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Adafruit start hostile “takeover bid” for Arduino?

You have to feel a bit sorry for those who run Arduino. After being involved in a protracted internal battle which saw the organisation split into two, they have resolved their differences and created a way forward. Unfortunately, now they … Continue reading

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2015 – The Year of Affordable DIY Pick and Place?

Over the years, there have been many attempts at a DIY Pick and Place machine (PnP). Some people have tried conversions of existing CNC machines, others have started from scratch. Either way, it is a tricky thing to do and … Continue reading

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Sad day for Arduino

The dispute between Arduino SA, and Arduino SRL formerly Smart Projects SRL has gone to court. Nature of Suit: Trademark Cause of Action: 15:1121 Trademark Infringement Smart Projects are official manufacturers of Arduino boards, and it seems they believe … Continue reading

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Generating prototyping board files for Kicad

My love/hate relationship with the Kicad CAD package continues, although I have resolved this year to try to be more positive about it. This week it has been moving more towards love, as I discovered how easy it is to … Continue reading

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Maple compatible and generic STM32 development boards

Maple compatibles Iteadmaple STM32F103RBT6 OLIMEXINO-STM32 STM32F103RBT6 Baite maple mini ARM STM32 STM32F103CBT6 Microduino-CoreSTM32 STM32F103CBT6 Generic STM32 boards Unbranded mini-style STM32F103C8T6 ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103C8T6 mini STM32 core board development board STM32F103C8T6 Matchbox ARM STM32F103C8T6

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Why experts don’t know shit

The recent, and frankly weird case of Gareth Williams, the MI6 spy who was found dead locked inside a holdall, presents a puzzle. How could anyone but an expert contortionist perform such a feat by himself? It seems obvious that … Continue reading

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Impressed with Mint

Searching for an alternative to Ubuntu and it’s new interface more friendly for tablets than desktops, I came across Linux Mint. Apparently this is topping the tables at distrowatch, whatever that is. Anyway, I thought I would give it a … Continue reading

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