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Low-Power, Low-Cost (LPLC) Microchip PIC18-Based Dev Board
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4/29/2014   12 comments
This little beauty is based on a Microchip PIC18F27J13 processor, which is small yet powerful.
The Worst Oscilloscope User Manual of All Time
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4/28/2014   32 comments
While reading the user manual for a piece of old electronic equipment, Max Maxfield started to wonder about the worst user manual of all time.
Video: Flying Robot Band – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes (or Ears)!
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4/28/2014   8 comments
Have you ever seen a "drone rock" band in which hexacopters play musical instruments? If not, then prepare to be amazed.
Linking 2 MCUs: I2C, SPI, or a Home Grown Interface?
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4/25/2014   43 comments
Max could use an existing protocol like I2C to communicate between two devices, so why would he want to create his own?
Should the Golden Ratio Be Used in Industrial Design?
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4/24/2014   10 comments
Max is not ready to change the layout of his BIGASS Display quite yet, but he's not ruling it out either.
The Top 8 iPad Games of All Time
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4/23/2014   20 comments
For someone who claims not to be a computer game player, Max Maxfield has a lot of them loaded on his iPad.
Pointers, Functions, Pointers to Functions, Eeek!
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4/22/2014   30 comments
Max is wearing his sad face, because he cannot wrap his brain around a problem pertaining to pointers.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 4
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4/22/2014   16 comments
Before Max actually starts to create the front panel for a project like his BADASS Display, he first creates a paper and cardboard prototype.
Life Without DropBox? Unthinkable!
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4/18/2014   18 comments
Once you've installed the DropBox app on your computers, anytime you create or edit a file on one machine, that file is automatically replicated on all of your other machines.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 3
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4/17/2014   36 comments
Now we come to consider the various ways in which we can filter the audio stream to extract its spectral data.
Current Status of the Robot Apocalypse From EE Live! 2014
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4/16/2014   20 comments
Max has supreme confidence that seeing a "genuine counterfeit moustache" would throw even the most sophisticated of positronic brains into disarray and turmoil.
How the Heartbleed Bug Performs Its Nefarious Activities
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4/16/2014   13 comments
This is the clearest explanation one could possibly get on how the Heartbleed bug works.
Live Chat Friday, April 18: Electronic Hobby Projects
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4/14/2014   30 comments
Don't miss our live online chat on Friday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT). This is your chance to meet the EE Times editors and discuss your electronic hobby projects.
Creating an Inamorata Prognostication Engine, Part 3
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4/14/2014   15 comments
In which Max constructs a jig to hold the brass panels for his Pedagogical and Phantasmagorical Inamorata Prognostication Engine.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 2
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4/11/2014   11 comments
With regard to look-and-feel, Max's BADASS Display will be presented in a cabinet boasting a "wood-and-brass" motif is the Steampunk genre.
Building a Mind-Boggling Infinity Mirror, Part 3
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4/10/2014   39 comments
Yes! Max has finally completed building his infinity mirror, and he is now drooling over this mind-boggling display.
I Became a Fan of Radfan at EE Live! 2014
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4/9/2014   5 comments
Using a Radfan, you can increase the temperature of a room by 2°C (3.6°F) without turning up your thermostat.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 1
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4/8/2014   28 comments
As Max always says: "If you show me a flashing LED, I'll show you a man drooling."
The Best Booth at EE Live! 2014
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4/7/2014   30 comments
The Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation at EE Live! 2014 was jam-packed with amazing talks throughout the week.


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