Documenting projects is not an easy task and can be quickly boring if you don’t have discipline.
It will go to the point that you slack with that important part and you end up with a project that is long done and not documented at all.
This is a pattern I noticed when and after building my first car computer. I took pictures of the assembly, put them online, then I waited until i would find some spare time to write a nice article about it.
Time was never found for that.
During the build of the version 2.0 of my car computer, I also took pictures, but this time i used twitter to detail the timeline of my progress. The computer hardware was completed about six months ago. Someday, i will re-read my early tweets and try to build a nice article about it.
Six months and still nothing… I doubt something will change. But there can be surprises.
At the moment i’m working on a project named The Wandering Star: this is an easy to carry suitcase-shaped server destined to be used into hacking conferences and provide massive storage and a VPN link from the conference site back to its home base. I’m not alone on this project and we try to make a decent documentation of the progress on a wiki page. I have a bunch of pictures here.
Could that be the start of a new way for me to deal with that kind of stuff ? I hope so !!