NewsThis week's Weekly Roundup, which hasn't really been weekly for the past month, we're seeing a fair amount of retro kit, FPGAs and SBCs. Basically a whole lot of stuff that is really cool that you didn't know you needed. Continue reading Weekly Roundup #61: New Maker Products // News→Read more.This week's Weekly Roundup is actually a little short, but we have FPGAs, SBCs and other cool things I've found in my travels on the interwebs. Continue reading Weekly Roundup #60: New Maker Products // News→Read more.This Week's Weekly Roundup of New Maker Products is pretty quiet. Combined with two back-to-back holidays in China and the great MLC shortage of 2018, I'm not surprised. Continue reading Weekly Roundup #59: New Maker Products // News→Read more.
ReviewsAn SBC that's not really an SBC. Based on the NationalChip GX6605S, it runs a tiny Linux with a very small component count, but is it too cool to be usable? Continue reading The C-Sky SBC: Pi in the Sky? // Review→Read more.In this review I take a look at one of the newer members of the Khadas family; The Khadas Edge and Khadas Captain. This board has some pretty interesting power management but, unfortunately, I saw the return of the magic smoke genie. Continue reading The Khadas Edge: A new captainRead more.The LattePanda Alpha SBC is a bit of a beast not only in horse power, but in price. In this video I look at benchmarks on Windows, Linux and OSX and give my perspective on why LattePanda made a big mistake. Continue reading LattePanda Alpha: The big mistake? // Review→Read more.
ProjectsMy original project 30 years ago was to build a talking Alarm Clock, which was based on a 6502. This is a revamp of that project. Interesting to see what can be done so easily these days! Continue reading Build a talking Alarm Clock synced to Google calendars. // Project→Read more.Remember that thing in front of your house? The letterbox. In this multi-part video I'll show you how easy it is to get your letterbox to send you alerts via MQTT when you get new mail. So you won't have to guess anymore. Continue reading Building an MQTT letterbox. //Read more.
TutorialsI've been asked this question a couple times. How do you program an Atmel SAM MCU without a boot loader or the Arduino IDE? In this video I'll show you how to do this using Linux and an Atmel In-Circuit Debugger. Continue reading Program an Atmel SAM without an IDE.Read more.This is the first video in the LinuxFu series designed to take you from knowing nothing about Linux to knowing everything. This first episode we'll be looking at a bit of history, what Linux is and what makes it so special. Continue reading LinuxFu #01: What Is Linux? // Technology→Read more.Multiplexing was first used in the 1870s, but what is it and how is it used? What are the various types of multiplexing? What about keyboard matrices and Charlieplexing? Continue reading Multiplexing: Doing more with less. // Technology→Read more.
MailbagsThis week's MickMakeMail I'm cracking open the Big Clown IoT kit that was sent to me recently and a couple of AdaFruit 64x64 RGB panels. Just in time for a quick weekend project. Continue reading MickMake Mail #27: A bit of clowning around. // News→Read more.The new Cocoon Create Touch that's being sold by ALDI Australia has a lot going for it, but can it handle a noob in 3D printing? And where have all the 3D printing crazies gone to? I can certainly answer the first question! Continue reading MickMake Mail #26: ALDI 3DRead more.After seeing my review of the ADSM201 microscope, the Andonstar guys sent me a review unit of their newer ADSM302 model. Find out what I thought of it. Continue reading MickMake Mail #25: Andonstar ADSM302 microscope // News→Read more.