Member #196465

Member Since: January 19, 2011

Country: United States

  • News - Free Day 2012 Recap | about 2 years ago

    Perhaps, then, in addition to offering a kit you could put up the design and code? Those who already have what’s needed could make and program their own. Those who don’t could look at simplifying, such as using a breadboard instead of a PCB. Just tossing out some ideas. I really think this could work if it’s planned out right.

  • News - Free Day 2012 Recap | about 2 years ago

    I’m going to repost a comment I submitted this morning on the previous article; sorry for the redundancy, but with over 1000 comments on the last one I wanted to be sure this was seen:

    Why not design a kit for a device that people can buy (for as little as possible), assemble, and plug into their computer that does what we just did this year for us? You can still have the random drawings, limit to one prize per account, and test the servers, but do so in a way that does not require mindless, unproductive effort. Rather, it encourages some to start in electronics, and no one feels swindled out of their time. (Yes, I realize we all chose to participate.. but with this year’s method there is a huge, unintended cost in the number of man-hours of work and creativity lost to the hours of typing and recovering from said typing. I’d even be so bold as to guess the cost exceeds the $200k given away.)

    You could advertise the device a few months in advance, with pre-ordering so you don’t make more than necessary. As long as the kits are delivered no later than two weeks before Free Day, everyone should be able to find enough time to put it together and test it.

    There are certainly some issues that would have to be addressed, but we’ve got time until the next Free Day. =) What do you think?

  • News - Free Day 2012 is Under Wa… | about 2 years ago

    I just had an idea; hopefully it won’t get buried under all of the comments below.

    Why not design a kit for a device that people can buy (for as little as possible), assemble, and plug into their computer that does what we just did this year for us? You can still have the random drawings, limit to one prize per account, and test the servers, but do so in a way that doesn’t require mindless, unproductive effort. Rather, it encourages some to start in electronics, and no one feels swindled out of their time. (Yes, I realize we all chose to participate.. but with this year’s method there is a huge, unintended cost in the number of man-hours of work and creativity lost to the hours of typing and recovering from said typing. I’d even be so bold as to guess the cost exceeds the $200k given away.)

    You could advertise the device a few months in advance, with pre-ordering so you don’t make more than necessary. As long as the kits are delivered no later than two weeks before Free Day, everyone should be able to find enough time to put it together and test it.

    Just an idea.

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