Who is Cyberspice?

I am a female software consultant from the UK and seem to spend an awful lot of my life on planes flying from one country to another.  I am tall, blonde green blonde (again), gray/blue/green eyed, and a little over weight.  I wont tell you my age except to say that software consultancy is one of several careers I have had which includes accountancy and corporate finance;  physicist and academic; and software engineer and consultant.  I seem to collect degrees for a past time.

Huge Tracts Of Land

Huge Tracts Of Land

I could be described as a bit of a goth although like any true goth I will steadfastly deny the claim.  However I wear an awful lot of black and dark colours, velvet, pvc, and big boots.  I also has a few piercings but to date I have not been inked.   I can be often found dancing around at various clubs to various kinds of music but dark lyrics seem to be a consistent theme.  My hobbies include playing guitars and keyboards, photography, bellydancing (cabaret, tribal and gothic tribal fusion), climbing, canyoneering and boldering, skateboarding, riding motorcycles and keeping snakes. And when she’s not doing all that she’s studying psychology.

I am a bit of an Apple fan-girl and loves my Macs, my iPod and my iPhone.  However my day job means PCs but mostly Linux and if Windows is required it is run in a Virtual machine.  I am a bit of a Linux guru and is equally at home hacking kernels, drivers and build tools; carrying out high level design; and developing large applications, including client/server; in C, C++, Objective-C, and Java. Recently I’ve started projects based on PHP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.  I work in the digital television industry and know far too much about digital TV protocols.

11 Responses to “Who is Cyberspice?”

  1. Effluvium from Sonya’s Brain » Blog Archive » Seeing Signs of Life Says:

    […] met Melanie at the home of a mutual friend and was already fascinated by her before I realized she […]

  2. Cristi Says:

    Thanks for the plugin wp-CPG-widget. Helped a lot to a site with wordpress and a coppermine gallery with over 900 pictures. I hope to update the plugin to work well and the future WordPress versions. Good health and success!

  3. Peter Says:

    I came across your post on the vivarium (http://www.cyberspice.org.uk/blog/2009/10/29/boarduino-vivarium-temperature-monitor/) while searching for breadboard ethernet for arduino.

    Thanks. I had just been working with the TMP36 and gleaned some good suggestions such as using integer math and using averages to smooth the noise in the comments.

    If you need to recover some lines on your boarduino you may wish to try this serial interface for your LCD (http://www.moderndevice.com/products/lcd117-kit). I have been using it with success.

    Once again, thanks for sharing the knowledge!

  4. Joey Says:

    Would it be possible to send me the schematics and the code for your Boarduino vivarium temperature monitor. I too would like to build a temperature sensor with ethernet and a web server however I’m not that talented unfortunately. I’d like to use yours as a reference to get me started please. It would be much appreciated!


  5. cyberspice Says:

    I’ll publish the schematics on my web site. I’m currently in the process of setting up a projects section.

  6. Gina Chen Says:

    I’m a mom, a blogger, and a Ph.D. student, and I need your help. I’m doing a study about why women blog, and you have been selected at random to participate in a short survey about what motivates you to blog and what you get out of blogging.

    I hope you will take it by clicking this link. Please do not forward the link. (If the link does not show up in your browser when you click on “clicking this link,” you can click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/231228/women-bloggers Please do not distribute the link.

    Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to contact me at gmmasull@syr.edu if you have any questions.

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  7. Stephen Says:


    I stumbled upon your Ethernet for Beeb project searching for a replacement for the now defunct upgrade projects to equip BBC machines with Ethernet and USB.

    I am really curious to know how far did you get with your Ethernet for BBC project? Do you have a kit ? Any plans?

    I have recently taken possession of a BBC and am actively exploring ways to upgrade it to allow some form of current connectivity level.


  8. Eric Says:

    Hello Melanie Rhianna Lewis,

    you may be interrested with this discussion about mandatory locks in PHP5 which leads to maybe integrate DIO into the mainline : https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=63709


  9. Vicent Says:

    Hi Melanie, I’ve been developing php over I2C using dio-0.0.4. Now I’m upgrading to 0.0.6, but… why the max baudrate is 38400?

    Thanks a lot!

  10. cyberspice Says:

    Vicent, I’m assuming you’re using UNIX/Linux.

    38400 is the maximum data rate supported by POSIX with out the extended data rates. The build actually looks to see if the macro B57600, B115200 etc is defined before supporting those rates in the code because they are not always available. For some reason the extension build you’re using does not support the higher rates.

    I haven’t changed anything except for bug fixes between the two versions.

  11. Jun Lee Says:

    Dear Cyberspice,

    My name is Jun and I work for WIZnet Technolgy (WIZnet US office), a private fabless semiconductor company.

    I have been reading your articles in your blog and particularly like your article/project about “Boarduino vivarium temperature monitor”.

    I would like to introduce our company and discuss the possibility of partnering with you since WIZnet have provided W5100 chip to manufacture WIZ810MJ Ethernet Module and also W5100 to manufacture Arduino Ethernet Shield as an official Arduino Ethernet Shield distributor if you have an interest in Arduino.

    We are leading and providing add-on Internet connectivity for small devices in Ethernet and Wi-Fi markets.

    We have a long history of providing quality products for our diverse range of customers all over the world.

    Also, we are currently focused on working with Open Hardware Platforms such as Arduino to provide easy Internet connectivity for all types of devices.

    I am pretty sure that your Ethernet project is very efficient for hobbyist and users on Ethernet.

    And also, your Ethernet project would help WIZnet promote WIZnet products.

    Now, I am asking carefully that I hope you would be happy to start a project with WIZnet’s new products if you have an interest in.

    I would suggest following two products among others.

    1. WizFi250 (http://wizwiki.net/wiki/doku.php?id=products:wizfi250:start)

    2. WIZ550io (http://wizwiki.net/wiki/doku.php?id=products:wiz550io:start)

    3. WIZ550S2E (http://wizwiki.net/wiki/doku.php?id=products:wiz550s2e:start)

    4. WIZ550WEB (http://wizwiki.net/wiki/doku.php?id=products:wiz550web:start)

    I understand that you have had no prior relationship with our business and that you may not even wish to consider working with us.

    However, if you would like to discuss this further, please send an e-mail to junlee@wiznettechnology.com or simply reply this e-mail.

    I am willing to support everything you need in order to make your new project if you have an interest in WIZnet produts.

    Thank you very much for taking your time in reading this e-mail.

    Best Regards,
    Jun Lee

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