[No Longer] Writing for Hackaday


If you checked out Hackaday.com earlier today, you may have noticed a familiar name on the byline of one of the recent posts.

A few weeks ago, Mike Szczys, the Managing Editor of Hackaday, contacted me asking if I would like to write for the blog.  Owing a lot of my web traffic to Hackaday and being a fan for a while, I happily took the offer.  My priorities still lie with my own blog (and y’know…my day job), so don’t expect my blog posts to slow down any more than they already have.

I probably won’t be contributing as much as the other writers, but if you have any tips for something that you think is Hackaday worthy, feel free to email or tweet them to me.

I wrote four articles for Hack-a-day, but couldn’t keep up with their publication schedule, so I quit.  It was fun while it lasted.

Ch00ftech Goes Open Source!

Over the past year since I started writing this blog, I’ve had a lot of people send me emails asking for help recreating what I’ve made.  These questions range from simple help with part numbers to requests for full-on tutorials.  One reader went as far as to ask me to redesign something to make it easier for him to copy.

I’ve always been adamantly opposed to writing tutorials as I feel that they usually devolve into just telling the reader what to solder where without exercising any of his or her problem solving skills.  This is the same reason I’ve always avoided supplying source code and PCB files on my blog as I fear that someone might try to blanket copy them without learning anything in the process.

That being said, I learned a lot of what I know now by reading others’ source code and looking at their PCB designs.  For this reason, I’ve decided to supply these files for my projects (excluding only the miserable failures and the breadboard projects I never documented).

If you look at the bottom of the page for most of my past projects, you will find a link to download a zip file containing (where applicable) source code, Eagle schematic/pcb files, and any supporting software I wrote for the project.

As a warning, I wasn’t very careful about documenting my work for some of my earlier projects, so a lot of these files will have errors due to undocumented changes.  The code is also very messy and in many places uncommented.  I suspect that blanket copying these projects will not give you the desired result.  This is less-so for more recent projects, but regardless, I’m submitting them to you as a reference, not as a user guide.

If you have any specific questions about something you find in one of my files, you can ask me, but don’t be disappointed if the answer is “You’re on your own”.  These projects were never designed for release, and I simply don’t have the time to support all of them.  If I get enough requests, I might re-open the Ch00ftech forums for inter-user discussion.  I will try to document future projects better.

Please do inform me of any egregious errors though (like, if one of the zip files is missing a folder or something).  I compiled these files after a 10 hour plane ride from China, so I might have made a mistake here and there.

They are all posted here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  That means that you can use what you find for your personal projects and distribute it freely so long as you give attribution to my site (a link and short explanation of what you used will suffice), but you may not use it for any commercial ventures without my consent.

Happy building!

Introducing the Ch00ftech Store!

So if you gaze up to the top of the page, you’ll notice a new link on my link bar.

I decided to open up a little online shop to sell a few select items. If/when I get my QR clock ready for mass production, you’ll probably be able to buy it there.

For the time being, I’m offering some cool ch00ftech stickers just to work the kinks out of the whole store thing. They’re pretty cool stickers. I highly recommend them.

Mini Site Redesign

Just a minor update. I changed the header around so it doesn’t take up quite as much space, and I added a link to my “gallery” of all my working projects. If you’re new to the site, that’s a good place to start.

Seattle or bust

So a few days ago I mentioned that I was moving to Seattle and that I wouldn’t be updating for a while.  Well, it turns out that I’m most prolific when I spend two weeks unemployed as I’ve updated quite a bit.  Unfortunately, now I’m at the point where all of my stuff will be in boxes, so I really won’t be able to update the blog for a while.  Well, I might work on a few posts on the road (like finishing up the transistor clock), but other than that, don’t expect a lot for the next few months.

I’ve got a lot of ideas for when I return though, so please keep checking back (or subscribe to my twitter!).

Introducing ch00ftech Industries Forum

I got this idea a few weeks ago that it might be nice to make my website a little more interactive especially considering how cluttered and confusing the comments section of some posts can be.

That’s why I fired up PHPBB and made myself a forum!  Right now, the forum has two categories: “Post Discusson” for discussing particular posts on the blog and “General Discussion” for everything else EE related.

I’ll do my best to keep up with questions, but if I can’t, I’m sure there will be some other users out there who can help out.

This is all in the experimental stage right now, so a lot is subject to change, but if you’d like to give it a shot, click the link at the top menu bar and create an account.  I’m very open to suggestions, so feel free to shoot me an email if you have anything you’d like to see done differently.



Due to lack of interest (and incessant bot spamming) I’ve decided to take down ch00ftech forums.  Maybe I’ll try it again when I have more visitors.