Member Since: January 9, 2010

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


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


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

  • @SFUPTOWNMAKER – This is AWESOME, and I want to remark I just purchased your WS2812 LEDs for this very project.

    I need to know your SECRET how you wired this so cleanly! Could you elaborate? You have made it appear as if you connected the 4 wire WS2812 bus to the original power cable. You couldn’t do that, of course… so it’s be awesome to share some advice, and maybe a close-up photo.

    My plan will be to use the original wiring if I can, then glue 2 additional hookup wires along it’s length, then spray paint them with plastic green paint to match. Would love to hear your approach…

  • Sparkfun – please PLEASE consider tweaking this to work as an I2C display….

  • 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.

  • 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:

    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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    (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.)

  • 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).

  • 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.

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