Illustrating circuits and electronics using Fritzing

Illustrating circuits and electronics using Fritzing

I found Fritzing a few days ago and have been having a lot of fun with it. This free software/website combo allows you to easily create great looking electronics illustrations. It can handle pictures of the actual parts (like an Arduino and a bread board), schematics, and even PCB layouts. I’ve decided this would be a great program to use for making illustrations for SproutBoard. Fritzing...

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Using my Arduino, a 7-segment LED, and a shift register

Using my Arduino, a 7-segment LED, and a shift register

I dug out a pile of my old electronic components to see if anything would be useful with my Arduino only to discover that most of the stuff I have just isn’t needed when you are using a microcontroller. I did, however, have a 7-segment LED. At first I plugged it into the outputs on the Arduino, but this used up nearly all of them to run the single 7-segment LED. I did some searching and...

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My first Arduino

My first Arduino

A few weeks ago I ordered my first Arduino as part of the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. I bought direct from SparkFun without realizing that it was the same price on Amazon but with free shipping. Bummer, but I’ve moved on with my life.¬†Anyways, it arrived today and I got to spend an hour or two playing with it. Oh man is it fun! The kit came with a few basic tutorials to get you up to...

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Starting a new company

Starting a new company

About two weeks ago I was happily drifting off to sleep when my cell phone rang. I hate getting voicemails more than I hate getting woken up in the middle of the night so I took the call. To my surprise it was a mission buddy, Jon, pitching me a business he wanted me to invest in. I’ve been trying to come up with a unique physical product to sell for years, so I was very excited to have...

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ASUS RT-N66U Router

ASUS RT-N66U Router

My old router started acting up, so I splurged and bought something fancy: the ASUS RT-N66U. There is a newer version that costs a little more and is a little shinier, but I don’t have any devices that would see a benefit from the more expensive router. Anyways, this router is pure awesomeness. First of all, it does 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which is great because it means I can still use the...

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Fixing the digitizer on a Samsung Rogue

Fixing the digitizer on a Samsung Rogue

My touch screen on my wife’s Samsung Rogue U960 recently stopped working. There were no cracks or other visible damage, but it didn’t recognize touches on the left third of the screen. Because the phone was designed to be used almost exclusively by touching the screen, this made the phone pretty much useless for anything other than receiving calls or calling people already in her...

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