Member Since: May 3, 2006

Country: Canada



Software Developer at a Web-based SaaS company


IEEE McMaster IEEE Student Branch Firestorm Robotics

Spoken Languages


Programming Languages

C, C++, C#, VB, VB.NET, PHP, Python, PIC16/18 assembler (all to varying degrees)


McMaster University Computer Engineering and Management 2007



  • The difference between business necessity and business tradition is an important one - too many companies start out as good places to work and adopt restrictive / punitive policies less because they lead to success and more because “that’s what successful company x is doing”. Glad to see you guys are keeping that in mind!

  • Connector holes are 0.1" spacing

  • I was under the impression that most protection circuits are at the very least overcurrent (via a shunt), and some were over / undervoltage protected as well. I know some batteries have a thermal sensor as well (but not all of them), but I didn’t think that was used for protection purposes.

    Then again, I don’t do much with LiPo cells, so I’m not 100% sure.

  • Discharging below that threshold shouldn’t be a problem on LiPo cells with a protection circuit, right?

  • I have used this fine product for:
    -Removing TQFP and SOIC ICs. Takes a while, but the board still seems to work afterwards, so aces there.
    -Removing the broken glass digitizer of an iPhone from its plastic frame, for replacement. Gets hot, but nicer than using a hair dryer.
    -Heat shrinking heat shrink tubing.
    -Flattening a gas station gift card that had been bent due to sun-based heat.
    Works mighty fine, if you ask me.

  • Love the shirt, sir. I think that alone makes this a next level New Product Post.

  • I am happy to report that the versions of this board I just received have holes for alignment pegs, and the sensors pop in without modification.
    The lack of mounting holes is a serious problem, though.

  • It was awesome to meet Nate and some of the other Sparkfunions at Maker Faire NYC this weekend - good to finally put some faces to the awesomeness. Enjoy the party!

  • Looking forward to meeting you guys! I’d love it if you could bring some SFE Swag - especially the safety glasses. I need a new pair :S

  • This one probably has the resistors connected to the D+ / D- lines on the 30-pin connector, so that recent iGadgets will charge nicely. Including those resistors probably makes the USB connection stop working, but does allow most any USB charger to work.
    More on the resistors here: http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/icharge.html

No public wish lists :(