Rant: my Apple fanboyism is starting to crack

Really, really annoying things with Apple products, every day:

– My iPhone 6S has battery malfunction (shuts down at 40% of battery level and refuses to start) and is under warranty change. However the repair shops cannot get the batteries because of high demand. Apple calls this issue affecting small amount of iPhones. I doubt it.
– Using “night mode” which mutes the iPhone automatically during night. However when plugging the charging cable makes “pling” noise when everything else is muted. Really nice because when rest of family is sleeping and you want to charge overnight.
– Forget to put the phone on charging. Wakes me up at morning still, good boy. To shut off the alert I need to enter my 6 digit passcode (because the phone rebooted). Why I need to enter passcode on reboot? Isn’t the fingerprint scanning enough secure?! Trying to tap the passcode without eyeglasses immediately when woken up is like a nasty test.
– Apple releases new Macbook (finally) and I was waiting to replace my old Macbook with brand new. Apple raises prices and removes USB ports and SD card slot on new model. Well played, Apple.
– I purchase previous model Macbook because of previous issue and think 128GB is enough for the “internal” SSD. I was wrong, installed Xcode and constantly running out of disk. Irritating me with nags. The internal SSD cannot be replaced. Need to use external hard disks.
– My iPad wants to make OS upgrade but I don’t want to do it. Asks it every day. With two dialogs. I. DON’T. WANT. TO. UPDATE. PLEASE. LET. ME. CONTINUE. Solution: there isn’t any real solution, but you can hack it.

Next laptop: back to Windows? Really?!

Useful commands

GIT: Show changed files in last commit
git log --name-only --pretty=oneline --full-index HEAD^^..HEAD | grep -vE '^[0-9a-f]{40} ' | sort | uniq

GIT: Show file history
git log -p filename

BASH: Find word in files
grep -R "word_to_search" *

Battery powered Elektron machines

Can Analog Four or Analog Rytm be powered from battery?

Elektron support answers:

“If the voltage goes below 10V the analog electronics will stop working but the OS still runs down to 6V. Max voltage is 15V but only for a short time so don’t push it.”

So 3 cell Lipo works just great. Don’t forget low battery alarm!

Dshot times & frequencies

One frame (“pulse”) is 16 bits long.

It contains

  • 11 bits of throttle value (2047 separate throttle positions available)
  • 1 bit telemetry request
  • 4 bits of CRC checksum.

The options for Dshot speeds are:

Dshot 600 600 kbit per second Single frame: 26.66 uS (microseconds) Absolute maximum update frequency 37.5 kHz
Dshot 300 300 kbit per second Single frame: 53.3 uS (microseconds) Absolute maximum update frequency 18.75 kHz
Dshot 150 150 kbit per second Single frame: 106.6 uS (microseconds) Absolute maximum update frequency 9.3 kHz

Just a reminder: multishot pulse is max 25 uS long, multishot protocol allowing max 32kHz update speed.

For “old” methods (dshot, oneshot), see this link.

Tip: Serial ports in microcontrollers

- Use software serials ONLY for debugging. Software serials are not reliable.
– Use hardware serials primarily for interfacing with devices (GPS etc.)
– Prepare for debugging port in your design
– Program the uC through native programming method (ISP, ICSP) if you don’t have several hardware USARTs
– Make all sorts of cross-compatible adapters and cables for easy debugging
– Use two laptops for development: one for plainly debugging

When picking uC, make sure you have plenty of hardware serials. Usually one isn’t enough.

Simple Arduino Timing class

class jeTime
float elapsedInSeconds()
return (millis()-theTime)/1000.0;
int elapsedInMilliSeconds()
return millis()-theTime;

void reset()
theTime = millis();
long theTime;

Most important NMEA sentence is GPGGA

GGA – essential fix data which provide 3D location and accuracy data.


GGA Global Positioning System Fix Data
123519 Fix taken at 12:35:19 UTC
4807.038,N Latitude 48 deg 07.038′ N
01131.000,E Longitude 11 deg 31.000′ E
1 Fix quality: 0 = invalid
1 = GPS fix (SPS)
2 = DGPS fix
3 = PPS fix
4 = Real Time Kinematic
5 = Float RTK
6 = estimated (dead reckoning) (2.3 feature)
7 = Manual input mode
8 = Simulation mode
08 Number of satellites being tracked
0.9 Horizontal dilution of position
545.4,M Altitude, Meters, above mean sea level
46.9,M Height of geoid (mean sea level) above WGS84
(empty field) time in seconds since last DGPS update
(empty field) DGPS station ID number
*47 the checksum data, always begins with *
If the height of geoid is missing then the altitude should be suspect. Some non-standard implementations report altitude with respect to the ellipsoid rather than geoid altitude. Some units do not report negative altitudes at all. This is the only sentence that reports altitude.

How to: quadcopter reversed rotation of your props at betaflight (not 3D)


REMEMBER: if you screw some of these settings, the copter will violently start to oscillate. If you do first test with props on at hand, grip the copter VERY well.

enter following cli command:

set yaw_motor_direction = -1

also you might need to apply this command:

rxrange 2 2000 1000

.. depending if your yaw direction is wrong. When I had stick arming, I had to enter this to get stick arming to left corner and still get yaw to work in correct directions.

(and ofcourse, reverse your motor rotation direction at ESC and “mirror” your prop rotation direction)

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