futz f&ts v.i. To tinker experimentally; to change something just to see what it does

On a recent China order I bought five 16F72 PIC microcontrollers in SOIC for very cheap, thinking I could find some use for them. They sat in a box for a long time. Lately I've finally got somewhat caught up with work and have a little time for electronics tinkering again, so I decided to wire one u...

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I love my 2-wire LCDs and use them all the time, but since I started tinkering with the PIC10F322 chip that has only four I/O pins I decided to have a closer look at Roman Black's "Shift1" system. I could really use that one extra pin!

Shift1 uses a 74HC595 shift register with a couple RC circ...

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I got my PC boards from OSH Park. The top boards are just some SOT23 breakouts to make breadboarding easier. Soldering wire legs onto SOT23s is a little difficult, and they don't hold up well to plugging and unplugging.

The bottom boards are my PIC10F322 general purpose board. OSH Park shorted me...

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I was recently looking at Microchip's PIC10F322 microcontroller and thought it was a very capable little MCU for its price (and size). It has some really interesting peripherals onboard, like the Configurable Logic Cell (CLC), the Numerically Controlled Oscillator (NCO) Module and the Complementary...

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New Site

I'm playing with a new flat-file CMS called Grav, and building a new site with it. I've had my fill of the giant database-driven CMSs like Joomla and WordPress. They're good for what they're good for, but for my dinky little site they're just massive bloatware overkill. I'm looking for simplicity....

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