It has been quite a while quiet in my documentation as I have been travelling and working on my day job a lot lately. So let’s catch up with the latest.

 

First of all I got new addition to my digital tool belt few weeks ago. TBS2700 Hamlet Android Tablet. I purchased it with the idea that if it does not perform by my expectations I will just use it as 7 inch remote controller for my apartment. Well not going to happen that it would be dedicated. This beast is really impressive with it’s  1280x800 IPS screen, 4 core cpu, dual core gpu and in normal use easily 7-8 hrs of battery life. I haven’t touched my laptop too much since as the tablet is just convenient enough to do the daily surfing, tweeting and news reads.

 

There was a good deal for it in aliexpress* and got just under $120 delivered with 8gig extra memory card.

 

Only the firmware of this TBS2700 did not impress me too much. The apps manufacturer thinks everyone wants to use no matter what was something I really couldn’t agree. So fw upgrade package from tbs** website and I started to poke around. I got the tablet couple of times hanging at the boot and not coming up again, but fortunately the FW flash still worked. So I just dropped next try in and couple of hours of trial and error I finally got the vendor apps cleaned and some of my own into the FW bundle.

 

Yesterday I was shopping in local Woodie’s*** and got some things to improve my project. Nothing special just a table lamp (which will be cannibalized and instead being mains powered, I’ll fit that with the led stripe as well), 18V cordless drill and some fittings to get stuff hanging on the walls.

 

At the same trip I also visited D.I.D Electrical**** and got one TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router. It seems that plain old switches are hard to come by nowadays. No worries, that is running OpenWrt***** already and will be serving my project network in future.

 

I’m also a bit in shortage of components and have been waiting some bits and pieces from China now almost a month. Today the tracking info gave me bit a light at the end of the tunnel as next 20m of the RGB led strip has arrived this morning to Dublin. Expecting having them tomorrow then.

 

* http://www.aliexpress.com

** http://www.tbspc.com

*** http://www.woodiesdiy.com

**** http://www.did.ie

***** http://www.openwrt.org