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Hobbies: Beekeeping, Tae Kwon Do instructor
 
Hobbies: Beekeeping, Tae Kwon Do instructor
  
I am new to this making thing. If I need to solve a problem with software I can write it myself, download it or more likely modify downloaded code. If I need to solve a problem with hardware... I don't know where to begin. I read this online book: [http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/] It does pretty well until you get to transistors.
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I am new to this making thing. If I need to solve a problem with software I can write it myself, download it or more likely modify downloaded code. If I need to solve a problem with hardware... I don't know where to begin. I read this online book: [http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/|http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/] It does pretty well until you get to transistors.
  
To get started, I bought several "packs" from digikey and some others. A couple of solderless breadboards. I'm working my way through a power supply from here: [http://www.play-hookey.com/analog/experiments/plus_5_volt_ps.html]
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To get started, I bought several "packs" from digikey and some others. A couple of solderless breadboards. I'm working my way through a power supply from here: [http://www.play-hookey.com/analog/experiments/plus_5_volt_ps.html|http://www.play-hookey.com/analog/experiments/plus_5_volt_ps.html]
  
Next I would like to make an altoid tin soldering fume extractor: [http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/04/diy_fume_extractor_1.html].
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Next I would like to make an altoid tin soldering fume extractor: [http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/04/diy_fume_extractor_1.html|http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/04/diy_fume_extractor_1.html].
  
From there I think I should be able to tackle this solder practice kit: [http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL2]
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From there I think I should be able to tackle this solder practice kit: [http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL2|http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL2]
and the learn to solder kit [http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL4]
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and the learn to solder kit [http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL4|http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKEL4]
  
 
I forsee a chicken-and-egg problem because the fume extractor requires soldering and I would like to have the fume extractor while I practice soldering....
 
I forsee a chicken-and-egg problem because the fume extractor requires soldering and I would like to have the fume extractor while I practice soldering....

Revision as of 12:46, 16 December 2009

Todd Welsh

Computer Programmer (VB.net)

Hobbies: Beekeeping, Tae Kwon Do instructor

I am new to this making thing. If I need to solve a problem with software I can write it myself, download it or more likely modify downloaded code. If I need to solve a problem with hardware... I don't know where to begin. I read this online book: [1] It does pretty well until you get to transistors.

To get started, I bought several "packs" from digikey and some others. A couple of solderless breadboards. I'm working my way through a power supply from here: [2]

Next I would like to make an altoid tin soldering fume extractor: [3].

From there I think I should be able to tackle this solder practice kit: [4] and the learn to solder kit [5]

I forsee a chicken-and-egg problem because the fume extractor requires soldering and I would like to have the fume extractor while I practice soldering....

Projects I am thinking about long term: 1) I want to make some kind of remote monitoring device for beehives where It would sms/tweet/blog/whatever the status of the hive. It would have to be solar power or low power/battery. For communication I would like to use a cheap old cellphone. There are several DIY projects on line that say how to do parts of this. It is just a matter of mashing them all together for my pupose. 2) An interface that would translate buttton presses from a game controller to keyboard buttons in the OS via USB. I'm trying to figure out a way to do it cheaply. (keyboard controller chips are more expensive than cheap keyboards!?!?.) Static electricity will be an issue.