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- Dave is mentally preparing himself for buying a hoverboard. Getting one of those is more likely than being able to go out NYE when you have a kid.
- In Austin, the Alamo Draft House is showing a 20 hour marathon of Hobbit and LOTR movies (with food).
- Dave has been having issues rendering high frame rate videos.
- The 80386 also used the 80387 Math co-processor. This was required for some CAD programs. Other ones like Protel came with Hercules mode (using the expensive Hercules video card)
- Chris will be demoing during a trade show in January (DesignCon)
- Contextual Electronics will be starting up again January 19th. The format has changed in order to match reality, with more iterative design and with less linear paths to learning.
- Chris also made a video detailing things that are good to check out before starting CE:”
- Writing (or planning) your firmware up front can help you make hardware decisions. Dave did this for the uCalc watch because it was a design contest entry.
- The Gantt chart is a ridiculous tool of managers, yet we have all had to deal with it.
- Chris was recently on The Engineering Commons (his old podcast) once again, discussing how much of design has moved onto silicon. He said it could be irresponsible to design with discrete parts because the low cost and better specs of some newer parts so far outstrip most discrete solutions.
- Dave talked about a similar situation (designing a VGA to HDMI conveter) on a mailbag video recently:
- Chris referenced Jim William’s app note (AN28) about temperature measurement…a classic! LT has a recent product that blows some of those specs out of the water though! The LTC2983 is pricey but looks awesome.
- LT jumped on the bandwagon and now offers Arduino sketches to exercise chips. They have a derivative platform called the Linduino.
- Dave has a t-shirt idea: It’s 2015: Instead of hoverboards, we got was the Arduino.
- Chris was intrigued by a question posed on /r/ECE: What are some important topics that aren’t taught in EE/CE school?
- Dave still hasn’t tried out Git/GitHub. Chris recommends running from the command line and explains why the repos online look so confusing.
- Chris recommends at least using Dropbox for revision control. You can go in and find older versions of files.
- Altium has a version control system build on top of Subversion (SVN). It’s really meant for collaborative design (which Dave and Chris don’t think is necessary unless you’re a huge company).
- If you want a friendly way to view Git repos, check out SourceTree from Atlassian. It helps to visualize revisions/branches/merges/etc.
- Dave had to deal with a lot of this stuff when his Makerbot was bricked.
- When Dave finally hires an intern next year, he’ll have to decide which PCB package he’ll purchase/use with them. Altium is planning to release a mid range version called CircuitStudio alongside CircuitMaker. Chris still picks KiCad, which Dave says is a possibility. Chris didn’t like going back to EAGLE after all these years.
- Dave released an eevBLAB video about spelling errors. It’s really more about how you present yourself than how many typos you might have.
- There are tons of great videos that have been posted from Chaos Communication Congress. Check out some great talks (among many more!):
- Thanks to everyone who made 2014 great! Also thanks to Paul Stevenson for donating The Amp Hour theme! We still love it!
Frame rate! That’s what I’m interested in. That’s the most important thing about your blog. 60fps? Wussy! I’ll come back when you’re running 6000fps.
…wasting your resources on pointless BS.
Hey Dave, if you’ve used TortoiseSVN, you might want to check out Tortoise for Git. I haven’t tried it, but I was reading about it recently.
Or he could use TortoiseSVN with a repository on the google code site. But maybe there something about github that’s much better than google code? I’ve only ever used google code.
Downloading something on Github website: click on the file, you will visualize it. On the top left of the frame there are 3 buttons: Raw, Blame and History.
Raw gives you access to the file itself, in its currently selected version.
Yeah it kind of sucks if you want more than one file and not the whole repository.
>Yeah it kind of sucks if you want more than one file and not the whole repository.
or you could just click “Download ZIP” button on the right hand side and download whole thing
ru4mj12 (@ru4mj12) says
Is this the git book that was referred to as the gold standard?
BTW, Codeschool has a free git intro course. There’s also plenty of paid options as well (udemy,udacity,codeacademy, coursera,edx, alison)
Finally I was trying to remember an AmpHour episode, where the guest talked about a kickstarter project that had planned to use a 3d printer to fulfill the orders. They quickly realized however, that it was much too slow and they could not ship using 3d printed parts.
Does anyone happen to remember the show, or the project they were talking about? I believe the guest was filling in as a co-host, but I could be wrong about that. Also I don’t recall if it was the guest’s project or if he was relating a story. Darn this memory of mine!
Chris Gammell says
Yes, that’s the one! Sorry I forgot to link that in, I must have forgotten to jot that down in my notes.
I think for the 3D printed cases we were talking about NinjaBlocks (started by Marcus Schappi, guest on show 189: https://theamphour.com/189-an-interview-with-marcus-schappi-kit-ketch-kenophobia/) If that wasn’t the one you were thinking of, they did try to 3D print everything (though they may have succeeded, that one I’m not too sure about)
Thank you both for all the wonderful podcasts. Chris, thank you for all the time and effort you put into making theamphour. I can’t imagine how difficult it is being able to stay non topic with davo ranting about his personal stuff all the time. But great work to both of you, including you davo dinkem, and cheers to another great year of TheAmpHour. Thanks again, Chris. Keep up the good work brother. Good on you for mentioning CCC too.