brewer

Member Since: January 9, 2010

Country: United States

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Drupal developer

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English

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PHP, Perl, Shell, Python, limited C

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Drupal, Apache, Exim, server integraion/glue, MySQL, HTTP protocol, SMTP protocol, DNS and DDNS.

Interests

All-grain homebrewing (strong Belgian style Tripels, FTW), Drupal hacking, Arduino, old Atari stuff.

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I haven’t had a homepage since Nite Lite BBS.

  • Tutorial - SMD How To - 4 | about 10 months ago

    Great detective work on this historically important (read, 3 years old) thread. :-)

    One weak area of the Sparkfun website is documentation and tutorials.. they’re all written by hand I think, and copied and pasted from a graphical web page editor. This workflow leads to errors that other employees can’t go back and easily fix.

    Other than that complaint the SF tutorials are awesome, and if the SF guys are reading this, I really think they should talk to the Adafruit folks and work something out to gain access to their learning CMS.

  • Product WRL-08482 | about 10 months ago

    I’m poking a necro post I know, but in answer to your question, for others… this guy wrote a really nice blog piece on the part:

    http://iamgew.com/2013/05/07/fm-transmitter/

    Someone from Sparkfun send him a gift certificate (and a scolding for not posting it here himself). Very nice, and way cheaper than hacking the buttons on a C Crane FM xmitter.

  • Product COM-11694 | about 11 months ago

    Schematic for using with an Arduino? (Surprised this hasn’t been asked yet!)

  • Product SEN-08880 | about 2 years ago

    These look difficult to kill using heat. It’s basically a specialized resistor. So I don’t think your soldering had anything to do with the problem.

  • Product SEN-08880 | about 2 years ago

    He means burn-in. You’re thinking of warm-up, which is not the case.

    You run this once for 24-48 hours, probably to cook off some industrial coatings or what-not (the reason is unimportant for this answer).

    I don’t believe you’d have to run it 24-48 hours continiously. Just takes that long before the sensor settles in.

  • Product SEN-11050 | about 2 years ago

    Not likely to be food safe, especially at elevated temperatures.

    I’m surprised you guys didn’t all know about these stainless steel versions (maybe this means Sparkfun should sell them?). See stainless probes at: http://www.brewershardware.com/BCS-460-Temperature-Sensors/

    (As an aside, BrewTroller was THE reason I got into electronics and micros… but for some reason, I haven’t finished sourcing all the parts for BT, lol.)

  • News - Datalogger for the SparkF… | about 2 years ago

    Yep, done this.

    Re: technique, you can use a vice and one pair of needle-nose pliers to first bend all the pins inward. Then “rotate” the tips outward. Sometimes it helps to have a second set of pliers (to take the stress off the base of the pin).

  • Tutorial - SMD How To - 4 | about 2 years ago

    No, there are broken image errors showing on the page.

    The broken image src URL looks like this: unsaved:///images/tutorials/SMD_HowTo/SMDSoldering2-2.jpg Please do a View Source if you can’t see it..

    NOTE: What happens is: The image filename is actually specified TWICE.. once as http:// and once as unsaved://

    Your browser obviously isn’t giving you the “broken image source” (which it should, because “unsaved://” is not a valid path).

    Couple that with the fact that the “missing” image is invoked twice (once properly), you don’t see anything as missing.

    You’ll see the problem if you test the live page in another browser (I use Google Chrome), or you can do View Source and search on unsaved:// and I guarantee you will see the error.

  • Product BOB-00494 | about 2 years ago

    I have to agree with the other comments, the pads on this could be MUCH longer. Even when I bent the chip’s pins inwards, the pins sat right on the furthest extremities of the pads.

    If Sparkfun is designing these, they -really- need to manually lengthen the pads, and then introduce it as a new part (If I know it’s redesigned, I’ll give it another chance, but right now I will try someone else’s adapter instead).

  • Product KIT-09563 | about 2 years ago

    It’s a pity that - based on the comments - this kit needs more polish. An electric candle which is RGB, random colors, and no button to toggle modes? You can already get candle flasher LEDs which proudly flaunt unnatural candle flicker and color.

    A candle kit is an IDEAL ATtiny tutorial platform, but it looks like the only concept this can offer is soldering.

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