Pete and I create, develop and publish the Picprojects on this web
site. I work in the IT Industry and have always had an
interest in digital and micro electronics. The PIC
microcontrollers are a hobby for me; I originally set the website up to share my
experiments and projects with
like minded individuals and as far as practical that is still the
ethos behind it.
As a kid
I was really interested in electronics and the early home computers;
the ones you built yourself. There was no Internet and I spent
many hours poring over books and electronic magazines teaching
myself. What I would have given for access to the Internet of
today back then.
website is here for all those people today who were like me back in
the day; hungry for knowledge, keen to learn and enjoy building
things and experimenting themselves. I started selling kits of
parts to make these projects more accessible to those with the
enthusiasm but not the resources. I try to keep the kits as
affordable as possible with low shipping cost anywhere in the world.
I'm lucky to have a very good well paid job so I don't need to
earn a living from the Picprojects online store; it just needs to
make enough money to cover the operating costs. The
Picprojects website is about the projects. The online store
only exists because of the Picprojects, not the other way round.
there are limits to my altruism if that's what it is. I try to
help anyone who enquires to the website but as it has become more
popular I've had to take a hard line on what queries I will respond
to so that it doesn't intrude on my life and family excessively.
There are very good forums on the Internet frequented by people who
will help and I provide links to some of these sites
here. Also, don't forget web
search engines, I have a real issue with people who email a question
that they could answer by typing the same into a search query -
this. My contact page
also explains what I will and will not respond too.
everything on the website is free, and you don't need to buy the
kits or pre-programmed PICs from me to build a Picproject.
However for a couple of projects
I've had to withdraw the free code and only sell code protected PICs.
I didn't want to do it but the reality is some of my free code
is being sold commercially without my agreement and I can't afford
to sell kits myself and compete with them.
of the site all the information and code you need to build a project
is still there for free. As of April 2009 anything that is
already free will remain so and there will be many new projects in
many hours of work in to the projects and website so I hope you find
something here that is helpful to you and excites you into learning
Picprojects operates under the following domain names:
Picprojects online store
websites with a domain name containing 'picprojects' or 'pic-projects'
and not listed above are in no way connected with myself or this