Now that the weekend is almost here, it’s a great time to catch up on the interesting stories you may have missed during the work week. These are some of the most interesting links we’ve shared around the NTC office this week.
Back in the 1970s, RadioShack sold several introductory electronics books by Forest Mims. Many of these books from the 70s are still in print and remain quite popular today. Each book was meticulously hand drawn and printed on graph paper by Mims, then sent to the printers for duplication. And it’s a safe bet, that if you’ve dabbled with electronics, you’ve seen at least one of Mims’ books.
That’s why it’s so exciting that Star Simpson, an electrical engineer and DIY innovator, figured out a way to replicate Mims’ handwriting and circuit design on solderable circuit boards. The project, with Mims’ blessing, is equal parts nostalgia and educational. Simpson recently spoke with Jon Bruner and David Cranor on the O’Reilly Hardware podcast about her quest to create these classic circuits and how she’s able to print the elegant handwriting onto the circuit boards. It’s well worth a listen.
Michael Heilemann provides the most in-depth history of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. Or as he styles it, The Complete Conceptual History of the Millennium Falcon. And he’s not wrong. Tracing the origin of the craft from the early designs through to the now iconic craft is pure bliss for Star Wars fans.
Read this! Seriously, read all of it. But you might need to take breaks to run errands between sections.
And finally, Johan Kanflo’s AAduino swept the internet this week. It’s a super-small Arduino that fits inside a AA-battery socket. When placed in a 3x AA battery case, the holder acts as both an enclosure for the AAduino and powers the board. Plus there’s a built-in radio for wireless Arduino programming. It’s one slick Arduino clone!
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Happy Weekend C.H.I.P.sters!