August 22nd, 2007

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Experiments with the ATNGW100 - Part 3

The mechanical dimensions of the ATNGW100 are given here. There are 3 expansion headers available - J5,J6 and J7. The pinout details are given here. I want to gain access to the PWM channels - so I decided to go with J5. An old hard disk cable came handy.

Extending the atngw100

A few neat configfs tricks later, we are ready to blink LED's!

More GPIO related info here.

By the way, is it the end of the road for ioctl's?

Things to do immediately: read the gpio driver, write a PWM driver.

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The Software Indusry in India is getting virtually decimated because of piracy!!

MS India chairman Ravi Venkatesan has great words of wisdom for us.

The interviewer asks questions like:

Being a world leader, in a sense, in the software sector, can’t Microsoft make piracy-proof products?

To which Mr.Chairman answers:

Every time somebody invents a better mouse-trap, criminals figure out how to break that.

It's interesting to see how easily the common man has been fooled into believing that he becomes a criminal (that too, a pirate) when he `copies' something. It's not easy to convince people this is not the case - such is the power of the `psychological conditioning' carried out by software/media companies for the past many years.

Mr.Chairman goes on to say:

In Windows Vista, one of the things we are doing is: if you can’t show that you are using genuine [software] and you don’t go and get a genuine version, you will operate in ‘Reduced Functionality Mode’ — a very, very diminished state.

Industry insiders say that MS has tied up with Intel/AMD to implement a special assembly instruction called:

BLING

which when executed on a Pentium/Athlon/Sempron processor will result in the processor destroying itself by consuming a large amount of current. The next version of Vista, code named Vista++, will invoke the BLING (BLow up If Not Genuine) instruction if it finds out that you are not using a genuine version.