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Member Since: January 2, 2010

Country: United States



Retired Infantry Paratrooper

  • I don’t think it’s (FTDI) a matter of reliability or any real functionality improvement, but rather one of convenience. Many electronics newcomers won’t have a serial programmer, and want only something cheap and easy to use.

    I’m pretty heavily invested in Microchip PIC programming (8 & 32 bit, don’t care for the 16 bitters), but I think I’m going to get one of these for my kids to tinker with. Pretty neat piece of kit.

  • For 30 years I looked at the price of Fluke meters and said “How could they possibly be worth so much more than other meters that do the same thing?”

    Then I used one. Then I bought one! Just couldn’t believe the difference in how they feel and respond to user input.

    I’ll be buying another one - now I’ll probably get it from SparkFun! (I need data logging and a PC connection)


  • I love Sparkfun for all they do and sell, but you can get a triple-axis accelerometer, joystick and two push button switches all wired up neatly in a Wii Nunchuck controller… delivered to the US from Hong Kong for $4 each… search eBay.
    I just bought five of them for PIC projects and personal education. I know it’s mostly an economy of scale thing, but 5x the cost for many fewer parts?