Monday, September 08, 2014 11:46 AM
Climbing on the blogging horse....again
Ok, time to start communicating in the textual way once again!
Hard to believe it's been nearly 10 years since I started podcasting and blogging. (For a blast from the past check out: Adventures in Softwareland)
These days I'm spending most of my time building and teaching about things that are a combination of software and hardware, the so-called Internet-of-Things.
It's fun to get back to my roots as a hardware hacker. Hard to believe it's been 40 years since I built my own, custom-designed, implemented totally in TTL, 8-bit CPU.
This was in the days before the Altair, before the 6502, when a "personal computer" meant you had a 6-foot-tall, 19-inch-wide rack of electronics connected to a 10-characters-per-second (very loud) ASR-33 Teletype such as a PDP-8 or PDP-11.
Now you can buy a full Arduino or Linux (Raspberry Pi, etc.) box for under $50 that has digital and analog I/O built-in along with compilers, interpreters, and all the tools you'd ever want, including 32GB memory cards! (That first 8-bit CPU I built had a gigantic 256-BYTES of RAM and no ROM).
Anyway, time to share what I've been up to and point the way to solutions that I've found along the way so... here we go (again)!