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Member Since: October 12, 2010

Country: United States



Carbon based with metallic appendages.


Observer of carbon based life, G10010110110, RK-sector.

Spoken Languages

English, a (very) little Madarin (Chinese).

Programming Languages

Assembler (Z80, 6502, 8051, 8088 etc, PIC, AVR to date), C/C++/Objective-C, Pascal (Delphi etc), JavaScript, PHP, even C64-peek-poke-BASIC :p


Entirely self-taught beyond high school math/physics/chemistry. (There were other topics, but I can’t recall what they were :p)


Electronics (go figure!), RC models, Ham radio, Internet and digital communications in general, women, that sort of thing.



  • Yes. It runs full Linux on a 500MHz dual core. That’s massively more power than an Arduino. You could run a full Apache Web server if you wanted, although there are lighter options too. Not that I have actually tested this on an Edison yet. But the full Apache 2.x system, including PHP5 runs well for me on an Raspberry Pi, which has similar specifications. Hence my confidence. Also, it seems you would only need a 3.3V power supply and WiFi antenna to have all that online. Pretty darn cool for such a tiny package. Have fun! :-)

  • Wow. IMHO, the price is fine! It’s like taking yourself and three friends to McDonalds, for something that will far outlast french fries and burgers and might even be more fun – not to mention tekonogically cool. (Or three cocktails at a public bar, right?) Goodness. This is 2014. Anything under $50 is a steal! Plus, you get SparkFun’s ongoing support. If you made this board yourself, using the cheapest suppliers available, you would be very hard pressed to better the price. Be realistic guys. Sheesh.

  • The book focusses on Python v3.2.2, according to the Amazon preview. I guess buying it at the full MSR price here could work out about the same, if you’re buying other stuff as well, due to shipping costs. Besides, last I checked, Sparkfun don’t have a “donate” button. So we have to do it by giving them well deserved profit, instead. ;-)

  • Yay \o/

    Thanks so much.

  • PLEASE please please produce a WHITE breadboard version of this kit – if not make that the standard. I fully support the switch to the new Sparkfun RED board, for all the sensible reasons you’ve mentioned. It looks cool (in red!) and now makes it easy to stick to the name and great image of the, “RedBoard”, while switching to a WHITE breadboard that people can SEE and work with. (They have a red line on two bus lines. So white is not THAT far off target, yeah? :-P)

    Not everyone has youthful, clear eyesight. The red breadboard just doesn’t work, for a lot of people. This kit is clearly aimed at making Arduino EASY to learn. Making it HARD to see is not making it easy. You just need to read other people’s feedback to know this, right?

    Heck, make the base board red if you want to, as well. Just not too bright a red, but a cool, matching red with the RedBoard itself. But the breadboard HAS to be WHITE. Please? Pretty please? OMG … p l e a s e … ?

    If not, then at least tell us exactly where to get a decent WHITE breadboard that will fit perfectly in your base board slot. THANKS for listening. Cheers.

    P.S: WHITE – not translucent, which is just as, if not more difficult to work with. ;-)

  • deleted by author. (I see there’s a v3 board now.)

  • What’s with all these 802.15.4 whatevers? What happened to WiFi 802.11 – you know, the stuff that actually connects to the real world (interwebs) without a big computer in the middle? (Just asking.)

  • Would it be possible to get a 1MHz clock output on one of those spare pins to make available for clocking AVR chips that need it? (Like when ‘fuses’ get accidentally set such that the in-circuit oscillator/Xtal doesn’t run.)
    That would be super handy.

  • For the record, I’ve been using this programmer on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), using CrossPack (http://www.obdev.at/products/crosspack/) and AVRDUDE (http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/avrdude/).
    It all “just worked” for me – right out of the box. No Googling, no configuring. CrossPack includes the USBTINY drivers. It’s just fine and dandy.
    I do have one funny thing happening most times I program the EEPROM area on an ATmega64A – some weirdo time-out/protocol error message comes up during the process. But it always recovers and completes the write without a problem.

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