Being unemployed really sucks because all of the days kind of just turn into a blur.. but, on the bright side I have a ton of time for side projects. So coming up are a full blog entry(ies) over these two topics:
First, my FM transmitter built from an Arduino, an NS73M, a 4-digit serial 7-segment display, a salvaged car USB charger, 3 push buttons, and a few odd capacitors and resistors. Parts ended up costing me $40, took me about a week to code up my "just-get-this-to-freaking-work-so-I-have-music" code. It's still not done, but it's functional enough for me and I never have a static problem with it like most of the FM transmitters you'll buy at Wal-Mart. The only big thing I need to do now is refactor my code and design a (my first) PCB for it.
Second, hopefully some kind of VHDL project. I finally got done reading Free Range VHDL. Very good book as an introduction to VHDL and I got WebPack installed on my computer again for my FPGA. So hopefully, I'll have a tiny 4-bit processor or something built in a few weeks.
Anyway, I'll get around to actually documenting what I've been doing in a few days hopefully.