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Fakes from China

Inspired by a Youtube video from Bigclive I ordered some Solar Power Rechargeable Flash lights. I knew the risk but I thought it would be a possible way to get hold of some small amorphous silicon solar cell modules for some own projects.

yeah – a bang good solar flash light

Today I […]

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…if you get a support answer like this…

Hej [enter customer’s first name, or a combination first & last name.  In the case of a dropshipper please refer to the customer themselves],   [Personalize the template: • Acknowledge customers’ feelings & apologize • Summarize the issue]   [ENTER PERSONAL SIGN OFF, SUCH AS HAVE A NICE DAY, WE HOPE YOU HAVE A […]

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Hacking an AVR programmer II

This is a follow-up of my most popular post, Hacking an AVR programmer.

MX USBasp v3.02

Recently there have been quite a few comments about a new version 3.02 layout of the USBasp programmer available from many Chinese ebay sellers, which appears to be incompatible with my previous hack. The problem is still that […]

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Assembling an USBasp

…at eight times timelapse it only takes 4 ½ minutes…

http://www.sciencetronics.com/greenphotons/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/20161102_usbasp_480.webm

LaTeX: x11names resorted

I like the color palette which the xcolor package offers under the option x11names, but I find the list of colors in the xcolor manual a bit confusing. The colors are sorted by names and not shades – so today I made my own little table.

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(Deutsch) …und die Deutsche Domain – schon wieder…

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

An USBasp in a new design II

Most of the time I design and debug my AVR projects on solderless breadboards nowadays. And for that I have been using some different types of programmers by now: starting with the good old STK500, to different versions of USBasp clones from Chinese sellers on eBay.

In order to connect the programmers to the […]

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An USBasp in a new design

Just a small teaser: today I received my circuit boards from PCBgogo – a layout which I just had sent to the Chinese manufacturer last Sunday.

The finished circuit board from China.

It is a USBasp, which can be placed on a breadboard and at the same time supplies the power rails on […]

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Nerd or not?

Today there was a geocaching event celebrating Nerd Day. I must admit that I wasn’t aware of the significance of today’s date, but I also knew that I can probably be considered being a nerd.

In the early days of the internet, while still writing my master’s thesis in Kiel, I already scored high […]

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(Deutsch) …nicht schon wieder!

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