Monthly Archives: May 2015

PIC Microcontroller project – 24 hour clock and thermometer displayed via 16f690 microcontroller and LCD programmed in C


I got to thinking that an interest in hi-fi can be a bit geek ( in a good way ) so I thought one of my latest geek projects might be of interest to some of you. You could build the project ‘as is’ without learning embedded C programming or you could use the project as a spring board to extra geekiness and weekend fun – I’ll leave that to you ūüôā

Learning embedded C can be hugely rewarding and creative. The tool chain needed to get you started is either free (MPXLAB  IDE  and XC8 C compiler are both free downloads from the Microchip website and the pickit 3 needed to download compiled C code to your target microcontroller (16f690 in this case) is less than 50GBP.

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Staff Wanted: Part-Time General Assistant


HiFi Gear is an online and in-store retailer of specialist hifi and home cinema equipment, based in King Street, Hereford, offering the people of Herefordshire and the UK an enjoyable and professional home audio retail experience.

Following the successful move from Rotherwas to King Street, we are now looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist staff with the general day-to-day running of the business, in both online and in-store aspects. This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to begin working within the hifi/home electronics market, as no prior training or experience is necessary and will be provided. However, a keen interest in music will be of significant advantage.

The assistant would be required to work three days a week. Saturdays would be mandatory, but weekdays could be flexible around college days or existing commitments.

The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:

  • Keen interest in music and home audio equipment
  • A confident and professional demeanour
  • Computer literacy
  • Good organisation skills
  • Confident telephone manner
  • Ability to comfortably interact with customers face-to-face

To express interest in this position, please send your CV along with a cover letter to Alternatively, please feel free to come in-store and deliver your CV and cover letter in person.