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Member Since: November 5, 2009

Country: United States

  • Connectors and Eval Boards Are Available

    • There are connectors for this module. A quick Googling of the retired part number led me to Mouser which has plenty in stock.

    • SparkFun is once again carrying their eval board, probably to help sell the remaining modules they have in stock.

  • A little teflon tape goes a long way :)

  • Bob searches madly for his helmet's other antler. Meanwhile, a confused SFE customer is looking for an Eagle footprint for the one he got with his order.

  • Thanksgiving gratitude? Did I miss something?

  • Also, on segment decoding - I have been tempted to do this with a device or two but stay strong and find a less hackish solution. It's worth it!

  • Ordered my Prexiso X2 just now; it will arrive Friday. Here's to hoping someone doesn't beat me to the hack!

  • I'd like to second the call for a BoB Eagle Library. :)
    I've spent a lot of time opening up schematics, copying layouts, deleting layers, et cetera - just to get a BoB footprint down. Not having BoB libraries isn't something I'd criticize SFE for, but it would be yet another nice value-add.

  • Well for what it's worth - I took the post as promoting SFE (with which I have zero problem) but not as discouraging people from 'fiddling on their own'. Even building something with premade/predesigned modules, people are going to learn something.
    What it comes down to for me as a businessperson is: getting the job done in the most efficient manner possible.
    A perfect example from industry is power supplies. If you open up a lot of electronic equipment, you'll find an off-the-shelf power supply sourced from someone other than the device manufacturer. There are a lot of reasons for this, but at the end of the day the manufacturer decided to buy part of their design from someone else because it was the most efficient decision.
    I could just as easily come up with an example where it makes more sense to do-it-yourself. Point being, both approaches are appropriate depending on the occasion. I do think engineer/geek types, because our egos are often rooted in our technical proficiency, have a tendency to assume that we can do it better (NIH Syndrome), and waste a lot of effort reinventing the wheel.
    So don't worry, your message was a good one since it may help people to make better decisions with the end goal in mind.

  • It pains me to agree with this post, but there are distinct advantages to doing an initial build with BOBs and such.
    Another term surrounding the whole 'yak shaving' idea is NIH (Not Invented Here) Syndrome. As an engineer, I myself have been guilty of doing something from scratch when it'd have been much faster and easier to integrate another's efforts into the project.
    As an example of NOT shaving the yak, I'm currently designing a GPS tracker. I plan to design my own integrated board for the final product, but my "prototype of a prototype" is 80% modules from SFE and others. This lets me get do my firmware development in parallel with the final hardware design, which should result in a much better project.

No public wish lists :(