Posts with «hardware-hacking» label

New uses for old iPod 30-pin dock devices: Bluetooth Boombox!

In our kitchen a few years ago we had this pretty good Sangean WR-5 clock radio with iPod dock. It charged our phones, had good sound, and just did its job.  Then it stopped charging our phones.  And then… Between our new phones with the Lightning port and the radio no longer charging the old devices, [...]
Todbot 20 Jan 23:50

CrashSpace BigButton w/ ESP8266

At CrashSpace we have a publicly-viewable “sign” at https://crashspacela.com/sign/ to let members know when the space is open. This sign page is updated by a big button in the front room. Press it, the sign page updates, and you’ve promised to be in the space for an hour. But last month, the button broke. So I [...]
Todbot 13 Jan 08:40

CrashSpace BigButton w/ ESP8266

At CrashSpace we have a publicly-viewable “sign” at https://crashspacela.com/sign/ to let members know when the space is open. This sign page is updated by a big button in the front room. Press it, the sign page updates, and you’ve promised to be in the space for an hour. But last month, the button broke. So I [...]
Todbot 12 Jan 18:40

blink(1) and C.H.I.P. work great together!

Thanks to NextThingCo‘s recent efforts with getting Debian on their nifty little C.H.I.P. board, I was able to quickly get working my blink1-tool for our blink(1) USB LED. Let the blinky disco commence! Mostly as a reminder to myself, here’s what I did.  (based on the “Flashing with Debian” section of this document) On the vagrant [...]
Todbot 23 Oct 21:29

blink(1) and C.H.I.P. work great together!

Thanks to NextThingCo‘s recent efforts with getting Debian on their nifty little C.H.I.P. board, I was able to quickly get working my blink1-tool for our blink(1) USB LED. Let the blinky disco commence! Mostly as a reminder to myself, here’s what I did.  (based on the “Flashing with Debian” section of this document) On the vagrant [...]
Todbot 23 Oct 21:29

Cross-compiling C programs for C.H.I.P. Linux

My blink1-tool command-line program is very cross-platform. It currently supports Mac OS X 10.6.8-10.10.6, Windows XP-10, FreeBSD 10+,  most Linux distros including Ubuntu, RedHat, OpenWrt, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and Linino Arduino Yun.  And I want it to work for C.H.I.P. The NextThingCo C.H.I.P. runs a tiny Linux similar to OpenWrt or Arduino Yun.  For these systems, [...]
Todbot 11 Oct 06:07

Cross-compiling C programs for C.H.I.P. Linux

My blink1-tool command-line program is very cross-platform. It currently supports Mac OS X 10.6.8-10.10.6, Windows XP-10, FreeBSD 10+,  most Linux distros including Ubuntu, RedHat, OpenWrt, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and Linino Arduino Yun.  And I want it to work for C.H.I.P. The NextThingCo C.H.I.P. runs a tiny Linux similar to OpenWrt or Arduino Yun.  For these systems, [...]
Todbot 11 Oct 06:07

Alpha C.H.I.P. first setup impressions

I recently received part of my Kickstarter reward from the famous C.H.I.P. $9 computer project.  This is the “Alpha C.H.I.P.” board that is hardware complete, but has no firmware.  So you need to install the SDK and flash the firmware yourself.  If you’re a kernel hacker (like me, I’ve been poking on Linux internals since ’98 and [...]
Todbot 09 Oct 21:41

Alpha C.H.I.P. first setup impressions

I recently received part of my Kickstarter reward from the famous C.H.I.P. $9 computer project.  This is the “Alpha C.H.I.P.” board that is hardware complete, but has no firmware.  So you need to install the SDK and flash the firmware yourself.  If you’re a kernel hacker (like me, I’ve been poking on Linux internals since ’98 and [...]
Todbot 09 Oct 21:41

Little portable AVR development kit

Recently a CrashSpace member asked about my little portable AVR dev platform. It’s small, compatible without avrdude hacks, and cheap enough to not worry about. Though it’s a gaffer-taped together setup, it’s served me well for about 10 years.  It’s in a go-bag about the size of my laptop’s power supply, so it’s often with me. [...]
Todbot 24 Sep 00:53