Arduinos, shields, and issues, oh my!

In recent weeks, I’ve become aware of, and interested in, what I’d term “small boards,” electronics experimentation / maker platforms like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Granted, these things have been out there for years, so you could say I’m a bit slow on the uptake.

Regardless, I’ve been having a certain amount of fun dreaming-up and envisioning projects, primarily on Arduino and Arduino-compatible boards, including a device that notifies me on my iPhone when a particularly important GFCI outlet trips, and another that monitors the water level of my sump pit and uploads data to an online service that graphs that data for me. Fodder for future articles, perhaps, but the subject of this post is a particular headache I’ve had in bringing my latest idea to life.

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