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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Picture
Max The Magnificent   2/18/2014 11:10:57 AM
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@wc0: We're going to milk this picture for all it's worth...

BRILLIANT!!!

Will you be joining us for the chat on Friday?

Crusty1
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Re: Live Chat
Crusty1   2/18/2014 12:35:12 PM
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Hi Max: Great to see that live chat is back on the system.

Crusty will try to be on line.

Have at last got rid of the builders, who have engineered a new roof and cleared the window leaks.  Rain still falling but have managed to divert the water around the Mansion and stop it coming in to the rooms.

The Crusty Mansion has been redecorated and the Attic workshop has been refurbished. It seems like I might even get time to write some blogs as well.

If you do a Kickstarter for the new Arduino screw terminal board I will definitly back the effort.

 

 

 

mr_widget
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Item for Live Chat (or any other time, really)
mr_widget   2/20/2014 10:47:01 AM
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Here is something that may be interesting to some.

I have acquired a pile of Motorola EVO 4G lapdocks off Ebay recently, and I wanted to do something "cute" with them.

This project is an adapter that directly fits in the place where the EVO 4G handset would go, but breaks out the HDMI and USB connections to a Raspberry Pi.

The switching circuit part of this is so that I don't turn off the Pi by just removing the USB cable.  The Micro type B connector is the most abused in consumer electronics today.  The cute part of this is the turn-on for the pass MOSFET is very quick, but the turn-off requires a solid button press of 3 seconds.

I am using the automotive form of the dual MOSFET here as I know that people are starting to have a *lot* of extra goodness of their Pi's, and I wanted to be able to support that.

The board and schematic images are here:

P01-110D_SweetiePie Board 3DP01-110D_SweetiePie Schematic

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Live Chat
Max The Magnificent   2/20/2014 10:53:49 AM
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@Crusty: Crusty will try to be on line.

CRUSTY!!! It's great to hear from you -- I look forward to seeing you in the chat on Friday. My best regards to Mrs Crusty :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Item for Live Chat (or any other time, really)
Max The Magnificent   2/20/2014 10:55:29 AM
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@mr_widget: Here is something that may be interesting to some.

Very interesting -- I hope you'll be able to join the chat on Friday and tell us more about it.

mr_widget
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Re: Item for Live Chat (or any other time, really)
mr_widget   2/20/2014 9:50:06 PM
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Thanks for the note.  Sadly, I was not able to attend live as our project is now in beta test, and obviously things are a bit 'crunchy'.

J.R.

 

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Don't forget the Gadget Smackdown
kfield   2/21/2014 9:21:18 AM
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@Maxthemagnificent Don't forget that we're recruiting participants for the third annual Gadget Smackdown! at EE Live!, one of our most popular events that tends to descend into chaous and silliness. Even before the beer.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Item for Live Chat (or any other time, really)
Max The Magnificent   2/21/2014 10:31:39 AM
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@mr_widget: ...our project is now in beta test, and obviously things are a bit 'crunchy'.

I know that crunch well :-)

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Re: Don't forget the Gadget Smackdown
Max The Magnificent   2/21/2014 10:33:34 AM
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@kfield: Don't forget that we're recruiting participants for the third annual Gadget Smackdown! at EE Live!,

Tell me more -- do the participants have to bring their gadgets, or will a slideshow do? How long do they get to talk for? Do you have a link for the relevant item on the EE Live! site?

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Tidbits of trivia
Garcia-Lasheras   2/21/2014 12:19:06 PM
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@Max: I love the way you always introduce some tidbits of trivia in your blog posts ;-)

"A petard was a small container of gunpowder used to blow breaches in gates or walls."

In Spain, we use the word "petardo" for the little toy fireworks that looks like a tiny TNT/gunpowder barrel. When I was a child, buying some "petardos" was really easy and cheap; of course, nowadays there are a lot of laws banning this kind of "toys".

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