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Esterline Research&Design
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Clever and entertaining
Esterline Research&Design   7/14/2014 11:29:59 AM
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Enjoyed the article.  Thanks!

Garcia-Lasheras
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APP's old school!!
Garcia-Lasheras   7/14/2014 11:30:13 AM
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So Mike is going to visit the Pleasure Dome (Max's Office)... I would love to spy you through a little hole, I'm sure this is going to be a delightful meeting with one of the greatest APP's old school bloggers.

I can remember how the Mighty Hamster built a high-speed serial interface between two low-end Spartan FPGAs by just using a hand-made twisted copper pair and delay blocks implemented with conventional LUTs and CLBs. I remember he was able to reach some hundreds of Megabits per second, a really impressive work!

Ahhh, I miss those crazy times ;-)

 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Clever and entertaining
Max The Magnificent   7/14/2014 11:45:42 AM
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Easterline R&D: Enjoyed the article.  Thanks!

Why, thank you for taking the time to comment. Happy Monday!

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Re: APP's old school!!
Duane Benson   7/14/2014 12:04:24 PM
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I certainly remember and am grateful for all the good advice I got from the Mighty Hamster back when I was a FPGA fledgling on All Programmable Planet.

I didn't realize that Max land is so close to Rocket Land. The two places would certainly make for a rousing visit to the USA. Nor, did I realize that the space center there has a genuine Saturn V rocket. I've seen the one at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, and it's impressive.

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Re: APP's old school!!
Garcia-Lasheras   7/14/2014 12:14:37 PM
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@Duane: "I certainly remember and am grateful for all the good advice I got from the Mighty Hamster back when I was a FPGA fledgling on All Programmable Planet."

APP was a real cool place to learn new tricks and skills for the FPGA developer. I remember that you started writing about FPGAs from the ground-up and, soon after, you were teaching us how to wire & control COTS modules to an FPGA by using standard serial interfaces (I would highlight your I2C blog series). A very impressive progress!!

Mike Field
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Stop making me blush
Mike Field   7/15/2014 3:09:18 AM
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Ah the good old days of APP.

However I must admit I now spend more time doing and less time blogging, which is somewhat of a blessing!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Stop making me blush
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 10:02:29 AM
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@Mike Field: I now spend more time doing and less time blogging, which is somewhat of a blessing!

For you, maybe -- but not for us (sad face)

TonyTib
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New Hamster book
TonyTib   7/15/2014 11:47:20 AM
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I can't believe you didn't mention, Max, that since the Papilio Duo meet its second stretch goal, the Hamster will be updating his tutorial for it.  Since I backed it and one day would like to play with HDLs, I'm pretty excited about that.

 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: New Hamster book
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 11:49:22 AM
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@TonyTib: I can't believe you didn't mention, Max, that since the Papilio Duo meet its second stretch goal, the Hamster will be updating his tutorial for it.  Since I backed it and one day would like to play with HDLs, I'm pretty excited about that.

Arrggghhh -- I hang my head in shame

Max The Magnificent
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Read the book, saw the film, watched the play...
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 5:18:03 PM
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Maybe I should have some "All Hail the Mighty Hamster!" T-Shirts made...

... or should we go with a tattoo?

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