Sunday, June 26, 2016

What have I been reading this week? (20160626)

A very light list this week. I was approaching my deadline and needed to work on the Element14 submission, which I posted last night. The project turned out to be much larger that I'd originally thought but I did manage to complete what I'd proposed, as well as adding in a couple semi-related sub-projects. Notes and code are at the bottom of this page.

I'm looking for reading recommendations. Just finished binge-reading Charles Stross's Laundry series. I have three text books to wade through in the next month and will be looking for recreational reading after that.

I used the last gift card from Christmas and the newly acquired one for Father's day. Bought a case and multiple cables for the Bus Pirate, a handful of ESP8266 boards, a few logic level converters, and some cheap smart cards (to run through the laser engraver). I may be a bit ESP8266-obnoxious for awhile (at least until the 8285 becomes available). Some of the components arrive this week, the rest are estimated to arrive sometime around 17 August. UPS must have moved their distribution hub off-planet again.

The Frankenbox is still ticking along. Came up with another short-coming for the motherboard though. Apparently the built-in NIC doesn't handle WOL, though the BIOS does. I now there's a usable NIC in the junk box somewhere. Just need to find it.

I've also been meaning to update the Github page for the Si4703 code. Another Element14 user asked a question about the reset function, which led to a D'oh! type moment. I'd been brute-force coding, using the chip's spec sheets and ignoring the board's spec sheets. This led to a function that servers no purpose, other than to cause more knowledgeable people to scratch their heads and ask "Why?" What I'd missed was the statement about the board being hardwired for I2C mode and that attempts to reset into SPI mode will not work. Sorry, Niko! Will have the code updated shortly.

In any case...

2016-06-23

- Espressif Releases ESP8266-Killer!

2016-06-26

- Build Your First Thing With WebAssembly
- Cygwin library now available under GNU Lesser General Public License
- How To Brainstorm Like A Googler

Above was generated by a homegrown bolt-on script for Wallabag, which is a free utility for capturing web content so that it can be read later.