Before picture. I’ve practiced a tiny bit of soldering, like maybe ten
hours over ten years. I was totally prepared for this to not work.
![[An IC called ATtiny85-PU, two capacitors, two LEDs, three resistors, two
diodes, and a few other small pieces of electronics next to a bare Olimex
PCB on a wooden desk]](/img/7aff1080c9171d0b.jpg)
After picture. I tested all connections with a multi-meter (first time
doing that!) and I was surprised to see that all connections looked fine.
Also managed to upload some code to it. Awesome!
![[All components soldered onto the Olimex PCB, and it's connected over USB
to a computer outside the picture frame. One LED is bright red and the other is
Then I tried to figure out what pin does what in the “documentation” and
then I gave up. Still call this a victory. I’ll probably go back to do
something fun with the atmega328 chips instead. :)
Next soldering thing will probably be fixing one of my Kinesis keyboards
to use Teensy, or... well... I kind of got a special 555 timer on the way.
I’m stoked about it, and I’m looking forward to sharing that project when