Member #134773

Member Since: May 19, 2010

Country: United States


I started playing with electronics in the mid-1960s, and with computers shortly after Neil Armstrong took “one small step”. I got a degree in CS in 1980, and started working then as an engineer.

  • One of the “things” I’m thankful for are the folks who run places like SparkFun, Adafruit, and DigiKey – without you, and the folks who supply you with everything from resistors to Raspberry Pis, my life would be a lot less interesting!

    Don’t gobble too much bird tomorrow!

  • Maybe it had something to do with Nick’s confusion about which was the “big product” this week! ;-)

  • The link behind “The Sparkfun Semiconductor Kit” in the text above points back to the main page.

  • I worked at a TV station in the late 70s (as a broadcast engineer), and one of the things I learned is that the vast majority of people who are reporting on what others are doing are doing so because they’re too STUPID to be doing anything interesting themselves. But what they lack in IQ, they more than make up for in ego. (I hated the job, and was so glad to leave.) There are exceptions, a precious few who are bright enough to realize that there’s more to the world than having a pretty face and being able to read aloud, but they are few and far between.

    Also, just because a bomb went off in the airplane doesn’t mean that it was set off by a barometric sensor. Before going that way, you’d better check to see if the airplane had a pressurized baggage compartment. Most do, as nasty things can happen to all of those toiletries that are packed in checked baggage. A simple timer is more likely, and those can be made from a clock purchased at the local thrift store. (True, it might not have been in the baggage compartment, but putting it elsewhere in the aircraft would have required accessing parts that would have raised a lot more eyebrows, as that licensed mechanics are the only ones authorized to get into them. Getting it into baggage would have been much simpler.)

  • After a few drinks, Pete thinks he can turn on his computer by doing a striptease. (Or maybe turn it off.)

  • I suspect that most of the users are aware of this “trick”, but someone might find it helpful so I’ll mention it. This board has several “pins” that don’t fit nicely on a solderless breadboard. If I need to use these, I take a M/M jumper wire (such as PRT-11026 or PRT-08431, or similar from other vendors) and cut one end off (I leave an inch or so, so that I can use the remaining part in the future), and solder it to the “pins” that are in odd places (such as A4 and A5, when I need to use I2C).

  • “Real Time Clock” – wellll… sorta… actually it’s better described with the term used in the datasheet of “Real Time Counter”. A full-blown Real Time Clock Calendar (RTCC) will have provision for a battery that will back it up even if the power for the rest of the chip goes away – even for years. The SAMD21 does not provide for this separate power supply. It’s a shame that Atmel didn’t see fit to provide this key (some of us would use the term “hyper-critical”) functionality in their design – one which folks like MicroChip and Intel have included for many years. (This makes the SAMD21 “so last millenium”, IMHO.) Having a true RTCC is key for many, many applications, and it is so annoying to have to “add a bag onto the side” of the design to provide it.

    I did happen to catch one thing interesting: there’s a 128 bit serial number on the processor which Atmel says is unique to each individual chip. That can prove handy!

  • How about some info on what’s inside the wooden box in the video? (I don’t have a BLE phone, but may think about some other interfaces to it.) Remember, “copying is the highest form of compliment”, and “plagiarism is the highest form of productivity!” :-)

    (As a long-time engineer, I like to avoid re-inventing too many wheels…)

    The talk in the video said something about it, but not enough… even just a quick Fritzing diagram would be helpful.

  • I trust that you’re not the same “Jimbo” that I sometimes hear on “talk radio” in the wee hours of the morning… (usually when I have to get up to catch an airplane after barely getting to bed…)

  • Sweet. I assume that sooner or later, you’ll have some “product” from the bees, besides the data from this honey of a project.

    And I’ll have to remember it and bee-ware if I happen to visit SparkFun!

    (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist all of the pun-tential here!)

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