Readonly hardware IRC client

Right after we got the network running on my board (see my previous post) I got the board of the talented hacker mentioned before and started to hack a small read-only IRC client for it (after having a look at RFC1459 and RFC2812. About an hour later I was able to connect to a server, join a channel and listen for messages which are displayed on the OLED display. Unfortunately the display is broken on that particular board. But none the less, there is a lot of cool stuff ahead.
Again we have some screenshots:

Getting the network of my LM3S6965 board to work

I’ve had this board for about a 1.5 years. All that time I was disliked the fact that the ethernet was not working. No matter what I tried, what example I flashed nothing helped. Today I learned why: the hardware’s simply broken.
That’s no guess too far away, but being a software guy that’s just an unreachable world to me.
Thankfully that’s not the case for a friend of mine. He’s a talented hacker (from today on I know how talented :P) and he got this fixed. All the time I was like: “hey, if that’s so easy someone else would have done it already instead of buying that super-expensive Pulse Jack Ethernet Transformer hardware”. None the less he pushed forward and got it to work. As usually pictures say more than a thousand words, so here we go:

Unix Friends and User Group Campus Camp 2010

The UnFUCK2010 just went over. UnFUCK is a three day event organized by students of the Hochschule Furtwangen University (incl. myself) which features a lot of talks on quite a variety of topics. This year – which was the second time UnFUCK took place – we had talks starting from the power of prime numbers to fiddling with the ARM Cortex-M3. The timeline gives some more information about what was going on.
All in all it was a weekend definitely well spent, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of inspiring people and to hear about new and cool ideas. Videos of this conference should be available at the UnFUCK wiki within the next days (unfortunately everything in German).
On Sunday I had the opportunity to hold my Informatik Rockstars (that’s no typo here, it’s German :-P) talk again. It basically presents people who have delivered extraordinary participation to computer science (with a slight bias towards theoretical computer science) as a trading card game. As I’ve been asked a couple of times now to publish those cards I do so (unfortunately they’re also in German). They are in no particular order, far away from being complete and should be considered to be work in progress. Download link and license are at the end of this post.
You can also download the whole set here.
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