We’re getting down to the final days in the data logger build/contest, and things are starting to get exciting! Pictured above is the data logger built by Shazamp, who was one of the first people to share their build.

There has also been a flurry of activity in the Forum. First, Jim of JESelectronics wrote a guide on using Hyperterminal to control the data logger, as an alternative to Processing. Next, over in the Forums, GigaMegaWatts correctly noticed that there was an issue with the circuit that prevents it from sleeping when the serial port is disconnected. To fix it, add a 100k resistor from Pin 18 on the microcontroller to the power rail. Finally, Schazamp, whose build is pictured above, wrote an excellent guide to understanding the EEPROM, which includes code to take advantage of all of the features of the part. If you’ve got some last minute questions or tips, be sure to head on over to the Forum and let everyone know.

Have you submitted your build yet? You have until 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 12, 2010 to do so, however we have some prize packs left for early submitters, so get yours in soon.

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Good luck finishing up your build!