RadioShack wants to get back to their DIY roots?
June 7, 2011
A week or so ago, RadioShack (yes, The Shack) posted a blog entry entitled “RadioShack & The DIY Community: You Talked, We’re Listening“. The post is mostly a video from their brand manager which says they want to get back to their Do-It-Yourself roots. More importantly, they want their readers/customers to respond with what type of products RadioShack should be carrying to help this new DIY thing. Basically the post should been titled “We suck, please fix us”. Fortunately, Hack-A-Day rectified the situation for them with their own blog post, “Help RadioShack suck less“.
Arduino Makes Halloween Better!
November 3, 2010
Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a fun holiday where people get to mess around, have a good time… and family isn’t involved. For me, since about middle school, it’s been all about the decorating. I’ve done a lot of different decoration effects over the years, once I went as far as turning our 3 car garage into an haunted house once. This year wasn’t quite so elaborate, but it was greatly improved by the use of Arudino.
Arduino & USB = Dangerous
October 25, 2010
One of the many little tidbits of advice I found when reading up on Arduino was to protect your computer’s USB port. By that I mean buy a powered USB hub to plug the Arduino into. That way if you do something epicly stupid, you’d burn out a USB hub, instead of your computer’s USB ports. I thought that while this was a fair idea, I need not bother. After all, I’m a smart guy and I’m not going to be working with any serious amounts of power. Turns out… that suggestion was a much better idea than it seemed.
Review: Getting Started with Arduino (Book)
October 20, 2010
Since I’ve gotten onto my Arduino kick, I figured I should get some proper reading material on the subject. One of the first I saw was Getting Started with Arduino by Make: Magazine. Since “Getting Started” is exactly what I wanted and I rather like most of what Make does, I bought and read the book.
Getting into Arduino
October 15, 2010
An Atmel AVR ATMega8-16PU microcontroller By DustyDingo - Public Domain Recently, I’ve discovered that which is known as Arduino. Basically, it is an open source, open hardware microcontroller. They give you the software and the hardware plans online and you can build your own. Of course, you can always buy a premade kit (which is my preference). So… what does this “microcontroller” do? Basically it controls simple input and output on a low level. You want to make something turn on and off a light? A microcontroller can do. Sure, you can do that with your computer too, but an Arduino Uno only costs $30 and takes very little power to run.