Video: The art of writing software

November 23, 2014


This video is an introduction on what software is and what programmers do, and it’s great because it can be shared with everyone, especially those who know nothing or almost nothing about software. via Reddit.

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Drawing on a 7×5 LED matrix with Arduino in C

November 15, 2014


Arduino UNO and 7x5 LED matrix

In my component drawers I have a LTP-7357AG, which is a matrix of 35 green LEDs conveniently packaged in a 12-pin display. I wanted to play with it so I began to hook it with my Arduino Uno. This post is part of a series about programming Arduino applications in C. I’m going to show the results first, […]

Posted in: Hardware

ST Nucleo F103RB works with OpenOCD 0.8.0

November 11, 2014


ST Nucleo-F103RB

Full disclosure: I work at ST Microelectronics, but what I write here is purely my opinion and my work, conceived and conducted in my spare time. The ST Nucleo boards are development platforms mounting an STM32 microcontroller, made for the same enthusiasts that are attracted to Arduino and the like. They have between 64KiB and 512KiB of […]

Posted in: Embedded

Java and daylight saving time

October 26, 2014


I have written an alarm app for Android, called Fake Dawn. Friday I was talking to my friends, and we mentioned turning back the clock for daylight saving time (DST) on Saturday night, then proceeded to praise our phones that already do that automatically. Wait a minute: does my app work in this case? I […]

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Sticky Bits » Vulnerabilities in C : When integers go bad!

October 25, 2014


Sticky Bits posted a lesson on C integers that explains the common pitfalls (and some uncommon ones) of arithmetic operations. It contains information that any C developer should know but that is often overlooked, and that might be the cause of many bugs that can result in misbehaviour or security issues. I think it’s written in […]

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Using a buzzer with Arduino in pure C

October 15, 2014


Arduino UNO connected to KEPO buzzer

Since one of my most viewed posts is Programming Arduino Uno in pure C, I wanted to write other posts about common Arduino functionalities implemented in C instead of the default language. This post is part of a series about programming Arduino applications in C, using a Debian computer with avr-gcc compiler. This time I’m using a buzzer […]

Posted in: Hardware

Fake Dawn app updated, and thoughts about Android API backward compatibility

October 12, 2014


Fake Dawn feature image

Some time ago I wrote an Android app called Fake Dawn, mainly to learn about the basics of Java development on Android, and also to implement something that I can use everyday: an alarm that wakes you up gently by gradually increasing the volume and the light in a customizable way. I collected the things […]

Posted in: Software

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