Category Archives: hardware

T430 Linux friendly Laptop – New to me

As a subscriber of HackaDay.com a recent article Piqued my interest. It was titled “UNLOCKING HIDDEN POTENTIAL IN IVYBRIDGE THINKPADS” and described older 2012 ThinkPads and giving them more years of life or improve performance. It involved using an open-source … Continue reading

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GeoCoin – My 2nd Electronic geocoin

This is my second electronic GeoCoin using the same electronic design. My first geocoin was one shaped like the state of Florida – see THIS-LINK. This one is in a more traditional geocoin shape. The only thing that it does is blink … Continue reading

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Repair/Upgrade SANGEAN RCR-5 Clock Radio

I have a SANGEAN RCR-5 Alarm Clock Radio that I use to play its radio each morning at the set alarm time. The RCR-5 radio has excellent audio quality for such a small unit – not tinny at all, with … Continue reading

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Pololu USB AVR Programmer V2

I recently purchased another ATmel AVR programmer. I normally use a USBasp programmer with out-of-circuit chips and, less frequently, in-circuit chips. Anyway, Pololu is an electronics manufacturer based in the USA, specifically Los Vegas, Nevada. I’ve previously used a couple of … Continue reading

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Video on Creating pcb-rnd PCB footprint e/w Silk from part’s PDF spec

When I create Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), I prefer using the program pcb-rnd. Pcb-rnd was originally forked from gEDA’s PCB program but it has incorporated so many new functions and features that its capabilities far exceed the gEDA’s PCB program … Continue reading

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SMD Temperature / Humidity Sensor

I made a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for a project that I have been working on that a temperature and humidity sensor. My initial PCB had mostly Surface Mount Devices (SMD) parts but three parts were discrete through-hole parts. Through-hole … Continue reading

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All SMD Radio Transmitter

In a current personal(1), i.e., not for sale or distribution, project I have been using a Chinese ASK radio transmitter module – the STX-882, which I posted about back in February of this year. The STX-882 works well BUT being … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – SOIC8/SOP8 test clips

My mistake may benefit you if you are into budget surface mount PCB creation. I recently purchased an 8-pin  test clip for SOP8/SOIC8 surface mounted chips. My goal was to use my USBasp programmer to flash in-circuit ATTINY85-20SU chips. I … Continue reading

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CE012 Step-Up Boost – What’s Inside?

I am getting ready to design a circuit using the ME2108A Step-Up voltage converter, but first I wanted to closely examine the CE012 Voltage converter that I recently posted about – HERE. Since Canton Electronic’s  CE012 module performed so well … Continue reading

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Santa Light – What’s Inside

During the Christmas season I found a Santa light at the local Dollar Tree store. Knowing that it is just a garden light with a Santa head, I bought one just to experiment with. OK – I’m a little obsessed … Continue reading

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