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George Hawkins
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Maker Faire Rome 2014
Maker Faires have been around for a while now in the US but they're new to Europe, last weekend I decided to pop down to the second year of Maker Faire Rome. It was super - the scale was amazing (I wonder what the NY one must be like) and the level of enthu...

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You're in Rome. Where do you go? The Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel? No - Maker Faire of course! :)
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Imp powered In-System Programmer
Introduction The Atmel AVR MCUs are very popular in the hobbyist electronics market, in particular the ATmega328 found in the Arduino UNO . The MCU on an UNO and similar boards is generally programmed via a bootloader, a piece of code that needs to be prein...

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Smart Config for consumer products? Alternatives?
Smart Config looks like magic the first time you see it - what it's doing seems impossible if you know a bit about encrypted wifi networks. Back in October 2013, out of a sense of intellectual curiosity, I spent an unreasonable amount of time looking at dec...

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avrdude.conf-as-JSON REST service using Heroku
Subtitle: Why do in a day what you can spend two weeks automating? Credit to Terrence Parr from whose  motto  this is derived. This post discusses creating a REST service to provide all or specific parts of the Avrdude configuration file as JSON. Atmel prod...

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The old AfB Studio as it appears now.
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Ideas for improving Smart Config
As Smart Config exists at the moment I think it has two main problems: The user has to enter a longish AES key in order for their network password to be securely transmitted to a CC3000 device. The CC3000 may not pick up the transmitted data if the Smart Co...

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CC3000 and security
REMEMBER TO UPDATE DATE (SEE Schedule TO LEFT). People talk about a coming Internet of Things (IoT), pervasive small cheap headless devices that connect to the internet and do things like keep your plants watered. When you connect a new device to your home ...

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CC3000 Smart Config and keyphrase recovery
Having previously described how the SSID and keyphrase are transmitted to a CC3000 enabled device I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and prove that it's possible to create an application capable of recovering such information. This proved a b...

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The CC3000, 802.11n and MIMO
MIMO creates a significant issue for the CC3000. Most modern wifi access points (APs) support at least the following three 802.11 protocols: 802.11b which supports 11Mbs. 802.11g which supports 54Mbs. 802.11n which supports up to 600Mbs. Such APs by default...
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