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Chrome OS and the Return of the Thin(ish) Client

I have had a Chromebook (a Chrome OS based laptop) for about 6 months now and it quickly became the most used computer in the house. Google doesn’t seem to have been actively pushing Chrome OS, at least not in Australia, so I was pleased to see a group of recent announcements that indicate that things might be changing. This got me thinking about why I prefer using the Chromebook over other options and the virtues and drawbacks of thin versus thick clients. Thin and Thick Clients A thin client essentially does no application processing of it’s own, all it provides is an input/output interface…

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The Sound of Crickets ...

I have been working on a larger scale project for the past few months and, as a result, haven't had any completed projects to write about here for some time. I've decided to open up the scope of the site and start publishing articles that are not directly related to electronics projects. I will also be publishing articles about ideas that I haven't had a chance to implement yet (and may never do so). I have a few articles that are nearing the final stages of completion that I will publish over the coming days - hopefully you will find them as interesting as the project related ones.…

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On the Importance of Patience

Using some patience and taking some extra time to double check things can save a lot of problems in the long run. This is one of those things that we all know we should be doing but often fail to do in practice. Here is a concrete example where failing to spend a little bit of extra time to double check things has wound up costing me an unknown but significant amount of time and money. Here is the story of how I broke my CNC machine through a sequence of events that I can only blame myself for. If you have been reading this site or following my Google+ posts you will know that I have recently…

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Introducing the TGL-6502 Single Board Computer

Here is a project I've been working on over the past few weeks - a 6502 compatible single board computer with 128K of RAM, 128K of ROM and an IO expansion port. The reason I call it 'compatible' is because the role of the 6502 processor is being played by an emulator running on a 8 pin LPC810 ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. The emulated processor supports all the official 6502 instructions (the undocumented instructions are treated as NOPs) and it is not a cycle accurate emulation. The entire emulator fits in the 4K flash on the LPC810. The project is not yet complete, at this stage it is capable of…

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Android Wear - A Makers View of the Samsung Gear Live

This post is a little bit different from the normal content I have here - I recently bought myself a Samsung Gear Live running Android Wear. Now that I've had it for a few days I thought it would be worthwhile doing a review from the point of few of someone who likes to tinker with their devices. In this review I'm more interested in what I can do with the watch so I'm not going to go into a lot of details about the hardware and software that make it up. If you would like more details about those aspects I recommend the series of reviews at Ars Technica: In-depth with Android Wear * Android We…

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