Autodidact Ambitions 11 – Super Serial

Autodidact Ambitions 11 – Super Serial

My investigations into why the clock won’t keep time await new parts, so I’m going to take a detour while I wait. In part 10, I mentioned that one of my ideas revolved around using a premade Real-Time Clock module to drive the timekeeping. Every RTC on the...
Autodidact Ambitions 10 – Daughterboards

Autodidact Ambitions 10 – Daughterboards

I ended out Article 9 with a tease of a redesign of the main circuit board for the clock I’ve been working on for five months now. I got that a few weeks ago and assembled a new prototype. The good news was that the buttons work just fine, and there’s no...
Autodidact Ambitions 10 – Daughterboards

Autodidact Ambitions 9 – Rectification

When I left off, I’d spent hours dissecting the bevy of errors I’d made in designing and building a digital clock. I’d bodged together fixes for several of the issued but had two problems left unsolved. These were that A: segments on the display that...
Autodidact Ambitions 8 – Autopsy of a Failure

Autodidact Ambitions 8 – Autopsy of a Failure

I’d wrapped up the 7th article in this serious on an optimistic note. I had just patted myself on the back for having drawn up a circuit board diagram like a real electrical engineering studies intern, wasn’t I so smert? The boards arrived, and I began...
Autodidact Ambitions 7 – Taking It Up a Notch

Autodidact Ambitions 7 – Taking It Up a Notch

In writing the previous six articles about designing and building a digital clock, I found some software bugs and some improvements that could be made to the hardware design. I also found that the act of wiring it up by soldering bodge wires to a protoboard was a...