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It's been a few days since I last updated the progress of this project, for which I apologise. Here's what's happened:
I've been wondering what to do with my Raspberry Pi Zero, and didn't think I'd come up with an idea for a few months. Like most things, it's not necessarily a good idea to go looking for a use for it: wait until a use suggests itself.
Anyway, I'd seen a project where someone had turned a Zero into a mobile phone. I kid you not. It didn't have a touch screen, but it was great for receiving calls and SMS text messages, and the fact that it looked like it was home-made has that nerdy appeal. I decided that maybe, one day I'll do that, but not this year.
The physical Martian clock… I have to come up with a better name for it than that. PiMars! Yup, I like that. The PiMars clock was up and running and displaying data at a crucial time. It was just a couple of hours before the end of the day at the InSight location, and as luck would have it, I had it display time at that place.
A few hours later I noticed the clock was still saying it was (mission) sol 569, despite the fact that it was after midnight there and into a new sol. Checking the website clocks revealed the same issue. Checking the code I could see there was a narrow window when this error could be observed - as soon as AMT ticked over to the next sol, the error would be resolved and therefore hidden. Ok, it was a 9 hour window, but how often do you think I spend 9 hrs staring at that part of thepage?
Anyway, it's fixed now in thepage and PiMars.
The new power unit arrived, but now I have another problem. First, I need to be able to SSH into my Pi, but SSH is not enabled by default. I think that's a mistake, but you know, who am I? My big problem is I do not have an HDMI to micro-HDMI cable, so no monitor, hence the need to telnet into the device via SSH. The solution is to edit the SD card with the Pi's operating system on it, and create a file called 'ssh' in the root of the boot partition, which is enough to enable SSh when the Pi boots up. That's when my next great adventure began.
Physical Martian Clock Project
I've just been informed that the power supply unit will be here tomorrow, and I do sort of need that to get moving on this project. but there are all sorts of hurdles to get through first, so I thought I'd talk about them today, since I'm going to have to tackle them sooner or later.