HP Clock

Monday, January 31, 2011

Shop progress

The rebuilding of my Dad's shop is progressing nicely. The shop was originally built in 1961, and had a dirt floor. Here is how the shop appeared in the 70s. It's remained pretty much unchanged until recently. This picture is featured in the book about my Dad and uncle "The Legendary Lydecker Brothers".

Here it is being lifted off of the foundation so that the plywood floor and dirt can be removed and replaced by concrete.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Clock Wiget for the blog

After finding my way around setting up the blog I felt inspired to create my own wiget in the form of a Nixie clock.  I used this HP 5512A Electronic Counter as the model for my clock.
I found the counter in the junk yard at Apex electronics for $20.00 (http://www.apexelectronic.com) .  For anyone who lives in the San Fernando Valley, Apex is geek heaven.  After cleaning, fixing and painting I used pictures of the counter to create the images that I then animated using Java script, CSS, and HTML.  I seems to render on everything but Microsoft IE, so this is still a work in progress.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Let there be electrons

Solar panel system is installed inspected and waiting for DWP to upload new firmware into our meeter that will let us tie to the grid.