Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Stuck in Kindergarten!

There is only one thing that annoys me more than the hype and abuse of “IoT” and that is the hype surrounding the term “Hack”! I do understand the need to excite a generation of young minds to take more STEM and … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two (USB) Bootloaders

I have been looking with great interest at boot loaders design in recent months. It all started with the “Graphics, Touch, Sound and USB”  book I published last year, where I used  Mikromedia boards as my primary hardware platform to … Continue reading

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eXtreme USB with PIC16F145x

Believe it or not, this is the USB temperature data-logger project recently (June 15, 2015) posted on Hackaday.io by Michael Mogenson.  Now the temperature sensing aspect of the project is relatively interesting to me, what is absolutely unique is the ingenuity applied to … Continue reading

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Waiting for Curiosity -> Simplicity

While preparing the code examples for the “Rocket Science” book, I had an opportunity to play with a prototype of a soon to be released new 8-bit board called “Curiosity” featuring a built in PICkit3 programmer/debugger (a la PIC24/PIC32 Starter Kit) and, … Continue reading

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Supporting New Mikromedia boards with GDD_X

While I am not sure if the GDD_X tool will continue to be supported or if it will be added to the ‘new’ MLA (it is currently NOT planned), readers of the “Graphics, Touch, Sound and USB” book that have purchased … Continue reading

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A Cross Platform Mikromedia HID Bootloader

I love the bootloader that comes with all MikroElektronika products, and in particular the Mikromedia boards (and can be used with the ‘Graphics, Touch, Sound and USB’ book), but for one thing… it does NOT run on my platform of choice: … Continue reading

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Adding Support for the PIC32 Mikromedia

I have just finished the first complete port of all the “Graphics, Touch, Sound and USB” book projects to the PIC32 Mikromedia board series! There were several lessons learned in the process, interested readers will find detailed notes (and a link to a shared Mercurial repository) … Continue reading

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Adding support for the PIC24EP Mikromedia

I have just finished the first complete port of all the “Graphics, Touch, Sound and USB” book projects to the PIC24EP Mikromedia board series! There were several lessons learned in the process, interested users will find detailed notes (and a link to a … Continue reading

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The Smallest WAV Player

In the last three chapters of the Flying PIC24 book,  I developed a simple audio (WAV) file player. What most readers might not know though is  that that code was really written first for an 8-bit micro controller back in 2002, when I had … Continue reading

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All Sites Unified

     While originally managing a separate web site for each book (plus the blog) seemed a good idea,  with the fourth book published, the situation was getting a little complex… So I have decided to unify them all under the WordPress umbrella. … Continue reading

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