Monday, August 9, 2010

Screenshots At VAULT-OS

I think I have posted the first screenshots I have ever taken of both VOS-16 and VOS-32 running together at the same time networked together and both hooked up to a DB4 database on a shared drive.

I'm doing good. I'm like a mechanic who has the engine out all over the floor at 3:30pm but still manages to have the thing back together and ready for the customer to pick up at 5:00 after work. It probably looks like it's not in very good shape but in reality I am doing a lot of hardcore testing now with different configurations to make sure they are all performing well. For example, I am even throwing in a module with the VOS-16 version that allows you to talk to an ASCII driven serial interface to an I2C sensor network. That takes time to debug and test but it's all looking pretty solid.

One thing I am really happy about is that I have a true development environment to properly test and refine in, where formerly I used to crawl down into the shelter and plug in a compact flash card to update the computer. That wasn't working too good in the deployment. I am getting it right this time, instead of just "working" for me alone. This is necessary in order to share it with other people.


Anonymous said...

How long till VAULT-OS can run StarCraft 2?

Solsys said...

It's good to have specialists like you to work out these things for other fellow survivalists !

Sadly, a lot of survivalists are not technologically gifted, but this doesn't mean they can't benefit from your work. Also consider that because of SHTF, the intial installer of Vault-Co might die, and then the program would have to be operated by the missus, or a 10-year old kid.

It would be great if you made an idiot-proof installation guide to it, like
Step 1 : connect this
Step 2 : run this command

The kind of problems others might encounter might shed a new light on your projects too ! Sometimes, engineers over-complexify things, for a negligible marginal return. Some things are better kept very simple, both in the interests of the developper and of the user.

Texas Arcane said...

That's exactly the part I am thinking of selling, Solsys.

The software and all supporting files I will give away for free, but I intend to sell a step-by-step in-depth manual for installation and maintenance of all features of VOS, perhaps with a CD-ROM of all files and utilities a shelter would ever need.

This would include things as esoteric as a step-by-step guide to programming a standalone dumb terminal connected through I2C. So you could nail a box to the wall with $10.00 worth of parts inside it anywhere in your shelter, plug the I2C line into the bottom and quickly turn it into a specialized controller for that region according to it's unique ID. I have one of these running now but I think it might be a little tough for a beginner to understand how easy it is unless they have a manual to guide them. The way I am configuring it, you move the box you can modify the code back at the DOS server and change the terminal's response and functions. This would go beyond thin-client to thinnest client controllers.

Screenshot of my I2C (RJ-12 phone cable)dumb terminal very soon, it's nearly finished.

Solsys said...

You should absolutely go for it. I'd be willing to buy the installation instructions (for a reasonable price, of course... ;)

For many technical things I need a starting point, to build up from.

This would also provide with a bunch of motivated betatesters !

Anonymous said...

This sounds very promising indeed and even a little exciting to hear about the progress too!

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