In this week’s podcast, editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys look back on favorite hacks and articles from the week. Highlights include a deep dive in barn-door telescope trackers, listening in on mains power, the backstory of a supercomputer inventor, and crazy test practices with new jet engine designs. We discuss some of our favorite circuit sculptures, and look at a new textile-based computer and an old server-based one.
This week, a round table of who’s-who in the Open Source FPGA movement discusses what’s next in 2019. David Shah, Clifford Wolf, Piotr Esden-Tempski, and Tim Ansell spoke with Elliot at 35C3.
Take a look at the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Direct download (60 MB or so.)
Episode 2 Show Notes:
New This Week:
- The Circuit Sculpture Contest winners were announced:
- Twelve Circuit Sculptures We Cant Stop Looking At
- All entries: Circuit Sculpture Contest
- Two of Elliot’s Honorable Mentions: The Escaping Joule Thief and Merlin, the Freeform Sea Creature
- One of Mike’s Favorites: Tiny Cuicui
- Hacks with good comments sections:
Interesting Hacks of the Week:
- DIY Guided Telescope Mount Tracks Like A Barn Door
- Listening To Mains Power Part 2
- Do Other Things Besides Output Video
- Years Don’t Dim The Shine Of These Curious Gadgets
- Electromagnetic 7 Segment Display Easy On The Eyes And The Ears
- The Embroidered Computer
8 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast 002: Curious Gadgets And The FPGA Brain Trust”
Who knew that “Szczys” is pronounced “Stitch”?!?
The is a reason I often introduce myself as Hackaday Mike… there’s no way you can hear how it’s pronounced and associate it with how it’s spelled ;-P
It’s even harder going in reverse! Imagine a person saying their name is “Mike Stitch” and then asking you how to spell it.
Indeed, this was used as the quiz-question for a giveaway two years ago at the Supercon. People were yelling out every imaginable combination of xyzzy. The eventual winner had to look it up online.
I have Mike’s name in my personal autocorrect dictionary. I just type “sz” and hit tab to autocomplete. True story. Try that with Williams!
I learned it while watching this talk:
Great interview. Looking forward to their work, especially to better stuff for beginners.
Yeah! Going through that interview really makes me want to look into icestudio again.
(Our article dates back to the very beginning of the project, and honestly I haven’t looked at it since then.)
BTW It is Tim Ansell (2 * Ls).
Been a good while since I’ve dealt with FPGAs and I assume the main issue (aside from dealing with the mental paradigm) is speed compared to other electronics.
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