Proto v4 Arrival & Other News

A project log for D-DAQ

automotive parameter & performance monitor & logger

Michael O'BrienMichael O'Brien 09/16/2014 at 15:520 Comments

Progress is slow, but I should have the PCB for the 4th revision here tomorrow. I still need to make the power supply end to have a functional device and that has been delayed, but is still in progress. Don't worry, D-DAQ is still kicking, but things may stay on a slower pace due to some changes in my personal life.

Without going into too much detail, I work for a very well known entertainment company as a supervisor in their photography department. One of my general responsibilities is training any of our new supervisors and for the past 4 years, I'm a part of the team working/running the multi-week Halloween event for our department. This event also marks the ramp up to the busy holiday season as well. The past week and a half I've been doing the training and our prep work for the event started a month ago. Even though I'm usually just doing 40 hr weeks, this has left me with little energy to do electronics work once I get home. In addition, last week I got tapped for applying for an internal IT position that would alter a great many things.

I'm sorry that D-DAQ's progress has slowed as a result of everything, but knowing how to keep yourself balanced in life is very important and how I keep my sanity. Last week I put in the PCB design to have fabricated up with OSH Park and yesterday they shipped out the resultant PCBs. I need to order a dozen parts or so to compliment what I have on hand to completely stuff the board, which I hope to do soon. We'll see how life changes and how D-DAQ's timeline will be affected.

Please keep in mind that I've been hard at work on this project for 3 yrs since August. The longest break I took from it was about 9 months. I've had numerous smaller hiatus periods in it's development as well but I've never let the idea die because I love this concept and have such a desire to make sure it's clean and as professional as I can make it. During most of this time, I've kept the idea quiet. I've had a lot of people say that what I'm doing is impressive work, but I've always responded that it's only impressive once its working. This ebb and flow of progress has been the norm for me, but now it's quite a bit more public. Anyhow, my point is just because I may not be updating as regularly, D-DAQ will get there.

As a side note, I do need to spend a weekend to clean up a lot of design files et al. the git repository is sorely out of date and I'll be getting to that as quickly as I can. Until my next update, good luck to all in the great culling about to happen for those 50 semifinalists and to the rest who are making and hacking because they love it so much :)