Simplify, then add lightness

As 2011 draws to a close I have reason to be thinking about things automotive. As part of my musings, I was reminded of the famous mantra espoused by the late Colin Chapman of Lotus Cars – ‘Simplify, then add lightness’. I have always liked this aphorism for its idea of ‘adding lightness’ rather than […]

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Novel uses for RTC registers

For obvious reasons, I usually write about things that are widely applicable. Today I’m going to deviate from this slightly and talk about the real time clock registers / RAM that are available on some (many?) ARM processors as well as I suspect a number of other architectures. An excerpt from the NXP data sheet […]

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The Personal Computer vs. The Chemistry Set

Recent (and much needed) basement cleaning uncovered a treasure trove of childhood chemistry set experimenter books. Back in the day, there was no Internet.  The only hope for young chemists looking for new experiments was to troll bookstores and newsstands.  Fortunately, chemistry sets were relatively popular when I was a kid and a number of […]

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