Category Archives: Hardware

Motherboard Review: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

Review Summary: Great motherboard good price point ($155). Buy it if you need a 1155 socket and like to overclock. No real drawbacks, but a few manageable quirks. I like to prefix a review  with what I was looking for … Continue reading

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Your $400 Hardware Lab

No surprise, but I love engineering. I love being able to create and build whatever I can imagine. A critical part of this though, is putting together a decent lab! Like everyone else, I’m on a budget. Here’s how you … Continue reading

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Crash Course on Mixing C and Assembly on Linux/x86

Editor’s Note: This article is designed to get you thinking a bit about assembly on i386 machines, and to provide an example of x86 convention function calling. Its not really comprehensive enough to serve as a thorough tutorial. Look here, … Continue reading

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Linux Support for the Saleae Logic Analyzer!

I’ve been looking to set up a microprocessor/robotics type hobbyist lab for a while, and I’d like to use Linux as much as possible for the tools I’ll be buying and using. One of the most critical components in any … Continue reading

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Me and My Cowon iAudio D2

So I’ve never really owned an mp3 player before, I had always used a SD card and my smartphone. However, with my Openmoko Freerunner being unusable as a media player*, I decided to go and buy a real mp3 player. … Continue reading

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PIC Microcontrollers and Linux

I love hardware work as much as I love working on software. These two are naturally intertwined, and I feel strongly that I need a good understanding of the two to have a complete knowledge of modern computing systems. As … Continue reading

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On the Toughness of Thinkpads…

Yesterday, I sat on my laptop. Rather, one leg of the chair I was sitting on ended up right on top of my laptop. I was scooching my chair back to get out of my digital design final, and somehow … Continue reading

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Great Job, Creative…

“Piss off the hacker crowd? Why not?” This seems to be the attitude Creative has taken towards providing support for its drivers, at least on Windows. In case you don’t look at internet press, Creative Audio Labs has silenced a … Continue reading

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Deeper into the Machine

Lately, I’ve taken a keen interest in getting as deep into the software on my computers as I can. I’ve been trying to get up to speed with being able to write good assembly, as well as reading all that … Continue reading

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The Digital Onslaught

Its already begun. Digital is here. “You’re on analog? lame.” A lot of banter has been going around about digital this and digital that as of late. You’ve heard the Circuit City ads, always going on about how digital is … Continue reading

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