Category Archives: Engineering

All things related to any electronics projects I undertake

Working with stm8 in Linux

I was ordering some uCs a while back and I saw that the STM8 Discovery and decided to pick it up, because I needed something to get free overnight shipping. I’ve recently decided to look at it again and thought … Continue reading

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PIC Watchdog Timers

I’m an admitted newbie to PIC uCs, but I thought I’d share a quick thing I just ran into and it deals with the watchdog timer. I recently purchased some PIC16F722A-I/SP from Arrow, because unlike the PIC16F877A, these don’t need … Continue reading

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6-chip BASIC computer with Z8671

I’ve had some Z8671 chips for a while and I wanted to build a BASIC computer (get it?). I just wanted it up and running (for now) and I came across this Hackaday Post and related GitHub. I learned from … Continue reading

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Quickie Problem with STM32F103C8T6

I just ran into a quick problem with my STM32F103C8T6 that I got to play with. Whenever I tried to upload code, I kept getting this error: Error in initializing ST-Link device. Reason: No device found on target. I know … Continue reading

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XBox 360 Chatpad Hacking

So I was watching an old episode of The Ben Heck Show on creating a pocket BASIC computer and in it, he mentioned using an XBox 360 Chatpad as the keyboard and reprogramming it as a serial keyboard instead. Interested, … Continue reading

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Getting Started with the BeagleBone PocketBeagle

Arrow current has a sale where when you spend over $20, you get upgraded to overnight shipping for free! I saw this through an e-mail through them and I had just heard about the Pocket Beagle so I decided I’d … Continue reading

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MSGEQ7 pain fun!

Several years ago I had ordered five MSGEQ7 to eventually build a graphic equalizer. During my first attempts at it, I didn’t use any capacitors and couldn’t get it to work, so I gave up. Fast forward to earlier this … Continue reading

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Update on Hacking the Amazon Dash Button Rev 02

A short time ago I mentioned trying to hack the Amazon Dash Button. Well, despite looking at the data sheet for the Atmel ATSAMG55J19A-MU , all of the pins are not listed!? From the earlier post, it looks like pin … Continue reading

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Portable Serial Console

I’ve thought of a fun project to try and work while waiting for my research team to get back to me: Create a portable serial console with the Arduino. This shouldn’t be too hard. I mean it’s basically a FTDI … Continue reading

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Hacking the Amazon Dash Rev 02 Button

So this is just a quickie, but Amazon recently put their dash buttons on sale for $0.99 for the second birthday. Now, I’ve read that these things can be hacked to run arbitrary code, so I decided to pick up … Continue reading

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