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3496  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / anyone doing ludmdare this weekend? on: August 21, 2010, 12:56:56 am
Its one of my sick self destructive pleasures, to make a game totally from scratch, solo, in 48 hours

anyone else?

3497  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 21, 2010, 11:28:29 pm
electronic shops, they all have them, or if you wanna cheap out you can use a copper chore boy, but those are really course and they have no flux (which means you pretty much need to tin your tip each time)
3498  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 21, 2010, 10:02:30 pm
we have had the sponge discussion before, and here is what it boils down to (aside from oppinion)

wet sponge causes thermal shock which causes tiny fractures in the tip, brass / copper sponges are abrasive which scrapes at the tip

personally I like the metal sponges, with the wet yellow sponge I would blow a radio shack tip every few months, with over a 1/16th of an inch dent in them, using a copper choreboy on my radio shack its now been almost 3 years since I have bought a tip, using the brass sponge that came with my xtronic I am still using the original tip 2 years later and both look brand spanking new
3499  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 21, 2010, 01:50:33 am
you can wire in a light dimmer and a ac socket, you will have to constantly fiddle with it, but its better than a 45 watt walmart iron by its self

I have one of those 15/30 watt radio shack switchable deals, 15 watts is a joke with the tip they give you (way too big, like using a nail as a heatsink), but its better than nothing, switch it low to keep it warm so refresh time when you switch it back is not all that bad

my xytronic can be found as little as 45 bucks, regulated grounded fine point, jameco sells the tips, and it typically comes with a nice base and brass sponge (though the xytronic website presents the crappy yellow sponge and a spring holder that fits on the back)

the base is small, which is nice for people like me who have no space, its pretty accurate (like within 10 degrees F), and the iron is more conferrable than my hakko at work and just as good in every other solderphile stat

my only complaint would be the iron is "hard wired" to the base, where as hakko's and their ripoffs (aquoy and that over priced sparkfun thing) have a detachable iron

but seriously if it ever fails its just 3 wires and I have a firestarter, now if I could just figure out how to use a screwdriver  ;D (and they sell the iron as a 3 prong plug in deal by itself)
3500  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 20, 2010, 06:25:35 pm
yea I love mine, well worth the 50 bucks I spent on it (xytronic) but I soldered with a firestarter for 20 years (or more) and its not all that bad, you just have to wait forever so it can heat up...

get a few solder joints in, don't think you don't have time for that!

and unplug it before it starts insta-vaporising flux
3501  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 20, 2010, 02:54:58 pm
I would suggest a butane iron but those tend to spit fire out of the sides
3502  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 17, 2010, 03:42:58 pm
I had my little firestarter here at work one day showing our pianodisc tech some basic soldering, and he snagged the cord causing it to fall

naturally I jumped back a little, he went to catch the thing (I was able to deflect his arm with a little push)

I told him, if it falls let it go man, just let it go
3503  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ouch... :( on: August 17, 2010, 02:44:30 pm
dont be a wuss, after a few years of doing that daily you wont even feel it any more

JK if its still fresh run warm water on it (not cold that will make it blister) and put some aloe or something else soothing on it
3504  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Calling all LCD Experts! on: August 15, 2010, 05:48:29 pm
(640 * 480) /8 = 38400

there I showed my work  smiley-razz
3505  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Calling all LCD Experts! on: August 15, 2010, 05:27:50 pm
its also missing memory so you need like 38400 bytes of ram and be able to scan through it all fast enough (by the time you do all of that you could be driving vga monitors)
3506  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Practical Embedded Hacks - My New Blog on: August 22, 2010, 12:26:53 am
looking good
3507  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Plain or Frosted Plexi For Binary Clock on: August 05, 2010, 05:42:11 pm
I think i am more partial to clear, frosted (or super dark)always says "your hiding something" to me

but to each their own, if you want frosted that looks like it would do the trick nicely
3508  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Plain or Frosted Plexi For Binary Clock on: August 04, 2010, 08:56:38 pm
are they decorative holders? and is it nice looking wood?
3509  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Where do you buy your stuff? on: August 03, 2010, 04:07:15 pm
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Futurlec - cheap items, cheap shipping, but very slow

the one time I bought there it was slow enough to offset the pennies I saved there

they do have some great deals, but save a nickle wait a month? meh
3510  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Where do you buy your stuff? on: July 30, 2010, 05:46:16 pm
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Where do you live in SE USA?

bout 3 hours north of the nearest Fry's (i take that back, its only 3 to the border, then add another 1.5)
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