Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:15 pm

Dinosaur.. A person that prefers to design and assemble electronic devices. This person tends to read electronic publications and often has embedded programming skils..

They say Dinosaurs perished in the great cataclysm..
Well, I'm still here. There must be more of us out there.. WHERE ARE YOU??????
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by psycho » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:14 pm

I am still here - and your column is one of the best in the magazine (though I no longer subscribe).

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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:11 am

Thanks, Kevin..

As a fellow Dinosaur, what subjects are you most interested in?
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by psycho » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:18 am

I love microcontrollers and programmable logic, USB and Ethernet (and the old school standby RS232). I would love to experiment with some wireless too.

I still have the two boards you used in your CPLD & FPGA (roll your own) articles that I bought from your site. Unfortunately I am too busy with school to have any fun :sad:

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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:19 pm

Kevin,
Your day will come...
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by CeaSaR » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:26 pm

Dinosaur of a different type - hobbyist and sometimes home repair with limited
programming, mostly in old QuickBasic and some VisualBasic. Nothing embedded.
Just fixed son's laptop PS today.

I prefer analog, but I can see where uC's are so versatile. I read all columns in
N&V, and I can say that the uC columns are giving me an appreciation of just
what they can do for such a small hardware investment.

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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:48 am

Thanks for you input, CeaSaR!

The method to my maddness is to get an idea of what the readers want..
Then, I will write about those subjects..

I've found that the Dinos have similar interests.. Maybe we can rub some of that "interest" off on the newbies (Baby Dinosaurs) :idea:
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by Smoke_Maker » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:45 pm

I started with tubes, and remember taking apart my first transistor radio. Transistors were easy for me to pick up, but when computer code came along I mist a step somewhere.

I tried Parallax about 10 years ago and I have tried to understand C but the books so far have been unable to see it, to me anyway they just assume you remember and/or understand what all those brackets and other do dads are for.

I tried to follow Smiley for a while but got lost again. :sad: :sad:
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:09 am

I can relate, Smoke_Maker..
I too started with tubes. I remember trying to read and understand the GE Transistor Manual. Must have read it a dozen times.
The logic portion of that book was wayyyyy over my little head.

C is an acquired taste. There are many flavors. Have you tried the CCS C Compiler?
It's a great learning tool.

And, is it REALLY supposed to smoke like that????
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by gerty » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:12 am

I'm getting started with MiKroebasic and already they've come out with a newer version.
I'm getting too old to have to keep up with all this new stuff. I remember when a 555 was a thing of beauty :smile:

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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:50 pm

And it still is a pretty little thing, gerty :smile:
Just a couple of resistors and a capacitor and magic was performed..

I used to know every TTL IC by number and function..
I also could spout out every EEPROM and SRAM part number..
I knew every Microchip PIC part number and pin count...

These days, the TTL part numbers are 100 characters long, microcontrollers have all but killed the EEPROM and SRAM parts and Microchip has so many new PICs I have to go to their website before I start a new design..

Keep me posted on how you feel about MiKroebasic...
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:52 pm

By the way, gerty.. I'm from Fayetteville, Tennessee...
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by Smoke_Maker » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:30 pm

fred_eady wrote: I used to know every TTL IC by number and function..
I also could spout out every EEPROM and SRAM part number..
I knew every Microchip PIC part number and pin count...

Dam, I would love to hear some of your fishing stories, or may be we just did. :shock: :grin:


Thanks for the heads up in CCS C compiler, I had never heard of it before.
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by fred_eady » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:52 pm

Hey, Smoke_Maker
Did I mention that I had a Yeti encounter while squirrel hunting :cool:

Seriously, I do have a squirrel that loves to take little bites of my best mangos.. He's so big, he flexes his muscles on the back yard fence :shock:
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Re: Dinosaurs

Post by gerty » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:19 am

[quote]By the way, gerty.. I'm from Fayetteville, Tennessee...[/quote]
I'm about 50 miles north in McMinnville

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