This site is about programming, robotics, and electronics. Languages discussed include, Java, C/C++, Assembly, and BASIC. Wait, BASIC? Heck yeah. I grew up on Color BASIC for the Color Computer 3. I'll be adding back my favorite articles from the old 8BitCoder site, and adding new tutorials and code breakdowns.

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ChessLR Parts Arrived

Jun 17, 2019

I got my parts that I ordered from AdaFruit. Parts included a Raspberry PI Zero W that has wifi built in, quad alphanumeric displays, blue 3mm LED's, which are way cooler, and a lot brighter, then I was expecting. I2C I/O port expanders, and some resisters and diodes. The LEDs will be one LED per board square. The buttons and segmented displays are for the clock, one button and display per player.


ChessLR Proof of Concept

Apr 22, 2019

ChessLR. Me and Rob got together to talk about the electronic chess board today. He showed a proof of concept using reed switches, a magnet, and an LED. Man that was cool. The reed switch is amazingly sensitive to the magnetic field of a magnet. I was able to hold the magnet about 3cm away and the reed switch was still able to sense it. I did find that there was a bit of a dead zone in the middle of the switch, which could prove problematic. But no problems reading it through a piece of wood.


PrettyCSV 1.2 is now out

Apr 19, 2019

PrettyCSV 1.2 is now out. This is a minor update that includes a fix for the Window frame on Windows machines. You can also now optionally have the formatted text copied to your clipboard when you format. I'm working on making it copy it in a mono font like courier for the next minor update. Enjoy!

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