AboutA developer from a high school who spends his time working on autonomous robots.
SkillsC/C++ (Arduino, Atmel, PIC), Web (most of them), Photoshop, Sony Vegas & most of the popular softwares
Joined devRant on 3/14/2018
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Working with microcontrollers is like another level of frustration.
Beside the code not working you are on another level, which is the hardware not working...
Once spent 6 hours searching for a bug and in the end the "bug" was swapped cables for communication.2
One day, I was waiting for a friend to install windows... after 2h he just says: ah, I'll just take it home and wait it out there!
So, he put his laptop in his bag (btw the usb stick was sticking out) and left it there.
Just as he stepped away from the bag, the bag just decided to fall down and exactly on the usb... and ofc it broke down...
The face he made I'll never forget.1
I'm part of a robotics team in my highschool. We work on autonomous robots, which are driven with microcontrollers like the Arduino and "bare" Atmel chips.
Last year we were using a protocol called CAN. CAN is a bus which runs at 1Mbps and it is quite easy to connect devices together. (It's a bus ofc it is). BUT... it needs a terminator at the end, mostly 120 ohm.
Every year we are on a deadline and something broke on our current board and we needed to solder up a new one, but we couldn't find the 120 ohm terminator... ANYWHERE!
At end after searching for it in the workshop for 4h straight (12am- 4am) we finally found it, and soldered up the new board and guess what... it wasn't what we thought, the code was the problem.
After realizing the problem my teammate and I, in silence just stood up, packed our things and went home. Argh!2