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    abecedarian reacted to Rei Vilo in Intel opens up the embedded MCU on the EDISON board   
    Yes, the SDK and related software are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The documentation is great and I played with the examples successfully. The only caveat is the tick time limited to 10 ms, hardly enough for a true MCU. 
     
    The Intel Edison offers 3 environments: Wiring/Arduino, native Yocto applications and dedicated MCU. I implemented and compared the same blinky example on those 3 environments. 
     
    All 3 environments are already supported by embedXcode, embedded computing on Xcode.
     
    This is a clear invitation to BeagleBone to make the 2 PRUs easier to use!
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    abecedarian reacted to Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    I have been distracted by other things anyway, imagine bluehash is busy too.  By the way, have you priced Adafruit 24 light Neopixel rings?  You weren't supposed to notice, but that is the reason it only has one engine.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    @@bluehash hasn't formally announced the contest yet, so yeah, maybe you better hurry.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from vinicius.jlantunes in SMD soldering practice kit - assembly   
    Sorry. I don't visit youtube very often. 
    But thanks!
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    abecedarian reacted to Fred in MSP-EXP430F5529LP CCS6.1.1 linux "surprise" :D   
    I find that MSPFlasher is the best way to sort out updating the FET on a launchpad. My weird update experience was when I had both version 5 and 6 of CCS installed once.
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    abecedarian reacted to Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    Wow... I may have to go back and enhance my entry
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    abecedarian reacted to vinicius.jlantunes in SMD soldering practice kit - assembly   
    @Fmilburn: I do own one of these WEP 858D+ (same as Atten 858D+). I bought it after watching Dave Jones review video:
     
    http://www.amazon.com/858D-Station-Soldering-Display-Nozzles/dp/B009PPRJHS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443819068&sr=8-1&keywords=wep+858d%2B
     
    I can't say I used it a lot, but I did rework a couple chips in a PSU I was attempting to fix and it worked great. I also used it to shrink some shrink tubing and it also worked fine.
     
    I plan on doing a follow-up to my video where I use solder paste and hot air and compare the results. I might get around filming it this weekend, will post here so you know (you can also subscribe to my Youtube channel )
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    abecedarian got a reaction from Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    And I'm feeling good today, so I'll toss in the RaspPI B+ I have here too.
    Bought it, looked at it, and haven't done a thing with it since.
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    abecedarian reacted to bluehash in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    Hiya! Ok.. now we only need entries.
     
    Rules would be the similar to the POTM one:
    - You must be a member of the 43oh forum at least a week before your submission.
    - One entry from each member will be permitted.
    - Your design has to be open source. if you can, select a license from here or here. 43oh will not claim any ownership.
    - Your project can be anything based around TI Microcontrollers. You may interface any of TI's controller to another controller. But try to keep TI as the main controller.
    - You may reuse code from anywhere as long as you give credit to the original author.
    - You must submit code and schematics of your project with a proper description.
    - You can submit your project, if it was created before the annoucement of the contest.
     
    Updated Prize list:
    The winners will get to choose any prize from the pool in order of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th..etc
    Radio Shack Motor Pack, value = $39.95 USD (donated by abecedarian) WIZwiki W7500, value = $45.00 USD (donated by abecedarian) RaspPI B+(donated by abecedarian) Your choice of $25 giftcard from Sparkfun, Adafruit or anyplace that sends giftcards electronically. I can even Paypal it to you if you are not interested in a card. Same as above, but $20. Dev board from TI <$20. - You must have at least 5 posts in the forums, for your entry to be considered when the voting begins.
    - Previous entries in other 43oh contests will not be permitted.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from bluehash in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    And I'm feeling good today, so I'll toss in the RaspPI B+ I have here too.
    Bought it, looked at it, and haven't done a thing with it since.
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    abecedarian reacted to vinicius.jlantunes in SMD soldering practice kit - assembly   
    I've put one more video in my Youtube channel, this time it's me soldering a SMD soldering practice kit I got off Aliexpress for 1 dollar.
    I can definitely improve my skills!
     
    Go ahead and watch, even if only to laugh at me
     

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    abecedarian reacted to bluehash in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    Woah...Thanks!
     
    Guess.. I'll let the winning entries decide what they want.
     
    Full list:
    Your choice of $25 giftcard from Sparkfun, Adafruit or anyplace that sends giftcards electronically. I can even Paypal it to you if you are not interested in a card. Same as above, but $20. Dev board from TI <$20. Radio Shack Motor Pack, value = $39.95 USD (donated by abecedarian) WIZwiki W7500, value = $45.00 USD (donated by abecedarian) Runner ups: If members wish to donate prizes/boards. I can cover International shipping upto $10.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from bluehash in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    Okay, @@bluehash, you got me.
     
    I'll contribute a prize or two:
    Radio Shack Motor Pack, value = $39.95 USD

     
     
    WIZwiki W7500, value = $45.00 USD

     
    If these go unclaimed, I'll keep them open for any future contests.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from spirilis in DS3231 RTC Library for 5529   
    Getting @@spirilis to send his wife over to make sure yours is calibrated? He even said:
    "... hasn't lost 1 minute in the past 3 years it's been there (exposed to temps ranging from 5F to 120F inside the trunk)"
    Why he put her in the trunk and how she managed to measure things is another story though.
     
    *edit- Just realized this doesn't make sense without some context.

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    abecedarian reacted to Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    Got it more or less finished and just need to do some touch up.  This is what inspired it...

    This is the airframe and control panel put together.  It consists of two cardboard boxes with corrugated plastic wings cut out of a discarded storage box.  The panel is made from a paint stirring stick and the switches, pot, and buttons are recycled from other projects or stuff I tore apart.  The lights are mounted on coffee can lids and covered with plastic cups from something we ate.  Everything is held together with hot glue and brads.

    I went to the dollar store and got some blue and yellow wrapping paper and glued it to the airframe with outdoor Mod Podge (works great for this sort of thing).  Then I put another coat of Mod Podge on it for strength and some lacquer to help weather proof it a bit.

    This is the avionics ready to be installed.  There is a 3W LED for a searchlight in front and an Adafruit 24 light neopixel ring in back (not shown) that is driven by a special built MSP430 and Energia.  The searchlight can be dimmed or brightened with a potentiometer.  The sound comes from an old greeting card I tore apart and repurposed.  The other buttons light up LEDs on the panel.

    We also decorated it with an Energia sticker.  Here it is being taken for a test flight.  It has pretty good maneuverability - he missed the brick wall.

    It does look like it was made from a cardboard box and it lacks the lines of the original but the customer is happy.
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    abecedarian reacted to Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    I'm afraid the decision wasn't based on design or construction technique. It was based on the pure coincidence that the Blue Angels made a pass over a local park recently while he was at soccer practice. If after we finish people say "hey, look at that airplane" instead of "hey, Look at that kid in a box" I will declare success.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    @@Fmilburn My suggestion of the F117 was simply due to it being faceted in form thus well suited to being cut from cardboard. F/A-18 are much more curved so getting it shaped out of a box will be more work. But I'm interested in seeing the final design if you go this path.
     
     
    *edit- would be interesting to add the landing gear with motors and such so it could be 'piloted' around.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from tripwire in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    F117 shouldn't be too hard to form from box to jet.  
    Myself, though, no HW projects. All the animatronics stuff my nephew sees just don't meet his criteria, so he's going to adding that "in"-human element.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    F117 shouldn't be too hard to form from box to jet.  
    Myself, though, no HW projects. All the animatronics stuff my nephew sees just don't meet his criteria, so he's going to adding that "in"-human element.
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    abecedarian reacted to Fmilburn in Halloween projects, anyone?   
    I'm making another airplane for my grandson.  That is him in the photograph I use as an avatar for posting in 43oh.  He wants a jet this year - hard to make a cardboard box look like a jet but 4 year olds don't know any better and I will spruce it up with buttons, lights, and sound.  The avionics will be controlled by a MSP430G2452 on its own custom board.  I'll post some pictures when I finish it....
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    abecedarian reacted to Oldnotdead in Windows 10 failure   
    After many hours of effort, I can declare success. I now have energia v16 working on windows 10. Based
    on the suggestions in the forum responses I received, I proceeded as follows.
     
    Open windows explorer, search
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    abecedarian reacted to chicken in Using EnergyTrace with Energia   
    For those that don't follow the 43oh Blog:
     
    @@Fmilburn published a great write-up about how to use EnergyTrace to measure and improve power consumption and battery life of an Energia sketch. The article includes a nice demonstration of the effectiveness of sleep() vs. delay().
    http://43oh.com/2015/09/how-to-measure-an-energia-applications-power-usage-with-energytrace/
     
    He also shows how an EnergyTrace compatible LaunchPad (e.g. FR5969) can be used to measure power consumption of an older LaunchPad (e.g. G2553). This probably works for standalone projects as well.

     
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    abecedarian reacted to dubnet in My time with the Renesas RX   
    @@spirilis I think you are well on your way to publishing a book on this topic.
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    abecedarian got a reaction from yyrkoon in Windows 10 failure   
    I appreciate your thoughts. However, people had problems with Energia going from 7 to 8 / 8.1 too. Most, IIRC, were found to be Energia issues.
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    abecedarian reacted to yyrkoon in Windows 10 failure   
    So all this talk about energia working for some, and not working for others has me wondering about this new end user license agreement, ( EULA ). MS states that it has the right to disable *any* "illegal" hardware at their digression. The part that has many people worried, is that "illegal hardware" is not exactly defined in clear terms. But there has been a lot of assumption that it is related to things like modified xbox controllers on Windows - And such.
     
    Anyway, MS going around and disabling "illegal" hardware / software probably is not in their best interest. As all it would take would be 1 bad call on one system, and MS would very soon be history. What I am wondering about though is *if* perhaps this "feature" of Windows 10 is buggy or has gone haywire. The reason why I am wondering about this is that I'm hearing reports of many drivers, and bits of open sourced software not working with Windows 10. People are also having problems with USB gadget drivers for the Beaglebone black. Maybe this is even intentional on MS's behalf ? If so though, it would be a very bad move on their own behalf.
     
    Maybe even the underlying architecture of the OS has changed enough that older driver will just flat out not work correctly ? But in that case why is it that only some are effected ?
     
    Someone with the know how needs to experience this issue. That is someone who know how to trace / debug Windows problems. Someone using strace for windows ( the link I gave above ) could find out exactly what's happening.
     
    Just my way of thinking and dealing with the general public where PCs are concerned - I tend to think most of the time things like this are due to user error. But in this case, I'm starting to wonder . . .
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