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Happy 100th Birthday to Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable!

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Let's take a look one of our principal suppliers of soldering tools -- Weller!

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The story behind the SparkFun kits.

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  • Sure, but Yahoo comes with confused expressions (free of charge) whenever I give that email to people as my contact info.

  • Thanks for your feedback--glad to know we're in you're top four! I really like the throw-away email idea. My old yahoo account has (inadvertently) become just that!

  • Thanks Pete--this brought back repressed memories of helping the techs with testing back in the day! You try to find that sweet spot, just the right amount of pressure in just the right direction, but the moment your hand jiggles or twitches, bam, time to start over. It was a trip to read about all the evolution that's happened since then.

  • Thanks for your comment. There's some more info on it here, although it still leaves us hanging a bit as to their ultimate conclusions and what changes were made to their soldering methods as a result:

    In Space Soldering Investigation

    Soldering Surprise

    There's also this explanation of what we're seeing in that video:

    "Real-time downlink video of the experiment yielded direct observation of the solder melting, equilibrium shape attainment by the liquid, and flux movement. The flux movement was particularly noteworthy because it was entirely unexpected. When the flux was released from the solder during heating, it formed a droplet that spun around the larger solder drop. This surprising movement is driven by thermocapillary flow induced by the temperature gradient. This type of behavior cannot be duplicated on Earth."

  • You're right (I just googled that, haha). I'm a native East Coaster too--I guess in my arrogance I assumed that every large ocean is referred to as "the pond!" "The lake" sounds good to me, but only if we can also start referring to the Arctic as "the rink." ;-)

  • I've personally exchanged family photos and had lengthy conversations about the differences in our cultures, backgrounds, and working lives with a number of our international supplier reps. Yes, I'm keenly aware of how lucky we are to live and work in the US. But after having had the privilege to meet and correspond with Chinese people who are working hard to support their families and forge new lives for themselves, I've also seen firsthand the positive impacts trade can have abroad. There's a long, long, way to go for labor on both sides of the pond, and while I'm skeptical that there's some magic political panacea, maybe time will prove me wrong. We're not wringing our hands here crying "woe is us," but simply trying to do the best we can to prepare for the coming changes and keep our customers informed along the way.

  • I think we also put a ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron above your office ceiling panels at some point...

  • That's wild! May I ask what fort it was?

  • There's a nice photo of this clip in action in the Re-Programming the LilyTiny / LilyTwinkle tutorial.

  • Billy Mays is both a preacher and a prophet.

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