Category Archives: computer

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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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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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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Ethernet Module Test

Today some modules were delivered from China. One was a ENC28J60 Ethernet module made by “LC STUDIO”. There are many variants available on eBay – just search eBay for “ENC28J60 Ethernet LAN Module”. I purchased mine from Polida via eBay … Continue reading

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ARM Development, Part 2

I have had some progress with development on the ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103R8T6 MINI STM32 Development Board, aka “Cortex Study Board” by LC STUDIO. The simple blinking LED project was a breakthrough for my self education but I want a much … Continue reading

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ARM Development

I have been wanting to get into ARM development so that I could run Linux or, more likely, Nuttx on a future DIY PCB board.  Given how little I knew about developing on ARM I needed an inexpensive board and … Continue reading

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Install an IDE drive into a Pure SATA environment

For the grand sum of $10, I recently purchased a eMachine EL1300G small footprint bare-bones computer at an Asheville Goodwill store. The computer contained the motherboard, 1.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 2650e processor e/w heatsink/fan and power-supply, but was missing the RAM, … Continue reading

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Switched to XFCE

No posts lately because I have been busy rebuilding my primary desktop. I purchased a discounted OCZ 120GB SSD from 1dealaday.com, thinking that I would use it in my desktop. I spent some time slowly building up a system on … Continue reading

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