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Making an e-Paper Etch-a-Sketch

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Scott Baker has been working on making an Etch-a-Sketch using modern e-Paper displays and optical encoders: Above you can see my prototype. I’m using a 4.2″ e-Paper display from Gooddisplay, together with the Waveshare breakout board. I have a couple of ENS1J-B28-R00128 optical encoders that I attained on eBay. I...

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Vintage headset conversion

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Quinn Dunki wrote a great article describing the conversion process of a 1980s-era Earmark into a bluetooth headset: The obvious thing is to convert it to a bluetooth headset for modern use, right? As I previously warned, converting a 1980s-era air traffic control headset into bluetooth headphones is probably the...

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Atari 5200 Playstation 2 dual-shock controller adapter

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Dr. Scott Baker has developed an adapter that allows you to use Playstation 2 analog controllers on an Atari 5200, that is available on gitHub: This adapter allows you to use a PS2 controller on an Atari 5200 gaming console. The 5200 was notable at the time for its use...

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Wyostat: Open source Thermostat Pt. 1

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Kevin has been working on building his own thermostat, that is available on github: Does the world need another connected thermostat? When my thermostat went on the blink last winter, I looked at Nest, and Ecobee, and the other me-too thermostats, and I decided I would rather build my own....

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A software only solution to the vexing Beagle Bone Black PHY issue

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Josh Levine has a nice write-up about a software only workaround for the Beagle Bone Black PHY issue: Sometimes the Ethernet port on a Beagle Bone Black does not work on power up. It takes either a physical reset button press or a power cycle to fix it. This problem...

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Emulating a hardware ROM in real time with an STM32F4

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

  ROM emulation using an STM32F4: I remember reading dhole’s  Emulating a GameBoy Cartridge with an STM32F4 some time ago thinking that it had a lot of applications with respect to old computers. In that article  a STM32F4 microcontroller  ‘pretends to be a ROM chip for a gameboy’. At the...

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Raspberry Pi virtual floppy for ISA (PC XT/AT) computers

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Dr. Scott M. Baker wrote an article detailing how he turned a Raspberry Pi into a virtual storage device for ISA bus computers: I’m tired of carrying compact flash cards and/or floppies back and forth to my XT computer. I like to do development at my desk using my modern...

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Desoldering station

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Stynus writes: Some time ago I bought a lot of Weller soldering irons at an auction for cheap. Between these where a few DSX 80 de-soldering irons. I also had an old Weller IG101 solder station (bought earlyer from another hobbyist), unfortunately I had no iron for this one and the...

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AtPack: Atmel Pack parser, visualizer and fuse calculator

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

  AtPack - Atmel Pack parser, visualizer and fuse calculator from Vagrearg: Looking for an up-to-date fuse-calculator for the Atmel(*) AVR chips has been something of a long search. There are several online versions, but they have not been updated to the new chips (like the ATmega328PB). When you have got...

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Converting a Seeburg 3WA wallbox into a remote for a modern music player

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Dr. Scott M. Baker wrote an article detailing how he converted a Seeburg 3WA wallbox into a media player for his homebuilt audio player: A bit of background. These Wallboxes were used as remotes in diners and other locations back in the 1950s. You put your nickel, dime, or quarter...

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Philips Hue – control anything hack

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Fred writes: To be honest, my recent simple relay hack wasn’t really all that great. It just used the high power constant current output to drive a SSR. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked. I decided that it was worth the effort to track down some more useful outputs and...

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PS2-TTLserial adapter for RC2014 and MIDI

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Dr. Scott M. Baker published a new build: The original reason for this project is that I wanted to build a standalone RC2014 with keyboard and display. There is an official RC2014 serial keyboard, but I find it a little inconvenient for my big fingers and poor eyesight. I have...

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Feather M0 express supersizing

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Dastels writes, "In my last post I described how I hacked a 2Mbyte SPI flash onto a Trinket M0 to give it the memory space for CircutiPython of one of the M0 Express boards. This time I supersized an M0 Express board, specifically a Feather M0 Express, although the same hack...

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Vintage MIDI: Roland MT-32, Roland SC-55, HardMPU, and an Xi 8088

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUNkQINpSKw Dr. Scott Baker writes: In this video, I decided to upgrade my home built PC from AdLib sound to MIDI. I tried out a couple different midi modules, the Roland MT-32 and the Roland SC-55. I learned that I'd need an MPU-401 or compatible ISA interface, and I explored...

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Modifying a computer ATX power supply for higher output voltage

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Kerry Wong wrote a post on his blog showing how he modified the 12V rail of a TL494 based ATX power supply to 14.6V for 4S LiFePO4 battery charging: To charge the 110Ah battery bank I built, I need a power supply that can provide at least 10A at 14.6V....

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Multiface 128 recreation project

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Steve Smith  has been working on a Multiface 128 recreation project: On to the Multiface 128 recreation project. I have been attempting to find a source for an AT&Y SPEC-MATE which is a lesser known snapshot interface for the earlier Sinclair Spectrums. I used to use one back in the...

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TS100 oscilloscope hack

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Befinitiv wrote an article describing his modification to turn a TS100 soldering iron into an oscilloscope: As you can see in the video, you can use the soldering tip as your measurement probe. Coincidentally, a soldering iron has already a pretty good form factor for an oscilloscope. Here is a still...

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Halogen floodlight SMT reflow

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

David Sanz Kirbis built his own reflow device with an halogen floodlight, that is available on Github: First test was to check the speed of the temperature rise inside a standard halogen floodlight. Reflow soldering temperature curves are quite demanding, and some adapted ovens can't reach the degrees-per-second speed of the...

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Pulsecounting and deepsleep based IoT water meter

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tisham Dhar has written an article detailing his pulsecounting and deepsleep based IoT water meter project: I admit to being a tiny bit obsessed with monitoring utility bills and gathering data on my usage patterns blow-by-blow. The energy monitoring has reduced my electricity bills, so I wanted to have a...

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Analog Discovery USB isolation

Monday, March 13th, 2017

  Bob writes: Back when I was deverloping the PSU burner, I wanted to have the Analog Discovery isolated from the common ground, to avoid noise and other issues. Since I did not have a way to do this, I ended up using a laptop on battery for measurements. But...

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