Cartoons taught me that elephants drank through their noses like a straw. Lies! (at San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
Core Memory. A little magnetic torus that can be magnetized clockwise or counter-clockwise to store one bit. Reading the bit causes it to be erased. Ahh the good ol’ days! (at USS Midway Museum)
Computing! (at USS Midway Museum)
After three days of intense work with @tpdubs2 my new company’s site is going live today:
Omakase is a new kind of charity. We want to make it dead simple to give to charity and know that your donation is going to a worthy cause. Or several causes.
You pick how much you want to donate each month, enter your credit card, and you’re done. There are a lot of people out there who are well off and would like to give to charity but are just too busy to research and select one on their own. That’s where we come in.
Each quarter we research, interview and select five charities. We have several criteria that we select for. Your monthly donation ($10, $25 or $50) will be split among the five charities selected that quarter. No picking and choosing, no balancing money across different endeavors, no options. We truly embody the meaning of the Japanese word “omakase”: “I’ll leave it to you.”
At the end of the quarter you get a fancy report in your inbox showing you where your money went, who and how you helped. At the end of the year we send an email summarizing how much you contributed so you can deduct your contribution from your taxes. You won’t get a weekly newsletter or emails begging you to give more—we hate spam as much as you.
After you donate we give you a unique link to share with others. If any friends sign up using that link then we’ll report back to you how much they donated, and their friends donated—all thanks to you. You can see your network of giving growing as the word is spread. It’s like a pyramid scheme—but for good!
So, think you can afford to part with an extra $10 each month? Why not do good with it?
I just published my first article on Medium! I’ve had some ideas in my head lately about how JS and CSS should work together in web apps and I finally sat down and wrote it all up. Check it out and give me some feedback: https://medium.com/objects-in-space/9b8a9dd7bfe3
I’m using a switch in an upcoming project (more on that soon). The switch itself is $1.50 at Sparkfun. But to get the same switch on a little breakout board it’s $7! I couldn’t believe that tiny circuit board could be $5.50.
I love Sparkfun and buy something from them just about every week, and I don’t know what goes into them producing this board, but I was pretty sure I could find a cheaper way.
10 or even 5 years ago there was probably not much you could do. Maybe you could pay someone to design a circuit board for you and send it off to a fabrication house who would make you a hundred or a thousand of them at a minimum. You could probably buy 1,000 from Sparkfun before you came out ahead on the cost to make it yourself.
Today you can design your own board for free. And you can get as few as three of them made for $2.10! That should blow your mind. We’re at a point in history where if there’s something that we need but can’t find in the world we can make the entire thing ourselves. It will cost something, yes, but a fraction of the cost of trying to do the same thing a decade ago.
To make this board I used CadSoft Eagle and a few online tutorials. To build my board I turned to OSHPark. Upload the file that’s output by Eagle and less than two weeks you’ll have your boards waiting for you (with free shipping, even). I little bit of solder and now I’ve got a board every bit as good as Sparkfun’s but for 1/3rd the cost (and it’s purple!).
This really is the next industrial revolution.
P.S. Want to get one of these boards? I’m selling them on my site! $4 is a steal! Unless you want to make your own…
I’m building a little electronics project that I’m thinking about selling. I wanted to see what my options were for creating a nice box to put it in and I assumed that someone made printable boxes similar to Avery labels: a pre-scored sheet of card stock that you can feed through your inkjet printer. Strangely enough it seems like it doesn’t exist!
So I submitted the idea to Quirky. If it gets enough votes they bring it to a big online roundtable and discuss actually making it. Check it out!
I just posted the following as a new issue to the Arduino GitHub repo:
I’ve been working with the IDE now since version 0009 I believe. I finally sat down and sketched out what I think would be a beautiful overhaul to the UI for our favorite IDE.
The biggest change would be to the editor itself. Right now I always use an external editor and it’s really only to get some pretty basic functionality which would now be included right in the Arduino IDE itself:
There’s the addition of a drawer on the left that contains all of your Sketchbook files as well as examples and library code (all of which are expandable/collapsable). The drawer can be resized or hidden completely.
A search bar at the upper-right. By default it would search the file you’re currently editing but would have a little dropdown of options for searching all open tabs or all files in the Sketchbook (or examples or libraries).
The terminal is now aliased Monaco (Mac) or Courier New (Windows). The terminal can be resized or hidden completely (running a Verify or Upload always opens it again).
Board and port are persisted in the footer.
Granted this design is 100% Mac focused. I’d be happy to do one that fits with the Windows Metro theme and a Gnome/KDE version as well.
I love the Arduino and the existing IDE is one of the things that makes it such a pleasure to work with. I’d just like to refresh the frame a little bit while keeping that wonderful core functionality alive and well!