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June 10, 2010
News - Happy Free Day
about 9 years ago
Yeah, they did state that Free Day was being held partially as a load test for their new servers. However, they didn't say that one's chances of receiving credit were dependent upon the outcome of that load test; they just said that one's chances were based on whether or not one answered quiz questions successfully before the money ran out. I realize that you can read between the lines and see that the implication is that server loads may be so heavy that you might not be able to connect, but it seems like a poor idea to offer a financial incentive to people in order to instigate a load test when a large number of those people are not even going to have a chance to receive credit, especially when there was no mention in the rules of this being the case. And at any rate, this was a pretty poor load test if predicted traffic and the resulting server setup was so far off the mark that the entire exercise was disaster for all but a handful of users.
I'm livid about not even being able to successfully open the quiz page. And I'm not mad just because I didn't receive any credit - I'm mad because I wasn't even given the opportunity to receive credit, an opportunity that other people were able to take advantage of. This is not a lottery, as some people have said; there wasn't anything in the rules saying "you may or may not win based on whether or not you're able to connect to our servers". The rules just said that you take the quiz, and if there's still money in the pot when you answer the questions then you receive credit. Also, most of the people here who are happy with how Free Day went and are chastising all the "haters" seem to be the same people who successfully took the quiz and received credit. It's easy to be happy when you're not on the list of people who got screwed.
This was bullshit. On the one hand, I can't complain because Sparkfun has worked hard on this and is giving away money. On the other hand, the deal is "you take the quiz and get your credit until the pool has run out", not "if you can even manage to take the quiz AND the pool hasn't run out, you get your credit".
about 9 years ago
Heads-up everyone: Mouser finally got a huge shipment of these in - http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Atmel/ATMEGA328P-AU/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMtVoztFdqDXO3RbBx7FKCmV I bought six so hopefully that will keep me busy for awhile :)
Tutorial - Beginning Embedded Electronics - 8
about 10 years ago
Right-click on the .cam file link and selecting "Save Link As...", instead of just clicking on the link.
No public wish lists :(