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Learning Arduino - Going from beginner to guru.
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HOWTOs an tutorial on PCB design.
Short tutorials & HOWTOs on specific topics.
Banana Pi Reviews
Espresso Bin Reviews
Friendly ARM Reviews
Hard Kernel Reviews
Latte Panda Reviews
Le Maker Reviews
Misc SBC Reviews
Next Thing Co Reviews
Onion Corp Reviews
Orange Pi Reviews
Raspberry Pi Reviews
Up Board Reviews
So, I finally managed to get my hands on the TinkerBoard.
Does it do everything the company claims? Will it make a dent on the Raspberry Pi market share?
Find out in this video collaboration with NovaSpirit Tech.
The Banana Pi has been around for a while now, but I thought I'd review one of the models that isn't so common.
The Banana Pi Router.
The EspressoBin is being marketed as a different type of SBC. How different is it and is that difference what you want? Find out in this video.
The NanoPi M4 has been around for some time now. However, this is one SBC that I hadn't gotten around to reviewing. So, what makes this board so special? Let's find out.
In this article I'll be taking a look at the newly released NanoPC-T4 from the friendliest SBC makers on the market. I'll be running through the usual lineup of tests that I do, but I reckon this board deserves two articles. So, this is Part 1.
The NanoPi-M3 has 8 1.4GHz ARM cores. That's all well and good, but can you actually use this small SBC?
Unboxing FriendlyARM's NanoPi2. It's smaller than the Raspberry Pi, but what advantages are there over the real Pi? Is it good for the Maker? Can it support a desktop for those wanting a tiny mobile computer? Find out in this MickMake review.
Does FriendlyARM's NanoPC-T3 have an identity crisis? Should it be considered a true Maker board or a desktop? Find out in this review of one of the few 8 core SBCs on the market.
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.
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.
This is an update on my initial LattePanda review, where I tackle the over-heating problem and look at power supply and network performance testing.
The LattePanda is one of the few x86 based SBCs on the market. Is it too hot to handle?
The LeMaker HiKey seems to be one of the better 8 core SBCs around. Here's why…
An SBC that's not really an SBC. Based on the NationalChip GX6605S, it can run a tiny Linux with a very small component count, but is it too cool to be usable?
This is a review update of the C.H.I.P, taking a look at power consumption, WiFi performance, SPI and 3D acceleration.
What cool features does the CHIP offer the Maker? Will Next Thing Co be able to hit the education market just as much as the Raspberry Pi? What sort of support do you expect from this tiny SBC? Will NextThingCo stop all these fruity wars with the high carb CHIP?
In this review I'll be taking a first look at the Omega2 and Omega2+. I managed to get in tests on GPIO, I2C, SPI, performance and came across issues like the dreaded 2mm pin spacing, solo powering and the micro-Linux O/S problems.
So, yet another Orange Pi board called the PC2. It's sporting the new 64bit quad core Allwinner H5 MCU. Is this really a good idea?
The Orange Pi+ 2 is a step up from the previous generation. In this brief review I look at what it offers us… right before the magic smoke genie appeared. Damn!
The Orange Pi Zero is here. How good is it in comparison to the competition? Find out in this video.
It's been a while since the Rock64 was released into the wild for hackers, but 8 months on, how good is this board looking? Let's find out.
4 months later. Is the Pine64 now ready for the Maker? How has the Pine64 development progressed?
Find out in this video if the Pine64 has addressed all the concerns I had in my original review.
This is an update to my Pine64 review answering questions from my YouTube subscribers.
- Question 1: Can you test out Remix O/S?
- Question 2: Can you test out a Raspberry Pi hat to see if it works?
- Question 3: Can a Raspbian / Raspberry Pi 3 image be used on the Pine64?
Is the new Pine64 really worth your had earned money? Can it generate enough momentum to take over the king of SBCs, the Raspberry Pi 3?
In this review we'll be unboxing and running it through it's paces to see if it really is worth buying.
So, I've been playing around with a bunch of the new Pi 3B pluses for a week now. Do I think the upgrade is worth it? Find out in this quick review.
The Pi Zero W's resonant cavity is an interesting design feature. How does this affect WiFi performance? What about current drain?
Seems that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has risen to the challenge of the flood of “look-alikes” hitting the market. Is the new Raspberry Pi 3 enough to fulfil the needs of Makers that these other boards have been filling up until now? Let's see….
After a bit of a break, the MickMake channel is back in action for 2020. Hindsight is great and clearly, I have a vision for 2020 that includes resolutions like 1080p Kicking off the year with a mailbag!
If you are a regular viewer of this channel, you'll have noticed that I haven't published a video for a while now. And frankly I look a bit like Old Man Logan.
The IMSAI8080 was a pretty special machine, mainly because it was considered the very first “clone” computer, being sold in kit form in the mid 70s. This is the buildout of one of the better IMSAI8080 clones around.
At some point in your Maker career you will inevitably get to the point where you want to make a bunch of PCBs but doing them by hand is tedious and prone to error.
This is where the LitePlacer comes in.
So, this week's Roundup Of Maker Products is a bit different. Instead of scripting it all, I'm just going to wing it and see how it turns out. Should be interesting.
There's been a lot of speculation from the SBC community about what the Raspberry Pi 4 will look like and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has really kept the lid on it.
So much has happened recently that the Roundup of New Maker Products is split into two. This is all the rest of the stuff. So, go and hide your wallets!
So much has happened recently that the Roundup of New Maker Products is split into two. This is all the Crowd Funding and Tindie stuff. So, go and hide your wallets!
The WS2812 RGB LED is a pretty popular device that's been around for a long time. In this video I'll cover what they are, how to drive them from 3.3v logic and even throw in a simple GoLang library to control them from a Raspberry Pi which will display a count of wiffies! What more could you ask for?
Aaaaand back in 3. 2. 1.
The first Weekly Roundup of the year and we're already seeing some really cool things happening in the SBC space. Oh and there's also some other cool things.
This 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.
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.
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.
If you're a fan of GoLang then your options are limited in the embedded world. So, here's a couple of options for you with a working bare metal example for an STM32 MCU written entirely in Go.
This is yet another Weekly Roundup of New Maker Products, but going back to the old time-slot of Wednesday. I'll be interleaving it with my other mid-week videos, so it's technically not a Weekly Roundup, but anyway… On with the show.
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