According to Pete - June 2012 Edition, Episode 2


Welcome back from the weekend! We hope those of you that were able to attend/watch AVC had a great time! We had a ton of fun and are already looking forward to next year. If you missed it, we'll have a recap video/photos coming shortly. In the meantime, check out this month's second episode of "According to Pete."


Vimeo version can be found here.

You can see this month's first episode here. If you're wondering why "According to Pete" is getting posted in the middle of the month, it is because we made the decision to give you more Pete - twice as much Pete, in fact. From now on, "According to Pete" is going to be two times a month! As always, feel free to leave any questions, comments, or suggestions in the comments section below.


Comments 41 comments

  • PROJECTS!!! Lots and lots of projects. The Q and A structure doesn’t seem to work on its own, but if According to Pete was 20-30% Q and A and 70-80% Project based examples, I think that would work well.

  • My vote is for more projects with maybe a quarterly show that answers a pile of questions and/or going through a basic component. (Your videos on diodes, 555s, op-amps etc… where amazingly helpful when I was starting out.)

  • Projects. Questions can be answered in forums, but projects make better videos.

  • MOAR Pete Projects!

  • So what your saying is that your Resistance to answering every fan question is that you don’t have the Capacitance to answer them, with juggling work and all. So your hoping that the viewers will increase their Induction of knowledge through your projects…

    :D sorry couldn’t Resist.

  • If I have issues “getting in the mood” with a project of mine, Pete always gets my engine going ..

    PROJECTS!!!

  • I vote projects, when you work with a component in a project it helps explain the way that component works in a way that a spec sheet or wikipedia page can’t. Btw I love these videos. I’m a junior in high school with very little background in electronics, but I like to build things in my spare time, and I’ve learned soooooo much from these videos, thank you for taking the time to make them :)

  • Enjoyed the video. Agreed, projects make better videos. Keep up the good work Pete. Have you been wearing the same shirt for two weeks? Just kidding :) !!!!

    PS…do all the cool people live in Colorado?

  • Yeah, since no one has said it… Projects. And Yeah, the dobsonian idea would be great as it would probably also work for a solar idea I have been playing with. So… Projects man! This is good stuff. Hacking the mp3 was tremendously helpful. These types of examples free us to hack and explore far more easily. You are providing road maps for troubleshooting. Thanks

  • Love the shirt, Pete. Is it Horowitz & Hill’s “Transistor Man”? Where do I get one? Oh, and the video’s are great too!

  • MORE PROJECTS!!! The projects you mentioned sounded really awesome.

  • i say projects. if you can Google the answer to the questions people ask they can too. hear that people.. stop being lazy >:[

  • Projects would be great. If you’re going to do a guitar tube amp, would you also do an equivalent solid state amp to compare and contrast?

  • Great video, Pete! I would love to see a Q/A video every few projects. Save up questions for a couple of months, pick a few you want to answer (maybe with building a project for your examples), and if you start to see common questions being asked a lot, pass those off to the Education Department.

  • Projects. Definitely projects. Just keep it as educational as possible which was probably the original intention of AtP. Provide schematics, parts lists, reasons for decisions, and take the occasional educational tangent. Not that you don’t already. Call it Pete’s Progressive Projects (because it would be funny to see him trip on that alliteration).

    It’s funny that you mutilated a SOIC part when you had the perfect opportunity to plug the Sparkfun breakout board. +1 for DIY, -1 for marketing. Hehe.

  • I’d like to see the subject of the video somewhere in the news post.

  • Projects!!! It’s cool to see how you use your products and why you make decisions about the design. It helps learning for future use and regarding questions, we can always go through forums.

  • Pete keep the projects coming, but if you could still answer questions along the way that’d be awesome. Perhaps grab a breadboard and a handful of bits and bobs and show us as much as you scrible instructionally on your whiteboard the answers.

    While I’ve enjoyed the everlasting amp project, I’d like to see different projects. Of course that’s just the Attention Deffici…. Ooooh Shiney!! Oh, sorry about that.

    For example, could you demo how to go from a breadboard to a perfboard? How about running traces? Speaking of traces, best ways to cut traces or solder jumper-pads.

  • Definitely projects. I have a dozen things in varying degrees of completion, and I find following you through your planning as well as hacking to be exactly what I need to get my neurons firing correctly to do the same. Maybe a 2/year big answer project as well?

  • Would love to see the dobsonian mount you mentioned. I think the projects work better because it runs through everything you encountered including the unexpected and how you overcame it.

  • Definitely projects.

  • Just think of all the free days he’s paying for by not making videos all day.

  • PROJECTS, and start with the guitar.

  • I enjoy both but prefer projects, here is why. People usually only ask questions when they are doing something relevant, by the time a question is answered they have probably already found the answer they were looking for. The internet is good that way. So Q and A is a little pointless when its only done once a month although those videos are interesting and I learned quite a bit from them… Projects on the other hand are more useful even though there are quite a few sites that do them too, they are lacking in the one area where this series is very strong… its not just how something is done but why it was done a certain way. I learn far more from the projects part in this series than from the Q & A. When I have a problem I need an answer too, I will find it myself rather than wait for an answer from a single source. So my Vote is 100% Projects.

  • Projects. What might be fun, but probably not for Pete ! , would be to vote on the next project each time, out of say 4 or 5 candidates. Especially of they focused on different areas, analogue interfacing, digital etc

  • Definitely projects they’re a heck of a lot more interesting. :)

  • PROJECTS! Project videos would give ideas for project to do at home, and/or ideas that could be used as a part of another project. It would also be more entertaining to see what projects you can come up with. Answer the question in an According to Pete forum.

  • Don’t be afraid to give us links to spark-fun tutorials to save your self a minute or two. I love the bite-sized education and seeing the project process.

    Thank you for the time you have spent on us so far!

  • I too vote for projects. How about you fill in your ear ring holes with some high power LED’s and show how to make a good current source/driver for them besides the typical resistor. It would be nice to see a way to drive them at full strength the proper way. Maybe place a Lipo in your hat to drive them. I would say power them via strong RF instead but hey we like your videos and don’t want you to fry your brain in the process. Well let me say some of us don’t anyway.

    In all honesty your videos are great and I agree with AngusP that the Q & A structure works better when you are guiding it with some sort of project. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • I actually made LED earrings about 20 years ago. My wife won’t let me put anything in my ears anymore. She says it’s too close to a mid-life crisis.

  • Projects please and no I don’t feel bullied into that by your sad story of ‘extra work’. They are fun and practical. Loved the MP3 player hacking.

  • I vote projects, projects, and more projects.

    The Q&A stuff is fine but there’s plenty of other places for that to happen. I don’t understand about 2/3 of what’s going on in most of these videos but I like seeing projects progress and seeing how you solved the problems you’ve had.

  • I think the best mix would be to primarily focus projects, and answer like the top 3 or 5 most asked questions in the video and try to answer the rest in the thread. Though I would like to still see some episodes where you explain how parts work like the mosfets or inductors videos.

  • Muse just made this video even better :D

  • I watch in hopes that this segment will be interesting.

    • Dude, I know! I feel like every one of these is a complete letdown. I expect to see torches and pitchforks outside my office every time one of these videos post.

      • No torches or pitchforks here, me and my 8 year old son always enjoy watching these vids. I like the projects better than the question, but still enjoy both. ;)

        Blinging out a guitar with LED’s controlled by frequency response? Do I smell an MSGEQ7 in the near future? Please say it is so. :)

      • No way, man! Just getting in front of the camera, let alone giving clear and thoughtful explanations of how things work, takes guts!

        Sure it’s easier for some than others, but for the majority of people that have never made their own vids, or had to post them in such a conspicuous space, lemme tell ya: it can be intimidating, even if it’s just you and the camera.

        Seems like you’re getting better and better with each vid. You definitely sound more relaxed, and the pacing is much better.


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