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May 27, 2007
News - Arduino: The Documentary
about 5 years ago
Great video, I’ve used Arduino boards in numerous projects. They’re quick to get going and cheap to use (esp. if you just burn the bootloader onto blank chips from SF/CPC/RS/Farnell).
I wish I could say the same about the ARM7 boards I’ve also used. Sure, they’re more powerful and you can do more with them once you’ve figured out all their intricacies, but unless you ‘need’ that, why bother?
I won’t enter into the PIC v Atmel holy war, but I do take issue with people banging on about FPGA’s. For the majority of tasks, they would be a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ solution, regardless of cost or development environment complexity. I fail to see why using something more difficult would make a solution better.
I’m a firm believer in choosing the right tool for the job. If a family friend wanted some advice on a computer for reading email and playing solitaire, I’m hardly going to recommend they buy a full on gaming rig when a £250 netbook would suffice.
I love the fact we now see people with no background in electronics building robots or autonomous vehicles, who 5 years ago wouldn’t have even thought about doing anything with a micro controller. Anyone thinking that you should have an EE/CS degree before you even breathe on an IC is an idiot.
News - 'Tis the Season
about 7 years ago
Let me firstly say that I love you guys, and Lady Ada. Not in ‘that’ way obviously. But you guys make some really excellent stuff.
I’ve never actually commented on a post here before. But, if I was going to poke some light-hearted fun at a fairly specific type of product, I wouldn’t put a manufacturers name on it.
While I’m sure the vast majority of Velleman’s staff are easygoing people (who may even get the joke), there’s always going to be some humourless scrooge that’s going to take offence, and it’s usually someone in the legals department.
Anyways, keep up the good work and have a great Christmas and new years. Looking forward to the 7th!
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