30 May 2005 Nic   » (Master)

May 9th, 2005

I've been busy with school work and baseball - for example last night I stayed up till 5 AM working on an english project. Summer Vacation is in less than a month and a half though, and baseball ends after this week. Next Monday (May 16th) at 8:00 PM PST the Expeditor will be on the Discovery Channel on a show called The Science of Star Wars.

I worked on some microprocessor issues, resoldered a broken connection, and discovered that the only reason the computer had failed during the site visit was that the DC- DC power supply had snapped out of its spot. It wouldn't normally do this except that the lead for the second serial port is right under it so it doesn't fit in place like it's supposed to. I liked a solution suggested to me at the RoboNexus - once everything in the computer is in place, seal the box except for one hole and fill it up entirely with a sealant foam. The foam will harden, securing all the parts, and also absorbs heat.

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