Getting Started With MicroPython on the ESP8266:
3D Prints Turn Any Music Keyboard Isomorphic via @hackaday
Many makers balk at the prospect of learning C. I can't blame them. Even with extensive comments, C programs written by others can be difficult to wrap one's head around.
Micropython is a maker-friendly option that may work well depending on one's choice of microcontroller.
You might know me as that one account that toots unheard of programs... well here's another!
If you are a #FreeCAD user and run Ubuntu, there are two PPAs that can make life easier: freecad-stable and freecad-daily. They install separate binaries, so you can switch between the stable and nightly builds very easily.
I've written a guide on how to setup a @nextcloud server. This has been a lot of work, as I've tried to be as verbose as possible.
Hope you guys enjoy it.
Dell releases more high-end Ubuntu #Linux laptops | ZDNet
Nice video of a cool experiment where they programmed an Arduino Uno to continuously blink an LED, and then sent it up exposed to the sun and cold on a high altitude balloon. They used the visual programming language XOD, which I've been experimenting with lately.
How to Build Anything Out of Aluminum Extrusion and 3D Printed Brackets via @hackaday
Here's a related review. https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/features/sifive-hifive1-review
App Devs Ask Linux Distros to "Stop Theming Our Apps" - OMG! Ubuntu!
I got one of the HiFive Rev B boards to experiment with because I'd really like for my hardware projects to be as open as possible, even down to the silicon level.
@jmwright One more thing about free-hand SM circuit construction: solder paste (and, of course, a really good soldering station) is a must for such small connections. It can be pricey, it needs to be kept in the 'fridge, and it has an expiration date. I got my little syringe tube maybe 4 years ago. Long-expired, it still works well for hand soldering.
Since Microsoft now owns GitHub, this is an interesting move. Thoughts?
3D printing long range wifi antennas
@jmwright Screw that. You don't need to fabricate a board to test an idea using SM parts. Shown here is an attempt at generating a unique sound using hardware only.
Free-hand SM construction is not hard as long as you stay away from crazy small pin pitches and 0402 (and smaller) components.
Found a project that I hope takes off. If anyone is interested, you should help them!
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