Member Since: September 15, 2009

Country: United States

  • News - Your March Caption Contes… | about a month ago

    Normal-Day-On-Planet-Earth Day, a.k.a. Operation N-DOPED, was a nearly unbearable strain… but at least the inspectors finally left.

  • News - Enginursday: Yeah, I foun… | about 2 months ago

    giant monowheel

  • News - New Product Friday: Flex … | about 3 months ago

    “Both are shape memory alloys” ftfy.

  • News - December Caption Contest | about 4 months ago

    vuja de: the feeling that this has never, EVER happened before

  • Product DEV-11781 | about 5 months ago

    “breaks out all of the IO available on the AT90USB1286 to breadboard-friendly 0.1” spaced headers"

    You can see from the cheat sheet that this is nearly true. PE4, PE5, and PA7:0 are marked (interior), as in broken out to solderable holes but not on the edge– no big deal. Also you can see from the schematic that PE3 is NC. I found that out a while ago when trying to make sure I could still count :P

  • News - Cyber Monday 2013 Recap | about 5 months ago

    I’d have called it Blue Monday. You know, for all the bruises from Black Friday and just shy of 4,000 new orders /me ducks

  • News - Does It Matter Which Brow… | about 5 months ago

    “I use Firefox because I am a creature of habit.”

    +1, been on it since Phoenix 0.5.9 iirc. I experimented with Opera this year and even inhaled (tried to consider this a non-mozilla laptop in both the Win7 and Funtoo realms) but it didn’t last.

  • News - November Caption Contest | about 5 months ago

    And this is why it took seven hours to replace the bulb in the projector.

  • News - Enginursday - Three Child… | about 8 months ago

    Just the other day I found out that the QFN replacement in a laptop went well after all. It was a dual low voltage power conversion controller, tuned for 1.5V (DDR3) and 1.05V (CPU, NB, etc) and the 1.05 side had been… damaged… I had to give up on it and add a retuned supply in a ~2 square inch section I cut out of another laptop with a rotary tool and attached over a large empty ground area on the surface. Sloppy, I know… but the laptop runs.

    Anyway, I couldn’t get the 1.05V side to operate above 0.8V even though all the connections tested well, so in order to make sure the IC’s contacts were all solid, I simply pressed down on it with my fingertip. I was greeted with a strange faint squealing and the power completely died– I had somehow blown the FETs on that rail and they were shorting the 19V supply, so the battery charger had cut off that entire rail. When I removed the dead FETs, I was back where I started and the DDR voltage rail still worked. When I installed the ad-hoc 1.05V rail and the machine was running again, I wanted to see if the chip was really soldered so once again I started pushing on it, and the machine instantly powered off. The a-ha moment came after trying to make sure that I hadn’t touched any of the nearby resistors or capacitors with the edges of my fingerprint, so like a sane, rational person I used a pointy tool instead, and it took lots of tapping and mashing without incident. After I lightly tapped it with my finger one last time and it shut off again, I realized that it was my finger’s capacitance meeting the ~300kHz internal oscillator (or anything connected to it) and causing Bad Things to happen.

  • Product COM-11950 | about 9 months ago

    I watched the TEDx talk about patents earlier. How long until I can get one that goes to twelve?

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