Category: Hardware

For Want of 0.1 mm…

I got the printed circuit board for my aquarium light and power controller project  from Olimex in Bulgaria yesterday. It looked great! Unfortunately, all of

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PCB Design Software

After struggling to lay out my aquarium controller on a “permanent” prototype board I decided to see if there were some software design packages which

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Linux Saves Windows Server

I run Exchange as my home mail server. Unfortunately, the Windows Server 2008 machine that hosts Exchange is flaky. For the last 18 months it

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It Can See! Or maybe “hear”…

I’ve updated my Arduino-based aquarium microcontroller project to incorporate an ultrasonic sonar sensor. The aquarium lights now stay dim during the day, except when someone

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Sonar Is Cool!

One of the things I find oddly intriguing about working with microcontrollers is that they interact with the environment. This isn’t some amazing insight, of

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VirtualBox, Ubuntu and GumStix

My next embedded programming project will involve a single board computer (SBC), rather than a microcontroller. I’ve come across several kinds in my research, but

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