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Old 12-09-18, 03:40 AM   #1
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Old 12-09-18, 06:28 AM   #2
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We ride our jet skies and boat. We love to play our pinball machines.
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Old 12-09-18, 11:31 PM   #3
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DIY electronics, embedded programming, FPGA programming, and cryptocurrency mining are just a few that come to mind.

Recently got into the ESP32 and I actually found a bug in the stable branch of the libraries. I decided to use it for the application processor in a smart energy storage system similar to a scaled down version of a Powerwall.

Still a beginner at FPGAs, but I managed to score a deal on some LX150 boards. Not sure what exactly I'm going to use them for - something that involves video would probably be the answer. I'm definitely learning a lot just playing with Verilog code. Just for fun, I'm trying to implement a Chip's Challenge-like game without a CPU.

The cryptocurrency mining is slowly dying off with difficulty rising, but I have two setups that still make a decent profit, albeit only making about $17/month each.
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Old 12-14-18, 08:55 PM   #4
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I am restoring a '74 chrome bumper, wire wheel MGB roadster. 100% analog and is the apex of what naturally aspirated cars could do back then. Dual SU carbs, point distributor (remember "dwell meters"), a sweet engine note, 4 speed trany, and a blast to drive.

Not a fancy concourse car, nor a daily driver.

Often, I am in awe when I see how the original engineering teams solved problems. Other times, I get real pissed when I see when they didn't think it through.

It is my physical therapy and a LOT of mental therapy! Keeps my mind off my health issues, chemo, etc.
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Old 12-15-18, 02:50 PM   #5
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Hang in there Steve. I know how health issues can wreck an otherwise good retirement. My physical/mental therapy is PLC programming and fixing CNC equipment for my former employer. The owner and I are old friends so I get special treatment in the shop. They were even nice about rebuking me for wearing house slippers to work.

I also do some consulting for another former employer. Can't brag about it much as we are still working on patent protection. It's mostly embedded programming, of which I know almost nothing. Kinda strange - I did my university studies in mechanical engineering, yet most of what I do now is electrical.

Of course the house remodelling is only 80% complete. It keeps the rain and bugs out so I'll probably leave the last 20% for the next unsuspecting soul who wants a fixer-upper.
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Going car trips with the kids, playing some blues
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