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Global Annoucements / Update: January Releases now available.
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:25:18 PM »
The Rustbucket2019 and Harbinger Two are out. Snack Shack boards included with all orders placed as of today (while supplies last).
There are only 25 Rustbuckets and 30 HB2 available right now. Obviously I will get more. This limitation was due to spending extra funds on the included parts.

The Glitchee is postponed until I can figure out what's gone wrong with it. Bummed, but I will get it solved.

Open Discussion / Never Forget
« on: January 14, 2019, 07:26:05 PM »
I will be posting a reminder every year to let people know this is a thing that actually happened. Today is the 2019 reminder.

Open Discussion / Going for broke (healthy eating thread)
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:59:26 PM »
The set-up: I've been vegetarian for going on 4 years now. I did it purely out of ethical concerns (I certainly love the taste of meat although I don't miss it). Been really successful with it, never slipped up once. Caveat: I have been eating fish once a month over that period so obviously I am not a "true" vegetarian. I did that purely out of health concerns, IOW, an extra source of protein once in a while.

Over the last year or so I tried to do the low-carb thing. For a while I did very well on it but I find it incredibly hard to maintain. You have to really earn any weight loss you get through low carb. And, it took very little change in my eating habits to gain back nearly everything I lost (I dropped and gained back about 25lbs in 2018). So, I'm starting on a different path: high starch, whole food, plant based. Basically vegan except I refuse to give half n half with my coffee (out of my cold dead hands). The idea is adopting this kind of eating means you do not have to moderate carbs, but you stick to primarily high starch foods to help counteract them. It's a way to help get/stay full with a much lower calorie load to promote weight loss. And, of course, whole food/plant based eating is incredibly healthy.

Anyway, I'm starting this thread to document my progress over the next few weeks and also to open it up in case anyone else has tried this and has good feedback. Or, recipes, haha.

PS: I'm not a evangelist with the meat thing. I do personally feel people should think about the ethical side of it but I'm not the guy who is going to shame anyone over what they like to eat. I'm the last guy to pass judgement on anyone!

Global Annoucements / Releases pushed back to Jan 14th
« on: January 04, 2019, 06:45:23 PM »
I'm moving the next release date back one week to give myself a bit more time. I'm having to do verification builds on the Harbinger Two and Glitchee since there were some changes made after the prototype plus I need to box and do demos of the three new projects. The changes have been verified via breadboard but I'm not taking any chances. Also, I'm exploring the possibility of including a light shield with the Harbinger Two. It really just depends on how quickly I can get up and running with the new 3d printer and if I can make enough in a week's time. We'll see. I know what the design is for the light shield but I don't know if I'm going to be proficient enough to do it in just a few days (esp. since I have not even assembled it)!

Reminder: the next batch will also include a free Snack Shack (DAM Meathead) board with all orders. I have plenty enough of these so they should be available for a couple of weeks. The PCB came out amazeballs.

Open Discussion / 3D Printer incoming
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:58:46 PM »
I unexpectedly received some money for Christmas and thinking about the one tool I would really like to have...well, a 3d printer seemed like the best choice. I can think of a few applications for pedals and some other fun DIY stuff. I decided on the Comgrow Creality Ender 3 since it is pretty widely used and seems to have a good support base. And, it was not too expensive.

I'm looking forward to playing with this. I actually have quite a bit of 3d modeling experience so I think I will be able to design lots of fun things to make. The first thing I will be making is a light shield for the Harbinger Two!

Also, I now have the trifecta of CNC machines: laser, spindle engraver and 3d printer. I will be dedicating some serious effort on all three fronts this year.

Open Discussion / And a Happy 2019 to you!
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:08:40 PM »
Hope everyone came out alive of their NYE celebrations. We had a bust! My daughter and I were sitting in the living room around 7pm last night when we both detected a weird and terrible smell. Couldn't tell if it was gas, a burned up TV component or what. It took hours to air out the place and the evening was spent searching inside and outside the house trying to figure out what was going on and if we were all in some kind of danger. The odor was so intense she got a headache and I got a little woozy at one point.

Finally today my wife figured it out: a female fox was marking her territory around and under our house. The little bugger had dug a hole under our HVAC unit and into the belly of the house. She was marking her space for spring pups. Anyway, I plugged up the tunnel so hopefully that is the last of it. It would be awesome to see little baby foxes but we have dogs so I don't want any four legged turf battles.

I'm sure we'll laugh about it next NYE. This time...not so much :)

Build Reports / Xmas builds
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »
Couple PLR projects I built up to give to a buddy for Christmas. This is the original Mimeograph before I changed it to have 8 patches. This build just has the Dreamtime patch.

I thought I would be smart this time, and I taped the faceplates to the enclosures so I could drill them at the same time. Turns out my Hougen bit did not like that. The spring-loaded pin guide got pushed back into the bit and stuck with PCB material wedged inside. Took me 10 damn minutes to get it back out! Also, I placed my jack locations lower than I could have. Anyway, things always go wrong and you just gotta work around them.

Open Discussion / Me = Super Dumb
« on: December 08, 2018, 07:51:13 PM »
I've been putting my new prototyping rig together over the last week. Basically, bigger, better, faster. Since I had the room, I decided to add a little DS0138 O-Scope right on the board. I've been without a scope for a couple years now and figured this would be perfect since I don't have space to have a full sized scope set up all the the time. Having one on my breadboard would be super-convenient.

Anyway, bought the DSO138 off Amazon last week. I found one that was pre-built, was only a few dollars more, figured I'll save myself some time. Got it, didn't work. So, returned it and exchanged it for a kit version instead figuring "it'll work this time because I am the one building it". Built it, didn't work. Very frustrated I started probing and voltage testing. Found the problem: it's center tip positive 9v, not negative. I am dumb. Hooked it to a battery and it fired right up.

Always think before jumping to conclusions!

Open Discussion / New jacks
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:08:25 PM »
I was browsing Mouser the other day and noticed these jacks. I think I will order a few. I very much like the form factor. Might be good for 1590A or G.

Open Discussion / Light Ring
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:47:41 PM »
I posted this on Reddit so some might find it interesting. I might fab a few of these but with 7 LEDs instead of 3.

Here's the explanation from Reddit:

I made this to test out whether or not this was worth DIY. I think the answer is no, although I probably will have some fabricated to make the process easier.

Anyway, first I etched the PCB. Then I cut it into roughly a round shape as close to the final dimension as possible. I drilled a small hole in the center and mounted it to my Dremel while in its drill press stand. While turning the PCB I used sandpaper to shave the outer edge down into a smooth round shape. This part went really well, actually. The edges are super smooth. I could have cut it closer but this was only a test, after all.

From there it was just a matter of applying solder paste, placing the LEDs then heating the whole thing up until the solder melted. The hardest part was applying solder paste by hand and making sure it did not spill over to the ground pour. I got lucky.

Errata, Corrections, Revisions / FieryRedHorse BOM correction
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:20:39 PM »
The FRH had (2) 100n 2.5mm caps listed in the BOM when in fact there are (3) needed. Doc has been updated.

Build Reports / 2019 Prototyping board WIP
« on: December 04, 2018, 09:27:47 PM »
2019 is going to have lots of new areas for me to work on. Accordingly, a serious prototyping rig is going to be required. Here is step 1 - getting the basic layout worked up. I'd like to go even bigger and include a small 386 amp and speaker but I don't have enough room on my workstation!

Unfortunately, the DSO138 was DOA so I will be returning it in the hopes of getting a working one.

Global Annoucements / Holiday PIF Party is live and new VFE tomorrow.
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:28:40 PM »
The Holiday PIF party is now live on the forum:

Be sure to read the PIF'n guide. I'll be posting several PIF each week through the end of the month. Please consider offering your own PIFs, too.

Tomorrow the VFE Focus will be released. Also, I will have re-stock on the Fiery Red Horse, Springboard, Dragon, Standout, Pinball and Tractor Beam. The remaining VFE projects will go back in stock a little later than expected as I need to get some more switching boards. Finally, the Patreon bundle will be reduced from $35 to $33.

Tomorrow should also launch the two end of the year contests.

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