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Schematics – Reading and Writing in Electronics.

Schematics – How to Read and Write in Wires and Electrons Music has staves and notes. English and many other languages use a selection of characters and accents to convey a word or a meaning or an idea. But how can we convey a circuit? What system can we use to say, if you connect a battery to this thing it will do what we want it too, or if we change this part to a higher value it will emit a lot less smoke and not cause a house fire? This is an introduction to schematics. How to read...

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DMX 512 – A Celebration

DMX 512 – A Celebration Today is the big day ladies and gentlemen. The 5th of December or DMX day named after the amazing protocol that united [CITATION BLOODY NEEDED] the lighting industry on one standard. [THIS HAS TO BE MADE UP]. The Dark Ages For as long as we’ve had stages we’ve needed lighting. The earliest examples of outdoor theatre used a magnificent defuse light source that illuminated the whole stage by way of nuclear fusion. Although this light has never truly been beaten it is hard to sit in the room with a giant ball of gas many...

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Ludum Dare – Autopsy of a Game Jam

Clean Code and Other Mysteries Ludum dare. No, it’s not a Latin incantation. Well, it could be, but to the best of my knowledge, it isn’t anything too evil. It translates to ‘to give a game’. To sum it up; an entrant, for the case of this blog, me; has 48 hours to build a game, from scratch, using no outside assets at all. There is a more relaxed version of Ludum Dare, called the ‘jam’ that, in contrast to the ‘compo’, gives you an extra day. It also allows you to create in teams, and use outside assets in your...

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Computational Logic – Building it from the Ground Up – Part 2

Computational Logic – Building it from the Ground Up – Part 2

Computational Logic – Building it from the Ground Up – Part 2 Welcome back to the computational logic series. If you haven’t read Computational Logic Part 1 then go have a look. It’s will give you a solid base on the topics covered here and is a great introduction into building logic gates. The Transistor Transistors were one of the most influential inventions of the 20th century. We’re not going to get too in depth as to the inner workings of a transistor, but we do need to cover some of the basics. When we’re dealing with logic in computers and electronics...

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Computational Logic – A Beginners Guide to Logic Gates – Part 1

Computational Logic – A Beginners Guide to Logic Gates – Part 1 Every article needs to start somewhere. This would be the logical place to do it. Logic in electronics and computer science is all about answering questions posed by 1’s and 0’s. So before we get stuck in lets have a quick refresher on how binary logic works. Bit’s and Pieces Binary is, at it’s heart, one of two options. 1 or 0, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, True or False. Using combinations of these options we can encode a wealth of information. Learning to Count – Easy as 01, 10,...

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Spotlight – Understanding LEDs

Birth of a legend. The LED is one of those inventions that happened slowly then all at once. The idea of electroluminescence was discovered in 1907. H. J. Round, a British scientist, working at Marconi Labs was one of the pioneers of the technology. While working with cat’s whisker detectors he used a variety of materials and noticed that some of them lit up when a current was passed through them. Now the idea of electric light wasn’t exactly new, but this was the breakthrough moment for LED technology. Making History The Dark Ages The earliest LED’s had a few characteristics...

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Arduino Boards – Tackling the Mystery

Introduction to Arduino In the last number of years, electronics hobbyists all over the world have had one thing on their tongues; Arduino. Thousands of projects on Instructables have featured these boards. But “Arduino-controlled” can be a daunting term for electronics newbies and analogue heads alike. So let’s get stuck into a little about these boards and demystify them. Arduino isn’t the first microcontroller on the market. Far from it in fact. But in 2003 students at Italy’s Interaction Design Institute Ivrea were spending just shy of $50 US on BASIC Stamp 2 boards. As any student knows, every penny counts. That,...

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