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Embedded is the show for people who love gadgets. Making them, breaking them, and everything in between. Weekly interviews with engineers, educators, and enthusiasts. Find the show, blog, and more at embedded.fm.

Embedded Logical Elegance

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    • 4.7 • 169 Ratings

Embedded is the show for people who love gadgets. Making them, breaking them, and everything in between. Weekly interviews with engineers, educators, and enthusiasts. Find the show, blog, and more at embedded.fm.

    A Really Long Time

    A Really Long Time

    Christopher and Elecia celebrate their 400th episode by discussing what has (and hasn’t) changed in embedded systems over the last 9 years

    • 1 hr 5 min
    399: Hey, What's Going On?

    399: Hey, What's Going On?

    Jen Costillo joined us to talk about voice acting, reverse engineering, podcasting, and dance.
    Jen’s podcast is the Unnamed Reverse Engineering Podcast, found in all your usual podcast places. Jen and her co-host Alvaro were on an episode of Opposable Thumbs podcast.
    Find Jen on Twitter at @RebelbotJen (also @unnamed_show and @catmachinesSF). Rebelbot.com has her blog and Cat Machines Dance is her site devoted to dance (including the mentioned video about dancers and the pandemic).
    The Hardware Hacking Handbook: Breaking Embedded Security with Hardware Attacks by Jasper van Woudenberg and Colin O'Flynn 
    Jen is studying voice-overs at VoicetraxSF 
    Jen has been on the show many times in the past. Some of our favorites include
    108: Nebarious about security and privacy
    82: I Was a Chewbacca Person about movies that influenced their path to engineering
    51: There Is No Crying in Strcpy about interviewing
    25: Thunderdome for Antennas about RF and manufacturing consumer products
    10: Hands Off, Baby about C keywords

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Clocks Get Into Everything

    Clocks Get Into Everything

    Tom Anderson explains radio frequency electronics (RF). Elecia and Christopher try to keep up. We also took a detour into bass guitar electronics.
    One confusing jargon part is that radio power (in dBm) is discussed as though it is voltage. For example, 10 dBM is 2V peak-to-peak; there is an implied 50 ohm resistor in the P=V*V/R calculation. The the wiki for more about decibel-milliwatts.
    Tom talked about dollhouses, aka Smith charts (wiki). (We also talked about Bode plots (wiki).)
    Light travels about 1 foot in 1 nanosecond (11.8 inches, 30 cm). Admiral Grace Hopper is well known for giving out nanoseconds.

    The guitar company Tom mentioned working with is Alembic.

    Find Tom’s writing on Medium and the Tempo Automation blog. He is on Twitter as @tomacorp and was previously on Embedded 379: Monstrous Cable Corporation.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    290: Rule of Thumbs (Repeat)

    290: Rule of Thumbs (Repeat)

    We spoke with Phillip Johnston (@mbeddedartistry) of Embedded Artistry about consulting, writing, and learning.
    In the Embedded Artistry welcome page, there is a list of Phillip’s favorite articles as well as his most popular articles. Some of Phillip’s favorites include:
    Embedded Rules of Thumb
    Improving SW with 5 LW Processes
    Learning from the Boeing 737 MAX saga
    We also talked about code reviews and some best practices.
    The Embedded Artistry newsletter is a good way to keep up with embedded topics. You can subscribe to it at embeddedartistry.com/newsletter
    What are condition variables?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    397: Owl

    397: Owl

    Chris and Elecia ring in the new year with a discussion of projects, hobbies, origami, DMA, music, and the new-and-improved Embedded.fm newsletter...
    Pepto Bismol can be converted to metal bismuth (YouTube) which can be turned into lovely sculptures.
    Chris liked his new book, Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions by Piers Bizony. 
    Elecia liked hers, Curved Origami: Unlocking the Secrets of Curved Folding in Easy Steps by Ekaterina Lukasheva 
    Guitar Fart Pedal (Kickstarter)
    Elecia’s Making Embedded Systems course will have a second cohort starting in March 2022. 
    Sign up for the newsletter if you want an announcement (at the bottom of the Embedded.fm Subscribe page).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Skateboard Tricks (Repeat)

    Skateboard Tricks (Repeat)

    Limor Fried of Adafruit spoke with us about engineering, education, and business. 
    Some new boards we talked about include the PyGamer and PyBadge (which also has a lower cost version).
    TinyUSB, an open and tiny USB stack from Hathach.
    In addition to the many excellent tutorials there are some interesting business related posts on Adafruit Learn: How to Build a Hardware Startup and How to Start a Hackerspace
    Want to get more involved with the extensive, wonderful, and supportive Adafruit community? Join their Discord chat server or Show and Tell on Wednesdays 7:30pm (ET) followed by Ask an Engineer at 8pm. 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

jan-michael-vincent ,

Great Geek Podcast

This podcast is great, if you’re a geek like me.

Always time for empanadas ,

For all embedded enthusiasts out there

I really enjoy the discussions about embedded systems. Elecia and Chris are super engaging and entertaining.

RisingBlade ,

Yay! An embedded podcast!

I’ve listened to other technical podcasts, but this one has really kept my interest. Elicia and Chris do a great job of discussing both software and hardware, and they do it in a really fun way. Its also technical enough that I’m always wanting to go to the show notes to get more details on the projects they discussed or that new micro I never heard of.

They interview some awesome people as well who seem to do some amazing things.

Thanks for the great podcast you two. It makes my commute to work and dishwashing after dinner more enjoyable. :)

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