Ralph S Bacon

MicroControllers, Electronics and IOT

Mode: Beginner [Eagle]

When you’ve been driving a car for a few years, it’s difficult to remember how difficult it was at first. All those pedals, the indicators, the gear shift and to top it all you’ve got to steer the car and not hit anything else whilst doing so! Trying to teach someone to drive is quite a skill. What is obvious to you is most certainly not obvious to a beginner. […]

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I’m back! (for good)

It feels longer than the 3 weeks since I’ve had the eye operation to reattach the retina in my left eye; time drags when you’re not occupied doing something creative – and lying in bed for 10 days was not fun. I’m humbled by the numerous comments wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you all, it was a real lift when I was feeling a bit down (i.e. sorry for […]

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“Put your life on hold for two weeks”

That was the advice of the ophthalmic surgeon once he had finished repairing the retinal tear in my left eye. In case anyone reading this didn’t catch my 5-minute YouTube video on what happened to my eye, and why I won’t be making any videos for the next few weeks, I’ve linked to it here. And a zillion thanks to everyone who commented on that video, sending me good wishes […]

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Simple is best

I’ve been quite busy lately doing non-Arduino things, like taking a few days out travelling to Germany to see my (almost) 91-year old Mutti (German mum) and brothers and it has given me an opportunity to sit back and think about the way we do things in the Arduino camp. For example, on the flight back from Stuttgart I thought about the battery saving techniques I’d videoed about on both […]

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If at first you don’t succeed…

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last entry here. In that time I’ve enjoyed my vacation, but like all things came to an end and I’ve been back for two weeks already. Two weeks, two videos. The last one was particularly interesting, where the Raspberry Pi and an Arduino ATTiny85 joined forces. Just goes to show how small the microcomputing world can be! I moaned a bit […]

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Short circuit brain

I’m still paying my debt to society, er, no, hang on, to my dearly beloved as I am still decorating our house. It’s been some long, long days, working in the heatwave of 30 degrees (86 F). My brain is porridge. Or oatmeal, depending on your English dialect. So today, after another gruelling day I thought I might look quickly at the items my associates at Banggood have sent me: […]

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