Pete Brown's Blog (POKE 53280,0)
Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.
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I like to make things. Scott and I talked about it on a recent
podcast. When I was much younger, I used to build model kits
(airplanes, tanks, etc.). Later, when living on my own, I built a
lot of LEGO kits as well as model railroad stuff. I've played with
CNC, and have plans for a 3d printer. Building physical items lets
your mind exercise something slightly different from what you use
We homeschool our two children. Ben, is kindergarten age, Abby
is pre-school age. My wife does, by far, most of the work there,
including trucking them to specialized classes (art, music,
gymnastics, karate, our homeschool group single day school, etc.)
plus all the playdates with the other kids, and special events.
Melissa even teaches several of the classes at the home school
Last year, I
designed my first Gadgeteer module. I didn't have a board
designed, but went through all the same steps. I recently designed
a MIDI module primarily for use with the .NET Gadgeteer, but also
for use with any 3.3v to 5v microcontroller with a serial port.
Existing MIDI boards all assumed a 5v signal level from the MCU.
Most modern MCUs are 3.3v or even less.
As software developers, we hear a lot about Open Source
Software. I'm a big fan of OSS, and think it's one of the single
most impactful things that has added to the collective knowledge of
the developer community. Microsoft has several larger open source
projects and software. For example, ASP.NET MVC is open source
software, and the .NET Micro Framework is a full apache-license and
Friday, February 24, 2012 |
Gadgets, geek, Netduino, Micro+Framework, Electronics, Gadgeteer, Arduino, Open Source, OSH |
For anyone interested in open source microcontroller
development, or why boards are named with *duino type names, this
1/2 hour documentary is a great watch.
Arduino.TheDocumentary.2010.English explains the origin of the
Arduino in a relatively non-technical interview-based documentary
style, with interviews for people involved in the creation, as well