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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.

designnews.com/electronics-tes

You might know me as that one account that toots unheard of programs... well here's another!

github.com/NISH1001/playx

If you are a 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.

freecad-stable: launchpad.net/~freecad-maintai

freecad-daily: launchpad.net/~freecad-maintai

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.

kevq.uk/how-to-setup-a-nextclo

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.

youtu.be/OiN2swiuibY

Anyone know any projects helping to replace the internet?

things i like about old electronics: you open up the case, and there's an envelope glued to the inside that contains the complete schematics and calibration instructions. a bunch of companies did that until the early 80s, too bad it never really caught on and just stopped at some point.

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.

blog.hackster.io/building-open

@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.

@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!

github.com/jkrclaro/pxdcast

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