A Preview of the Quiz

A preview of what Free Day 2011 is going to look like.

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With just an hour to go, I'd like to give you a bit of a preview of what Free Day 2011 will look like. As things unfold, feel free to join us in the SparkFun IRC channel.

If you get a moment, please review the goals and rules of FreeDay from the previous post. Free Day is a little different this year. We're going to give the old timers a gimme, and the new comers are going to have to learn a bit.


Here's what SparkFun will look like during Free Day. Checkout the top banner. It will be running and updating throughout the day. Please ignore the $1,000 in the graphic. That is the artificial limit set on our test server. We will be giving away the full $150,000 tomorrow starting at 9AM MST on January 13th, 2011.

Next notice the large red block on the main page area. That's where you click to begin the Free Day 2011 giveaway.


Please click the above image to get a larger view. Now you need to decide. Do you take the instant gift or go into the quiz for potentially less and potentially more money ($0 to $100)? Remember, once you make your decision and click on a box, you cannot change your mind.

I won't even compute the odds of that promo code actually working.

Now let's assume you click on the 'Redeem Loyalty Funds' before Free Day expires. You will immediately be taken to a page where you will see your promo code. Awesome! Congrats!


Now let's see what happens if instead, you click on 'Enter the Quiz'. It's pretty simple. On the left you'll see one of our 20 new Bite Sized Primer tutorials. These are very quick tutorials to give you the basic understanding of a principal piece of knowledge. Basically something you should know when playing in the world of tangible electronic interfaces. On the right you'll be given a question and four potential answers. Please don't worry too much about the difficulty of these questions. They are just challenging enough for a newcomer to have to read the tutorial, but should be straight forward for a technical user.

You click on an answer and click 'Submit Answer' or 'Skip'.

  • If you get the question right, you get $10 and we donate $2.
  • If you get the question wrong, you lose $3 and a bit of your street cred.
  • If you skip a question, you advance to the next question. You will be allowed to return to any unanswered questions.

You can navigate away from the quiz page but we don't recommend it. Credit is given out as you advance through the quiz. The quiz may end on any question when the $150,000 pool is exhausted, but you will keep any credit you've accumulated regardless of whether you've answered all ten questions or just one.


Assuming there are still funds left, if you have unanswered questions at the end of the quiz, you will be given a chance to go back and answer them. Simply click on the arrow icon to take you back to that question.


Once you've answered all ten questions, or chosen to end the quiz with unanswered questions, or if Free Day ends, you will be taken to the final page where you will receive your promotional code which you will be able to use immediately. Enjoy!

Remember: Promo codes issued from Free Day 2011 have a 60-day time limit. We want you to get your stuff some time in the next two months.

See that? We've got more Dino inside.

Disclaimer: You can help to bring us to our knees again. One of the benefits from Free Day 2010 was the massive load test we threw at our servers. It was a very effective, self-inflicted denial of service attack that showed us where the problems were within our system. We’ve been spending the past 11 months upgrading our hardware by orders of magnitude and completely re-writing our website to squeeze out every efficiency available. Will Free Day 2011 bring our servers to their knees again? It most likely will, but it will continue to push us to improve our systems for non-Free Days. In other words, please come join the party on Thursday at 9AM MST, we need your help to punish our server bank.

Comments 182 comments

  • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 4

    almost exactly one day from right now.
    ...Free... F-ing... Day.
    I like free stuff.

    • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 11

      Might I also add that Free-Day is a super-progressive concept and it's very very groovy that SFE even DOES this. So let's keep that in mind amidst the frustrations inherent in trying to earn free stuff.
      As was said in the Free-Day Video last year: "How exactly is not getting free sh** a disaster?"
      Let's keep our heads about us, try not to harass customer service, and have fun.

      • Nogginboink / about 13 years ago / 8

        I, member23267, do solemnly swear that if I fail to get free stuff on free day, for any reason at all, I will not bitch at SparkFun about it.

      • +1.
        No one is being forced to get free stuff :-)

      • John_CA / about 13 years ago / 1

        Though have bookmarked the SparkFun site as "Network Error" from that day forth.

      • JanD / about 13 years ago / 1

        Who doesn't like free stuff?
        But your completely right. This is perhaps the best idea any company I know ever has had.
        Perhaps some other companies copy this idea?

        • Member #189857 / about 13 years ago / 1

          maybe apple should try this :-)

          • roybean / about 13 years ago / 3

            Apple would require you to join the developer program along with the "made for apple" program, disable SPP bluetooth, and only allow your credits to be used on the app store for Justin Beiber records after submitting your schematic for authentication chip wiring.

    • On a complete unrelated note - I clicked on your profile and then your beer blog (which you need to update, my friend). I don't know if you are into homebrewing, but I have a great recipe for a Hoegaarden knock-off.

      • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 1

        My good sir, thank you for visiting the blog. I know, I completely missed the Pumpkin Ale season (I was gonna do a comparative tasting between Jack's, Post Road, Harvest Moon, and Sam Adams) I've been busy with another project, and with trying to get a job out there with you guys, haha.
        I got ahold of a Hoegaarden knock-off the other day by an American Brewery (Ironically "Avery Brewery" in Boulder) "White Rascal," and it was a darn good beer indeed.
        I've tinkered with home-brewing but haven't put the time into it that I'd like, it's a definite project in the near-future though. And that recipe sounds like something I'd like to get ahold of!

        • A lot of the collective SparkFun paycheck seems to make its way to Avery. I'm not really a fan of most Belgian styles, but they do a nice job with White Rascal.

          • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 1

            That's cool though, If you spin it the right way, spending wads of cash on local beer sounds a lot like "Investing in Ethanol" and "Supporting the Local Economy" ;)
            You know white rascal's the only Avery I've had. The only place I can buy it here is a specialty wine and beer shop, and it ain't cheap.
            Electronics, Free Stuff, Beer... this page is now a celebration of all things that are good.

  • BB / about 13 years ago / 3

    Before it goes live, can you please fix the misspelled "lose" on the promotional code page (3rd graphic)?

    • trevor / about 13 years ago / 2

      Yes, I reported that "bug" this morning. The page, when it goes live tomorrow will correctly spell it "lose".

  • Member #105268 / about 13 years ago / 2

    I spended much more hours on the computer that where much shorter!!
    You heard about the world-wide eclipse outside at 8.55AM MST? You definitely should check it out!

  • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 2


  • DJ Rich Morgan / about 13 years ago / 2

    In about an hour, I will try for some SF Credit. Being new to electronics, I will be grateful for whatever happens. I appreciate that this activity "Spark-ed" some Fun! and motivated me to look at the tutorials. Thanks for the opportunity, and know that I will still order stuff I wouldn't have. Electronic Stimulus Package (ESP!)

  • Kuep / about 13 years ago / 2

    Please folks once ur done with ur questions or taking the loyalty cash get off the website. Dont try to place orders now and clog up the works for everyone else.

    • eLuctric / about 13 years ago / 1

      agreed, no need to hastly place your order and make it hard for others to earn their share

  • octopuss_svk / about 13 years ago / 2

    I woke up at 3'o clock in the morning to not miss it, and was quite puzzled when i saw the counter. Glad that i have not missed it, angry that i could have sleep countinously. I should work on my math skills:)

  • Member #189332 / about 13 years ago / 2

    Does Javascript have to be enabled for the quiz?

  • Yvan256 / about 13 years ago / 2

    I was wondering if the credits could be used with the CustomPCB service, or only to order parts directly from SparkFun?

    • MTMentat / about 13 years ago / 1

      I think that sparkfun would probably be very okay with using the credits toward batchpcb. All about learning and experimentation, right?

      • It sure would be nice if we could swing that but BatchPCB is a distinct website with a distinct database of customers. It would be a bit like using your Target gift card at Walmart - feasible but only with lots of prep on the backend.
        That's not something we have prepared this year, but I'll keep it in mind for possible inclusion with whatever we do next year.

      • Pearce / about 13 years ago / 1

        Unfortunately it's only for the main site

  • MichaelK / about 13 years ago / 2

    If I accidentally loose my promotional code, will I be able to see it somewhere later (assuming I was logged in when I got it)?

  • bdwyer / about 13 years ago / 2

    Any bets on how long it will take for the SF free-money watering hole to run dry?

    • roybean / about 13 years ago / 1

      I predict it will be gone before I can answer 3 questions.

    • IT has a big board where we're laying down our own predictions in four categories:
      1. How many quiz participants?
      2. How many "lumpers" (folks taking the lump sum)?
      3. When will the money be all gone?
      4. ... This one's a bit of a secret for now. Surely it will be addressed in a post-FreeDay post. =)

      • Shadyman / about 13 years ago / 1

        I'd probably take the lump sum, but then nothing goes to charity :(
        I'll probably watch the money counter and fly by the seat of my pants.

    • I made a prediction in my product post video, we'll see how close I got.

  • CF / about 13 years ago / 2

    Well, I have tomorrow off, but the girlfriend wants to go snowshoeing. Looks like I'll have to wait until next year. (Happy girlfriend > $0-$100.) Good luck everyone!

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      Its not just about the money. Its about the excitement of taking part in something this big.

    • EBeamBob / about 13 years ago / 1

      Speaking of snow, it seems to me today's Nor'Easter got its calendar a little mixed up. If it had waited a day, you could have had everyone here in upstate NY and New England home from work & school helping with the server load test!

    • IRL > Internet.

  • Flynn / about 13 years ago / 2

    Loyalty money ($30) or questions (and risk unresponsive server)?
    and then the really hard question... XBees or GPS?
    Sparkfun is awesome!

  • JanD / about 13 years ago / 2

    It feels like my birthday is tomorrow. But stronger

  • PaulGroenendaal / about 13 years ago / 1

    Imagine, I need to choose my classes in this way. All students waiting for 8am, and if classes are full you'll need to choose others..
    Stupid system..
    But for FreeDay it works!

  • DitchesHurt / about 13 years ago / 1

    15 minutes to go and I've got an 8s load time just on the documents for Sparkfun.com

  • 15 minutes to go, the site took 5 seconds to load, and it usually loads in a fraction of a second, though all these comments aren't helping

  • eLuctric / about 13 years ago / 1

    reloading time is increasing, good luck everybody

  • Chiel / about 13 years ago / 1

    30minutes to go. the website is already slowing down.
    lets hope the site can handle it.

  • OMG the site's starting to lag.... well, i hope it isnt my connection :(

  • Vann.Martini / about 13 years ago / 1

    Been reading through those primers and I've picked up quite a bit. Even if I don't get anything, I've found a valuable enough tool with those primers! Cause as we all know, knowledge is power! lol

  • saccade / about 13 years ago / 1

    Wait a minute - Nathan started the company in 2003, but wasn't a "customer" until 2006?

  • alphaniner101 / about 13 years ago / 1

    thank god for snow days i can finally participate in free day

  • soulhunter / about 13 years ago / 1

    30 minutes to go!

  • JRMorrisJr / about 13 years ago / 1

    I discovered Sparkfun BECAUSE of Free Day, the site came up after I searched Google for something, which I cannot remember what it was... I was too late last year, hopefully I'll succeed this year. I am going to take the quiz, I hope it's easy! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

  • Tron_X / about 13 years ago / 1

    I really should be somewhere else ....
    I hope this is worth it!

  • Bryan3 / about 13 years ago / 1

    30 minutes to go and the site is still up?

  • ldrapeau / about 13 years ago / 1

    Hey! Thanks to all at sparkfun - just knowing that all this stuff is going to be given away free makes me feel great (and maybe jealous a bit - I don't know why, but I've always dreamed of holding this big free party where everyone would be invited)
    Good luck to all - and thanks again! LD

  • LucasZ / about 13 years ago / 1


  • kzwinn / about 13 years ago / 1

    how does loyalty $ is calculated?

  • PaulGroenendaal / about 13 years ago / 1

    55min to go!
    Nice time, 5pm in Holland :)

  • Silivrenion / about 13 years ago / 1

    Why on earth was an extra hour added to the clock?

  • TheGreat837 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Theres the 1 hour mark!!

  • MSIS / about 13 years ago / 1

    one hour to go!

  • Member #114781 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Check, check! 1- 2- ...
    (6:58:00 am PST)

  • cant wait until my screen looks like this for real!
    00:00:00:00 > NOW

  • straylight / about 13 years ago / 1

    how is your running total calculated? if you get the first 3 questions right, you get $30. but if you get the next 7 wrong, you go down to $9. But if you get the first 7 wrong, and the last 3 right, do you get $30, or the $9?
    You said you can't go negative so the first 7 you stay at 0...?

    • mbedded / about 13 years ago / 1

      I'm pretty sure the max(0,total) will be performed at the end, not at each step.

  • jessegyger / about 13 years ago / 1

    Cant wait

  • hexskrew / about 13 years ago / 1

    YAY FREE DAY! YAY FREE DAY! (cmon everyone! chant with me!)

  • Proficnc / about 13 years ago / 1

    1.5 hours to go, its 1:30 AM in Australia, tired, and waiting.......

  • baum / about 13 years ago / 1

    I won't even compute the odds of that promo code actually working.
    16 digits to the 12th power: 281474976710656,
    So 1/281474976710656 or 3.552713679e-13%

  • sephers / about 13 years ago / 1

    nice upgrades, this time last year it took 10 minutes to load before it had started, loaded pretty quick with 2 hours to go :) lets hope they can last

    • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 1

      Right? 20 min to go and I'm bein' a big jerk clicking around the site randomly as fast as I can and I gotta say... it's not slow.
      Very promising, guys.

  • sduddikunta / about 13 years ago / 1

    Practically every school in the south east is closed today. They can help with your load testing.

  • baum / about 13 years ago / 1

    The holidays are over, guys.
    [Top left corner of the site]

    • Member #158493 / about 13 years ago / 1

      What do you mean?!
      The holidays aren't over until after Free Day!

  • baum / about 13 years ago / 1


    • MarkPS / about 13 years ago / 1

      where? NY or New England?

      • EBeamBob / about 13 years ago / 1

        Probably not NY - we only have a handful of districts on 2 hour delay here upstate. My guesses are MA (Savoy 38"), CT (Woodbury 28"), or VT (Wilmington 36").

  • MarkPS / about 13 years ago / 1

    cmon, I'm a student in delaware and we only have a 2 hour delay. I think I'm going to send my dad to answer randomly...

  • The example says Nate's first order shipped 2006-01-01. So that's:
    2006-01-01 to 2006-12-31 = 1 year
    2007-01-01 to 2007-12-31 = 2 years
    2008-01-01 to 2008-12-31 = 3 years
    2009-01-01 to 2009-12-31 = 4 years
    2010-01-01 to 2010-12-31 = 5 years
    2011-01-01 to 2011-01-13 = not quite another year
    So why did nate only get $40 instead of $50 ?

    • Member #111555 / about 13 years ago / 1

      Maybe they captured that screen cap at the end of 2010.

  • John Meacham / about 13 years ago / 1

    Hmm.. What if my first order was before you had the current account system set up so it is not associated with a sparkfun account to get my loyalty bonus. Order#4949 on 2005-3-14.

    • MikeGrusin / about 13 years ago / 1

      Sorry, we're only counting orders in the current database (over 300,000 orders!) We love and appreciate you early adopters, but it would have been a nightmare to accommodate the paper records from the earlier bookkeeping systems.

    • Member #14513 / about 13 years ago / 1

      Good point -- I have orders going back to at least #9512 on Nov 10, 2005, maybe further back than that but I'd have to dig thru some backups to find proof. Thank you, Bill Welch

  • DNA64 / about 13 years ago / 1

    So much for no catches :P
    Good Luck everyone!

  • ADI / about 13 years ago / 1

    Starts 9AM MST. What's cutoff time ?

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  • Ravenkallen / about 13 years ago / 1

    I hope i will be up by then. I really need some EL wire:)

  • billiam2536 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I remember frantically searching for my school's WiFi network on my iPod Touch on last year's Free-Day. This year, thanks to winter fronts and .25" of ice on the roads, I haven't had school one day this week. I will enjoy frantically trying to get the Quiz page to load...on my laptop, or Droid, at home. Awesome! I love you SFE!!!!


  • Boost240 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I'll be at work, in the washroom and on my Iphone! Can't wait!

  • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

    You also spelled "Promotional" wrong in the 2nd to last picture.

  • Sam Pratt / about 13 years ago / 1

    Does anyone else recognize those exact same checks and "x's" in the quiz as the same ones from webassign?

  • The odds of that promo code working are somewhere in the range of 1 in 129 trillion (I thought someone should calculate it ;-) ). And that is optimistic.

  • StephenWong / about 13 years ago / 1

    I'm skeptical.. my first Free Day event was as bad if not worse than my first Black Friday all nighter.
    Never have I stared at the same Sparkfun loading page for most of the morning..and when I saw a glimmer of hope thinking I can click Checkout everything just went poof!

  • Azayles / about 13 years ago / 1

    "I won't even compute the odds of that promo code actually working."
    It's 1 in 170,817,412,677,608 assuming that 9B5B87343FE8 is the highest promo code.
    If you've used the full range of a 48 bit Hex string for the promo code though, this figure climbs to 281,474,976,710,656

  • zool / about 13 years ago / 1

    get all questions wrong
    owe sparkfun $30

  • I'm going to take the quiz on a Droid while playing Pirates of the Caribbean on a tuba. ;)

  • Evil Genius jr. / about 13 years ago / 1

    So If I an on Q#7 and have gotten all of them right so far ( not going to happen) and Free day ends do I get my $70 or do I get nothing?

    • Once you get a question right, you get the money. You don't need to go through all the questions.

  • MrPrometheus / about 13 years ago / 1

    Anyone in IT worried about being scientific and comparing apples to apples? I understand the 2 month window to place orders helps with shipping. After all it is cruel to loadtest humans instead of machines. :p But in the end if you want to see how you do compared to last time you wont be getting the same test of the shopping cart access. That alone might improve the results. Although I suppose you did totally overhaul the website as well as purchased more servers so it could never be apples to apples anyway. Coming out of a meeting on loadtesting our own sites I find the problem to be very interesting. Would love a geeky followup on the tools and methods you use to monitor the site. From http://www.sparkfun.com/news/322 it looks like you have some rrd? cacti? ganglia? stuff. What else? An even more detailed IT follow-up of this years Free Day would be sweet! Good luck guys.

    • Like Judd says, we're expecting to learn a lot.
      On the other hand, yeah, this event isn't going to look much like last year's. Even if we were running approximately the same code or the same hardware (leaving us something we could treat as, sort of, an isolated variable), I'm not expecting nearly the volume of (attempted) participants.

    • We're happy to share what we can, and I suspect a technical comparison of 2K11 vs 10 will yield some interesting morsels.. Stay tuned..

  • So is there a "side bet" again this year?

  • anglerfish / about 13 years ago / 1

    Ahhh!! Tried to get my son to sign up and he accidentally took over my profile. Need to fix.

  • some tasty pie / about 13 years ago / 1

    Ooh I hope I can answer some. I am a newbie.

    • MikeGrusin / about 13 years ago / 1

      Go to Tutorials then look through the Bite-Sized Primers. All the Free Day quiz questions will be very similar to the example questions there. Good luck!

  • I think that 60 day to redeem your promo code is very nice! Thanks!

  • D0SBoots / about 13 years ago / 1

    The post says it kicks off at 09:00 MST, but the countdown clock at the top is counting down to 23:00 MST tonight. Intentional?

  • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago * / 1

    Your developers must have been hard at work the past couple of months. The quiz looks amazing. I have everything setup. I'm not going to miss out on Freeday this year.

  • Member #23812 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Great, another free day I will miss. 9 AM MST means 5 PM in europe. Time to commute home. No chance to join from work, no chance to join from home. Shift the whole thing to 12 AM, never heard of people commuting in the atlantic ocean.

  • Chiel / about 13 years ago / 1

    here's praying to the great gods of electronics that il be able to do anything from europe. last year i didn't stand a chance because of the massive load on sparkfun. lets hope everybody can enjoy this day

    • MikeGrusin / about 13 years ago / 1

      I live approximately 1 mile from SFE, and I had no luck last year either! However I believe a number of overseas people did walk away with stuff last year. It mostly depends on whether the TCP/IP Gods are smiling on you. Good luck!

      • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

        I thought employees couldn't participate in freeday >.>

        • syndicated / about 13 years ago / 1

          Could have joined the company after free day.

          • MikeGrusin / about 13 years ago / 1

            Correct, I've been with SFE for 8 months =D Today I'll be watching the fun from the inside and hoping the building holds together. Good luck everyone!

  • Jonbowen234 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Do I have to beat the clock to get the lump sum as well or do I get the option to take that credit no matter what?

    • Pearce / about 13 years ago / 1

      The lump sum option falls under the total amount. So yes, you need to beat the clock on that.

  • antenna / about 13 years ago / 1

    Hey I have got two questions :)
    1) How do you calcultae years of loyalty? Number of months / 12 or just difference in year? It could make $10 difference :) :) :)
    2) Assuming I get $10 of free stuff, can I buy $15 and pay for the difference or the transacion must be paid either with the "Free credit" or with the "Credi card" :)....yhea...I know...I should wait to win prior asking that...

    • Shadyman / about 13 years ago / 1

      I believe it's number of full years (365 days). No partial credits.

  • Brock Lee / about 13 years ago / 1

    Will cheating be handled by restricting orders per IP address? I'll be at school, between classes and I'm sure I won't be the only one there using our school's IP for this.

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      The rule is one entry per household, so I'm pretty sure they check your address.
      I could see some people getting their neighbors in on it and making an entry at their house, but its only $100. It wouldn't be worth it. I'm more in for the excitement of freeday, not the money.

    • Shadyman / about 13 years ago / 1

      I don't believe so; I think it's per account.

  • Senso / about 13 years ago / 1

    From Portugal right now:
    --- www.sparkfun.com ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 received, 0% packet loss, time 9011ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 175.241/213.098/308.607/41.787 ms

  • I am going to be out. I thought it was going to be at night. Dang

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      It starts at 9:00 Mountain time, or 11:00 Eastern time

  • scharkalvin / about 13 years ago / 1

    You guys probably won't be happy till you get you dinofactor up to at least 99.9 (whatever THAT means).

  • Silvrado / about 13 years ago / 1

    i'm gonna do a night out for this @ office where Speedtest showed 64ms ping and 20Mbps dl speed!! ;)
    More than the freebies its the 'being a part of something this awesome' that's elevating my excitement..

  • Member #144532 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I don't see the banner when using Google chrome, just a blank spot. I can see it when I switch over to Firefox.

    • _hunternet93 / about 13 years ago / 1

      I'm using Chrom on Linux. It didn't show up earlier today, but it does now.

    • Hrm. I tested in Chrome, IE8/9, Safari, and Firefox, but it's altogether possible I broke something afterwards.

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago * / 1

      I had that problem as well. I didn't report it because I figured it was just a problem with my browser. I was on a mac though, so maybe it's a small site problem?

    • chocobo_rider / about 13 years ago / 1

      I use chrome and i don't have any problem with the banner

  • Member #113924 / about 13 years ago / 1

    There's yer problem! Not enough wires hangin' out of the server rack..... Need to add 80 or a hundred cross connects and 20 or so induction loops. Then it'll work like it's supposed to.
    No charge btw ;)

  • _nunovsky_ / about 13 years ago / 1

    What happens if i get the 10 answers wrong? I have to pay 30$ to Sparkfun?

  • Member #1597 / about 13 years ago / 1

    sorry, i'll be at work. you'll just have to keep your smelly old parts.

    • Our parts are smelly? I had no idea. :(

      • agemoz / about 13 years ago / 1

        I hate to tell this to you, but after the angry dog "does" your project, yes indeedy, your parts will be smelly... It's a territorial instinct..

  • Member #83155 / about 13 years ago / 1

    How do you see your years of service?

    • Awkward Woodshop / about 13 years ago / 1

      Near the top right it says "order history". Click on that.

  • Echo / about 13 years ago / 1

    backorder allowed. yes.

  • Viper981 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Will I be able to take the quiz from my iPhone? I get out of school at 9:15 Thursday and will hopefully be able to do the quiz from my car and not have to wait 15more minutes to get home to a computer.

    • trevor / about 13 years ago / 2

      I did try the quiz questions (on the internal beta site) on my iPhone and it worked fine. As Dustin mentions above, though, the rendering power of a computer is much greater, so it can deal more gracefully with slow server responses.

    • patrickmccb / about 13 years ago / 1

      I will be in the same boat as you. I actually got farther on my Ipod Touch last year than i did using a normal web browser on my computer.

    • wassabi / about 13 years ago / 1

      Server will likely be unresponsive. You want a real browser.

  • N.Poole / about 13 years ago / 1

    My Thursday classes don't start until half-way through the semester, and I have tomorrow off from work...
    ...lucky me ;)

  • seulater / about 13 years ago / 1

    can 2 promo codes be used at checkout ?

  • V3rtigo / about 13 years ago / 1

    I've got an hour put aside for trying to make it through the laggy server triathlon. I need some pretty EL wire for my digital tachometer project.

  • frnk / about 13 years ago / 1

    /me puts on his Oracle's Robes
    BEWARE! Beware the Ides of March! On the Ides of March your SparkFun Free Day credit will DISAPPEAR! You will now be tasked with running around the 7 Hills of Rome THREE TIMES before you can answer any questions before I have had a chance... BEWARE!!!!

  • straylight / about 13 years ago / 1

    So, would it be easier for me to get my cart filled with goodies today, then hit submit order asap tomorrow after i get the funds?
    or would you suggest waiting a month or so? (just worried about product availability).

    • It's up to you. You have two months. We should be able to get most everything back in stock in time. Also, you can purchase a backorder on something.
      But there's no need to load up the cart the night before or anything like last year. Once you get the money you can spend it at your leisure (assuming it's within 2 months)

  • patrickmccb / about 13 years ago / 1

    Is it just me or is the count down 5 minutes slow?

  • scharkalvin / about 13 years ago / 1

    I assume that somewhere in the above process you are asked to log in. If I select the loyalty funds I would HAVE to log in so your server can tell me what I have.

    • Yes. When you go to the site not logged in, you will see the banner, and clicking on it will prompt a login.

  • reika / about 13 years ago / 1

    Ok, looks good.

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