New Contest: Win One of 20 Microchip Fubarino SD Boards


We had a blast with the Trinket Contest in October and November and can’t wait to see what you can come up with for this month’s competition. Microchip Technology is one of our advertisers and they offered us 20 Fubarino SD boards to give away as prizes. The challenge for you is to add our URL as an Easter Egg in your own microcontroller project. Rise to the top of our seemingly arbitrary system for picking winners and one will be delivered to your door for your future hacking pleasure.

Obviously we mean when we say URL, but what constitutes an Easter Egg? We figure it’s anything that is not apparently obvious in a piece of hardware. We built a quick example to get you thinking. Shown off in the clip after the break is a clock that displays our web address every day at 1:37pm. What did we pick that time? Because our clock displays in 24-hour time format and 13:37 is leet. See the code we used in our repo.

We thought of a few others, like making an embedded gaming that uses the Konami Code to reveal the Easter Egg, or a man-in-the-middle device that attaches to your keyboard and redirects your feeble attempts to load Facebook by closing the tab and opening Hackaday. The sky’s the limit with how creative these things can be!

Follow these rules to submit your qualifying entry:

  • You must somehow hide in your microcontroller project (embedded Linux doesn’t count unless you do some type of bare-metal programming)
  • Preference will be given to projects that are both clever and well documented. Notice we made a video, and posted code and an explanation of our project.
  • Write an email that has “[Fubarino]” in the title, includes the information on your documented entry, and lists your name and mailing address. Your name and mailing address will be used for shipping only and NOT for anything else. Emails should be sent to:
  • Entries must be received before 12:00am Pacific time on 12/19/2013.
  • Employees and their families of Hackaday, SupplyFrame, and Microchip Technology are not eligible to win.

What are you waiting for? Dust off those chips and get hacking!


  1. lol says:

    Until PIC32 can run Linux/Android — no one will care about them…

  2. N5DUX says:


    That does not sound like a good product platform name.

    • Dan says:

      Here is why it is named FUBARino

    • F says:

      “Windows” is not exactly a great name for an operating system, do you think it has had a negative impact on their sales?

      • ChalkBored says:

        All operating systems have horrible names.

        • F says:

          “Digital Unix” was a good name for an operating system, no chance for confusion with “Analog Unix”.

          PRIMOS is a good name for an operating system and also a good name for a pizza

          • Eirinn says:

            And a Jazz band.

          • Long ago, there was a company named Digital Equipment Corporation, or DEC, but they were commonly called just “Digital” (which they registered as a trademark, I believe). Their logo was 7 red rectangles, each containing 1 lowercase letter, spelling “d i g i t a l”, which is probably why they were commonly called only “Digital”, much like how International Business Machines is commonly called only “IBM”.

            Digital made the PDP-11 and VAX computers and VT100 terminals, which ran the early Unix machines in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As the Unix market expanded and other versions of Unix appeared (with distinctive names because they were newer and distinguishing themselves), it was pretty natural to call the Unix from DEC “Digital Unix”. They were, afterall, the company that made all the original machines that first ran Unix.

            Way back then, Digital was so well know that “Digital Unix” was understood to mean “Digital” the company, not digital the common English language adjective.

            But times change, companies go out of business (Digital went under in 1998, after single chips replaced entire machines, and their Alpha chip lost in the market to Intel’s Pentium). Today fewer and fewer people know that Unix really started on computers made by a company that was commonly called “Digital”.

  3. ATC says:

    please enable fullscreen youtuve

  4. Ren says:

    Nice radio voice, Mike. (Maybe a bit too close to the mike)

  5. Z00111111 says:

    So it turns out the claims that the sale of HaD to a company would benefit the readership were actually true.

  6. Earlier this year I did some USB benchmarking on every Arduino compatible board supporting native USB. Fubarino Mini performed surprisingly well.

    Here’s the article where Hack A Day covered it.

  7. Ralph says:

    A PIC? Nope, not worth it even when free. Why spend any time learning an inferior chip with ~0% marketshare when cheaper and better chips exist in every category? ARM Cortex processors are better than this junk.

  8. Addidis says:

    Cool, be sure to update how entries are coming along a few days before closing. I have something I could do but it’s so similar to your example and would require me to write up a project I neglected to do a proper write up. Just cant get motivated to do all that work just to change the example from a clock to a thermometer.

  9. Dave says:

    I’m a newbie when it comes to electronics/hacking. I’ve never programmed microcontrollers before.. Kinda feel left out on this contest. :(

    • lol says:

      Get a $12 uno off ebay, and have fun…

    • six677 says: (its actually a legit site, just with a somewhat dodgy name). Can get an arduino nano clone with free worldwide shipping for under $10 (was 8 last time I checked). Only difference between uno and nano is the physical size really and that the nano uses an FTDI USB>Serial converter (onboard) rather than a specially programmed secondary AVR microcontroller. Uno is of course a decentish size board with a set of female headers on either side for shields to connect to, nano on the other hand is a much smaller board with male headers sticking out of the bottom, it can fit on a breadboard.

  10. Geekmaster says:

    Who came up with the FUBARino name anyway? FUBAR is a well-known military acronym:

  11. I came up with name. The Fubarino SD originated from Fair Use Building and Research (FUBAR) Labs. New Jersey’s first Hackerspace. It wouldn’t be a product of NJ if it was called the Happy Arduino Inspired Dreamboard.This board is for use in projects you wanted to make for Arduino but couldn’t because you only had one serial port. We have USB serial, plus 2 UARTs. This is 3.3volts which means no shift regulator for LCD screens, It has an on board SD adapter so it would run RetroBSD with no hassle. It nearly has as much IO as the Arduino Mega, In Anime/Manga terms it’s an SD inspired version of the Mega and manages to even be breadboardable. So it is actually a small board which is where “ino” comes from. So we avoid “uino” nonsense. That is how you get a Fubarino SD.

    • Geekmaster says:

      That makes sense then. The people who named the hackerspace surely knew the “other” meaning of FUBAR and used that for their name as a form of “Hacker Humor”…

    • Reggie says:

      But arduino make a mega with 4 ports on it, the new leonardo’s have usb serial etc. nothing really new here.

    • Rob. says:

      I was considering using one of these in a project but I gave up when some info wasn’t so easy to find.

      My project is a ‘Z80′ retro computer but the best Z80 I can find is only about 5 MIPS. I then thought of doing it in VHDL but there no suitable boards with decent (and simple) RAM.

      Then I though I might as well write an emulator in machine code and also a cross assembler and run it on something more modern.

      Part of the project is video out and I thought that with something like this I could just bit bang the video through R/2R if it has enough MIPS.

      This chip says it has single cycle multiply and divide and a 5 stage pipeline but doesn’t mention the clock speed for the pipeline. Many chips have several internal OSC’s so the external clock speed often means nothing.

      The internal bus structure looks much simpler than many of the chips in this line but I don’t know if I can get around the RAM caching for the precise timing needed to bit bang video out (QVGA or VGA).

      Would this board do the job?

  12. Erg. No comment editing. Damn typos.

  13. Dave says:

    Too little time to buy/receive a cheap arduino (or clone) -I’m based in Europe- and then figure out how to program it and then make something super to win this contest.
    I’ll wait for the next contest.

  14. Phil says:

    Why do you ask for the mailing list for all entries? It seems like you only need to ask the winners for their mailing addresses. Having to give out a mailing address just to enter a contest seems a bit of privacy invasion.

  15. cpldcpu says:

    I like the contest, but I am reluctant to participate since I do not want to risk to immerse myself into yet another MCU architecture. The flood for CM0 is enough already.

  16. RonaldWaby says:

    Hi to all members on this community i am thanks to the administrator of this forum for approve my account i am sure here i got better knowledge thanks again. My name is Ronald.

  17. davedarko says:

    So when will the winners be announced? Any updates or progress, except the project posts we see everyday?

  18. John says:

    Unfortuantely I am out of town for the majority of this month, and have not been with my electronics to participate in this competition. I really like the idea though, and PLEASE hold more contests like this in the future!!!

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