Its been a while.
My wonderful time at uni is coming to a close. The things I have learnt, the memories I've made and the people I've met are all fantastic. Now that I face my final semester, the remaining 6 months are colored with a tinge of finality and nostalgia. I'm going to miss it.
Career wise, things are going well too. While I am studying I.T, I have always had a keen interest in electronics and engineering. While interning at a software company, I saw an opportunity to move into a team developing new products - working on both the software and hardware sides. As this is something that interests me greatly, I took it. It is immensely challenging, but the work is very interesting and I am learning so much. Even better, I was offered a very flexible casual contract to continue my work following the internship, so I will continue working at this company. Exciting times.
I have long held the idea of moving out to be important next stage in my personal development. Working two days a week over an hour from home, AND juggling full time uni is no easy feat, so I am considering renting an apartment/studio somewhere in the city to reduce the complexity of some things. This is by no means a small mental barrier - but it would be a big step forward for me.
In terms of keeping myself organised, I have a number of things on my event horizon. As usual, this consists of a combination of self-development/organisational/work-related and personal projects:
- Recycle old shirts that no longer fit me to reduce clutter in the amount of clothing I have
- Throw out old socks / jackets
- Find a rental property for the next 6 months - either on my own or with a flatmate (M.M)
- Clean/consolidate my room, preferably putting the things worth keeping into boxes
- Get all important toolchains working on my laptop - so I can work anywhere
- Panel creator cad program - for creating DXFs for laser cutting
- PIC Web IDE - to make programming PIC micro controllers as easy as arduino
- 145MHz Oscillator circuit and custom PCB - my first entry into the world of RF electronics
- ESP8266 mesh network node - Building a mesh network using the popular wifi SoC. Each node will have a large battery and a solar panel.
- Access Control System (ACS) for the BioFoundry bio-hackerspace - built using ESP8266s, electric door strikes, and relays.
Project wish list:
Generalised communications system (probably based off IRC) for a chat network or signalling in a distributed system.
Generalised plugin architecture for running code and gathering data in the field - for general infosec research.
RTL-SDR tool for finding and decoding data bursts in the 433Mhz range (for finding and decoding transmissions from arbitrary devices automatically).
As always, stay frosty.
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