Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Peach, Black Boy, #1 / 2013-2014

There were two unknown fruit trees planted around the house. One was in the garden by the hut and it was obviously a dwarf nectarine or peach. The other was in the front garden, and was obviously not a dwarf tree, but was also a nectarine or peach. The only way to find out what kind, was to wait and see, as a peach is a fuzzy nectarine.

Day X+0: By this stage, I'd pruned the tree, and we were into summer and leaves had grown along with small fruit. There's not much to say past this point, other than to observe the growth over the 2/3 of a year that passed. I did thin out the fruit at one point.

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2013-11-08

Day X+6:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2013-11-14

Day X+44:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2013-12-22

Day X+66:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-01-13

Day X+69:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-01-16

Day X+76:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-01-23

Day X+85:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-02-01

Day X+99:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-02-15

Day X+114:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-03-02

Day X+141:

Peach, Black Boy - 01 - 2014-03-29

I would have gotten around 10 fruit from the tree. Some mornings I would go out and pick up the windfall fruit, but if I forgot, either rabbits, hares or more likely blackbirds would have taken a bite or three out of them. The chickens at this stage were caged away, but love pecking away at black boy peaches.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Kohlrabi / 2013-2014

I'd never heard of Kohlrabi until I lived in Iceland, where someone I worked with used to bring in some she grew. The flavour is something I'd describe as something like a sweeter crisper mini-turnip.

Day X+0: Not sure when I planted it out. Like most of my seed sowing, I did it rather rough, and just put them in soil in a tray and placed the tray outside. It would then have gotten hail and snow on it, for short durations.

Kohlrabi - 01 - 2013-11-08 - Seedlings

Day X+6: Six more days later.

Kohlrabi - 01 - 2013-11-14 - Seedlings

Day X+45: Thirty nine more days later, planted out.

Garden Bed, Granny Smith - 2013-12-22 - Kohlrabi

Day X+85: Forty more days later.

Kohlrabi - 2014-02-01 - 57

Unfortunately, I don't seem to have taken any more pictures. I ended up getting maybe 10 decent sized kohlrabi harvested. A rabbit or hare came along at some point and bit the top off several plants. I also put the last kohlrabi into a kimchi made from other things I harvested, but eventually yeast grew on top of it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

MIPS32 support

My satellite receiver has the odd bug, but otherwise it is generally a pretty good piece of hardware and software.  However, the bugs and the inability to fix them, are something I wish I could do something about.  The firmware, is written in MIPS assembly language, which runs on an Ali 3602 chip.  Scanning through it, you can see interesting things like the license for Linux-NTFS, something which was reported to the GPL violations mailing list several years back (with no action taken).

Anyway, I can't afford the main interactive disassembler out there, IDA.  So I have my own, which has a token amount of features comparatively.  Peasauce.  Up until now, it only disassembled m68k machine code, but I've just finished adding basic MIPS support.  It's nowhere near perfect, but it's a start.  And it shows how much work goes into IDA.

The next architecture is likely to be ARM support, although it like MIPS gets more complicated.  There's ARM and ARM thumb instructions, and they are different sized and mix together to some extent.  There's also MIPS32 and MIPS16, and they are different sized and mix together to some extent.  But that's a problem for another occasion.  The work on this could be endless, if I had the time.