AVR Butterflies - fire sale!

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It's been a good run, but it is now time to say goodbye to the AVR Butterfly, an excellent development system with more on-board features than any Arduino ever dreamed of. Unfortunately, unlike the Arduino, it uses an RS-232 connector and requires a functioning brain to use. Thus goes the 21st century.

 

So for a limited time only, (until I run out or the heat death of the Universe) I will part with these exceptionally cool and useful antiques for the unheard of price of only $10 + shipping.

 

I will also throw in an electronic copy of my much commented on book "C Programming for Microcontrollers". With this book, a Butterfly and a USB to RS232 converter you have the opportunity to learn the last real programming language that actually admits that there is a computer involved in the process of programming. If you want to finally understand what is going on down there in all the darkness underneath the excremental language you are now using, you will want to learn C.

 

Please contact me at joepardue@hotmail.com and make sure you mention in the title either 'Butterfly' or 'I want to have your baby' so I'll be sure and look at it.

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I'll give you 3 times that much if you replace the 16k Mega with a bigger one.  wink  I really liked the joystick and the LCD.  The LCD drew 40 µA when on and nothing when off.  I had a neat menu system but it took 11 kB of the 16 kB flash.  I got tired of replacing the legless Mega with a bigger one. 

 

64 pads had to be unsoldered simultaneously and the LCD is directly behind it on the other side of the board.  That was my introduction to SMD.  Everything since is easy peasy. 

 

I think there is a 100 pin Xmega that drives an LCD glass the same low power way, but I'm not sure.  Maybe someday I'll take a look.

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So Joe, is it true you are offering Holiday gift wrapping free of charge?

 

And I understand I get an electronic copy of your book with each Butterfly I order?

 

wink

 

The Butterfly is a great little development platform.

 

You have mail.

 

JC

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DocJC

 

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you, but I don't see any mail about this. Not on AVRFreaks or the address given.

 

Maybe try again?

 

Thanks,

Joe

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Look for an email from me with the subject line

"I get Butterfies thinking about having your baby"

Jim

If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue! - Kartman

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB user

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Well, with that you get all the Butterflies you want for free!

 

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Hi Joe,

 

You have mail, again, (I hope).

 

I also inserted the eMail in a PM on this Forum.

 

JC

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For anyone on the fence about this, Joe's book is excellent. It was the book that finally got me off Bascom Basic and into the world of C a decade(ish) ago.

 

- Dean

Make Atmel Studio better with my free extensions. Open source and feedback welcome!

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abcminiuser wrote:

For anyone on the fence about this, Joe's book is excellent. It was the book that finally got me off Bascom Basic and into the world of C a decade(ish) ago.

 

- Dean

+1 Same here

 

JIm

If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue! - Kartman

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB user

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abcminiuser wrote:

For anyone on the fence about this, Joe's book is excellent. It was the book that finally got me off Bascom Basic and into the world of C a decade(ish) ago.

 

- Dean

 

Hey Dean! Glad to have helped make the world a better place by getting you started with C. I hope your chosen career is keeping you happy.

 

Joe

 

Last Edited: Sat. Nov 19, 2016 - 04:07 AM
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After the problems you had back in July it seems the you changed your email account here from the smileymicros one (from messed up web page??) to the gmail one.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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js wrote:

After the problems you had back in July it seems the you changed your email account here from the smileymicros one (from messed up web page??) to the gmail one.

Yes, for internal notices. I'm using the hotmail account above for this fire sale though.

 

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Oh I see, it makes sense using HOTmail for a fire sale. (I also see it above now)

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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I sent email, will also send PM....

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Happy Thanksgiving folks.

 

I've had a bit of a delay on this so please bear with me. I'll be in contact individually in the next day or so.

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Hi Smiley,

 

Christmas came early today!

Thank you!

 

Carl always used to put "something extra" in the package when sending something my way.

It seems to be a common Freak tradition, repeated by Chuck, (I miss Chuck...), Jim, etc.

I try to return the favor, the extra surprise when opening the package is fun.

 

Anyway, thank you for keeping up the tradition, the "extra" item included was unexpected and a nice surprise.

 

If your C book got Dean off to his start in the language, perhaps there is hope for me, also.

Or perhaps I just die an old dinosaur hacking away in Basic...

I'm looking forward to have a look-see when you send it out.

 

Take care,

 

JC 

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DocJC wrote:
If your C book got Dean off to his start in the language, perhaps there is hope for me, also.

His book on C was got me going as well Doc.  (But I would use Dean as a role model/spokesperson - I'm still somewhat a noob)

 

 

JIm

If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue! - Kartman

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB user

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Are there any left?

It's too bad that Arduino didn't progress to their current "board manager" system earlier.  Now, it ought to be possible to set up a  "butterfly" board type and program them "almost directly" from the Arduino IDE.  (I guess you'd still need an rs232 converter.)

 

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Yes, there are some left. How many do you want?

 

And the hardware was/is way more capable than the Arduino, but since it lacked the USB connector, just as RS232 started going away, it withered. Thus is life.

 

 

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The Butterfly has a built in RS232 converter.  It's very good for battery operation because it uses no power when not in use and not much when it is in use.  It steals the negative voltage from the PC.  I use the circuit for all my boards.  I have it in the comm line, not on the board, because it is line powered.

 

I guess it would work with those FTDI USB-RS232 dongles.

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Boy, this was from a few years ago, but I saw the photo again tonight while searching for something else!

 

JC

 

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WOW!! Does it detect other type of fruit? wink

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Very clever John.

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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How long will it run on a set of lemons before you have to replace them?   Will it run faster on 3 lemons?