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2014/11/25

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00:01
troy_s
Oh gosh.
00:01
troy_s
You aren't going to try and sell those two companies as open are you?
00:01
troy_s
C'mon.
00:02
Bertl
no, not at all, but it is a fact that e.g. the kernel and many system tools of MacOS originated in the open source arena
00:02
troy_s
There is a monumental gap between OSX and FreeBSD to anyone looking at the situation reasonably
00:02
Bertl
so if, at all, it would be a good example what good quality open source software is
00:03
Bertl
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_%28operating_system%29
00:04
troy_s
The thesis sucks
00:04
troy_s
To be blunt
00:04
troy_s
"Look open is good because OSX is solid"?
00:04
troy_s
Erf.
00:05
troy_s
Surely there has to be a better pitch.
00:05
Bertl
I didn't bring up OSX, you did
00:05
Bertl
and I don't use OSX for my personal stuff, still, Darwin is open source
00:07
Bertl
(so for sure not an example that open source is bad software :)
00:09
troy_s
I brought up examples contrary to your posit (cars)
00:13
troy_s
The point is that "open" (whatever that means) has zero play in terms of mindshare.
00:14
troy_s
And it certainly cannot be said that "open" is "better". So again, moot points until someone can put the proof in the pudding.
00:14
Bertl
that we can agree on, which is very sad, as it to some extent means that people do not value freedom
00:14
troy_s
Not really.
00:14
troy_s
Freedom too is a useless word.
00:14
troy_s
We aren't free to run around and kill each other. We give up freedoms all over the place.
00:15
troy_s
It is a trade. And a constant one.
00:15
troy_s
(And shifting)
00:15
troy_s
So somewhere, the great challenge with a camera has _nothing_ to do with being "open".
00:15
Bertl
well, no, actually you are free to run around and kill
00:15
Bertl
you will get punished for it though
00:15
troy_s
You get my point darnit.
00:16
troy_s
There are countless tradeoffs in the Eurowestern democratic models.
00:16
Bertl
we can agree that I value my freedom, and you trade it in a blink for a minor advantage :)
00:17
troy_s
But WRT a camera, there is very little to suggest that liberty gives an imager anything. Yet as the caveat.
00:17
troy_s
Grossly over simplistic.
00:18
troy_s
Tell you what... If you go out and spend say, 3000$ on a camera, another 3000$ on rentals, 2000$ on a location, maybe xxx more on other parts
00:18
Bertl
we don't know yet, but from the folks interested in the AXIOM so far, I can tell that they often base their interest on the implications the open hardware/software platform has
00:18
troy_s
And the camera doesn't perform, breaks down, doesn't work in a pipeline, etc.
00:18
troy_s
Are you telling me that _those_ are not real front-facing issues?
00:18
troy_s
None of which open solve.
00:18
troy_s
Nor helps arguably.
00:18
Bertl
so, yes, I agree, if the AXIOM sucks (compared to other cameras), it won't get used by the typical customers of said other cameras
00:19
Bertl
doesn't mean that it won't get used by a completely different audience (despite sucking)
00:19
troy_s
The challenge is to keep AXIOM sustainable, and I think being bluntly realistic is extremely useful to keep those challenges in view.
00:19
Bertl
note that I still think we can have the cake and eat it :)
00:19
troy_s
People _will_ trade freedom, open, and money to get things that fill design context needs.
00:19
Bertl
i.e. build a FOSS/OH camera whoch doesn't suck :)
00:20
troy_s
Yes.
00:20
troy_s
Sustainability is key.
00:20
troy_s
And to a degree, the benchmarks are already in place.
00:22
troy_s
To an extent the ground is level with sensor for sensor in some cameras, so the chance to be "better" comes down to people.
00:22
troy_s
(Which I think is my thesis here.)
00:22
troy_s
The project is likely better to bet heavy on the people and celebrate the individuals (you and seb) that pushed the rock up the hill.
00:23
troy_s
Because anyone can borrow the results, but in the end, the source is what is valuable.
00:27
Bertl
then let's hope we are strong enough to push it up all the way
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02:31
Bertl
off to bed now ... have a good one everyone!
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12:43
Bertl
morning folks!
13:09
intracube
morning Bertl :)
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17:02
se6astian
good evening
17:25
davidak
hi se6astian
17:31
se6astian
hey there
17:32
se6astian
how is it going?
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18:15
Bertl
skinkie: ping?
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19:49
skinkie
Bertl: so the freaking thing just boots without any hassle?
19:50
skinkie
Bertl: why all the fuzz about 7020 :)
19:50
Bertl
that is 7010 atm :)
19:50
Bertl
I just wanted to get a working version first
19:51
Bertl
I've noticed that u-boot tries to fetch the environment from SD as well (which is a good idea)
19:52
Bertl
I also noticed that it often reports the network link to be down despite the connection being there (which is bad)
19:52
Bertl
re-executing dhcp usually makes it work
20:04
skinkie
Bertl: i noticed that the "elphel" changes fixed that for me
20:04
Bertl
ah? care to elaborate?
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21:03
comradekingu
troy_s: even if price point is the driving factor, it is not the key difference of the project. Anyone can sell cheap, not everyone does so the right way
21:03
troy_s
Huh?
21:03
troy_s
Where did I say cheap was a factor?
21:04
troy_s
My response was that the 'sell' of the openness is a moot factor.
21:04
comradekingu
Bertl: the comparison is a very nice idea, maybe it can be added to the slides
21:05
Bertl
feel free to improve and incorporate it
21:05
comradekingu
i specifically avoided the word open, and tried not to flamewar the issue
21:05
troy_s
Straight up, open / Libre is moot. Doesn't matter the term.
21:06
comradekingu
troy_s: free means more avilability in terms of deciding what your pipeline is
21:06
troy_s
Except not. The structure has to be there.
21:07
troy_s
And again, my point was that the "chance" of things isn't a factor when considering imaging equipment.
21:07
troy_s
(among the other bits including ecosystem etc.)
21:07
comradekingu
troy_s: the term does matter, open means "could be good, implied good, in reality that some software can be seen"
21:07
troy_s
Whatever
21:07
troy_s
As someone that actually uses cameras _and_ actually gives a damn about Libre, the term is meaningless, empty, and junk.
21:08
comradekingu
we arent using libre
21:08
troy_s
I don't care which one you use.
21:08
troy_s
It's junk.
21:08
comradekingu
not if you explain it in a way people understand
21:08
comradekingu
I too dislike technical terms that are just jargon
21:09
troy_s
You aren't speaking to people
21:09
troy_s
You are speaking to imagers that give a crap about a camera
21:09
comradekingu
im trying anyhow
21:09
troy_s
This is a constant drone of trying to speak to everyone. Everyone doesn't matter.
21:10
comradekingu
nono, im arguing that geeks are already in, what matters is spreading the userbase to those we think might benefit, but historically hasnt been in
21:10
troy_s
Geeks can't shoot
21:10
troy_s
So geeks are worthless.
21:10
comradekingu
like your average cinematographer instead of your nerdy one
21:10
troy_s
Software knowledge folks matter
21:10
troy_s
Hardware knowledge folks matter
21:10
comradekingu
kubric isnt a geek?
21:10
troy_s
Geeks don't matter.
21:11
comradekingu
whatever the demographic is, spreading it by encompassing more ppeople is good
21:11
troy_s
Not really
21:11
troy_s
More is not more.
21:11
troy_s
You can have 100 idiots and only one Bertl.
21:11
troy_s
Or 1000.
21:11
troy_s
Or xxxx.
21:11
troy_s
Culture matters more than numbers.
21:11
comradekingu
Unless the project is fundamentally broken, but i guess then you could point to how beta is beta, and a custom run isnt something everyone jumps on anyhow
21:11
troy_s
(hence why there have been a few discussions about trying to get more women involved. It matters. It matters early.)
21:12
comradekingu
well im not bertl, i bought one
21:12
troy_s
Bought what?
21:12
troy_s
You haven't bought anything.
21:12
comradekingu
if you sell thousand axiom betas total, im still a percentile
21:12
comradekingu
well i funded one
21:12
comradekingu
and intend to pay for it
21:14
comradekingu
the point is i certainly dont know how to shoot films in a professional manner
21:14
Bertl
and we are happy that you backed the campaign, btw :)
21:14
comradekingu
but even I try to contribute something
21:15
comradekingu
We cant rely on me for the project, but if you put the bar at bertl, then you have 1 bertl with his 1 camera prototype, and nobody else gets much hands-on
21:16
comradekingu
To me its obvious that i shouldnt be cheated out of my freedom, get my security stolen, when i buy a piece of electronics
21:17
comradekingu
Its equally obvious that someone not in the know would benefit on an equal footing at some level, which is why its nice to spread the project
21:19
comradekingu
We take for granted that regular users benefit from using for example VLC instead of itunes, why allow the same mistakes to be made in camera firmware?
21:19
comradekingu
And yes, apertus is currently very "pro" centric, but some professional enterprises are 100% foss, some are 0%
21:19
troy_s
Except in terms of cameras, that's hyperbole.
21:20
comradekingu
no, cameras of today are security, privacy and sanity thiefs
21:20
troy_s
Focus on making the camera A) perform well in the ecosystem, B) is robust (fewer software elements focused on the audience) C) outperforms
21:20
troy_s
that's about all the rest there is to it
21:22
comradekingu
A) RED cameras dont work at all in my ecosystem, strike one. B) i already know what i use works, let me use that + make something nice to go with it C) With A in mind this is already moot, i just want something. + for making it supernice
21:22
troy_s
A) You don't matter.
21:22
troy_s
B) Go nuts
21:22
troy_s
C) Meaningless.
21:22
comradekingu
Thats a fair and valid example of how foss solves the product A vs product B for someone (me)
21:23
troy_s
I'm not sure that design works that way
21:23
troy_s
But I'm sure it will be great.
21:23
comradekingu
sosiology does
21:23
troy_s
Say what?
21:23
troy_s
Sociology?
21:23
comradekingu
and math constitutes i still matter
21:24
comradekingu
I would venture a guess that a large percentage of buyers werent otherwise looking for a cinema camera
21:24
troy_s
Libre / Open software (and I have been using it for probably close to two decades - 95-96ish)
21:24
troy_s
sucks at design.
21:24
troy_s
Plain and simple
21:24
comradekingu
And the home base is very much linux / hardware / software people
21:24
troy_s
And I believe it was Havoc Pennington that posted a wonderful email about why it sucks
21:24
troy_s
and it comes down to design and audience
21:24
troy_s
When you design for everyone, you design for no one.
21:25
comradekingu
troy_s: you imply that libre is the same as open source (it isnt) and/or that either of them by neccesity is for everyone, when thats not the case
21:25
troy_s
No. Open source was a hijacking of the silicon valley types to maximize gain and minimize their costs.
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21:26
troy_s
I'd encourage you to read "The Meme Hustler" which nicely and eloquently summarizes the appropriation.
21:27
comradekingu
ok, lets turn the table and assume you are more of a standard customer
21:27
comradekingu
You know how to shoot, you want a tool that does the job. If im correct, that means you could do with just any project
21:28
troy_s
Correct.
21:28
comradekingu
If the price point is important too, then a purely commercial and closed venture would never bring the same to the table
21:28
troy_s
Not just about any, but there are a few options.
21:28
comradekingu
even if you only consider those bits
21:28
troy_s
That's not exactly correct.
21:28
comradekingu
enlighten me
21:29
troy_s
When considering prices, you have to consider the overall costs of attempting to craft imaging.
21:29
troy_s
So for example, the easiest one is something like a camera package, which if you are flying solo, is likely all you have and need (even if you are in a limited audience of single person one-person-army type of efforts)
21:29
comradekingu
is anyone pulling that off without any community effort?
21:29
troy_s
So that means you have a camera
21:29
troy_s
1) Camera
21:29
troy_s
2) Lenses
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troy_s
3) Accessories
21:30
troy_s
Which include
21:30
troy_s
follow focus, matte boxes, glass (filters), remote FIZ units, etc.
21:30
troy_s
By the time you sum up all of those costs, they are significant.
21:30
troy_s
Even for rental.
21:30
troy_s
And in fact the cost of the _camera_ is shamefully small in this bigger picture.
21:31
troy_s
But the gravity of a decision to _use_ a particular camera is tremendous.
21:31
troy_s
So given the 'ecosystem' holistic view, it is a non-trivial "sale" to have someone use the camera.
21:31
troy_s
If I were to say, give you 5000-10000$ to make a short video for me, what tool you pick?
21:31
troy_s
And why?
21:32
troy_s
So the idea of 'low cost' cannot be considered without zooming out and seeing the holistic costs, which also come with things like support etc.
21:32
troy_s
Or having a body die
21:32
troy_s
Can you get another one quickly?
21:32
troy_s
etc.
21:33
troy_s
Does "open" even factor into any of that stress at any point for a shooter? Nope.
21:33
troy_s
Does it matter when you have to go out and shoot? Not at all.
21:38
comradekingu
ok, here is a consideration from where i work
21:39
comradekingu
the shooters want something quick and nimble, they love all the things you can do with dslr-ish cameras, they only use the biggest cameras for pro stuff, and follow focus especially
21:40
troy_s
Right. Stop.
21:40
troy_s
I have extreme trouble believing any of that.
21:40
troy_s
I really do.
21:40
troy_s
I'll cite actual folks in this forum that have BMCCs and I'll tell you, that the form factor _sucks_
21:41
troy_s
It is _not_ useful to shooting handheld among other things.
21:41
comradekingu
its not bmccs
21:41
troy_s
DSLRs (of which I have shot plenty) suck as well.
21:41
troy_s
They bring NOTHING to the table for motion picture work and are a total pain in the ass.
21:41
comradekingu
its canon D5 camera versions and C300-2s, some gopros etc
21:41
troy_s
Wonderful for shooting stills.
21:41
troy_s
Yes. Horrific form factors.
21:41
troy_s
Horrific.
21:41
troy_s
Absolutely shudderingly crap
21:41
comradekingu
video versions D5s too
21:42
troy_s
SLR form factors are _wonderful_ for stills, Absolute crap for every other damn thing involving motion picture work.
21:42
comradekingu
i think so too, but thats not the point
21:42
troy_s
Handycam pain in the ass.
21:42
troy_s
But it is.
21:42
comradekingu
no
21:42
troy_s
I'm not going to say that I can control who something is designed for.
21:42
comradekingu
people who arent 100% right buy cameras too
21:42
troy_s
But I _will_ say that the acceptance / uptake of said thing will utterly dependon it.
21:42
troy_s
Who the hell cares?
21:42
troy_s
You honestly think for a second that someone is going to randomly drop about 3500$ on something that isn't quite right?
21:43
troy_s
And those that are going to
21:43
comradekingu
i do, and you do, but not everyone is fully knowledgable, so we cant be 100% right, and cameras are mostly not 100% for something either
21:43
troy_s
are going to do so with plenty of caveats as to how it fits into a bigger picture.
21:43
comradekingu
troy_s: none of the 3500 options are
21:43
comradekingu
RED guy even said, we arent interested in semi-pro, why do things almost right
21:43
troy_s
Anyways. This is a rather pointless discussion. All I will say is that the design will shit the bed based on trying to be too many things.
21:44
comradekingu
in his view maybe they make sense, but for me his products are not interesting
21:44
troy_s
I've seen it happen way too many times around open / Libre projects, and encouraging that sort of view is myopic as hell.
21:44
comradekingu
troy_s: i agree too, but there are more things to consider for a camera purchase
21:44
comradekingu
Then its the editors, with their set of tools that they use, the storage guys trying to keep all equipment up to date/ in working order,
21:44
troy_s
Not really
21:44
troy_s
Yes
21:45
troy_s
Going to agree on the last point
21:45
comradekingu
And convenience of use, lugging around cumbersome storage formats is not a pre
21:45
troy_s
And that is precisely why I have been a proponent of context, audience, and a holistic view.
21:45
comradekingu
pro*
21:45
troy_s
There are no cumbersome storage formats last I checked
21:45
troy_s
But maybe I live in a closet.
21:45
comradekingu
i think you do
21:45
troy_s
Probably.
21:45
troy_s
I worry about imaging.
21:45
troy_s
None of the rest of the crap.
21:46
comradekingu
There are still tapes at work
21:46
troy_s
God in five years I have seen sixteen storage formats.
21:46
troy_s
Rubbish.
21:46
troy_s
You can head down to any old post house and probably find a tape format, somewhere, in a dark corner.
21:46
comradekingu
They are on the way out, but they are still there (no recording to tape now though)
21:46
troy_s
Doesn't matter. Moot point.
21:47
comradekingu
well, the apertus axiom is what it is, and thats how it has to be
21:47
troy_s
How what has to be?
21:47
troy_s
Egads. I am totally lost now.
21:47
comradekingu
How we enlighten people about it, is an avenue for discussion
21:48
troy_s
This discussion began because I saw your 'redo' of the site, which I merely said "open / free" is a complete junk nonsense thing to even worry about.
21:48
troy_s
It simply doesn't speak in any meaningful manner.
21:48
troy_s
At all.
21:48
troy_s
It doesn't help you image. It doesn't help you shoot. It doesn't help you do anything.
21:48
comradekingu
here is my view, if you can get me onboard, who is quite a way off the hardcore cinematographer persona, then many more people are interested
21:48
troy_s
That was it.
21:49
troy_s
The problem with _that_ vantage is that your audience then evolves away from another audience.
21:49
comradekingu
Those who are onboard/hardcore already have no problems finding their way, but currently i think its falling short on the broader mass of people
21:49
comradekingu
troy_s: no it doesnt
21:49
troy_s
And that brings other design constraints. Great example... who the hell is going to be spending 4000$ on a handycam?
21:49
troy_s
Not many.
21:49
troy_s
And those design constraints are going to pull the design.
21:49
troy_s
yes. Many.
21:49
comradekingu
more many if more people know about it
21:49
troy_s
I've studied design long enough to know how these sorts of minor decisions work out man.
21:49
troy_s
I really have.
21:49
comradekingu
no they arent
21:50
troy_s
I'd encourage you to.
21:50
troy_s
But for now, I must run.
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comradekingu
you cant argue both that my pitch doesnt work, and that it simultaniously will bring so many newcomers in that the thing will get watered down
21:50
comradekingu
ok, catch you later :)
21:51
comradekingu
I know a purely theoretical and dull pitch is ok for the usuals, but thats preaching to the choir
21:52
comradekingu
What i also think, is that projects like this often are understaffed and not so good at communicating to as many people as their code concerns ideally
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Bertl
hello vladimiroltean!
21:54
vladimiroltean
hi!
21:54
vladimiroltean
pardon my clumsyness, but this is the first time i'm using an irc client
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21:55
Bertl
I was going to say, no problem at all :)
21:55
comradekingu
i wonder if he meant to do that, or if that was his actual attention span
21:55
Bertl
nah, he is coming back
21:56
comradekingu
i think so too
21:56
Bertl
we had an email exchange
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Bertl
wb vladimiroltean!
21:56
comradekingu
welcome back :)
21:56
troy_s
comradekingu: I can argue that point and do. It is false. And even if it were true (it isn't - read up on supporting "users" in some projects)
21:57
troy_s
Newcomers are _worthless_ unto themselves. It is all about culture.
21:57
comradekingu
whaaaat?
21:58
Bertl
vladimiroltean: meet the community :)
21:58
comradekingu
im specifically talking about home-wip vs. current home, i dont understand where you are coming from
21:58
troy_s
Greets vladimiroltean
21:58
vladimiroltean
nice to meet you
21:59
vladimiroltean
currently i'm googling almost every word you're typing
21:59
Bertl
btw, there are IRC clients for most operating systems, if you want to get rid of the web interface, but for a start it works reasonably well
21:59
vladimiroltean
it's going to take a while until i get accustomed
21:59
vladimiroltean
sorry for being a noob, i guess
21:59
troy_s
Indeed. Web based interfaces stink.
22:00
Bertl
and no worries, I'm always googling what troy_s is saying as well
22:00
troy_s
Got to start somewhere.
22:00
troy_s
Likewise buddy... Likewise. Not all of us are power engineer nerds.
22:00
Bertl
indeed :)
22:01
vladimiroltean
ok, so is xchat a goot irc client? should i install that?
22:01
Bertl
check out a few, pick the one you like best
22:01
comradekingu
i use pidgin, you cant get more casual than that
22:02
Bertl
there are text based (no gui) like irssi or bitchx, there are GUI based like pidgin, xchat and many others
22:02
comradekingu
thats multi protocol, so you can do other things too
22:03
comradekingu
i clocked a 12 hour day at work, so i have to go to bed now to get ready for tomrrow
22:03
Bertl
have a good night sleep then!
22:03
aldi_
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Bertl
welcome aldi_!
22:04
aldi_
good night, comradekingu!
22:04
aldi_
it's me again, vladimir
22:04
comradekingu
goodnight
22:04
aldi_
but xchat picked my second display name option
22:05
aldi_
since vladimiroltean was already taken (duh)
22:05
Bertl
yeah, you can register your 'nick' with NickServ
22:05
Bertl
(if it is not already registered)
22:05
aldi_
not now, too much for today!
22:05
Bertl
and then the client can reclaim it anytime
22:06
Bertl
get used to it, it's a steep learning curve here :)
22:06
aldi_
it's already overwhelming for me
22:06
troy_s
Don't let it.
22:06
aldi_
i guess you remember who i am
22:06
troy_s
Just limp along learning the bare minimum you need.
22:06
Bertl
aldi_: yes, I do
22:06
aldi_
i sent you guys a mail yesterday
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aldi_
and herbert answered
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se6astian
changed nick to: se6astian|away
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Bertl
yes, I did :)
22:07
aldi_
sorry for joining late, but i found out about your project only a few days ago, and haven't had time to dig very deeply
22:08
aldi_
but i did watch a video conference with you
22:08
aldi_
so now i do have a basic idea of what's happening
22:09
Bertl
excellent
22:09
aldi_
well, i would love to get to know you all better
22:09
aldi_
i guess all of you are developers for the project
22:10
Bertl
if you stick around, you will ... it is a very diverse community here
22:10
Bertl
(which I consider a very good thing)
22:10
aldi_
i'd love to chime in as well
22:11
aldi_
but obviously, i do have to start from somewhere
22:11
aldi_
see what i need to learn
22:11
aldi_
in order to get useful
22:11
troy_s
aldi_: What area do you have knowledge in out of curiosity?
22:12
aldi_
a little bit of everything, altogether kind of none...
22:13
aldi_
well, i don't really know
22:13
aldi_
my passion for computers certainly started since college, so not a long time ago
22:14
aldi_
but i do have a basic understanding of hardware, i guess
22:14
aldi_
very basic...
22:16
aldi_
but still, i did understand the technical difficulties that herbert and sebastian presented at the conference
22:17
aldi_
where i might have a problem is that i'm much more accustomed to verilog rather than vhdl
22:28
Bertl
there isn't much difference between both
22:28
Bertl
back then, it basically was a coin flip which one to go with
22:29
Bertl
if you know HDL, it doesn't really matter if you code in Verilog or VHDL
22:30
aldi_
i hate it that vhdl is case insensitive, and some people simply seem to shout at code
22:30
aldi_
they seem to think it makes the hardware work better
22:31
Bertl
hehe, well, you can use that (the case insensitivity) to your advantage, as I do when coding in VHDL (using it to make things more readable :)
22:33
aldi_
well, since troy_s asked about my experience, i guess i could relate about that a bit
22:34
aldi_
my first adventure inside the "low-level" world (or what i thought back then was low-level) was a tetris game writen in 8086 assembly
22:35
aldi_
then i tried to write the same program in verilog, basically creating an asic that can play tetris
22:36
Bertl
sounds interesting, did it work?
22:36
troy_s
Bertl: See Bertl ? Don't ever say that what I type needs googling. I rest my case sir.
22:36
aldi_
but that didn't quite work out so well, because i never got around to writing the code for interfacing the lcd sensor
22:36
Bertl
troy_s: maybe he googled :)
22:37
aldi_
in simulations, the fsm seemed to work
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aldi_
and then i started another hardware design project
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aldi_
an atmel avr core written in verilog
22:38
aldi_
it's not yet complete, but i learned a lot from it
22:38
aldi_
so that's about my relevant experience
22:38
Bertl
sounds great!
22:39
aldi_
hah, thanks, you're gentle
22:39
Bertl
btw, right now, the most important part, if you want to help out, is checking the recent Beta PCB designs for errors before we submit them to OSHpark
22:40
aldi_
but, truth being told, i was thinking earlier today, when i was reading through the cmosis datasheets, that i really seem to understand the words
22:40
aldi_
had i read the same pages two years earlier, i think i would've started crying
22:41
Bertl
yeah, data sheets can be tricky to interpret
22:41
Bertl
(or even understand)
22:41
aldi_
oh, great, what program are the pcb's designed in?
22:41
Bertl
and they are usually wrong and full of errors :)
22:41
aldi_
well, i don't know, who gets to write them? not the developers?
22:42
Bertl
the designs are currently done with Eagle, you can grab a free (as in beer) version for most operating systems
22:42
aldi_
oh, ok, i've seen eagle schematics before
22:42
aldi_
yeah, i get your point, free as in beer, not free speech
22:42
Bertl
http://vserver.13thfloor.at/Stuff/AXIOM/BETA/
22:43
Bertl
specifically the http://vserver.13thfloor.at/Stuff/AXIOM/BETA/axiom_beta_sensor_cmv12000_v0.12.sch
22:43
aldi_
wow, i think i just found an error!
22:44
Bertl
let's hear!
22:44
aldi_
joking, but these things are huge
22:44
Bertl
the *.pdf are pdf versions of the schematic
22:44
aldi_
i have to start from somewhere
22:45
aldi_
at the moment i don't even know the block structure of the project
22:45
Bertl
the _all.png are a composite of the traces (without fill)
22:46
aldi_
so you're using the cmv12000, i was wondering
22:46
Bertl
yup
22:46
aldi_
how much is the cmv200000?
22:46
Bertl
it's expensive for sure, se6astian|away has the details on that one
22:48
aldi_
sorry, i can't tell from the board, is the sensor a bga mount, or is it socketed?
22:48
aldi_
i heard you say something about making a socket for it
22:48
aldi_
to avoid soldering
22:48
Bertl
it is socketed, THT in the v0.12.* and with a ZIF socket in the _zif version
22:49
aldi_
which is a great idea, in my opinion (i suck at soldering)
22:49
Bertl
(obviously the ZIF socket is for testing only)
22:50
aldi_
ok, that's great
22:55
aldi_
could you please tell me one more thing, are you still using a microzed?
22:55
Bertl
yes, the MicroZed is the base platform, we will also support the PicoZed and the Parallella
22:56
Bertl
s/base/main/
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aldi_
ok... sorry for asking silly questions, but i guess this is just for debugging purposes only
22:57
Bertl
there are no silly questions :)
22:57
aldi_
once the project reaches a final stage, will it have a custom-built fpga board?
22:58
Bertl
the AXIOM Beta, no, the AXIOM Gamma, most likely
22:58
aldi_
i mean, the ethernet connector is kinda big...
23:00
Bertl
movie camera folks love big :)
23:01
aldi_
yes, that's true... i guess i'll have to start loving cinema cameras
23:02
Bertl
but it isn't hard to desolder the ethernet jack btw
23:02
aldi_
when do you intend to send out the pcb's for printing?
23:02
Bertl
in the next days
23:03
Bertl
maybe tomorrow
23:03
aldi_
oh, sorry, but i don't know if i can help checking for bugs this time
23:03
aldi_
i'm kind of busy this week with homework and college stuff
23:04
Bertl
no problem
23:06
aldi_
well, bert, it was really nice to meet you, but unfortunately i have to go to sleep now, tomorrow's a hard day
23:06
aldi_
i sure hope we keep in touch and i can be of help soon
23:06
Bertl
pleasure was mine. have a good night!
23:06
aldi_
bye, troy_s, bye, everyone!
23:08
aldi_
i'm already amazed at what i learned today, i hope the amazement will wear off and i'll start doing some good work :)
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23:09
vladimiroltean
oh, i forgot about something
23:09
vladimiroltean
will i have to buy all the hardware in order to participate in the project?
23:10
Bertl
no, not at all, there are many tasks which can be done without any hardware
23:11
vladimiroltean
that's nice to hear, but can you be a little more specific?
23:12
Bertl
we had a number of contributions from various folks which didn't have access to the hardware for the AXIOM Alpha
23:12
Bertl
not sure what you want to hear though, so maybe reformulate the question
23:15
vladimiroltean
well, i'm not sure either, because not having to spend 1500 euros can't be a bad thing, but on the other hand, as i told you in the email, i would have liked to double my contribution to the axiom project as my graduation project
23:15
vladimiroltean
and, having said that, it would've been nice to have something to show people
23:17
vladimiroltean
so, in the end, i think that i'd like to hear that it's possible to recreate the axiom beta at home, if need be
23:18
Bertl
yes, definitely that's one of our objectives
23:18
Bertl
i.e. that you can build your own
23:18
vladimiroltean
any soldering involved?
23:18
vladimiroltean
(of course, probably)
23:18
Bertl
yes, I was going to mention that, you will need to solder for that :)
23:19
vladimiroltean
silly me
23:19
vladimiroltean
but still, i find that reasonable, as long as the sensor is not a bga
23:19
vladimiroltean
that would have been bad
23:20
Bertl
no, all sensors we are considering so far are µPGA
23:22
vladimiroltean
ok, thanks for spending the time with me
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vladimiroltean
this time i really have to go, good night!
23:23
Bertl
nn
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