Member Since: May 30, 2007

Country: United States

  • If you have OSX 10.9 Mavericks and are not able to get the DTR pin to auto-reset when programming an arduino-compatible board, then this may fix your problems as it did for me. It took me forever to find the solution so I am adding it to this page in hopes that it helps someone else.

  • Not that there is an official vote, but my preference is to avoid the micro USB connector as much as possible. Without some sort of case around them to protect the thin metal, it is extremely easy to break them. I've never had a problem with the more robust mini connector and I have far more mini cables than B and micro. For me, it would be a major disadvantage to have a micro connector.

  • This is a GREAT book! I'm an electrical engineer and I switched jobs a few months back that involved more analog and basic electronics than what I had been doing (high speed digital design). I picked up this book and I have re-learned so much from it. It's an easy read and Ashby does a great job explaining the basic electronic components including op-amps and transistors. He does it in an easy-to-read and easy-to-remember way. Even if you feel you have a good grasp of the concepts, Ashby puts it all together in a way to help with reading a schematic and intuiting what it does without having to break out the SPICE simulator.
    I did get tired of all of Ashby's initial comments about how certain concepts are not taught in college, like unit math. I had unit math drilled into me as well as several of the other concepts he complains are not covered. It had me initially questioning what his education background was. However, IMHO, simply ignore those comments and the rest of the book will be great.