As usual, I’ve not had a post up for a while so I thought I’d bring you in on a new toy I’ve discovered called the Adafruit Trinket. It comes in two flavours, a 3.3v and a 5v (5v being my preference) and has an ATTiny85 chip on board. Now, I’ve experimented with the ATTiny85 before, I’ve been playing with them for quite a while working on projects that only use a very limited number of logic pins (there are very few on the ATTiny85, hence that Tiny part of it’s name).
Adafruit have done something very special though. What they’ve done is added a USB bootloader to the chip so that it can communicate directly with a PC, sort of. You can program it via USB without any kind of programmer hardware and when it’s plugged in to a PC, it can mimic a HID (that’s Human Interface Device in case you wanted to know, think keyboard, mouse, that kind of thing) so it’s perfect for the project I have in mind. I’m planning a panic button that with send the Windows + M key at the press of a button to minimise all windows in um… Windows when pressed. It’s a simple proof of concept but the little Trinket is more than up to the task. If you take a look at this project on the Adafruit site, you can see its capable of much more than I’m asking of it.
Anyway, I just thought I’d keep you clued in on what I’m up to. If I get a chance I’ll either get a video or at least a few photos up here for the panic button project.
I have no idea why the hell this song has been going through my head all morning but in it’s defense, it’s hard not to cheer up when I hear it!
Apparently people are saying Katy Perry’s Roar is a rip off of this song. Although the first twenty seconds sound kinda familiar, I’m not completely convinced.
What I can tell you is that I apparently need to listen to more Slayer!!
Loving the Barenaked Ladies song on the Rooster Teeth channel the guys at the SourceFed website were kind enough to point out.
All together now “The odds are that we will probably be all right!” :D
Hello! I thought I’d give you a quick update on what I’ve been looking at recently so you can have a laugh at how terribly its all going!
I’ve started work on what should be the first in a number of wood box projects. Eventually the goal is to build my own enclosures for a couple of electronics projects I’ve got in mind.
This first one however is just a bit of fun. It already looks terrible but it does fit together. It’ll look great as long as you don’t look directly at it!
I’ll post some images up once I’ve got something worth looking at.
As an aside, I’d like to add that getting the wood cut by the guys in B&Q does sacrifice accuracy. They did their best but the saw they have is better at roughing out. All the panels making the box are different sizes. Like I said, this is a functional bit of storage thrown together for fun, the next projects should have a lot more finesse!
Well, I took the week off this week to enjoy the weather and get a year older. Apart from the hay fever and constant fear of death by sunlight, it’s been a great week so far.
As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’ve been hiding in the shade the whole time but it looks lovely out there!
My mission this week (aside from getting older) has been to read a lot and try to get some new knowledge into this old brain. Its been going surprisingly well considering the heat and proximity of my movie collection.
Every time I close my eyes now, I see formulas though. That’s a good thing right?!?