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12 thoughts on “Pick up the arduino!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars glen denog says:

    Fran, thanks for all you do! A couple pedantic issues as is my wont, unless I miss my guess, you have a drawer full of avr atmega328 chips, not a drawer full of "arduinos", and they can be programmed just fine without the arduino ide, or a bootloader, using the thing you used to load bootloaders on them (I don't use bootloaders in "production" fwiw, less reliable), so consider putting down the "arduino" in that context ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I don't consider 555s and 4017s and etc to be "discrete" components, given the numerous transistors and etc in them, anymore than I would an atmega328 to be a discrete component.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Feathered Skeptic says:

    Microcontrolers are convenient, but let's face it. This is more along the lines of programming than actual electronics. It's a processor that does all the work in software and some driver transistors (if they are even needed for the application).

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AnalogueGround says:

    Itโ€™s a little presumptuous to say that itโ€™s a lot more enjoyable to use discrete logic rather than a microcontroller, even for simple projects. Everyone is different, so for some people a hardware-only solution gives them their kicks whilst others enjoy the challenge of coding. Unlike my generation, where I for one started with a crystal receiver (before digital electronics existed in the mainstream), todayโ€™s youngsters are more likely to be introduced to electronics through coding in the classroom. That has to be better than not getting introduced at all and those that get hooked on electronics will backtrack to first principles anyway. Iโ€™m not disagreeing with what you say Fran but I see the broader problem of encouraging the younger generation to discover the love of electronics as more important.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Torby 4096 says:

    I use AVRs and program them with my AtmelICE.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Davie Donothing says:

    I think every video you produce is highly educational and always entertaining keep doing what you love

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars repeat defender says:

    'Morning, Fran! Hope your day is a fine one.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jwtfpv says:

    Love to see a project you've done using gates.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Swamp Man says:

    When you mentioned the comments that go, "you old people are just afraid of digital tech…" i actually chuckled because wasn't "digital" pretty much invented in the 30's, then became big in the 60's-70's?? "old people" invented digital tech

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Genghisnico13 says:

    I agree that microcontrollers are used excessively these days, you really can't beat the flexibility they give you to easily change things and they are extremely cheap.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Myers says:

    I designed my first digital clock using 74xxx series chips back in the early 70s multiplexing the display. Use Man 4 LEDs

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tradie Trev says:

    Fran, I've been fretting putting out a video of mine but I'm stumbling all over my words; Think you've just proved to me just getting it out there is important.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Swamp Man says:

    lets see if this can make second comment in time, i typeslow because i messed up my hands a while ago.

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