MacroFab Engineering Podcast #300
Tradition is Peer Pressure From the Dead
Is the DIY maker movement now dead or is it shifting to be less commercialized now? Chris Gammell joins our podcast to discuss is DIY Dead?
Parker and Stephen discuss the Cloudlifter mechanism in use to help enhance the sound of this podcast, what phantom power is and what it actually does.
Discussion on USB-C, EU chargers, tech, Slack GUI, government regulation, tech innovation and reverse polarity.
Dead on Arrival for high end GPUs. Why do so many consumer electronics not have reverse polarity protection?
October 27, 2021, Episode #300
If you are currently enrolled in college we would love to chat with you. We have some ideas for future podcast content that you could perhaps help us with. Also, we would love to get to know our listeners more. If you have not already, please send a hello email to email@example.com. Thanks to everyone who has reached out already. On Nov 6th, Parker is doing a 24-hour video game stream for the Extra Life Charity which benefits the Texas Children Hospital network. Last year our listeners helped him raise $2600 and he is hoping to double that this year! Donate through the Extra Life page. Or just come hang out on his personal twitch channel and chat. Will be playing from 8AM on Nov 6th till 8AM on Nov 7th.
- Was last on the podcast
- Is DIY Dead?
- Maker Faire seems to be dead
- DIY projects and YouTube channels seem to be doing better then ever
- Are electronic DIY companies doing well?
- $1 Microcontroller by Jay
- Are Engineers “Pavlovian Cheapskates”?
About the Hosts
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 began his electronics career by building musical oriented circuits in 2003. Stephen is an avid guitar player and, in his down time, manufactures audio electronics including guitar amplifiers, pedals, and pro audio gear. Stephen graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!