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Lightning Observing with the Storm Scope
Lightning Observing

Lightning research can be terribly dangerous, especially if it puts you out in the open or if you are foolish enough to mimic professional methods such as ground wire tethered rockets. There are, however, some instruments that are easily built and relatively safe to use. The storm scope is one such instrument.

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TRS-80 Model 1
The TRS-80 Model 1

On Wednesday, August 3, 1977, at a press conference at Manhattan's Warwick Hotel, Tandy released the TRS-80, with a retail price of $599.95. Despite the previous success of the Altair, despite the high-tech buzz that Star Wars was generating at the box office that summer, the press response - as usual when presented with something revolutionary - was a collective yawn.

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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 33
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

This is the first of a two-part series providing a very convenient way to hook up a serial connection between a PC and a solderless breadboard for use in electronics prototyping.

Optoelectronic Security Circuits
Security Electronics Systems And Circuits - Part 4
Optoelectronic Security Circuits

Optoelectronic security circuits - which respond to either visible or invisible (usually infrared) light levels - come in three (3) basic types. Here is a range of practical optoelectronic circuits of the (#1) 'visible light' type. Next time, we'll cover (#2) practical IR 'light-beam' and (#3) PIR circuits.
Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
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Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

I think the title says it all on this one.
Don't know anything about micros, but are willing to learn? Everybody's got to start somewhere and this book is as good as we've seen to lay the foundation for doing future great things. 
  • Crisp's conversational style introduces the fundamentals of the micro (microprocessors, microcontrollers, systems on a chip) in a way that is utterly painless but technically spot-on: the talent of a true teacher.
  • Microprocessors and microcontrollers are covered in one book, reflecting the importance of embedded systems in today's computerized world.
  • Practical work and knowledge-check questions support a lively text to build a firm understanding of the subject.
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