Long time no post…

Wow, it’s been three months since I last posted. I know this blog has never exactly been frequent, but that’s bad even for me, however I do have a very good reason. Over the last few months I’ve been incredibly busy working on my 4th year University project.

For anyone that doesn’t know, I’m studying Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Auckland and I’m in my final year of undergraduate. At our university that means working on a year long project (worth 2 times the credit of a regular course) and presenting your progress at the end of it. My project was in the embedded systems arena and involved the development of a real-time embedded speech dialogue system – basically an embedded speech controlled application. I’ll try and post some more details in the future, I have some videos and stuff I want to put up, but I don’t want to focus on it too much because we didn’t really use that much Free Software.

Anyway, it’s pretty much over now – we just have one more component to hand in on Friday and then it’s done. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot. I’m thinking that I may go further into embedded systems – hopefully to do a Masters degree next year. I also want to do some hardware hacking/embedded systems stuff at home and have already been searching out how I can do it using Free Software, I’ve already found Free replacements for some of the components we used which I wish we’d used now! Maybe there will be a few posts on that in the future, but I already have a couple of other posts lined up, so expect to see a flurry of activity here!

That’s it for now though. See ya!

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