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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. http://dockets.justia.com/docket/massachusetts/madce/1:2015cv10181/167131 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 http://imall.iteadstudio.com/development-platform/arduino/arduino-compatible-mainboard/im120411012.html OLIMEXINO-STM32 STM32F103RBT6 https://www.olimex.com/Products/Duino/STM32/OLIMEXINO-STM32/ Baite maple mini ARM STM32 STM32F103CBT6 http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/leaflabs-Leaf-maple-mini-ARM-STM32-compatibility/812021_1987703487.html Microduino-CoreSTM32 STM32F103CBT6 https://www.microduino.cc/wiki/index.php?title=Microduino-CoreSTM32 Generic STM32 boards Unbranded mini-style STM32F103C8T6 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311065904789?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103C8T6 mini STM32 core board development board STM32F103C8T6 http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/ARM-Cortex-M3-STM32F103C8T6-STM32-core-board-development-board/524881_1319507014.html Matchbox ARM STM32F103C8T6 https://github.com/MBARM/MatchboxARM

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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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How to ruin a great product

It seems that Canonical, the creators of Ubuntu, are taking a leaf out of Microsoft’s play book. Ubuntu was based on the excellent, robust Linux, but most importantly made easy to use. Microsoft also made Windows easy to use, but … Continue reading

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