Category Archives: hardware

Garden Light Redux – Power Supply

NOTE: This post is a work in progress. As long as it ends with “To be Continued”, please check back occasionally for updates. The Garden Solar Light is a recurring interest of mine. It is often referred to as a Joule Thief but it … Continue reading

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Programming the ATTINY85-20SUR

This post ties together my two previous posts, “ATtiny85 SOIC chip Program Adapter” and “Universal programmer dusted off“. I inserted the ATTINY85-20SUR nested in the SOIC Adapter Socket OTS-20-1.27-01,  plugged it into my DIY Universal Programmer socket and connected it up to my USBasp programmer. … Continue reading

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ATtiny85 SOIC chip Program Adapter

When I purchased some surface mount ATtiny85 microcontrollers I didn’t realize that Atmel sold them in several widths, so I purchased the incorrect size SOIC programming adapter that would have enabled me to program the chip prior to soldering it … Continue reading

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Universal programmer dusted off

Lately, I have increased my microprocessor/gadget activity after a hiatus/slow down. A project that I have been (slowly) working on was developed and debugged on an Arduino NANO but the final target is a surface mounted SOIC ATtiny85-20SUR operating at 3-Volts. … Continue reading

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Dubious eBay SD Cards – Caveat Emptor

Over the years, I have purchased a number of SD cards through eBay – often shipped directly from China. Today I was reading the setup instructions for a recent acquisition – a PINE-64 board. Pine-64 was adamant that the micro-SD … Continue reading

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Revisiting+ WLX-652 e/w SnakeOS

NOTE: This was originally a May, 2015 post but I just revised it today, June 26, 2016. Back in 2012 I wrote about the SnakeOS flashed WLX-652 device ( See Original Post ). As I said then, I actually purchased … Continue reading

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SMS from Arduino

A few weeks ago I was chatting with my mail carrier who is also a beekeeper. I mean LOTS of bees with some hives in remote locations. He has a friend that is working on a system that weighs hives and … Continue reading

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Amazing Little $9 Computer

Yesterday, the postman delivered my $9 CHIP computer that I ordered in June, 2015 as a KickStarter pledge. It cost $9 for the CHIP Computer plus $5 in shipping. My pledge read: $9 PLEDGE LEVEL C.H.I.P. Get learning and making on … Continue reading

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A refresh of my revisit of the WLX-652

My IP-Camera image gallery solution described in my PREVIOUS POST was working well for browsers other than Firefox. Firefox doesn’t handle cache like other browsers. The retrieved images were cached and even a page refresh would not retrieve a new … Continue reading

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Current State of QU-BD One-Up 3D Printer project

UPDATE: The current state of my QU-BD One-Up 3D Printer project is that the printer is finished but I am having problems with the preferred host software, Repetier. After assembly there was a significant gantry sag. The One-Up gantry is … Continue reading

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