Getting started with the AVR microcontroller series

AVR is a series of microcontrollers from Atmel. Fitted with A/D converters, comparators, timers, interrupts, internal oscillator, etc. Flash memory is used for the main program, SDRAM for variables and EEPROM for values that needs to be saved through a power loss. Cheap, fast and easy make them perfect for home automation projects. Speeds up to 20 Mhz, USART (e.g. RS-232, RS-485) and low power consumption are some other benefits. A starting kit such as the STK500 is a good basis, with this you can test and program a variety of devices. A full list of developing tools can be found at Atmel.com.

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Home office update: New monitor and computer setup changes

I’ve gotten myself one of those ultra-wide curved monitors. I’ve been wanting one for a long time, and I finally bought one; a Samsung 34”. Since my desk is pretty shallow, and not that big really, I also wanted to free up some work surface by getting things on shelves. So I’ve been doing a bit of work on my computer setup.

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Home office update: Electronics lab, storage and lights

As I wrote in the previous article about my home office; our house isn’t huge, so I had to make the most of the office/man cave that I got. The electronics corner is pretty small, and a couple of things about it was annoying… Like not having my instruments, e.g. oscilloscope and power supply, easily available. So I decided I needed to fix that!

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A first look at my home office/man cave

The girlfriend and I have finally found a house, and got settled in. It’s not huge, neither is the garden or the garage. But there was enough space for me to get my own room; a man cave, office and workshop, all in one! I’m very happy with it, small spaces spikes the creativity, and I’ve managed to fit pretty much everything I needed.

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