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WORKSHOP VIDEO #29: Favorite Bus Pirate features

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdXE4hm_lHY[/embed] Today's video is about our favorite Bus Pirate features. Voltage measurements with the Bus Pirate ADC pin are easier than working with a separate multimeter on an analog project. We read a voltage from an MCP4725 I2C digital to analog converter in the demo using the d and D...

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Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker’s 1903 lulz

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Fans of tech history may want to read Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz. This article appears on the NewScientist website and reveals that wireless hacking dates back to the time of Marconi! Any you thought you were onto something new with a walkie talkie on the frequency of the...

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Cheeky, personalized PCBs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Creative PCB graffiti. How do you personalize your boards? In ancient times, digital mariners would steer their charges by the light of heavenly vias. Sometimes, they would see figures in the vias, and give them names. Via Adafruit.

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Retro integrated circuit video

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Here's a half-hour video produced by Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation in 1967 describing the integrated circuit (IC), its design and development process, and giving examples of late 1960s uses of IC technology. Serves to provide some perspective on how the industry started, and how far we've come.

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  • Pekka Akselin: This is ridiculous!? :-) We are back at 256(!) byte EPROMs that needed multiple, a handful, of voltages to run! :-(
  • KH: Let's try a back-of-envelope calc balancing energies. From MCP1700 datasheet, there are graphs for a 200mA load step. Estimate the energy shortfall as 12uJ. Say...
  • Daniel: It's been a week and my comment is still awaiting moderation. Apparently the CIA doesn't want their involvement known?
  • KH: Agree, so okay, I guess he must have learned from somewhere. 100nF and 1000uF is so far apart, that was jarring; it's more magic incantation...
  • Max: I have a suspicion the hefty electrolytic cap might be some sort of cargo cult carry-over from other RF-based projects - for instance, I've seen...