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How Do I …. Get Started with Arduino

The class last week went very well but attendance was a little less than expected. Everyone got a great intro to Arduino programming and simple circuits. There were no slides but we used these websites during the class:

These are the official Arduino sites for downloading the IDE and buying parts that support the Arduino creators. You can buy Arduino products at other sites for a little less or you can buy arduino knock offs for a lot cheaper but the site supports the people creating the platform. Other sites I like to use are

The Arduino IDE contains lots of examples for using the Arduino boards and if needed they include the Processing code to run on the host system.


from on September 17th, 2015Comments1 Comment

2013 Annual Open House

Open House

from on February 26th, 2013Comments0 Comments

Linux Workshop

At the January Linux Workshop several people needed their systems updated. New versions of Linux Mint and SUSE were loaded. Experiments were done with other distros so each machine had multiple systems loaded . So a lot of discussing current events in the Linux world while we waited for installs to finish.

The other project was to figure out how to downgrade FireFox on Ubuntu. FireFox 9 broke a plugin but there appears to be no way to downgrade back to FireFox 8 on Ubuntu. Apparently all the older versions of FireFox have been removed from the repositories. The older version can be downloaded and installed manually but the requirement is for a simple maintainable way to install so old laptops can be supplied to kids with the kid friendly FireFox plugin. The plugin is just a version of a Windows app that uses IE so now the challenge will be to see if that app will run in wine. Maybe we’ll have an answer by next month.




from on February 16th, 2012Comments0 Comments