How install TI Code Composer Studio 6 for Linux on Ubuntu 14.04

    1. Download CSS from Texas Instruments web-site. You should be registered there.
    2. Follow instruction from here.
    3. sudo apt-get install libc6-i386 libx11-6:i386
    4. sudo apt-get install libc6-i386 libasound2:i386 libjpeg62:i386 libatk1.0-0:i386 libcairo2:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386 libdbus-glib-1-2:i386 libfontconfig1:i386 libfreetype6:i386 libgconf-2-4:i386 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libice6:i386 lib32ncurses5 liborbit2:i386 libpango-1.0-0:i386 libpangocairo-1.0-0:i386 libpangoft2-1.0-0:i386 libpng12-0:i386 libsm6:i386 lib32stdc++6 libusb-0.1-4:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxi6:i386 libxrender1:i386 libxt6:i386 libxtst6:i386 lib32z1 libgnomevfs2-0:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386
    5. sudo apt-get install libudev1:i386
    6. sudo ln -sf /lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
    7. Run it from /opt/ti/ccsv6/eclipse/ccstudio.

From fortune

The Soviet pre-eminence in chess can be traced to the average Russian’s readiness to brood obsessively over anything, even the arrangement of some pieces of wood.  Indeed, the Russians’ predisposition for quiet reflection followed by sudden preventive action explains why they led the field for many years in both chess and ax murders.  It is well known that as early as 1970, the U.S.S.R., aware of what a defeat at Reykjavik would do to national prestige, implemented a vigorous program of preparation and incentive.  Every day for an entire year, a team of psychologists, chess analysts and coaches met with the top three Russian grand masters and threatened them with a pointy stick.  That these tactics proved fruitless is now a part of chess history and a further testament to the American way, which provides that if you want something badly enough, you can always go to Iceland and get it from the Russians.

— Marshall Brickman, Playboy, April, 1973

Another display from Noritake

Received another sample from Noritake-Itron. This time is 16×2 display command with HD44780 LCD. It has serial interface, similar to SPI and commands same as well-known HD44780. This company was founded in 1904 and you can feel it. Looks like old school to me, very nice packing, attention to details and manual on paper not in digital form. Everything is very well documented. Also they have bunch of libraries for different platform. I don’t think porting to new chip will be big issue. I really love this company and this display.

Unpacked box.

What was inside of box.
What was in the box

Vacuum fluorescent display, front view.
Display, front

Display, back view.
Display, back

It how it works, and yes, it has software controlled brightness. It is very bright, you can see text even in camera’s flashlight.
Brightness 50%

Vacuum fluorescent display from Noritake-Itron

I received sample from Noritake Itron company – VFD (vacuum fluorescent display). Works in -40C – +80C temperature range, still readable in daylight but expensive. On DigiKey this display cost $83. Packaging and documentation looks like old school, very solid and reliable.

Box with Styrofoam filler, nice manual booklet, SCK-7003-112X16G-N16 is 112×16 dot matrix VFD module, blue screen filter and cables. Weight was about 1/4 lb but box was big.
Open box

Display, front and back view.
Display, front view

Display, back view

Cables, pinheads, screen filter.
Cables, pins and screen filter

Paper manual and display.
Manual and display

From fortune

An American tourist is visiting Russia, and he’s talking with a Russian about the fact that not many people in Russia own cars.

American: I can’t believe you don’t have cars here!  How do you get to work?
Russian: We take the bus, or the subway.  We have public transportation everywhere.
A: Well, how do you go on vacations?
R: We take the train.
A: Well, what if you want to go abroad?
R: We don’t ever want go abroad.
A: Well, what if you really HAVE to go abroad?
R: We take tanks.