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31  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Is promoting Arduino related products spam? on: March 28, 2010, 03:22:20 pm
Suppose someone has some Arduino related products that they might want to announce in this forum. Is there any place to make such announcements without being considered spam? I've noted that some products are announced in the News forum, but I want to verify that it is okay before posting anything.

32  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: It is brilliant - lock it down. on: February 24, 2010, 07:31:54 pm
When I put on my engineer hat, I fully agree with you. But when I try to put myself in the place of a novice, I wonder.

You and I know what PWM means, but a novice?

One might expect smart folks who actually have a shot at learning to use the Arduino to begin without even a well-formed concept of the terms digital and analog. I think most folks kind of know that computers are digital and that the stuff that comes out of the wall socket and can kill you is analog.

I'm picturing a workshop where an artist asks, 'What's that PWM mean?' and the teacher says 'Pulse Width Modulation, we'll get to that after the break.' What are the chances that the artist might just not come back? And I'm not picking on artists, just trying to further dramatize a metaphor.


33  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: It is brilliant - lock it down. on: February 24, 2010, 04:45:02 pm
Thanks for the nice words.

Actually it is the Nuts&Volts series that convinced me that the Arduino is both brilliant and in danger because of its success. I see lots of questions being asked here and on AVRFreaks from folks seem to having problems with aspects of Arduino and wanting it to do things it wasn't designed for. Arduino makes many things very easy, but these folks are expressing a real need to do things that aren't easy to do on the Arduino. So lots of folks are wanting this or that added to the Arduino and I'm afraid many of the changes I've seen proposed will rip the heart out of what made Arduino successful in the first place.

So I am urging a lock down of the good stuff and then if folks want to expand and make new features they should very cautiously explore new options that won't dilute the Arduino brand. I'm sure the core team is already well up on this, but I just want to add my voice to those who want to keep it simple.


34  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / It is brilliant - lock it down. on: February 24, 2010, 02:35:04 pm
I think the Arduino is brilliant as is.

Please don't change a thing. Please don't even be tempted to seriously consider changing anything.

Featuritis (adding cool new features) is a disease and IMHO 'improvements' to Arduino risk killing it.

I don't know whether you guys designed in or stumbled upon the secret for a beginner's microcontroller, but the system 'as is' is genius.

Steve Jobs also possesses this secret and is somehow able to resist the temptation to add features to Apple products thus keeping it usable by the masses. Those of us who know a lot about embedded systems don't need any additions, we have other tools, those who are just starting out don't need to be distracted by adding any clutter.

I'm fully capable with advanced tools, but I use the Arduino all the time for quick checks on hardware prototypes. Firing up AVRStudio/WinAVR and AVRDude is a hassle and I'm glad to have a simple short cut.

I know that a lot of threads get started by folks who exhaust what the Arduino does easily and they want various changes - but IMHO they should move on to other tools and let the Arduino serve its original purpose as a platform for novices and for tinkering.

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