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Your New Years Revolutions Tomorrow we wave goodbye to old man 2015, and welcome in a brand new year full of hopes, dreams and possibilities. And, for us here at element14, lots of great new electronics projects! So to usher in the New Year, we want to hear all about the projects you want to accomplish in 2016, and we'll come back around this time next year to see how they've come along. Sticking to New Year intentions isn't always that easy, but I'm confident that you guys will manage to ...
element14 Blog Posts There's simply so much content on the element14 Community that is almost sounds nebulous saying "top blog posts". Every project and conversation and competition could be included here, so what exactly is it that we're looking for in our Year in Review round up? Well, I'd like to chalk it up as an entertaining read. Something informative, fun, engaging and inspiring, which you're likely to have read while on a coffee break, or waiting for some code to compile (I know how yo ...
Was there a defining moment when electronics became a fascination, grew into a hobby, and eventually turned into a career?   Pinpointing that exact moment of realisation might be tricky, but I'm willing to bet a lot of us found our way toward the dim glow of an old LED through Christmas periphery. Whether it was an electronics kit, a video game console, a home computer or a techno toy that you broke/took apart/fixed.   The Not So Great Gargon At a guess, I'd say this was a gift that f ...
We've gathered up a list of great Star Wars projects and posts from right here on element14 to get you ready for the new movie, but I'm going to subject you to a bit more shameless self-promotion as I dazzle, impress and astound you with my own Star Wars project from around 20 years hence.   Luke's Lightsaber Admittedly, this isn't an electronics project. At least, not yet. But I'll show off my prop replica of Luke's lightsaber without the slightest provocation, and I do, one day, intend to ...
I was exactly the right age when Star Wars first arrived, both for the movies and for the torrent of desirable merchandise that followed in its wake. Because of this, I've been a lifelong fan, and although I've not seen it yet (NO SPOILERS!), I'm very optimistic about The Force Awakens. It seems like a return to form in all ways... except one.   The first Star Wars film was actually an independent production, and that indie vibe shines through it in every respect. It was put together by pas ...
  *Update: The website upgrade has now been completed.  We hope you enjoy using the new features and if you need help or have questions feel free to post in Feedback and Support or @mention element14support.    Greetings element14 Community members,   The element14 Community website has recently undergone some changes as part of a regular site upgrade every couple of years.  Questions about why we upgrade? See here. This website upgrade is a combination of improv ...
element14 Community Awards The polls are closing soon! Your vote is your voice!  Morning all!   Just a quick reminder that the polls close tomorrow in the 2015 element14 Community Awards, so time's running out if you haven't yet performed your democratic duties! And remember that you need to vote in all seven categories if you want to get the 2015 I Voted badge, which will also close down tomorrow when the polls do. If you miss it now, you'll miss the badge for good, and th ...
There's nothing like a beloved piece of childhood technology hitting a milestone anniversary to make you feel old. The 16-bit gaming warhorse, the Sega Mega Drive (the Genesis, to our transatlantic cousins) is celebrating its 25th birthday.   25! We could go drinking with the Mega Drive now, and it wouldn't even get asked for ID. But you know we're big lovers of retro gaming here at element14 -- after all, we just turned our first ever Raspberry Pi Zero into a Mega Drive! -- so it seemed o ...