About getting started with AVR programming

Like one post by a guy like me could possibly encompass everything you’d need to know. Pshaw.

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Nokia 1260 (or 3360) display and Arduino/AVR? Maybe. Not yet.

I’m going to make a confession. My favorite mobile phone of all time is the Nokia 1260. Nope, not an iPhone, not an Android phone, not even a smartphone. Sorry folks, but the telephone hardware in smartphones sucks all the … Continue reading

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Kenwood RC-405 remote control meets an Arduino Uno

Show of hands: how many of you think remote controls for car stereos are ridiculous? … Okay, maybe I’m the only one. Regardless, I have one and there’s no way in hell I’m ever going to use it in or … Continue reading

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Bluetooth, FreeBSD 9.1, MacBook

In another post, I described how I got FreeBSD 9.1 running on my EOL’d 1st generation MacBook. It was quite a mouthful so I decided to put bluetooth setup instructions in their own post.

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FreeBSD 9.1 by itself on a 1st gen MacBook

Apple thinks this laptop is obsolete. I think Apple gave up on it too soon. If you’re like me and you felt “stuck” with an orphaned 1st generation MacBook, it’s time to get unstuck. If you can give up on … Continue reading

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HDMI audio volume control on Mac OS Lion

When I got my new MacBook Pro, I decided to make the switch to HDMI for audio and video. It’s great, but there’s one irritant: HDMI’s digital audio is “normalized” so the system’s built-in volume control won’t work. Apps like … Continue reading

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Recover files from a LaCie ED Mini 500GB disk via USB

I wouldn’t normally blog about stuff like this, but so many folks on the Internet have these things and can’t get into the drive after the enclosure/power-supply/whatever dies, I figure I’m obligated to explain how I did it. I’m funny … Continue reading

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5 year old MacBook…obsolete?

Okay, so two gripes in two days is a bit much. I get it. However, I need to vent again and this is my blog.

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