Month: October 2010

Controlling MAX7456 OSD using Bus Pirate

MAX7456 is a nifty chip that lets you insert fixed-width characters and sprites into a TV signal. Sparkfun has a very useful breakout board for $40, which ends up being much cheaper than the MAX7456 eval board from Maxim priced around $100. You can find Youtube examples of DIY projects that have used the MAX7456,

Bus Pirate Interfacing using pyBusPirateLite – A Tutorial

Bus Pirate is an incredible piece of hardware for digital electronics tinkerers. It was designed as an interactive sniffer/communication bridge, but has evolved over time to become a Swiss Army Knife for hardware/firmware developers. Besides the original text-based command prompt interface, the newer versions of Bus Pirate firmware have a Binary Mode interface that makes

On Shoes and Walking

I am a runner. I’ve run 4 marathons. I haven’t been running the last 2 years due to an inflamed Ilio-tibial band. And in that time, I’ve been consciously seeking out information about running form and shoes. You see, I have a low arch, which made it extremely painful for me to run any distance