I ordered an Arduino Opta (RS485 version) and it has arrived – stay tuned for upcoming posts!
In the meantime, I’ve updated my initial review as it has been confirmed that the digital inputs support 24VDC. Programming support for IEC 61131-3 PLC languages has also been clarified (no MacOS support sadly).
Partnership with Finder
Digital I/O uses 0-10VDC, not “standard” 24VDC
How will programming support for IEC 61131-3 PLC languages work? Via existing IDE?
DIN rail mount
Analogue inputs use 0-10VDC, not “standard” 4-20mA
Can programming be done over Ethernet?
IEC 61131-3 PLC language support
I/O expansion options? (What does the “AUX” port do?)
I have just finished reading Adam Savage’s book “Every Tool’s a Hammer” (ISBN 9781471186004). It was a thoroughly entertaining and informative read and I highly recommend it.
The section on lists particularly resonated with me. I use a similar system at work: an empty box indicates a yet to be started task, a box with a line through it a task that has been started in some form and a filled in box indicates a completed task.
However my favourite part was a new word I learned – ferroequinologist!
For a while I’ve been tinkering around with a simple project – an Arduino-based temperature (and humidity) monitor that outputs a webpage on my home LAN. The Arduino I used was the Freetronics EtherTen, a quality product.
I have just finished reading Matt Parker’s book “Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors” (ISBN 9780241360194). It is a very entertaining and enjoyable read. Matt’s background research and analysis on each of the errors is excellent.
Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in Mathematics, Engineering, Computers…
One of my tasks as an undergraduate in the engineering firm I was working at was to look after the website. Back then knowing a little HTML and how to use FTP wasn’t as common as it is now.
The web hosting company we used provided quite detailed logs for all of our virtual visitors. By looking at the IP addresses in the logs it was possible to speculate (the key word here being speculate) which company the visitor worked at.
Our sales and marketing guy caught wind of these logs and suggested we send emails to the companies we suspected had had one of their employees visit our site asking if we could be of any assistance or if they required any further information.
I explained that a) we didn’t 100% know that they had visited and b) this raised all sorts of privacy issues. Plus to me this sort of practice was creepy and not how the Internet was supposed to work.