seeedstudio catalyst pack

so i just got through ordering an illuminato but those guys over at seeed studio’s have done something else cool. They have posted what they are calling the catalyst pack. Whats in it? jump on over and check it out.

Seeed Studio Catalyst Pack

as you can see, its got tons of stuff. It looks like its 80 bucks but you get everything you would spend that much on anyway. looks like some other options on the pack is for an extra 10 bucks, you get the arduino getting started book. and you opt out of getting the seeeduino and save 25 bucks.

That sounds like a deal to me but i guess it all depends on your budget for your hobbies. this would be a great kit for a class to use to do many different things from basic programming of micro controllers, to basic robotics core platforms.

get the kit less the seeeduino and then get an illuminato and you got yourself a handy little beginning. A side not on the illuminato is that they are still being hand made so they are on backorder (hopefully mine went out normal order, but i am waiting to hear about that) but you can still order them to get delivered as soon as february for $35 or march for $30 or april for $25.

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l337 soldering skills

I totally forgot. So my mom has had this TV since i was in high school, which was more than 10 years ago. but the thing is, it is a 65 inch TV and replacing it is less than appealing, especially during this consumer holiday “season”

The TV has an issue. This happens to be a pretty well documented issue for this TV. The issue is that its got some convergence issue. The red and blue¬† (or some say green) shadows are showing on opposite sides. so the left had red shadow and the right had blue. The solution? turns out it just needs a re-solder. the IC’s that control convergence get cold joints and then start to suck.

the previous fix that I had put into place during the thanksgiving holiday was I put a piece of hanger on the heat sink pushing, and pulling it (2 different times) into a place where it works. This is fine and dandy for a 2 minute fix but should definitely not be done long term as it just exacerbates the actual issue.

so yesterday i took the TV apart with my little bro and we re-soldered the IC responsible. it has been running all night last night and today and now tonight and it is good still.

Now i know what your thinking, why didn’t i do this first, well i didn’t have a soldering iron at thanksgiving. and also the hanger fix worked for days at a time.

long story short, her Mitsubishi might be fixed for a while (until it needs re-soldered again) or it might be a multi-day or multi-week fix. Sure she still needs a new TV, but to replace a 65″ TV would cost over 1500 bucks that just didn’t need to be spent right now.

I guess that says a lot about me because my TV was a used TV purchased for cheap because it had some over heating issues… and it works now with just a little heating help. lets hope it continues to work for a while because i don’t want to buy a new one or a new bulb right now and would rather just not have a TV if it goes out.

oh, and my seeed studio order shipped so my Sparkfun button pad should be up and running soon (6-14 days, Hong Kong post shipping time frame)

It’s Xmas time again

So it’s xmas, thats right ‘Ehx’-mas, there is no christ in chirstmas anymore. its a total consumer holiday.¬† Christ wasn’t even born today. but I digress.

It is a consumer holiday, and this year I took part. It gives me a chance to buy stuff for my little brother. Even though I want to play with it.

He got a computer from mom so that was fun because we built it together. I may have done most of the work but I think he may have learned a thing or two.

Plus I got him rockband 2 so now i can get back my rockband 1 and my tattered and now abused drum kit. But at least i can get it back and start to play again. He is getting too good, and I am not ashamed to admit that he is now better than me.

As for stuff i got, i got some rockin bar-ware and a sweet digital multi meter, and some slap ya mama, and the best gift of all Logic! yeah, Logic, its a logic analyzer that hooks up to your computer. its pretty bdass and will help me with my new found hobby of electronics.

Also I got some handy hands, 2 sets at that, so now there will not have to be any more akward holding of soldering iron, component and pcb. woot.

Well, this thing is setup now so i am going to go play rockband 2 and get my stuff together and clean up and maybe grab a bite.