Microchip launched a new generation of ATtinys. Is it worthwhile to consider them for your next DIY project?Continue reading
Recently, I bought some ATmega328P-PU (DIP packages) chips in China and was concerned that they might be counterfeit, given that three years ago some ATmega328P clones, which did not support nano-power, had been found on Pro Mini boards. The first check looked as if they were fake chips,
but apparently, they were the real thing. but they seem to work fine.
Make it Fail
(David J. Agans)
The quote is from Dave’s book Debugging: the 9 indispensable rules for finding even the most elusive software and hardware problems, which I recommend to everybody who has to debug a technical artifact.
You want to make a single step in your program, but the debugger takes you to some unknown area of the program. This was, in fact, my first experience when I tried out Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE debugger on the innocent blinking sketch. Is this a bug or a feature?Continue reading
There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the history of computers
… but the periods might have become shorter with the right tools