers and then earn pennies. Kinda cool, one “HIT” even went as far to pay a dollar to just put a link to a certain website up.

There, I made a buck. Life is awesome huh?


FPGA success

March 6, 2007

So Finally!!! I have a working FPGA!! I am using 57% of the slices in the LX25 at 200MHz and she is running hot. Had to hurry and find a small heat sink. It took longer than I thought but progress is very fast now that I have a way to debug with a serial connection and a picoblaze on board monitoring what is going on!! It only took me 8 months to communicate ANYTHING with it (sarcasm), and another 2 to produce a design that produced real and useful data. Now I am having a ball trying to get it to go faster and faster with clock speeds and design (pipelineing). Every free moment I am dreaming up stuff to put on the thing.

Once, I get to version 1 of the design I will post it. I already have my first picoblaze/serial connection design posted on my personal web page.