Snazzy Profiles, Fortune Magazine, and EntConnect


You might notice the new profile feature. We’re pretty excited about this! We want to make SparkFun a bit of a friendlier place to come. So now you can view the profiles of the people that work at SparkFun, and of some of the users here. If you want - you too can create a SparkFun profile! With SparkFun employees (53? and counting) and countless SparkFun users contributing to comments and feedback, we thought some avatars and profiles would help.

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorial/news/Profiles.jpg

Login to create and edit your profile.

If anyone lives around Colorado and wants to meet up with local entrepreneurs, SparkFun will be attending EntConnect 2009.



EntCon is a friendly event that brings together a large group of bright minds.

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorial/news/FortuneArticle-01.jpg

And if you happen to come across Fortune Small Business magazine, February 2009 edition, SparkFun got mentioned in an article! Jessica Bruder did a great job covering Maker Faire Austin and Trujillo/Paumier did a great job with the photos of the Makers.

Finally, for the odd news of the day, checkout this helpful flier that I received from Boulder County Treasurer. Property Taxes are due!

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorial/news/BoulderCountyTreasurer-M.jpg

And if you’re having problems paying (times are rough), this flier would like to help you with Suicide Prevention - but Boulder forgot the phone number! If you really do need the number : 303- 447-1665.


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  • Hi Nathan, Thanks for the shout out on EntConnect which is coming next month. We’ll be giving away some great prizes this year and hope to have some SparkFun customers join in the fun. It was great to hear about the SparkFun story from your presentation last year and we all look forward to getting caught up with all the progress you’ve made over the past year.

  • Congrats on the Fortune Magazine piece!
    You deserve it for all you are doing for the community.

  • How can I add a plus sign to the text in my profile? Right now it just comes out as a space.

    • Yes… another member mentioned that to me and I was able to get it fixed. I was wondering, too, what this “C ” language was and why so many of our users knew it… =)

  • error: the uploaded avatar file must be a JPEG image - your avatar has not changed.
    JPEG only? How about some PNG in there (: .

  • If you’re having problems uploading an avatar…
    When an image is uploaded the account page looks at the mime type of the file and only accepts those with a type of “image/jpeg”. If you generate a JPEG that does not get accepted, the mime type on the file is probably something else. This can happen if:
    - The program that generated the image did not properly set the mime type
    - The image was generated as something else (like a PNG or GIF) and the extension was manually changed without resetting the mime type
    If you’re pretty sure your image is a JPEG, try uploading it to this mime type detector to see what it truly is. If this page says your file is type “image/jpeg” it should work here. Otherwise, your JPEG is not really a JPEG and it needs to be re-saved as one. This can be done with any image processing program like Photoshop.
    If the mime detector does return “image/jpeg” and your file still won’t upload, please email it to me at it at sparkfun dot com. Our system isn’t necessarily perfect so there may be a fixable bug preventing your image from working.
    Thanks!

  • Rubi: Maybe it is too large.
    I get this every time,
    error: the uploaded avatar file must be a JPEG image - your avatar has not changed
    Even tried it scalled to 60x60, no go.
    I tried it with both the .jpg and .jpeg extensions, .bmp .png don’t work either,
    oh well.

  • I’m just happy to be here.

  • Jpeg test :)

  • Humm, jpeg don’t seem to upload, even though it specifies that it must be a jpeg file.

    • Maybe it is too large.

    • Hmm - we’ve have a handful of new profiles. Give it another try. If there’s still problems, email us at : it at sparkfun.com. I know the IT guys have been watching the site since the new deployment so they’re keen to fix bugs.

  • sometimes people think its the CIA but its really the idiots in army CID hahaha. (well i guess they need alternate ID’s too.)
    ok back to electronics.

  • sometimes the CIA makes people attemp suicide to get em to join the CIA and be foreign operatives under new identities, especially when they have foreign wives and many years of iraq experience….
    sometimes its obvious when they move the medical examiner next door to your home hahah. yah thats a little obvious.
    whew!
    the smell from the reflow oven got to me.
    ok i was just joking.

  • You guys just keep makin' this place better and better. Filling out a profile is now on my list of things to do. And congratulations on the article:) Ent Connect looks like it’s going to be a ball (optional go-cart racing & indoor skydiving!). I’m in California so I wont be attending but it inspires me to check around my area and see if there’s anything comparable.


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