After an admittedly non-technical episode last week, we had an abundance of tech topics this week. So why keep writing when we can get to the links and you can get to listening!
- Troy Rank has a new show about e-bikes. Looking forward to hearing about the electronics in them!
- The 555 timer is 40 years old! Talk about a solid design. Potential replacements can’t touch all the sales the original still gets.
- Google asks about the DEADBEEF register in interviews. Chris is glad they focus a little on memory knowledge (not just the abstract CS type stuff). Dave had no idea what DEADBEEF was, and likes CAFEBABE much better!
- Discussion Points
- Dave and Chris are both working on LED projects. Dave’s is an RGB module for a tradeshow and looks great!
- Dave pointed out an useful app note from Agilent/Avago.
about driving LED matrix displays.
- The talk about hardware design from Amanda Wozniak (W0z) was called “crass” by some, but Dave and Chris love the tech content…so who cares?
- New design contest from Hackaday, Adafruit and MAKE: Buy, Break, Build (using a Dancing Santa for parts)
- Why are software development packages so HUGE? (No link, just feel free to go to any chip maker and download their development package).
- Karl von Moller is continuing work on his documentary about the Australian electronics industry and it will now be in a 3 part series! We’re looking forward to it.
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