So tonight I dusted off my old NSLU device and managed to get back into it. The device was originally planned to be the brain of my robot of the future. I think there is still some potential there, and as I wait patiently for my Arduino ADK to arrive I had to play with something to keep my interest in this area.
So the NSLU was updated with the OpenSLug OS v5.3 – As I write this, I am downloading a UBUNTU Virtual Box image so that I can build setup the toolchain to get back into development. I think the first thing I will look at is to see if I can easily get SerProxy working on the slug. If I am able to do that, I can have wireless access and a real computer to help control my robot and one that consumes very little power. Even once the ADK shows up, I may still try to get this going. It was my plan 5 years ago and my interest has come back to do something in this area.
While hunting down some details about the tool chain, I found some links to site where others had built the USB driver for a Logitech WebCam. I found that interesting since that was also part of my plan with the SLUG.
I had posted some other items on my blog, specifically some posts about the Velleman board. At that time I had the toolchain working and was able to compile some programs for the slug. 5 years later, and I find myself starting all over again!! Oh well, probably better to relearn this stuff anyways to have a good appreciation of the parts.
The worst part about getting this all setup was that the ASUS WL-330 that I was using for wireless access could only support WEP security! Did I mention this was a 5 year old project? 😉
Luckily I had an old router (D-Link DIR-645) kicking around that supported WEP and was able to get un-tethered network access.