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October 17, 2012
about 4 hours ago
They make tantalums in pF and nF scales? I thought they were primarily µF scales and up as a smaller size/µF package than aluminum electrolytics? (And having lower ESR, more spectacular failure modes, etc.)
The pF and nF scales are probably MLCC, also known by some as monolithic ceramics (that’s what the pictures look like).
Ok… I just quickly checked DigiKey and found tantalums in the tens of nF range, the cheapest were $0.31/ea and axial. The picture caps are radial. My (generally uninformed) guess is tantalums in this size are specialty components, not something one would expect in a generic kit such as this.
I wholeheartedly agree with that last statement. Both SparkFun and Adafruit giving air-time to women doing electronics projects (not just electronics, but also all of the other mechanical stuff to deploy said electronics) hopefully helps provide good role models for the young generations.
Though, SparkFun does have room to work on showing more parity between men and women in their videos… (And the general public needs has way more room to work on their response to these videos. Luckily we don’t see much of the “she is cute/gorgeous/f*ckable” responses to videos featuring women on this site. I haven’t looked at the YouTube comments for the same videos though…)
Hmmm… sorry. This thread is getting way off topic… To bring it back to topic…
Nice sampler kit. I have a fist full of 0.1µF caps, but my latest breadboard needing 0.01µF caps really highlighted an issue with my parts-bin that this kit would go a long way to resolve. Will have to add it to my next order.
about 4 days ago
Well, your assumption of my gender is correct. But your assumption that because I’m male I’ve never needlepointed is wrong. I learned to cross stitch when I was young, and even designed and stitched out my own 4" x 6" sampler to put on my bedroom door. (It was my initials at the top, and the words “Don’t” and “Me” with a lady bug between them… Yea, my own “don’t bug me” sign.) I guess I was lucky to have grown up in a household that really didn’t enforce stereotypical gender rolls. It was my father’s computer, stereo, and kitchen, and my mothers sewing machine, lawn mower, and chain saw.
I don’t see why even wall sized wouldn’t work. I zoomed in 6400% in Adobe Reader and the only elements that looked rasterized are the white speckled weathering, and the digits for the barcode. Everything else appears to be vector (though I suppose the barcode itself could be rasterized, but it wouldn’t show). Just need a ream of copy paper and time on a color printer, or a roll of paper and access to time on a large-format printer. I used to have the latter….
I was going to ask if the sticker could be included in the box (instead of pasted to the outside of the box as shown in the new product video). This would allow the sticker to be put on the divided bin that the caps would eventually be put into for organization. But, I see you provide the sticker image as a pdf and I have a bunch of label paper sitting under my printer. Thanx.
News - The Shawn's Head Photosho…
about 2 weeks ago
I had similar problems trying to host from DropBox. It seems that the public link for both Google Drive and DropBox actually point to a web page with the image embedded, not to the raw image itself.
I had to use a dedicated image hosting site, in my case postimg.org and I didn’t have to sign up.
GIMP deals with transparency (Alpha channel) fine. I just had problems figuring out how to embed the picture in the forums. The GIMP file is there if anyone wants to make a better attempt than my paltry skills would allow. (Or to see how I did it…)
I was considering doing this one, but I don’t have the skills to change the shawn-face perspective to fit. Nice job.
My apologies for the poor quality. This is the first time I’ve attempted this type of compositing in GIMP.
Source picture ripped w/o permission from the Subgenius Wikia
Ha! Finally figure out how to do it. If anyone wants the editable file, here is the GIMP xcf file.
News - New Product Friday: Happy…
about 3 weeks ago
I just noticed the name of the wishlist. Great groaner of a pun!
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