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Weather Logger with Losant and Amazon Alexa

November 21, 2017 Big Mess o' Wires

Like a million other people on the Internet, I’ve been experimenting with home weather logging. I roll my eyes at the phrase “Internet of Things”, but it’s hard to deny the potential of cheap networked sensors and switches, and a weather logging system is like this field’s Hello World

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Zeroplus LAP-C 322000 Logic Analyzer Review

September 8, 2017 Big Mess o' Wires

Who needs a logic analyzer? You do! If you enjoy working with electronics, a good logic analyzer is an indispensable tool. It lets you examine exactly what’s happening with your data signals, so you can troubleshoot problems quickly or reverse-engineer unknown protocols. Developing digital electronics without a logic analyzer

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Floppy Emu and the Apple Pippin

August 18, 2017 Big Mess o' Wires

Remember the Pippin, Apple’s ill-fated attempt to enter the video game market? The hardware was effectively a modified Macintosh, running a customized version of System 7.5. The Pippin lacks any standard floppy disk connector (internal or external), but it does have a proprietary PCI-based docking connector for expansion. 20

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Custom Mini Case for Macintosh LC, P475, Q605

July 14, 2017 Big Mess o' Wires

Here’s a custom laser-cut case for the Macintosh LC family, Performa 400 series, and Quadra 605. By removing the internal floppy drive and fan, and replacing the internal SCSI drive with a SCSI2SD board, I was able to make a design that’s about half the size of a standard