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The magic of books

The magic of books

Posted by Chris Gammell on Sep 30, 2014

What is it about books? They still hold a place of magic in our society and to me. I have had a few opportunities to write a book or two now, at least the offer to begin writing one or talk about writing one. I have passed on all of them so far. Not because I...

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(KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

(KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

Posted by Chris Gammell on Jul 28, 2014

This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for...

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As big as…space

As big as…space

Posted by Chris Gammell on Apr 28, 2014

Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well....

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Don’t Wait For Permission

Don’t Wait For Permission

Posted by Chris Gammell on Apr 23, 2014

I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and...

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I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

Posted by Chris Gammell on Mar 4, 2014

I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how...

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First Day Rejection

First Day Rejection

Posted by Chris Gammell on Feb 17, 2014

Well, it’s my first day out on my own and I have already had a rejection. Whee! In reality, it was a contract job that I bid on without too much expectation of getting the work. I definitely was not counting on this work as part of my survival in my new jump to...

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