Member #134773

Member Since: May 19, 2010

Country: United States


I started playing with electronics in the mid-1960s, and with computers shortly after Neil Armstrong took “one small step”. I got a degree in CS in 1980, and started working then as an engineer.

  • Product PRT-12845 | yesterday

    I’m just curious as to what color you think would be a contrasting background for CLEAR??? (As in “transparent”?)

  • News - April Caption Contest Win… | about 5 days ago

    You’ll write something “SparkFunny”? :-)

    Sorry, I don’t have enough resistance, and could see no impedance. I have plenty of capacitance to induct such humor… I’ve got a lot of reluctance to cut-off this conductance…

  • News - New Product Friday: Chomp… | last week

    Don’t forget, though, that having data is one thing, and doing some thing with it is another. :-)

  • Product DEV-12750 | last week

    The Wikipedia article looks to be a good, although somewhat confusing, discussion of VAT. Basically, it’s a “national sales tax”. Unlike sales taxes in the U.S., where (in most states) companies “upstream” of the retailer don’t collect or pay sales tax, the VAT (Value Added Tax) gets collected and paid at every stage.

    The VAT is stated on everything, so that if someone buys something and then sells it for a profit, they get to subtract the VAT they paid when they bought the item. Consider, for example, an office supply store – they use thermal printer tape in their cash register, but also sell some to us for use in our Hatermatics (from last month’s “Live” presentation). Under VAT, the office supply store has paid the VAT to its supplier for every roll, whether it went into its cash register or was sold to us. Under U.S. sales tax, they’re SUPPOSED to pay sales tax on the rolls that went into the cash registers, but …

  • News - April Caption Contest | last week

    Newest SparkFun product line: bio-robots

  • News - In Which We Are Not Havin… | about 2 weeks ago

    Yeah, but being “brushless” suggests halitosis. :-)

  • News - New Product Friday: High … | about 2 weeks ago

    I agree with brennen – lighten up! Adafruit has some nifty things that Spark Fun doesn’t, and Spark Fun has some nifty things that Adafruit doesn’t. Adafruit carries some Spark Fun products, and Spark Fun carries some Adafruit products. Each company has a unique engineering approach, as well as a unique business approach, and both are a HUGE asset to our community of Makers as well as professionals. I think that as customers, we’re very fortunate to have such good companies (along with DigiKey) with FANTASTIC customer support. I say good on you, every one!

  • Product COM-09181 | about 2 weeks ago

    Just noticed that Adafruit’s #1187 seems to be the same button in white (with a clear dome). Next time I send them an order, I’ll include at least one and check it out. (Don’t you love it when someone replies with the answer to their own question?)

  • Product DEV-12071 | about 2 weeks ago

    Thanks! When I’d looked before my above comment, it wasn’t showing up under the “Related Products”, but it is now. (One of the good thing about Spark Fun is that they watch their comment section!)

  • News - New Product Friday: High … | about 2 weeks ago

    I’ve had to switch one project from BBB to RPi due to the availability of the latter. :-( (It’s likely going to have an Arduino ProMini [ordered last Saturday! Yay!] to handle talking to the NeoPixels and maybe some other things, so the scarce GPIO shouldn’t be as much of a problem.)

No public wish lists :(