Monthly Archives: January 2012

Experimenting with Buck Converters

If you’re like me, the first thing you do when wiring up a new circuit is to connect the power and ground rails (with the power source initially turned off… maybe).  And you’ve probably got at least one power supply … Continue reading

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Buster’s Debut: The FTC Davenport Regional Qualifier

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a mentor for a local FIRST Tech Challenge team (Go Trohawks!) here in Waterloo, IA.  For the past two months, my students have been busy designing, building, and programming Buster, their robot: This … Continue reading

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LabVIEW: More Tips and Tricks

Quick post today.  I recently stumbled across this excellent PDF by Nick Golas.  It contains an enormous quantity of time-saving tips for users of LabVIEW (originally hosted by the IEEE here).  What’s great about this particular work is that it’s … Continue reading

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The Great [Volume] Leveler (AVR Audio Compressor)

Like many people, I have fairly diverse taste in music.  My media library holds tracks from Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Bonobo, Brent Lamb, Brahms, Brian Hughes, and the Bee Gees (to name just the “B” section).  I love variety.  The … Continue reading

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FIRST Tech Challenge – Buster’s Perspective

So recently I’ve been having fun acting as a mentor for a local FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team.  In case you haven’t heard of FTC, or any of the other FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics … Continue reading

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