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Nickname: Clive Maxfield     Articles(382)     Visits(294087)     Comments(77)     Votes(225)     RSS
There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 08:00:17 PM, 26/03/2015
I've recently started to consider whether or not it would be right and proper for me to perform an experiment on a member of my family.     The modern world in the form of today's telecommunications systems couldn’t have come at a better time for my wife (Gina the Gorg......

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Posted: 06:54:35 PM, 20/03/2015
I guess that nothing should surprise me these days, but it seems like almost every day something new pops up that I would never have thought up by myself in a million years.   Take the Internet, for example. The original generic top-level domains (gTLDs) were something I could wrap my brain......

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Posted: 06:18:18 PM, 20/03/2015
One way I keep myself out of trouble is to always have a bunch of hobby projects on the go. A few years ago I started playing with Arduino microcontroller development boards. The great thing about these boards: they have so many add-on boards (called "shields") available, such as motor c......

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Posted: 05:27:42 PM, 20/03/2015
I truly believe we are on the brink of a major evolution in embedded systems technology involving embedded vision and embedded speech capabilities.   One example I often use to describe what I'm talking about is that of a humble electric toaster in the kitchen. Actually, that reminds me......

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Posted: 10:43:03 PM, 19/03/2015
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my chum David Ashton from Australia tells me that his local Microchip Technology representative includes a "Joke of the Month" in his communications.   David often forwards these jokes to me. I particularly like the funny ones (LOL). The last......

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Posted: 09:03:40 PM, 16/03/2015
This is just a quick update with regard to my Vetinari Clock project. One rather tasty feature of the clock is an interestingly-shaped vacuum tube mounted on the top. Sitting just under this tube I have a 16-element NeoPixel Ring from Adafruit.     These things are great. Each ele......

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Posted: 09:53:11 PM, 13/03/2015
A few weeks ago, I had a bit of a scare. It made me stop and consider, and the thought at the forefront of my mind was: "If I were to lose my left arm, how would this impact my ability to create my electronic hobby projects?"   Yes, I know that there's more to life than electr......

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Posted: 09:27:51 PM, 06/03/2015
Quite a few Pooh Sticks have drifted under the bridge since I first got in touch with my chum Adam Taylor. It all started when I read one of Adam's columns in the Xilinx Xcell Journal, following which I invited him to become a blogger on the All Programmable Planet website for which I was the ......

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Posted: 10:21:00 PM, 05/03/2015
Do you know about the Spark Core Kickstarter project from 2013? If not, just to set the scene, the Spark Core is an Arduino-compatible, Wi-Fi enabled, cloud-powered development platform that makes creating Internet-connected hardware a breeze.   As it says on the Spark Core's Kickstarte......

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Posted: 09:20:08 PM, 27/02/2015
I recently got an email from a reader named Abraham who posed an interesting question as follows: Hello Max, Happy New Year to you and thanks for all the information you send out to us. This is my first personal mail to you, although I have been your close and constant follower for a long tim......

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