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From Slack to Spaces

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This post is part announcement and part analysis; the announcement first - The Garage Lab now has its own Google Space. The goal is to have a place to share works in progress, interesting projects from around the internet and a way to float ideas or pose questions. Most of the initial content will come from me but it is a shared space where everyone is welcome to contribute. As for why I moved away from the Slack team that I had already set up? That's where the analysis part comes in. This article is very focused on the requirements I had for The Garage Lab but these are unlikely to be unique…

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Getting Organised - Jira, Confluence and GitLab for a Home Workshop

If you are like me chances are you will have many projects (or experiments) going on at the same time and accumulate new ideas or things to research on a daily basis. In this post I describe the tools and systems I use to help me manage that process - all of them are free or very low cost and can be hosted on your home network if you don't like the idea of keeping work in progress on the public cloud. Every year over the Christmas break I tend to perform a cleanup of my internal infrastructure and this year was no different, as my setup has been working well for a number of years now it seemed…

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Bread Heads - AVR Breadboard Programmers

I recently found myself needing to reuse some older prototypes for a newer project, as part of the repurposing I needed to flash an Arduino compatible bootloader on the AVR processors in them. The design didn't include an ICSP header so I wanted to find an easier way to flash them without having to desolder them. Enter the Bread Head, a design I saw on the Blondihacks site by Quinn Dunki. The Bread Head is a simple yet effective way to reprogram AVR chips in circuit - basically it provides a breakout for the ICSP header on a device you simply push over the AVR chip in circuit to reprogram it.…

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How To Get The Most Out Of a Cheap Laptop

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Recently I found myself in need of a small laptop that I could comfortably sit on the couch with but that had enough power to run Visual Studio at a reasonable speed. This post describes how I managed to get what I wanted for less than $AU 350 without going to second hand equipment. The work I've been doing as part of the Sensuara project has involved a lot more development on Windows than I normally do. Part of my normal workflow is to use my couch time to do debugging and small tweaks - I generally use a Chromebook to remotely access my Linux machines for this. Using a Chromebook to remotely…

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PCB Milling Updates

My PCB milling work flow is working well for single sided boards with through hole components. I am still working on support for surface mount devices and double side boards but the capability I have now is enough to speed up the progress on my queue of projects. This post is a general update on what I have been doing with that capability. I saw this tip on a blog post mentioned on Google+ but unfortunately I can't find the original link. Essentially you take a block of wood, drill some largish holes partially through it and use it to keep the tool bits you need for the particular task you are…

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