Member Since: April 10, 2009

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  • One other simple thing that works well, especially with surface mount parts is to put the board on a scanner, scan it and then display it on your monitor (or print out a very large copy). it's a cheap magnifier. You can really get in between leads and see things that would require a microscope otherwise. This works with bare boards and fine traces, as well as with populated boards.

  • I don't know what else I need to do for management to take me seriously. The chance of this project coming in on time is utterly zero.

  • Hey, SFE - notice it comes with a JTAG interface !!!! Could you put one of these on the UltimateIMU so we can debug it and make it work (at all) ? Maybe then we could build our own quad copter with it.
    For some of us, it's kind of important to set breakpoints, look at variables and step through code. If you haven't figured it out yet, building code, throwing into a boot loader and letting it fly doesn't always work the way you wanted it to.

  • The cash per winner chart has frustration written all over it. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that the bulk of the cash came from the loyalty dollars, not the quiz. If someone did play the quiz, they were very frustrated because they couldn't get through it.
    The quiz was a disaster no mater how you slice it. Virtually no one got the full amount. That just plain sucks. Forget about the quiz next year.
    To get more bang for the buck, just add a link on your landing page, click for a chance to win. Create the odds at oh, say 1000:1 and let it go for a few days. Set time limits on how fast someone can repeat win, add $10 per win up to a limit of 100 . . . or put up a product and play like it's a raffle. Some random click in the next hour will win it, keep clicking until it's won.
    This way everyone knows what they are getting into, you server load is still high, but not crazy. Oh, and get some real server power. By any measure your servers FAILED the test yesterday.
    Also, it's one thing to list total winners, but every time I got the "Something Broke" message I got pissed that it was your screw up that kept me from winning not mine. Fix that please.

  • just got this email from SFE
    "You chose to gamble with the quiz questions. You attempted 0 questions. Unfortunately, you didn't win any money this time around".
    kind of bad wording, since I certainly did attempt to answer a question. Their servers just wouldn't let me.
    Was Free Day good, or bad ? It's a customer good will deal. That's the idea. So, overall did it create good will, or destroy it ? that is the correct measure of success. So, did Free Day create or consume good will ?
    Remember, the worth of an unhappy customer. Remember the worth of a loyal and happy customer. Would you do this if it were your company ?
    For me, if I were going to create good will I would create good will, and not frustrate so many people in the process. It's one thing to get a question wrong, another to get the "were broken" page followed by a too bad message.

  • By any measure this was an unmitigated disaster.
    To SFE - please stop trying to reinvent the wheel. There are companies who specialize in high throughput servers. See IBM, HP, Sun, EMC - and others. I don't count dell in the list, it's just not their space.
    Time to grow up a bit SFE and admit that you can't be experts in everything, so it's time to ask the adults how it's done. You may be smart, but so are a lot of other people who have been working this problem for a long time. Ask them how it's done and learn.

  • Well, I'll count that as one of the most frustrating things I've ever done. 3 hours, only got to the first question page, no money at all. Lots and lots of problem pages.
    I'm wondering if there is a trick or two to play with firefox and it's default timeout. Seems to timeout pretty quickly. Then again, so did the SFE servers.

  • I was just looking at the schematic for this board and have a question ?
    Did someone forget to put the pull up resistors on the I2C lines between the 3000 and the Accelerometer ? Aren't they supposed to have a 4.7K pull up on each ?
    So, how does it work without these pull ups ?

  • Seriously - vbus doesn't power the unit ? no battery charger and I have to have a better plugged into it in order to power it, even if it's connected to USB ? Seriously ?
    How long until Version 2.0 comes out ?

  • Just keep it away from cats and other small furry critters . . . or someone will pass a law and ban anything autonomous forever more. Well, at least they will here in Washington, were we stupid citizens need to be controlled by the lawmakers cause we just don't know better.