Ralph S Bacon

MicroControllers, Electronics and IOT

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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A promise made is a debt unpaid.

So in a moment of madness, about six months ago, whilst plans for my workshop were taking place, I agreed with my dear wife that when I got my workshop all set up I would do some decorating in the house. At the time I had no idea that redundancy was in the offing, and I casually imagined a Saturday morning painting a wall or two in the spare bedroom. […]

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A Journey Milestone – Thank You

My YouTube journey has reached a psychological milestone in the last day or so, and I’ve passed the 10,000 subscriber marker. I can say only one thing: thank you all for your support on this journey. Whether you’re a ‘regular’ or just pop in now and again it all counts! I’m not sure whether YouTube takes more notice of my channel now; I’ve heard anecdotally that they will suggest videos […]

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Things work out best for people who make the best out of the way things work out

It’s funny how things work out, despite all the plans we make to keep our lives in some semblance of order. “Man Plans, and God laughs” is the translation of the old Yiddish adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht”. Even Robbie Williams sang “I sit and talk to God, And he just laughs at my plans”. All this leads up to the fact that I, along with several colleagues, were given notice […]

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New Products – for Benny too, perhaps

So I’m just about to create a video for this inexpensive, small-but-effective audio module that can be used with any µController, when it struck me that I could, perhaps, be of some help to my daughter who is trying to run a UK-based e-Shop selling cat and dog treats, clothes and other nice items that she’s sourced, most of which are not found in your local supermarket. How? Well, I […]

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Automation on hold – for a bit

If things had gone to plan we would have had another video out by now, and talking about another peripheral that I want to add to my automation project. Regrettably, though, I’ve had a family bereavement which has halted most things Arduino and Pi for this week and next, as I fly out to Germany for my dad’s funeral. He’s been suffering from Alzheimer’s for a couple of years or […]

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A new programming language (for me)

If you’ve been following my YouTube channel or this blog you’ll know by now about my Workshop Automation project that I have on the go. It will incorporate many elements of the Arduino journey so far, but requires something a bit more sophisticated to tie it all together. Hence the Raspberry Pi 3B+ sitting on my desk. Who would have thought it? I’ve followed a script or two in Python, […]

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