[Company] Weekly Operations Update 45/2009

Kristoffer Ericson kristoffer.ericson at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 11:17:52 EST 2009

On Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:39:51 -0500
Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at qi-hardware.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> super late this week, sorry about that...
> ---1 fscons.org
> Mirko went to FSCONS 2009 in Goeteborg, Sweden last weekend, and gave a talk
> "Redefining Freedom with Copyleft Hardware" (who would have thought? :-))
> http://www.fscons.org/node/44
> He used the event for a lot of networking, people liked our NanoNotes, of
> course everybody is asking about software...

Just out of interest, who is working on what concerning software, and
what approach?

> ---2 some development boards with USB host available
> Mirko received 9 NanoNote development boards with additional USB Host
> connector and 64 MB RAM in Berlin. If you are interested to hook up
> GPS, 3G modem, etc. to the device and want to do some hacking, please
> contact Mirko (mirko at qi-hardware.com). Note that we are selling these boards,
> price can be refunded when Ya NanoNote comes out.
> ---3 KiCad
> Using free tools for our hardware design is very important for us, starting
> with schematics and layout. Two free suites exist, gEDA (www.gpleda.org) and
> KiCad. Following gta02-core, we decided to use KiCad.
> Carlos team at the University of Bogota, Colombia, made great progress but
> they also ran into limitations:
> http://lists.qi-hardware.com/pipermail/developer/2009-November/001054.html
> So if you have the ability to help the KiCad project, Carlos has a wishlist
> for you :-)
> In the next week or two, Adam will try to work with a new PCB maker we
> found in Wuhan, China, who produced PCBs originating from KiCad before
> (doing projects for www.sparkfun.com).
> ---4 production delays
> Due to bad planning on our end (not knowing about some tax and currency
> regulations), we need to redo some of our corporate paperwork, and
> most likely this will push back larger production runs by about 4 weeks or so.
> On the plus side this also gives us the chance to improve software, keep
> polishing the product, and sharpen the focus of our websites and branding
> a bit more.
> Phew, heavy text, sorry, more going on in various corners but enough
> from me for this week...
> Wolfgang
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