In my early days as an engineer, I was working at HP and while I had a $5000 scope on my desk, I found that for quick debugging of some logic problems, a logic probe was a great tool. HP sold one and they seem to still be available. It was a nice handheld design and would show the high or low state...
posted by Ol'zeke
I was really intrigued by the NXP LPC800-DIP product. The fact that it came in an 8051 40pin DIP formfactor (FF) got me hooked. I had purchased two 8051 dev boards and acquired 3 OEM boards through out the years. The 8051 is/was a workhorse. I noticed some (PS2)keyboard to ascii products that use a smaller version [pin count] of the 8051.
We were tasked with checking the high end of the industrial temperature range (85 C) for some of the components we used. Left over from some prior temperature testing was a cheap toaster oven picked up a WalMart became the platform of choice.
We were introduced to the Pokitto by NXP and were asked if we would be interested in porting our BASIC to it. We are always interested in inspiring the next generation of engineers, so we happily complied.