Wordclock = WS2811B + Arduino = beautiful combination

wordclock_intro.jpg I wanted to make one a few years ago but I didn’t have much time as well as I didn’t know how to do it, or was too lazy to do it :D
Back then, I lacked of enthusiasm, motive and didn’t want to learn new things. Until this year, I had more free time and change of mind, I want to learn new things. So, I started this project, a few years after

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Serial Communication for debugging - dummies version

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If you are older than 28 years old, you might already know what a COM port looks like. Yes, COM port stands for Communication port. It was used widely to connect external device to the computer in the old days around 2005, such as: modem, mouse, even printer or transfer data between 2 PC. Yes, COM port was understood as serial port.
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ATTiny13 Programming with Arduino IDE

attiny13a-dip.jpg Sometime, you need a small circuit to flash some LEDs or do some simple task, say, power on delay function for your DIY amplifier, power on reminder for your soldering station (beep every 3 mins) - which I forgot to turn off all the time… probably, an Attiny13 is just what you need.

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Quiz game show buzzer

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It is sometime called game show buzzer lockout system, but I thought many people confuse with the name so I changed it.

If you’ve watched some game shows like Family Feud, you probably know what a game show buzzer is. And yes, it is a set of buzzers that once a button is pressed, the other button is deactivated to indicate the player who takes answer fastest. It usually is 2 or 3 players at a time on TV. That is easy. But what if you need a buzzer set for 10+ players or teams at the same time. Well, not easy anymore.

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Middle mouse button fix for Asus touchpad in windows 10

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Just bought this laptop Asus x302l about 3 weeks ago. After a week, I found out that it (is) was impossible to do middle mouse button. There is no such an option for middle mouse button in ASUS Smart Gesture, or I should call ASUS not-so-Smart Gesture. In this entry, I will call it “Asus gesture”.

Tried everything I could find on the internet, also hit the support team of ASUS as well, none came with success. I was so disappointed, and still do. So, do I have carry an extra mouse on the go like forever?

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Asus X302L - fix loose touchpad makes clicking noise

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With 13.3” LCD, this lightweight laptop has the brain of i5-5200u, 4GBs RAM, 500GB Hard drive blah blah blah…

Just bought one yesterday from local store for AU$ 799 and it surprised me when it comes with 128GB SSD instead. Nice!

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PL2303 - USB to UART Converter for Arduino Pro Mini

PL2303-CONVERTER.JPG This is what you get from ebay for a very cheap price

Most cheap PL2303HX USB to UART adaptors from ebay usually don’t have DTR pin to upload sketch easier to Arduino Mini Pro.
This post will show you how to mod this little adaptor to play nice with arduino mini pro. It should take about 10 minutes and require good solder skill.
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Arduino Analog clock with DS1307

arduino_my_name_analogclock.png Another experiment with Arduino based on experiment with TFT 240×320 display using driver chip ILI9341 and DS1307 real time clock module.

Turn out this can be a nice analog-clock on my desk to replace the widget analog-clock of windows 7.

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240×320 2.8” TFT Display breakout using driver ILI9341

9341breakout1.jpg Playing around with 2.8” TFT display with driver ILI9341 from ebay. This one has SPI connection and SD card reader built-in at the back of this TFT display. I choose the display without touch-screen because I don’t need it for my next project.

But it seems I always have trouble with things from ebay: this TFT display using driver ILI9341 that accept 3v3 signal and the module doesn’t come with a level conversion chip like this LCD Shield using driver 4535.

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240×320 2.8” TFT Shield driver 4535 for Arduino

4535shield3.jpg For the first time having experience with arduino and TFT screen, a TFT display shield should be better than a breakout TFT display, because a shield is something that made for plug-n-play, like a usb thing, just plug it in the computer and it works right away.

That what I thought when I bought this shield.

But I was wrong.

It is the cheap TFT display you will get from ebay. There are serveral models using different drivers - mine uses LGDP4535 - that looks like the picture above.

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