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  • To be honest, my initial reaction when I saw the topic of this post was "oh no, this is going to be pretty divisive, the comments will get ugly and have to get heavily moderated and maybe even closed altogether." I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised that not only has that not happened, but both you and Nate have doubled down on standing behind the message. And for that I thank you.

    I really hope the few negative responses don't discourage similar topics in the future. It never even occurred to me that these resources existed and I would never have known about them if not for you and this blog. :-)

  • Not as tragic as not posting this supportive and informative post out of fear for bothering people.

  • Why shouldn't they take a position? Because you disagree with that position?

    And just because it's not relevant to your maker needs doesn't mean it's not relevant to other Sparkfun customers. Guess what, this one just ain't about you.

  • Then feel free to take your business and attention elsewhere (but not Adafruit of course since they've had MANY posts supporting Pride and the LGBT community this month). What was not neutral about hacker/maker resources that many, myself included, didn't know existed? And when is gun control pride month btw?

    Thank you Sparkfun for continuing to provide resources to ALL members of your community.

  • "and incorporates a highly regulated output" You should be fine. It is odd though that they included a link to their "Unregulated Power Supply Tutorial." Does send a mixed message there, doesn't it?

  • Sort of. The two capacitors are necessary when a voltage switch is used like this. When using the 115V setting the switch reconfigures the bridge and input capacitors into a voltage doubler circuit. Because of this everything else downstream doesn't have to be reconfigured for a lower input (compared to the 230V input). They appear in series but there is a connection to the common point coming from the input (switch) in the doubler configuration. (I believe it's called a Delon circuit). Creative trick.

  • This is also great for in-circuit programming of surface mount Attiny85 chips without wasting real estate on a 6pin header that's bigger than the chip itself. :-)

  • The datasheet labels them "wash tight" (versus open, vented or "dust shield, unsealed") so yes they should be dust and water resistant (not proof)

  • If the relay pictured is what they actually have in stock then yes, this is a SPST relay. (1 form A, normally open)

  • Perhaps in the next design iteration add pads on the back for the 6 pin SMD female header that FTDI Basics use? There's plenty of real estate and it would be nice to not have the connector overhang the board.

No public wish lists :(