Not as many links this week but the usual hour’s worth of talking. We even managed to work in a comment or two about open hareware development (even though we promised not to previously). On to the links!
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- There’s a documentary about hacker/maker spaces that needs your help! Help fund it at Kickstarter!
- Dave’s video from Apex Electronics is up now. Awesome views of piles of electronic junk.
- There is free software to develop chip level designs!
- Chris Atkins suggests his former professor’s site for tutorials and other links.
- Fluxor talks about potential ways to get the cost of wafers down.
- Discussion Points
- The “Poken” Dave took apart from the Renesas event used a Microchip part – Oops!
- 1st person view flying from a tri-copter. Chris wishes he would have had this at the Rally to Restore Sanity to see over the crowds.
- One listener is disappointed with Instructables working through paid memberships. Dave is annoyed he can’t download source code without joining, and gives Instructables the big thumbs down. Are they the leeches of the open source community?
- Element14 is offering to send people to conferences on their dime if you report and cover it on video.
Sorry about the blip in the audio, I should have been better prepared. We’ll get another try next week though! Until then!
John Boxall says
At 52m50s – wise words from Dave Jones: “Make your own luck”. Very true, very true.
Does pcbcart.com do the assembly for you, or do you go somewhere else for the assembly soldering?
Dave Jones says
No, PCBcart don’t do assembly.
I’ve got a local guy who does hand soldering for me for small runs.
Yes, thumbs down on Instructables.
It’s not only that they don’t give you the source code any more. Many of the photos in an article are only viewable as unusable thumbnails, unless you sign up and pay. Bah 🙁
Obviously they aren’t using the Poken to the fullest. They could of course require more information to use the Poken like a photo and some lil description. At what point and how those would those be entered is of course important for usability. So that “easy to forget that person” argument isn’t that good if it was improved.
John Morris says
There is a professor at Boise State University who teaches design courses using Electric. He makes video tutorials and videos of his classes, and lecture notes available online for free.
Yi Yao says
If anyone is in Toronto and want to check out our neighbourhood equivalent of Apex Electronics, you might want to take a look at:
There are surplus parts to the roof. No outside junkyard though.