Thanks.  I wish I could say I thought of it, but I didn't.  I stumbled
across the idea on the net, when I was looking for something to do to
remember a friend of mine who died.  He would have loved the idea.

I'll have a look at the automation stuff.  I need to be able to read gps
data, and send it back out over a TNC to a 2meter ham radio, so I can
find the darn thing again.  I also need to be able to record still
pictures from a digital camera and record a movie from a webcam... all
without resorting to xwindows if possible... as I plan to run under
linux booting into console mode... with no monitor.  

Thanks for the kind words!

Mark

Oh ya, the start of a website is at http://www.retrobbs.org/balloon


-----Original Message-----
From: Hal Fulton [mailto:hal9000 / hypermetrics.com] 
Sent: 15 June 2005 00:19
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: Crazy Balloon flight computer software...

mark wrote:

I can't help you offhand, but I just wanted to say this is the
coolest thing I've heard of in a month or more.

Actually, as for controlling devices... you might look into the
home automation realm. There are some Linux-based solutions there,
probably including security cameras and such.


Hal