Wow, its Christmas time again. Its amazing how much shopping one can get done in a week. Actually I hope it is cause I haven’t started yet! 🙂 Well I thought I’d share some of our holiday pictures. Most of which are Patrick and I setting up our Christmas lights. After seeing the Carson home video of their computerized lights dancing to Wizards of Winter, I just had to find out how it was done and then do it myself! Amazingly, it was pretty easy to find all the info I needed. Although to buy the equipment needed seemed to cost way too much, but luckily they had schematics and diagrams of everything you need to do it yourself! I just had to talk Gwendolyns brother Patrick to build it for me. Patrick being the electrical engineer, and I the software engineer, we could easily make this happen.

Early December, Patrick finally got a chance to come over and we went to work on the lights. He had already built the control unit, so now we just had to test it out. Our first try plugging it into the computer didn’t go so well. It seemed Patrick accidently soldered the transistors on wrongly, and they all blew! Unfortunately it was late at night and everything was closed, so we had to wait till the morning before we could get more. Meanwhile we started on the tree that we were going to control with the computer. I trip to walmart and one hula hoop later, we had a small 3′ tree.

After getting the transistors the next day and all re-soldered, it was time to test again. This time it all seemed okay. That was until we went to plug it in. Once I plugged it in, it shorted and shutdown the computer. We re checked everything and didn’t find anything wrong. =/ So one dead hard drive later and many man hours, we had a working computer display! Video to be uploaded soon!

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