This evening I fell into a gameboy rabbit hole:
I got an email from one of the marketing people from PCBWay who said they could offer me free PCB printing services in exchange for a review of their service on my blog. I am very happy to do that!
Today I signed up for an account over here: https://www.pcbway.com/Member/Login/
After logging in I got an email confirmation code emailed to me. I updated my account settings including my basic information and contact information so they know where to ship my PCBs. In exchange for my having filled out my full profile they gave me US$35 worth of vouchers with various terms (e.g. minimum spend).
I clicked “Add to cart” and accepted all the defaults (shown below) on my order for 5 PCBs. So far I am a happy customer! (Update: as part of our sponsorship deal PCBWay covered the shipping costs too! I was a bit worried they might ask me to cover the shipping, but they included it, which was super excellent, especially as the shipping was about five times as much as the boards themselves!)
I’m just getting started with PCB printing. I expect that in future I will do much more of it. I have been working my way through PCB design with KiCad – updated for KiCad 7 to learn how to design PCBs using KiCad. Apparently there is a PCBWay Plug-In for KiCad, so that might be something worth checking out.
When my PCBs from PCBWay arrive I will make a video of me putting together the 555 timer circuit and then using it to test my IC test probes. Stay tuned for that one!
Today I was referred to Cory Doctorow‘s new book: The Internet Con: How To Seize the Means of Computation. Apparently it’s basically just about the idea that web services should interoperate. I’m not going to read this one, but you might?
Here’s an interesting talk about how we won’t need programmers very soon: Large Language Models and The End of Programming – CS50 Tech Talk with Dr. Matt Welsh.
If refers to the following books:
This came up in my feed today: QUIC Loss Detection and Congestion Control. I wish I had time to read it closely! It’s about how they re-implement the TCP bits and pieces (such as congestion control) atop UDP.
I think at this point I am ready to use iptables in anger for the first time in a long time, and the first time ever on a router.
However, before I take that on, I’m going to have a quick diversion into the following books, and then sleep, and I will do my iptables programming when I wake up tomorrow.
Things to read to learn about FPGA programming:
- Designing Video Game Hardware in Verilog (recommended by @indigo)
Over on An Absolute Beginners Guide To Designing PCBs using Easy EDA – Make PCB From A Schematic I learned about How to Share Projects in PCBWay Community. Seems like a good service to me, haven’t used it yet but do intend to check it out.