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June 30, 2010
News - You Know You're a Maker W…
about 4 years ago
A one pound spool of solder is one of your monthly "Subscribe and Save" items.
about 8 years ago
I mounted two of these servos to Actobotics components. I made an acrylic adapter for one (saw and drill press, no laser cutter) that I mounted to a channel piece and just elongated the mounting holes on a dual flat bracket to mount the other. Both techniques worked well. The former is the more elegant solution. The latter is considerably easier. Spacers are required between the motor or adapter and the Actobotics piece. The biggest challenge is getting everything aligned. I use a 1/4-20 screw plate as a drilling template for making Actobotics compatible components. It is steel, not aluminum so it holds up well. And once you drill two holes, you can physically screw it in to your piece to hold alignment.
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about 9 years ago
Ditto at a place where I once worked.
The unsung hero of this story has to be SF's liability insurance carrier.
about 9 years ago
I'm thinking an Arduino interface, an antenna, and a coherer interfaced to another Arduino and we can give the Xbee a run for it's money.
I tried lighting up a xenon tube I had lying around, about 8 inches long, and that immediately killed the device.
News - Free Day 2012 is Under Wa…
about 10 years ago
I'll guess at my own question. If there really were 6,000,000 tries and it took about ten seconds per, that's about 16,600 hours. If half of the people were on the clock at their jobs (and this being a weekday in January, my guess is that it's higher) and their average salary was $30 per hour; that would equate to about a quarter of a million dollars in lost productivity. This is not cool.
I suggest you provide your boss with SparkFun's contact info so he/she can submit an invoice for 90% of your days' pay.
I suppose I'm most curious as to how many hours were spent on participating in this promotion by people being paid by others to perform actual work. In other words, how much does SparkFun owe the planet in lost productivity today? I am (or was) a big fan of the SparkFun brand. But I have to question the wisdom of this year's Free Day promotion. OK - I'll guess at my own question. If there really were 6,000,000 tries and they took about ten seconds each, that equates to about 16,600 hours. If half of that time was spent by people on the clock at their jobs (and this being a weekday in January, my guess is it's more) and the average participant earns $30 per hour, that equates to about a quarter million dollars in lost productivity. Not cool. Not hip.
No public wish lists :(