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- Chris was having issues with his internet provider (or so he thought). Chris is afraid of the possible TimeWarner/Comcast merger.
- Dave heard about a pristine version of an early Superman comic going on eBay for $3.2M.
- On a episode of Innovation Hub, an expert or risk talked about about HP betting on the HP35. Did he forget about everything before that??
- Can anyone think of an early version of a popular technology that has sold at auction for big money?
- Dave got to see an Apple I at the Sydney Powerhouse, where the 2nd Sydney mini-Maker Faire was going on during the weekend.
- Dave had a fireside chat with the Bluechilli CEO (yet to be posted)
- The Rome Maker Faire is another “major” Maker Faire. It will coincide with the open hardware summit in Rome this year.
- They announced the speaker list for the OHS and it looks like a great mix of familiar faces and new ones.
- Chris will be at the Hackaday 10th anniversary party in LA.
- Chris gave a talk about KiCad at the Hardware Didactic Galactic. He had to install KiCad on a Mac using a virtual machine running Ubuntu.
- Chris will be at the Hardware Workshop in San Francisco and we’ll have another meetup if you’re in town.
- Dave announced the changes coming to Altium.
- They took some of Dave’s suggestions for the top 5 for Altium when he thought they were bringing out a low cost tool:
- Chris asks about open design formats and how much that affects OSHW. Presentation:
- The new KiCad forum (forum.kicad.info) is going well, Discourse has turned out to be great forum software.
- If you want to donate to get CERN to spend more time on KiCad, you can do so here.
- When do you decide to pull the trigger on a CAD program upgrade?
- Dave used to use a “best bet” version of new builds of Altium while working there and designing hardware.
- The XL741 is a new kit from EMSL, which shows how a 741 op amp is put together.
- Hardware companies continue to raise money: Electric Imp just raised $15M. You can hear our interview with Brandon Harris when he was on The Amp Hour.
- Is there any way to avoid the standards wars in the emerging internet of things.
- One thing that will limit IoT is the takeup of IPv6.
- Samsung bought IoT company SmartThings for a rumored $200M.
- Chris was enamored with an online book about DSP that was posted to the subreddit. Dave informs him that this book has been around for a long time.
- NPR published a piece about women in engineering and how workplace culture and how there is a 40% fallout. Dave and Chris agree about the impact of the workplace on retaining women, but think the numbers need to be normalized against men leaving the workforce.
Thanks to panavatar for the original picture of the secret bear.
Anthony Paul Burch says
Thanks for the radio show guys. As always, good fun. I also took a short video of the Apple I computer at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGZi6AcgMsY Cheers
Detroit barely qualifies as a city anymore, it has a population of less than 700,000
Slicks Back says
This rendition of the “Indiana Jones” movie theme is slightly more on key. 🙂
Kicad will be a joke and non option until you can go somewhere and download .exe installer/portable of non obsolete (>year old) version.
At the very least offer a monthly build.
Most successful projects offer stable, development, and a nightly build. All COMPILED and READY TO RUN. Not a monstrosity of a dynamic build env that requires online connection, builds whatever is in latest git/svn, and takes xx minutes to finish.
There needs to be a simple ‘click here’ and run kicad in under 3 minutes. No one has time and energy for self compiling bullshit.
actually make that xxx minutes ending in failure, that make script is total garbage
it cant resume, it forces REDOWNLOAD every time …
no point even touching it
ill check in few months if someone with a clue came along and started releasing precompiled recent builds
This site might be your friend.
Yes, it is independent with all its risks.
I used an .exe from there some time ago and worked just fine for me. It was build 5054 and got updated since then already.
thx MagicWolfi, found nosoftware.cz yesterday after my second rant post 🙂
installed with libraries, discovered libraries are _not included_ by default :/ the only library properly installed was the power symbols one 🙂
will play with it for a while, but first impression is another Gimp – reinventing the wheel, doing a lot of retarded things, lot of broken stuff, lot of going against standards (moving components, copy&paste).
simple picking of a part from a component list FREEEZES whole shitty program (on a 4GHz cpu!) for ~2-4 seconds. You enter first letter and it freezes. There are only 2366 components loaded, and it manages to FREEZE for 2 seconds ??? W T F? someone needs to learn about quick sort? did someone reimplement regular expressions manually in python??? what is going on?
Whats more funny it freezes in same fasion if you already have ‘LM’ selected and decide to delete one letter going back to ‘L’.
It seems to be coded by engineers, not programmers with any CS background? Will be interesting to look inside code.
/or maybe my dual core 4GHz computer is just too slow to do what I did on 486 in dos in protel 20 years ago? gonna check on another computer, I simply cant believe anyone would ship software that is not capable of searching over 2366 elements of a list without freezing.
Chris Gammell says
While I completely agree with your statements about the latest builds, why not use use the builds from the “stable” (abeit “old”) category? I am still using BZR4022 on my windows machines and it works fine.
I want to test push&shove or whatever its called 🙂
I think that freezing might be related to constructing whole display list every time it generates result, so searching is fast, but then shitty GUI library is struggling with building a 1000 elements list in a timely fashion. Another weird behaviours is in library browser – take away focus from eeschema by clicking on any other program, clock back on eeschema and you can see how slowly GUI rebuilds list of parts
1 why so slowly??
2 why would it rebuild it at all?
There is a lot of work to be done to make kicad decent 🙁
Il look onto the code for the derping causing freezes after I manage to get it building.
I fail to see how IPv6 is required.
I’m not going to put any IoT device on a public IP address. I only have one IP for my entire home network.
The private network blocks in IPv4 should be fine for home use. You’ll still be restircted to 1.6 million devices in your home network though, if you choose the 10.0.0.0/24 network block.