Member Since: September 7, 2007

Country: United States



Software developer in Silicon Valley

Spoken Languages

English, a bit of French

Programming Languages

Python, C, C++, Lisp, Matlab, JavaScript, ExtendScript, HTML, Verilog




MSCS Univ. of Utah


Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Embedded systems, Graphic design tools (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)



Articles in Circuit Cellar, Graphics Gems, several US Patents

  • I couldn't help but notice the "From 1986..." board photo has parts with '87 and '88 date codes.

  • The data sheet is terse, to say the least. Can this be configured to join an existing WiFi network, instead of running on its own?

  • These are still manufactured? By the same company?


  • Most of the other distributors listed on are sticking to the $35 price. Why is SparkFun charging the extra $4.95?

  • Sparkfun was crucial in getting my Puzzlemation project off the ground, with key components like the LED matrix displays. Even though they were officially "out of stock", one of your tech support folks managed to scrounge up a few extra LED matrices so I could build extra tiles for my exhibit at the Bay Area Maker faire that year.

    I also appreciate letting me sneak into the IoT class at the SF Hackaday conference a couple years ago. Since you wouldn't accept payment for the parts you gave me, I donated $50 to the EEF.

    It's wonderful to see a company grow and prosper on the basis of education, experimentation and curiosity.

  • Sparkfun is in a unique situation because most of its original products require engineering efforts measured in weeks, maybe a few months at most. This is in sharp contrast to other tech companies with products (e.g., jet engines, iPhones, CAD software) requiring dozens or hundreds of man-years of effort. Put another way, if it took $2M and two years to come up with a new break-out board, you'd be pretty upset when clones showed up on Alibaba a month later. Maybe upset enough to look for legal remedies.

    Another datapoint: The current pharmaceutical industry requires clinical trials of their (fully disclosed!) products before they can sell them. These trials cost up to $100M+ and drag on for years before getting approval to sell their products. The industry wouldn't exist without patent protection.

  • What sorts of things do you design/make at this place? This would establish some context for the tool choices.

  • I'm a little queasy about the server being strong enough to actually pull the latch open.

    So many questions to field an accurate guess: How many tries per minute can the robot do? Have you optimized the algorithm for trying combinations?

    I'm guessing the robot isn't super fast. 12:35:00. 12-80-20

  • I suspect the reason is the manufacturer was hunting for a unique trademark for their product line.

  • Memo to shipping dept: I'm really hoping for a Micro OLED breakout...

No public wish lists :(