Gift guide 2014: On-the-go tech essentials

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to share my list of on-the-go tech essentials for any geek technology enthusiast. Leatherman Sidekick Multi Tool What’s a “tech essentials” list without at least one multitool? I like this Leatherman Sidekick because of its great tool selection and reasonable price. The pliers are […]

ATmega/ATtiny PWM tutorial

I was planning on writing a beginner’s tutorial for using PWM on raw AVR chips, but I found that Arduino already has a nice guide here: http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/SecretsOfArduinoPWM The only change you need to make to their code to use it without the Arduino software is to remove calls to “pinMode”. Do so by using the appropriate […]

How to get Amazon Instant Video working in Linux after the recent Flash update

As many have noticed, Flash on Linux was recently upgraded to version 11.2.202.280. This update breaks the ability to use Amazon Instant Video. The best solution I found is at AskUbuntu. However, there were a few steps missing (such as purging the plugin cache), so I made an edit to add those steps. So, if […]

Two great articles on customizing debugger displays with C# and Visual Studio

I’ve been working on a rather large project for the past few months (a library), and I’ve had the need to customize how the debugger displays my classes during a debug session. I found two very helpful articles from Jared Par that I wanted to share.   Article #1: FlattenHierarchyProxy A problem I ran into […]

Having trouble logging into Origin even though you typed the right password?

For the last few days, Origin (EA’s content delivery system, not Origin.com) was pissing me off because although I entered my correct password, it would still reject my login. Then I would have to start the password reset process by requesting a reset key and choosing a new password. I was then logged in successfully, […]

How to store, protect and organize electronic parts

Over the past few years, I’ve amassed quite the collection of basic electronic components (chips, resistors, etc.), little microcontrollers (Arduinos and Arduino clones), and a few other tiny gadgets (the coolest of which I consider to be this mini WiFi module). With all of these sensitive components and modules, I sought a simple and cost-effective […]

Downtown Doug Brown

Found a neat blog will all kinds of topics on basic Microcontroller programming (as well as Linux and Mac hacking): http://www.downtowndougbrown.com/. The microcontroller-specific topics are here: http://www.downtowndougbrown.com/category/microcontroller-programming/. The author writes long-winded posts just like me! I can tell we’d be friends. One of the things that caught my eye was the collection of posts on […]