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March 3, 2017, Episode #57

Al Williams joins Parker and Stephen to discuss writing for Hackaday, Ham Radio, and obscure CPUs.
  • Al Williams is our guest this week.
    • Embedded System Designer
    • Blogger for Hackaday
    • Author of many books
    • Ham Radio Operator
  • Hackaday’s writers come from very diverse backgrounds. Each writer has their own specialty that they write about.
    • Al never lets the negative comments get to him. “If no one tells you you suck then you are probably not being read.”
    • The writers for Hackaday are able to pick out what is relevant and what projects are good. Hackaday Seal of Approval.
  • Al Williams received his Ham Radio License when he was 14
    • Call sign – WD5GNR
    • Al has always gone through more solder then log books
  • The FPGA evangelist. Al Williams leverages the ability to parallel process on FPGAs.
  • FPGA Computer Covers A to Z.
Figure 1: Al Williams joins Parker and Stephen on the MEP!

Figure 1: Al Williams joins Parker and Stephen on the MEP!

About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!

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