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Happy Birthday, GCC!! 4.7.0 Released

Happy Birthday!

photo by Mike Rampton

After 25 years, GCC has released the best toolset to date, 4.7.0. I’ve been running SVN snapshots for a few months now, and I’ve found it to be excellent. The most important innovation is Named Address Spaces, making it much easier to handle data whether it resides in flash or SRAM. It also fixes many annoying bugs, generates the smallest code to date, and implements many time-saving c++11 features.

In this post, I’ll walk through how I installed it on Ubuntu 11.10, as many people have asked for details on how to set it up. To check this, I did a fresh install on a virgin machine, and simply wrote down everything I did.

For my friends running Windows, you can just check out Sprinter SB’s Windows Packages.

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Mouser sent me a catalog!

Mouser Catalog

With my last order, I just passed $350 in Mouser.com orders, which must be the magic threshold, because they sent me a huge paper catalog. This thing is BIG. The biggest catalog I’ve ever seen. It’s bigger than the phone books we used to get back in the day (remember those?).

I thought this would be a good time to reflect on what I love about Mouser.

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