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AD8BC

Member Since: August 8, 2011

Country: United States

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Controls systems engineer (PLCs, HMIs, control panel design for large industrial machinery).

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  • I love these… well, I would have loved them even more in my youth. Yes, I would love to see the bottom have the hole and the leads come out of the side. I’d almost prefer tiny wires but then the manufacture would be completely different. I like how these are LEDs and molded as Legos. And in my brain, I can think of a number of different Lego shapes these would work really nice for… but these are awesome as a first step and I imagine that someone, if not Sparkfun, will do something really cool with this idea.

  • I missed it… my caption would have been “I know I’m eight months behind the According to Pete videos… but they can wait because I really want to get this thing in the air.”

  • Here’s what made me mad. And I don’t have any idea if the culprits were SparkFun fans or just people mad at “evil corporate America” or “Capitalism” or whatever… but some of the comments made on the Fluke site were mean, nasty, or just plain vulgar. C'mon folks. At least be nice on your first attempt. Would you walk up to the CEO of Fluke and say these things to his face? Especially now, after learning that they weren’t the responsible party and they were protecting their trademark per the laws of this country? (USA! USA! USA!)

    To be fair there were a number of respectful posts as well. But the nasty language was quite visible. There is a place for having a foul mouth, I suppose. But a corporate Facebook page is not it.

  • Also, your meter has a knob. Fluke meters also have a knob. How dare you infringe on that!

    Also you’d better take all of the knobs off of your doors, cabinet doors, old televisions, etc. before they come and tell you that your house is a trademark violation.

  • I tend to agree. It’s a Simon with two 7 segment LEDs. It costs nearly $15 more than the Simon. Which itself is a little steep.

  • Are you sure that the chemical toilet will handle this?

  • Nate, this is great! Thanks for sharing this process. I really like the transparency. Even though we may not be shareholders, you treat your customer base like stakeholders.

    Sparkfun has done some great things in the past, some unconventional great things! I would encourage you and your company to pursue (as a goal) one more unconventional thing – to eventually operate your business debt free. I’m not only an industrial automation engineer and an electronics and ham radio enthusiast, I’m also a fan of Dave Ramsey, who has managed to run his company of 350 people, debt free - real estate and all. I’m not here to preach – don’t worry – it’s just that it would be a FANTASTIC thing to see your company, sometime in the future, running in the black while owing nothing.

    Nice work, guys! I would love to work for a successful and growing company like yours.

    1. same reason I don’t like the Sparkfun proto shields,I use lots of DIP ICs and they are so much easier to use with at least a small breadboard-style area on the board. Even with descrete components you can usually arrange these better with some tied-together holes.
  • Y'all need to fix the audio problem on these videos. I can’t hear Robert over the sound of his beard growing.

    Why is there not a DIP area on your version of the boards? That is the most convenient feature of the Adafruit and official Arduino protoboards.

  • I think the natural evolution of this would end up as Sparkfun creating an electronics curriculum for the high-school level and sell it as a reasonably-priced text-and-lab package. When I was in high school (1988-1993) I witnessed the tail-end of the once-common industrial arts program – our school had a great program until cost-cutting got in the way. Available were: auto shop, wood shop, metal shop, graphic arts (complete with offset presses), manual drafting and AutoCAD.

    I can only attest to the elecronics curriculum, but our lab equipment was deteriorating, and though our parts closets were relatively well stocked, there was always that “one part” that we ran out of. And, of course, all of the 74LS series ICs that were used and put back in the bins, often with a fried logic gate or two.

    In reality, electronics parts tend to be dirt cheap, especially when purchased in bulk. Imagine, if you will, a curriculum and lab package designed to last a semester, in increasing levels. Then an instructor package including a fair amount of spare parts, ready-to-go. For example:

    Electronics 1-Basics: Ohms law, watts law, series, parallel, resistors, capacitors, batteries, LEDs, transistors, diodes. Includes a cheap – but well fused – multimeter, breadboard, battery holder, and parts.

    Electronics 2-Digitals: Build a 5V power supply, then: The 555, Logic gates (TTL so there are fewer burned out parts), culminating in building your own digital clock using power line 60Hz timebase (http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/clocks-watches/digital-clock4.htm). Includes breadboard, power supply kit, TTL logic kit, and other parts.

    Electronics 3-Micros: Arduino programming (using thru-hole Uno-type, easily replaceable). Includes Arduino, protoshield, etc.

    Then go on and create more – Robotics, Communications, etc.

    Think you can’t create a curriculum for high school: Dave Ramsey did – “Foundations of Personal Finance” (http://www.daveramsey.com/school/foundations/)

    This could also be offered individually for students who are taking an “independent study” class.

    And the best part: We could all have a hand in creating and improving the curriculum.

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