Archive for the ‘utilities’ Category

Workshop Organizer – inventory controller for home-workshops

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Dilshan Jayakody writes: Workshop Organizer is light-weight, cross platform inventory controller for home-workshops. This application is specifically design to manage electronic/electrical components at home-workshops, but it can use to manage other areas of workshop including tools, machinery and mechanical components, etc. To store data, this application use SQLite database system...

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Conversion programmer in TL866cs TL866A

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

radioman wrote a small utility which generates the full TL866A firmware, based on custom serial: For the uninitiated, the programmer TL866 (MiniPro) is one of the programmers Bestsellers in recent times among the best de-bricker/makers.  It’s a small device that allows programming of a large number of memories (ROM / FLASH...

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The Analog Discovery review

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Jack did a review of the Analog Discovery bench tool. This is a 5 MHz 2 channel scope,  5 MHz 2 channel waveform generator, and a 100MSPS 16 channel logic analyzer. This was also the top prize in this year's 7400 contest. The bottom line is that for $199, and...

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Analog Discovery 2 channel scope, waveform generator, logic analyzer

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Digilent's Analog design kit is a 100 MSPS 2 channel scope, a 2 channel 100MSPS waveform generator, and a 16 channel logic analyzer built into one. The pricing ranges from $99 for US-students required to buy one for a class, to $249 for non-academics. Updated specs, thanks Torwag! Two 50...

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Adafruit launches Circuit Playground app

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Adafruit has launched their Circuit Playground app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It provides a collection of reference formulas at the touch of a button, simplifiying calculations to make your project more fun. Decipher resistor & capacitor codes with ease. Calculate power, resistance, current, and voltage with the Ohm’s...

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What gerber viewer do you use and why?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

It's always a good idea to review your PCB gerber files before committing them to the PCB fabrication house. We use ViewPlot to check our PCBs, what software to you use and what are the common errors you look for? Leave your comments here, or join the discussion in the...

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ArduinoDashboard app

Friday, August 12th, 2011

ArduinoDashboard is an application for viewing analog and digital pin sensor values from an Arduino in real time. The app requires you to incorporate a function from ArduinoDashboard into your sketch and upload to the Arduino. You then run the ArduinoDashboard app on your PC which reads the pin status...

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Serial port monitor software

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The crew at Adafruit remind us of a handy serial port monitoring tool for Windows known as PortMon. PortMon is an old school Microsoft utility used for monitoring all serial and parallel activity on a system. While USB rules the day for most PC-peripheral communications, PortMon can help when reverse...

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pyBusPirateLite support for Windows

Friday, May 6th, 2011

There is a new version of pyBusPirateLite, the Python library for interacting with the Bus Pirate.  It now supports Windows versions of Python. You can download the latest version from the Bus Pirate SVN Repository, or a package containing just pyBusPirateLite.  See the wiki page on Bus Pirate Scripting in...

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Virtual USB analyzer

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The Virtual USB Analyzer is a well documented free and open source tool for visualizing logs of USB packets, from hardware or software USB sniffer tools. It provides a graphical visualization along with raw hex dumps and high-level protocol analysis. The Analyzer is NOT a hardware USB analyzer or USB...

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Posted in tools, USB, utilities | 2 Comments »

Breaking SSL on embedded devices

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Developers use embedded devices all the time, often without implementing security measures. When they do, they often rely on SSL. As revealed by the LittleBlackBox project there exists a collection of thousands of private SSL keys extracted from various embedded devices. These private keys are stored in a database where...

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Digikey: now there’s an app for that

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Now there are Android and Iphone apps for Digikey! More than just a marketing tool, this app is useful for checking on what package types a component is manufactured in and includes an instant link to datasheets.

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Bus Pirate and FlashRom saved my mainboard

Friday, November 12th, 2010

MrHijet writes with a followup to our previous post, The Bus Pirate and Flashrom saved my mainboard: I already wrote something about the rescue of my computer in my blog, however it was written in german. I flashed my brand new core i7 mainboard as my processor wasn't recognized correctly....

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Bus Pirate power tools

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Are there any 'power tools' that would make the Bus Pirate more useful? We want to develop a collection of cross-platform command line utilities for common stuff. There's already two apps. The first accesses the SPI sniffer from binary mode for maximum speed. The second is a self-test utility that...

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Test script processor for the Bus Pirate

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Here's another use for the AT Command Script Processor we posted last week. We've been using to run test scripts on new Bus Pirate firmwares. Get a Bus Pirate v3b for $30, including worldwide shipping at Seeed Studio. Adafruit also has the Bus Pirate and probe cables in stock and...

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Bus Pirate SPI sniffer utility v0.2

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

A new version of the Bus Pirate SPI sniffer helper application and source is ready to download. This version adds clock edge and idle phase configuration settings. It also has new command line parsing. Download links and updated instructions are on the wiki.

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Bus Pirate SPI sniffer utility v0.1

Friday, August 20th, 2010

SPI sniffing with the Bus Pirate just got easier. SPIsniffer is a helper application (power tool?) that accesses the SPI sniffer using the fast binary mode. This is 3 to 4 times faster than displaying snooped output in the terminal mode. In terminal mode the Bus Pirate decodes raw data...

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USB Infrared Toy: WinLIRC, irGraph

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

There's a new IR Toy/WinLIRC tutorial that shows how to decode remote controls on your computer. WinLIRC doesn't control things alone, but it works as a plugin with automation programs like EventGhost to control your computer using a remote control with almost any protocol. For instant satisfaction, try the WinLIRC...

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AT command script processor for GSM modem debugging

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Last week we wrote some software for a GSM (cellular) modem module.  The GSM modem is controlled by AT commands, like an old landline modem. Debugging is usually done by typing AT commands into Hyperterminal or the Bus Pirate. We got tired of tapping out tons of AT commands by...

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Bus Pirate and FlashRom saved my mainboard

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

MrHijets' BIOS update [machine translation] went sour, but he revived it with the Bus Pirate and FlashRom: In my case, Flashrom and the Bus Pirate saved my motherboard... FlashRom support is an example of how open source and community driven development can extend a project beyond it's original design. Thank...

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