I decided to put the batteries of a few (nine or so) uninterruptable power supplies to work doind something more useful than self-discharging in my crawl space.
Just wanted to say that I took the technician and general license tests and have passed. I'll update this post in a couple of weeks once I get my call sign.
Update: My callsign is "KE0FNS".
I'm sitting here in Las Vegas waiting for a friend to finish his booth duty at BlackHat. A number of groups here at DEF CON have radio repeaters setup in the 70 cm and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) / Family Radio Service (FRS) bands. While I have little to do, I figured I'd turn my Yaesu VX-3R into an "experimental" radio and unlock the ability to transmit in the GMRS / FRS bands.
I found an old Sun Microsystems SparcServer5 the other day when helping my parent clean out their shed. Connect to this a Wyse30 terminal that I had picked up, install OpenBSD and Python, connect it to the network, and enjoy a shiny old home automation interface.
As an anachronistic hardware junkie, I decided to make the main control panel for my home automation system a curses based interface. I'm writing the interface in Python and running it on OpenBSD so I can use modern interfaces to the rest of the system, but the interface will be displayed on a Wyse30 terminal connected to a SparcServer 5.