The “terrible” 3 cent MCU – a short survey of sub $0.10 microcontrollers

Tim (cpldcpu) writes: Like many others, I was quite amazed to learn about a microcontroller sold for only 0.03 USD via the EEVblog last year. How was this possible? Many assumed this was a fire sale of an old product. Digging a bit further, it became apparent that there is an entire market segment of […]

BusPirate.com: Automated documentation updates

Up-to-date documentation makes a project easy to learn about, but its a really boring job that takes a lot of time. Even great documentation eventually has outdated examples and screenshots that don’t quite match the latest version. BusPirate.com has a hacked together toolchain to keep the documentation fresh. It’s a three part process: Test scripts […]

The factory of the world – Hackaday documentary on the Shenzhen Ecosystem

The factory of the world – Hackaday documentary on the Shenzhen Ecosystem When it comes to manufacturing, no place in the world has the same kind of allure as the Pearl River Delta region of China. Within just an hour-long train ride, two vastly different cultures co-exist, each with its unique appeal that keeps attracting […]

ESP8266 WiFi module quick start guide

follower from rancidpacon writes, I recently wrote a 15-page getting started guide for the $5 ESP8266 WiFi modules for Kiwicon 8, a local New Zealand hacker con. It’s available as both HTML and a PDF. It provides details on: how to make the hardware connections using an FTDI Board or Arduino (with suitable disclaimer); how […]

The D programming language

If you’re into learning programming languages, you may what to check out a new programming language known as D. What is D? According to the developer’s website D is a general purpose systems and applications programming language. It is a high level language, but retains the ability to write high performance code and interface directly […]

Hacking the Patent System: alternative patent licensing

The EFF has announced their participation in the launch of a new guide to alternative patent licensing. The guide was prepared by the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property & Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School in partnership with EFF, Engine, and the Open Invention Network (OIN). Generally speaking, defensive aggregators use the pooled resources of member companies […]

Share and visualize KiCad components with KiCadCloud

Alan C. Assis writes with a new way to share and visualize KiCad components. It is not easy to find KiCad components. Normally people search at www.kicadlib.org or just “Google” for the component part-number + KiCad, but neither approach normally will return good results. At end of day he/she decides to “home-brew” their components. But […]

How to choose an open source hardware license

Makers in the open source hardware community are usually more preoccupied with tech details, with licensing considerations being an afterthought. This can lead to unintended consequences resulting from releasing a design under what proves to be either too permissive or restrictive. Simone Cicero tries to clear up confusion over characteristics and implications of the various […]

Advice: what to expect when authorities confiscate your electronics

It’s unfortunate that we have to consider these matters, but with governments worldwide obsessed with violating the privacy of ordinary citizens we found a well documented post which puts some flesh on what some naively view as skeletal paranoia. In this comprehensive article Violet Blue of ZDNet outlines the tools and techniques government agents worldwide […]

Graphical cheat sheets for ARM dev boards

Gordon Williams has developed cheat sheets for ARM dev boards. He writes, “I got pretty frustrated working with ARM development boards – every time I’d choose a pin for some function I’d find out that it was used for some peripheral on the board – so it either wouldn’t work or it would break something […]

DEFCON: The Documentary video download

The video entitled DEFCON: The Documentary has been released for download at the DEFCON XXI conference currently underway in Las Vegas, NV. The production by Jason Scott chronicles the first 20 years of the legendary hacker conference. You can obtain your own copy free from the “DEFCON torrent link. For those wishing to purchase a […]

TI wireless connectivity guide

With TI wireless devices being encountered from time to time in your hardware hacking it’s important to be able to recognize the types of chips and their associated capabilities. TI has a free Wireless Connectivity Guide available covering their offerings for various wireless technologies including mesh and IP networks, personal area networks, locationing, RF sub-1 […]

How to ID your Arduino board

Which Arduino boards are commonly in use and how do you distinguish one from another? Alex Castle has posted a roundup of the most common Arduino boards on the market right now, with tips on how to distinguish between them based on processing capabilities, feature sets and form factor. This summary should be helpful to […]

Why you should document your Open Source Hardware project

Why you should document your Open Source Hardware project: This specific moment, that moment when you start working on the refinements of a product to create the second version, could be a great moment to document your invention. In fact, when you start again the production process, you already know how to do things, and […]

Declassified NSA doc: Untangling the Web

In this newly declassified document entitled “Untangling the Web: a guide to internet research”, the NSA drops the docs on the governemnt’s view of internet research resources. (The information is a bit dated as this is the 2007 edition.) Untangling the Web was released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request by […]

Free PDF of “Hacking the Xbox” in honor of Aaron Swartz

Our friend Andrew “bunnie” Huang along with No Starch Press have decided to release a free ebook version of Hacking the Xbox in honor of Aaron Swartz. Bunnie writes, “As you read my book, I hope that you’ll be reminded of how important freedom is to the hacking community and that you’ll be inclined to […]