PCBConverter Wizard

Just a quick update on the DOS Protel Autotrax to Kicad Web-based conversion utility I’m authoring to be used on this blog.

I’ve given it a name:¬†PCBConverter Wizard

Unless someone can suggest a better name or I don’t infringe on anyones trademark… I’ll stick to that. I want to keep the name generic, as I might also look at other PCB file formats to convert over to KiCad, if this is project works out.

I’ve made a fair bit of progress in the last few days. For those waiting, I apologise, it is a part time project, but hope to have something soon. Also unlike in a previous lifetime as a Analyst Programmer, I don’t have a project manager breathing down my neck and quoting me milestones/deadlines etc.

I’ve been updating my development environment and also playing with a new toy, a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, (RPi) which I have pressed into service as an development web server, (yes really!), as I don’t want to touch this blog until I’m ready to deploy. The RPi, which is running Raspbian (a variant of¬†Debian Linux compiled and modified for the Raspberry Pi). It might be small but it pack a fair punch!

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B booted of a 32GB microSD card, plus 16GB USB for extra storage!

I’m running it in headless mode so I just SSH in from a terminal from my macOS computer, or use the fantastic software, Webmin, from my web browser to configure and run the various aspects of the LAMP software (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) although I will be using the Sqlite database for this project. The thing barely gets warm and it’s quite fast. It’s got a 64Bit Arm 4 core CPU @ 1.2GHz and 1GB RAM, WiFi, Fast Ethernet and Bluetooth/Bluetooth LE & HDMI and audio. Cost me around AU$45 + I got a little clear case for it so I don’t short it out on all my stuff I have lying around!