Tandy 1000 RLX with hard drive. It really was a neat small form factor (for the time anyway) PC.
Does this mean I'm going to die soon?
Fake Steve Jobs also died?
Yes, I've done just that with some Dell Optiplex 380 systems. You can also use the on-board video along with PCI graphics to get multiple monitors working.
What we really need to find on the moon is oil. We'd be founding the New Texas oil rig colony in less than a year if that ever happens.
Not if the toaster has Norton Internet Security Small Kitchen Appliance Edition 2012!
Maybe not Elec 101 but 401 (at least in the US). The idea isn't that complicated but there are regulations that make putting a system like that into practice a bit of a challenge (at least in the US). The system must go off-line if the phase drifts, if the line voltage changes by x in y milliseconds, etc...
There's a reason for this. In large systems the need for a fast switch from utility to inverter power under full load requires that there be a battery charger constantly charging a battery bank and an inverter or rack of inverters connected to the battery bank to provide power to the load. This isn't very efficient but it works well.
Also battery voltage can vary from about 10 V to 14.4V per battery so I don't think this is tightly regulated enough for computer components. In a large system you want to keep the DC voltage high so your I^2*R power loss is minimalized so DC voltages as high as 108 V are not unheard of.
If you get pulled over turn your ringer off and toss it under the seat. If the cop asks for it say you lost it recently.
I'm in as long as the game will teach me how to play like these guys.
It takes about 10 minutes into the Episode 1 review before things really start getting awesome. After that I was hooked and I now base my life upon Lord Plinkett's teachings.
Exactly. I write software for PIC and AVR and I have a couple of dev kits for each but I end up using the prototype of the product once I am past the proof of concept phase. The point of Arduino is that a hobbyist can get something up and running quick but that's about it. It doesn't work out well when you're looking for a job in the MCU field and your experience is limited to slapping something together on Arduino.