Archive for December 2011

Makefile for Arduino 1.0

A while back, I created an Arduino plugin for NetBeans so that I could use the full-fledged NetBeans IDE for all my Arduino projects. The approach I took was using the NetBeans project sample module method. Under the hood though, it is nothing more than a makefile and an source file template. Continue reading ‘Makefile for Arduino 1.0’ »

X-TRONIC 4040 Hot Air Rework/Soldering Station – II

Last time I did a pretty thorough review of the X-TRONIC 4040 hot air rework/soldering station and shared my own experience with it. Overall, it is a very good entry level rework station. I have been using it intensely for the last week or so and it is holding up extremely well. Now let us take look at what is inside. Continue reading ‘X-TRONIC 4040 Hot Air Rework/Soldering Station – II’ »

X-TRONIC 4040 Hot Air Rework/Soldering Station – I

I have used quite a few professional SMD rework stations before, but those professional grade ones tend to be quite pricey. So when I decided to get a hot air rework station for my own personal use, I settled on the cheaply priced X-TRONIC 4040 hot air rework/soldering station combo. In this blog post, I will do a detailed review of this rework station and walk you through some of my observations. In the next time I will do a review of its internal construction. Continue reading ‘X-TRONIC 4040 Hot Air Rework/Soldering Station – I’ »

Temperature/Humidity Data Logger — One Year Worth of Data

I had almost forgotten about the experiment I started late last year using the data logger I built to log the temperature and humidity values in my basement lab for an entire year. The logger worked well during the initial trial run, but having it run continuously for a whole year is another story. Continue reading ‘Temperature/Humidity Data Logger — One Year Worth of Data’ »