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Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board

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carvintom1
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Why invent new names
carvintom1   12/23/2011 10:04:07 AM
Warning ! Warning ! CURMUDGEON ALERT!  CURMUDGEON ALERT!

I applaud the newly-rediscovered enthusiasm for "homebrewing" and "hacking" -- though I do find the negative connotations of the latter term somewhat disturbing.

Building stuff and, in too many instances cases, filling my parent's basement with the pleasing aroma of charred electronic components was my path to a career in electronics. I think this has been lost for the past 30+ years simply because it wasn't considered "cool" or some other equally stupid reason.

The bone I have to pick with all of this is that seems that it is being done in a vacuum.  Perfectly good terms that we have used to name and describe things for years are being replaced by new ones for no good reason and, I believe, to the detriment of all.

For example, why would the Arduino (sp?) crowd feel it necessary to rename a "daughter" or "piggy back" card a "SHIELD"?  Isn't that word already being used for something else?  When I first started reading about the new, inexpensive hobby stuff built for and around this nifty new part I was confused by the continued reference to "shields" when there were obviously none (by my definition) present.  Finally, I figured out what was going on.  I just don't understand why.  Do "they" not know what terminology already exists?

Also, when did machine code, programs, software, etc. become "scripts"?  Has Silicon Valley been moved to Hollywood?

Wouldn't we all be better off to continue to use the terms that we have developed over the last 50-75 years and just add new terms for the things that are actually new.  That way, we minimize the confusion, accentuate the new ideas and move things ahead.

 

Beth Stackpole
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Re: The power of open source
Beth Stackpole   12/23/2011 7:51:56 AM
NO RATINGS
What is it about this platform that would allow the non-expert/non-programmer to develop on it? Is it the use of the Arduino platform?

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The power of open source
Rob Spiegel   12/22/2011 10:08:01 AM
I agree, Beth. This is a gadget that might spawn new gadgets. I nice jumping off point. I've always like open source tools. We'll have to watch upcoming Gadget Freaks to see it Jared's gets used.

Beth Stackpole
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The power of open source
Beth Stackpole   12/22/2011 6:29:13 AM
Seems like Jared has come up with a design that will give a lot of aspiring engineers and enthusiasts a solid foundation for creating whatever kind of innovation they can come up with. Yet another good example of how open source technologies can be a springboard for creativity.

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