Member Since: May 30, 2012

Country: United States


Ecommerce Analyst at SparkFun Runner, climber, mover, shaker.

In honor of Manufacturing Day 2014 (Friday, October 3rd) - We take a look at how SparkFun puts a dozen or so new products on the website each week.

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If you are entering the autonomous vehicle competition (AVC) for the first time, this information from last year's participants may help you get started.

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Web browsers are similar enough to each other that it doesn’t matter which one you use. Or does it?

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In this post, we’ll share the results of the survey, our plans to make some necessary improvements, and the reasons we decided not to make others.

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  • Yes, documentation is critically important to SparkFun - exceptional documentation in particular - and is one of the reasons we are on the map. But my take on having an attitude (or a sense of humor) about aspects of our jobs that can be drudgery is different. Documentation is a necessary and a good engineer knows that and has the discipline to spend a fifth of their time on it, but if they personally do not find it fun, I am okay with that. And if they cope with it by having a sense of humor about it, all the better. Success requires discipline. But disciplined work does not necessarily have to be enjoyed.

  • Thanks for the comment (and the compliment). A couple of people on this end also questioned whether to leave the expletive in Mike’s graphic. I said, “I will take the heat.” The fact that you made a comment implies that there were probably others that were taken aback as well, so I wouldn’t do it again. I kept it in because I found it more authentic. The fact that I have a teenager and given the language in popular culture these days - I guess I have become a bit numb.

  • Oops - that was my bad, I made the fix. Thank you!

  • Great observation. We do have deadlines - especially for the core aspects of our jobs - perhaps not so much for our side projects. For example, I have to get a report out on the same day at roughly the same time each week. In fact a lot of the “launch work” is on a weekly deadline basis. I know Engineering has and discusses deadlines, too, as does Inventory, but theirs are much more complex. Thanks!

  • Karl, OMG! Funny - you are right about the magnifying glass! My bad, I used Snagit to grab and size the photo. Here is the original image from Juan

  • Great catch Spec. Trevor here at SparkFun just let me know as well…I am going to fix in the text now. Thank you.

  • ChrisBob, Okay, last 90 days, those using Safari: Desktop/Mac 47%; Mobile/iOS 53%. As for Apple visits, last 90 days: 64% Mac; 36% Mobile (of that: 56% iPad, 42% iPhone, and 2% iPod (!?). Thanks!

  • Erubus9856, I also keep multiple browsers open (all day long). That way I don’t have to open incognito tabs. And to answer your question - yes, the conversion rate is based on the number of visits that resulted in an order. I will check on whether different browsers give significantly different order amounts on average…

    Just realized I probably should not have included Cyber Monday when I looked at this info because Monday was a crazy day for shopping here. At any rate, turns out you are right. Big differences in average order value depending on browser used. Very roughly: Chrome 150% more than the average for all browsers; I.E. about normal or 100% of average; Firefox 65% of average; Safari 50% of average. Thanks for the tip.

  • What a great story and a heart-warming video - thank you.

  • This is a fun idea - sort of like a tear down - content may end up including anything from common mistakes to breakthrough discoveries. Will pass this along. Thanks.