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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 ...
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 ...
As many of you know -- since you've worked hard for the last couple of months to get yourself the badge -- we have five copies of The BeagleBone Cookbook, signed by author and eminent electronics luminary Jason Kridner, to give away.   And today we're delighted to announce that fortunate five!   Tuned-Up Badge Winners To land your copy of the BeagleBone Cookbook we asked you to earn the Tuned-Up badge before October 31st. And this is actually a tough badge to nail, requiring...   ...
We'd like you to join us in a round of digital applause as we congratulate Mark Beckett ( mcb1) on becoming element14's first ever Level 9 member! As many of you know, Mark's been with us for a long time, but more importantly he's contributed a lot to the community and its members, so we wanted to raise a bit of noise around his hard-earned achievement.   Here Comes the Hertz Each level on element14 is associated with a great mind from within the world of electronics, with German physicist ...
Jason Kridner, as you probably know, is a founding member of the BeagleBone Foundation, which, obviously, brought us the magical range of single board computers in the BeagleBone range. These are massively popular both here on the element14 community, and in the electronics engineer and creative makers worlds.   Kridner is more than just a pioneer in the open-source electronics arena. He's also a prolific writer, and we've got our hands on five signed copies of his BeagleBone bible, Beag ...
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The next two weeks are busy ones for us here at element14. We've a stream of campaigns, prizes and challenges all coming to a climactic conclusion, with a host of great prizes and giveaways going out to community members around the world.   It's not too late to join in with the 10 Winners in 10 Days fun, though. For example, you've still time to jump into the increasingly hilarious "You Know You're an Engineer When..." discussion, which has spawned so many great and inspiration quotes that ...

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