Upgrading a SUN Netra X1 with a SATA SSD

Banner
My old SUN Netra-X1 with an UltraSPARC-IIe+ lately had some bad sectors in it’s IDE hard drive, an old Seagate Baracuda 40GB. I found some IDE to SATA protocol converters online and figured might as well give it a try. Would be nice being able to put SATA hard drives or even SSDs into my old SUN machines. Bingo! wd1 at pciide0 channel 1 drive 0: <INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3> wd1: 16-sector PIO, LBA48, 114473MB, 234441648 sectors wd1(pciide0:1:0): using PIO mode 4, Ultra-DMA mode 2 I decided to do a reinstall of the system while I’m on it and booted bsd.

Read More

NiCd Charger for Mining Lamps

Banner
So I recently found this while clearing out the workshop of someone: It is a charging indicator for mining lamp charger racks, in partcular for Oldham-Arras lamps. It still had the bus bar mounting clips attached to it. So of course with this sitting around, I decided to built my own mining light charger. NiCd mining lights were charged using constant voltage, since they were used all ~20h with the charging requiring around 14-16h, so the time of the cells being charged and venting was kept fairly low.

Read More

WiFi MQTT Controlled 4x High Power Relay

Banner
Circuit Nothing much to say, it’s fairly standard. The relays are switched using BC517 darlington transistors. The unit is powered using a 230V to 12V AC/DC SMPS, the 5V for the ESP8266 board is derived from a standard LM7805. I used a WEMOS D1 I desoldered from another project, unfortunately a couple of the output pins didn’t work (probably damaged an internal trace while desoldering). So I used some wires to connect the signals to the pins that are working.

Read More

Frequency Standard System: TCXO 10Mhz Mk1

Banner
This is part of my Frequency Standard System. Oscillator VEB Narva 10Mhz The 10MHz TCXO itself is from east Germany made by NARVA. According to the data sheet it has a tolerance of ±2e-6, an aging of ±1e-6 and a thermal precision of ±3e-6. Given the timestamp of 1983 on it, it will have a deviation of approximately 3.7e-5 at this point. The TCXO power circuit consists of a 555 timer with an ON-delay of a couple of seconds to ensure the supply has stabilized.

Read More

Frequency Standard System: Overview

Banner
So with the built of my watch amplifier recently I got to question myself on how do I get a stable clock reference signal?. So I decided to build a frequency standard system. Unfortunately I don’t have a Rubidium reference right now but I decided to build everything in modules, so I can swap any part of it with a better or improved variant once I obtain the parts to build them.

Read More

Personal library organization with Koha

Banner
I looked at several other open source library software suits with an OPAC but they were either too much of an overkill or unmaintained for a while. My main requirement was the software to support MARC. I eventually decided to go with the traditional open-source ILS Koha. Installation I decided to install Koha in a LXC container with Debian running on my virtualization server which on itself runs Alpine Linux. So first I created a container:

Read More

Sub-distribution panel for my datacenter

Banner
Similarly to my workshop I decided to built a dedicated distribution panel for my data center installation. Once I redo the electrical installation in the house in the coming year, this panel may end up being partially redundant (i.e. surge protectors and RCD) but I guess redundancy is better anyhow, rather have two breakers trip at the same time than one failing to do so. 1, 2) Main RCD 25A 30mA A Type 3) Main circuit breaker 16A B type, 4,5) Branch breaker 10A B type, 6,7,8) Branch breaker 6A B type, 9) Single phase meter, 11,12) Surge protectors

Read More