Pictures From Development of Coal-Trol

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Pictures From Development of Coal-Trol

PostBy: nwaelder On: Sun. Jan. 21, 2007 4:20 am

Instead of posting some of the stoves we have in the "Pctures of your stove" thread, I thought I'd post some here.
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Stove the Coal-trol was developed on. (Alaska)
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1st Coal-trol development electronics.
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Data collection during early development.
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PostBy: nwaelder On: Sun. Jan. 21, 2007 4:22 am

More photos...
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Shed we converted for summer burning.
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Prototype thermostat in shed.
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Alaska testing in shed. (Summer 2004)
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PostBy: nwaelder On: Sun. Jan. 21, 2007 4:24 am

Still more photos...
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Keystoker in shed. (Summer 2004)
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Leisure Line in shed. (Summer 2004)
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Production TS1 circuit board.
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PostBy: nwaelder On: Sun. Jan. 21, 2007 4:25 am

and more photos...
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Veiw at Brother Bill's where testing on 2nd Alaska was done.
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2nd Alaska that Coal-trol was developed on.
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Close-up of PB1 control module. (2005)
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PostBy: mgambuzza On: Sun. Feb. 04, 2007 11:19 pm

Is that a PowerBook I see used for development? I was always told that Apples were useless for Scientific and engineering applications. Cheers to you guys for a great product - as well as proving "them" wrong.
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Re: Pictures From Development of Coal-Trol

PostBy: pvolcko On: Mon. Feb. 05, 2007 12:22 am

Yeah, Neil uses Mac's predominantly. However, Macs were not the sole platform used for development by any means. Most of the software development has taken place on PCs of various flavors. Circuit design and CAD work have been on a mix of hardware. Most, if not all, of our test data acquisition has been done on Neil's powerbook.

Without getting into the details of the two platforms or delving into the religious... Whoever told you Macs are worthless for scientific and engineering purposes was overstating the matter a great deal. If there is an advantage to using PCs it is only found in the generally higher availability of applications on that platform (the natural result of PC's better market share over the past couple decades). And for scientific and engineering disciplines there is a great deal of free and open source software available for many different platforms and higher end apps are also generally available on both platforms. It is more a matter of personal preference and convenience than anything. If one is needing niche or specialty software chances are more favorable to finding the app in PC land than Mac land, but even there one can use PC virtualization software on the Mac as necessary.

I'm a PC guy. I find many things undesirable about the Mac platform, but suitability to sci/eng tasks is certainly not one of them.
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Re: Pictures From Development of Coal-Trol

PostBy: Yanche On: Mon. Feb. 05, 2007 8:46 am

What microcontroller chip did you use? If you did your own PCB layout what layout software did you use? I once did things like that for a living.

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Re: Pictures From Development of Coal-Trol

PostBy: pvolcko On: Mon. Feb. 05, 2007 3:17 pm

I'll answer in a private message. We're starting to veer a bit off the point of the thread.
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