Member Since: April 19, 2008

Country: United States



Phobia of entropy with requisite love of irony.


Software Engineer


Applied Information Sciences

Spoken Languages

English, Nerd (Geek Dialect)

Programming Languages

C#, Java, JS, Spin


BS in CS: Hood College, MD AS in CS: Frederick Community College, MD


Web Applications Development


Electronic Music, Robotics, Medical Imaging, CAM,


  • feels a little too clash-of-clans for my tastes.

  • It may just come down to the feeling of buying a complete product.

    SFE is in the business of selling shortcuts, so all these little breakout boards should just sort of come with at least some cheap male headers in the bag, by default, as a no-brainer for us 1:00 AM engineers who probably forgot them the last time we allowed ourselves an order.

    It’s not that we are entitled to header pins, it just makes the product feel more satisfying, like those nice red boxes, which I was disappointed to see missing from my last order (no biggie). It doesn’t take a lot to make something feel more premium, even if it’s all in our little consumerist heads.

  • Yes, just include the damn headers, not all of us have bins of headers lying around.

    Make it a zero (or low) cost option to throw in headers of either orientation and just throw in the nearest multiple of 20 if that causes too many supply chain issues.

    As to pre-soldered headers, I think they are bought under the reasonable assumption that SFE is really good at soldering them straight. I can solder fine, but I hate even slightly crooked albeit functional headers.

    As others have said, also having the option to just add soldered headers of various shape/length/orientation would be also worth a few bucks to me.

  • Out if curiosity what does your web stack consist of, and how optimized is it for scaling?

  • I feel like there has been a huge warming up to FPGA, CLPD and PSoC techs, maybe they are not a hottest trend, but the storms a brewin'

    I should have one of them beautiful red FreeSoCs in a few days now, can’t wait to not have time to play with it!

  • That’s simply untrue, and making the comparison just promotes stupidity.

    At least compare it with a product of the same scale, like say the printrbot metal, which has a 10x10x10" build volume. The shapeoko here has a build envelope of 16x16x3" which is larger than that on two axiis. So how much is the Printrbot metal? Over $1000, and it doesn’t have to deal with the unpredictable sudden changes in load that a router would have to.

  • This appears to have a response time of 8 seconds, but a read delay of 320ms at full resolution, so I am guessing response time is the lag between actual temperature change and measured temperature change, but update polling can be about 3 times a second.

  • aloud is a word, so no, in this case spellcheck is a jerk.

  • This stand in will have to suffice, as the lens we ordered for the 26 foot zapper is on backorder.

  • this is underrated