Hey everyone I made some pretty cool changes to the website. Nothing huge but was still something to write a blog post about.
It was a surprise to see that stormduino was featured in this article by makezine. I truly never expected that this would happen but it did. Expect more open hardware in the next few months folks 🙂
In this video, I explain and give a demo on one of my projects known as stormduino. I also talk about the previous revisions of stormduino before getting to the final refined revision ( Rev 2.2 ). Hope you like this video and if you do please consider supporting me on Kofi, subscribing to my channel and leaving a like 🙂
A while back a project known as stormduino was started in collaboration with tecknologg and the cool folks over at cyberstorm.mu . Stormduino is pretty much a KiCad designed Arduino Uno compatible clone that utilizes a USB Type-c port and has much simpler components that still maintains it’s integrity. It was originally open source since Rev 1 but after refining the design, we wanted to really show that this was actually open-source hardware. After hearing about the open-source hardware certification program we decided to apply for it. To our luck, we got approved and celebrated with a cup of coffee 🙂
So just know that I’m just a beginner in FPGAs but I want to write blog about how to get started with FPGAs so that I might help people that have no clue what an FPGA does or what an FPGA is. I’m not gonna go into too much details about how an FPGA works but I’m gonna only gonna tell what you need to know for now in order to do some cool stuff with FPGAs.
It was a Tuesday evening and Logan had asked on the GCI (Google Code-In) group if we wanted to take an Ubuntu challenge. He then informed us that we would be staying at Point aux Piments for 4 days but we had to work with TLS 1.3 which is the newest version of TLS. I accepted the challenge and agreed to come. Logan was kind enough to pick me up from my home and on the following day, I packed 4 sets of clothes, my laptop, my Bluetooth speaker, my towel, my phone, my phone charger and my toothbrush with a shaving kit as I do not like too much facial hair on my face. I asked Logan what time he was going to pick me up and he told me that it would be 7:00 in the morning.
If you’ve ever used the Fedora operating system you’ll know that there are many kinds out there like Fedora Worskstation, Fedora Server and so on. But what about Fedora Silverblue ? And what’s the big difference between Fedora Workstation and Silverblue?
Well they both use GNOME and it was previously named Atomic Workstation but then it was renamed to Silverblue. What makes it unique is that it’s an immutable operating system. It means you can only read the file system and you won’t be in any trouble if things go terribly wrong. If there’s some kind of bug or some problem when updating or whatever, you can simply boot into the previous image of the operating system. Essentially every time you update something related to your file system or something else, a new image is created. Kinda like a copy of the current system you’re using except with some new things.
A while back I had the idea of making a DIY ( Do it Yourself ) soldering kit that I can give away to people at conferences, social events, hackathons and so on. There isn’t anything special about this kit as it’s just a flashing LED and a resistor. I decided to go with a flashing LED because a regular one that just stays on is pretty boring. Additionally I added some 0805, 0603 and 0402 footprints so that people can practice SMD soldering. There will be 2 versions of the kit. The first one will just have a flashing LED and a resistor and the other one will have extra SMD components.
I designed the PCB in Altium designer and panelised it to save space and money. I then got them made by a PCB manufacturer known as Elecrow. I went with the blue soldermask because I wanted some more blue PCBs in stock.