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61  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: When Tantalum caps fail, are they supposed to light up like a match? on: August 14, 2013, 12:19:57 am
it is for tantalum caps

keep in mind the stripe is the + side unlike its aluminum brethren 
62  Topics / Product Design / Re: Strange resistor names in Eagle on: August 13, 2013, 12:11:11 am
kicad and I do not get along, every version it flips out in new and interesting ways, you can get it to work, you can do work on it

JUST SAVE, I dont care what you do SAVE if it moves, if you do something or if its sitting there CONSTANTLY SAVE

I cant count how many times it would just disappear into thin air taking along hours of worth with it

PS: it constantly leaves artifacts on the screen, which is easy enough to get rid of (just zoom or scroll) and hope it doesnt crash

one of these days I would like to seriously check this out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDA

but work gives me a altium license, so not today
63  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Anybody own the MPJA 9616PS / Circuit Specialists CSI3003SM power supply? on: August 12, 2013, 07:57:17 pm
well bad news

mine has a slightly different looking board, and R6 is a big beefy shunt curled up ... so even if your R6 is a shunt its going to be very hard to find the material and exact resistance that it was

and if it wasnt a shunt (which it looks pretty thin for a 3 amp shunt) then I dunno
64  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Designing a 5V regulator using smt parts. on: August 12, 2013, 06:17:55 pm
I cant think of a reason to use a 0.1uf electrolytic cap if it were 1uf price would start to factor in, but no use a ceramic

and capacitor tolerences typically suck, you have a +- 10% X7R for the 0.33 so look around those lines if you want to keep everything about the same, course you can loosen up a little bit and drop the X7R rating to drop the price as well
65  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Anybody own the MPJA 9616PS power supply? on: August 11, 2013, 11:20:37 pm
oh I have the 5 amp version from http://www.circuitspecialists.com/

I cant right this second but I can pop it open sometime this week

I actually paid 2 dollars less for the 5 amp version on the site above, and got a free set of needle nose pliers, if anyone is looking
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi3005sm.html
66  General Category / General Discussion / Re: ARDUINO PRO MINI ATMEGA328 (5V 16Mhz) error on: August 10, 2013, 04:28:58 pm
that's a pretty poor attitude
67  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: how can i put programs to Atmega328P whith mega 2560 on: August 10, 2013, 03:04:27 am
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-Arduino-Mega-2560-as-Arduino-isp/
68  Development / Other Hardware Development / Re: *** SUGGESTIONS FOR BEST PROCESSOR TO USE FOR NEW ARDUINO BOARD *** on: August 10, 2013, 12:59:44 am
the 644p is between the 328p and the mega, dual serial ports, comes in a 40 pin dip package, 4k of ram

if thats not enough the 1284p is the same as the 644p but with 16k of ram <- this is my favorite fat chip at the moment and has a nice modern core / bootloader available for it

both are also available as 44 pin surface mount chips if that's your liking

and yes the ARM chips are not compatible with most of what is out there for arduino, so be prepared to make some wheels at this moment

PS notice I keep saying P after the part number, its somewhat important, the 644 non P only has one serial port and both non P versions take some kludging to get them working with AVR dude and get them bootloaded (but once you do they work fine), so just avoid the non P parts

if your talking gaming check out
http://belogic.com/uzebox/index.asp
69  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Reason for not using resistor to LED on: August 10, 2013, 12:30:09 am
its a generalized statement, if people didnt think that they would pair up resistors with their LED's

and yet since it does not instantly go smoke boom bang it must be fine, hence why its commonly seen

(please get over yourself, I was not referring to you)
70  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Reason for not using resistor to LED on: August 09, 2013, 11:55:16 pm
people think the resistor does nothing cause it does not cause a instant catastrophic situation, its a really bad practice and it totally unreliable depending on something as simple as temperature, and feeding direct 5 volts to any LED would overload the arduino pins along with the LED itself causing a slow but certain death over any serious amount of time
71  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: How to use a resistor ladder? on: August 09, 2013, 11:47:40 pm
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php/topic,8558.0.html
72  Community / Bar Sport / Re: "94 billion dollars in medical costs" on: August 09, 2013, 12:39:18 am
you argue one day that doing electronics wrong is OK cause it works for you in the short term, then turn around and post some FUD junk article and claim that an entire country is doing it wrong in the long term and act amazed WHILE nearly bullying some guy who doesn't use microwave ovens cause of the perceived health effects BASED on FUD junk articles?

gee I wish I could see myself as a glowing beacon of perfection...

personally I think your healthcare needs to be questioned, cause there are some underlying, yet subtle, mental issues at work as I review your recent posts. (aka everything out of your mouth on any subject is not only the truth, its written in stone as fact)
73  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Are microwave oven food healthy? on: August 08, 2013, 04:26:36 pm
been strapping celphones to our heads for 30 some odd years, and radios another 30 before that as well

I dont want to argue with your choices, those are your's, just saying 60 years of using radios held to our faces is a pretty long time
74  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Transistor Advice/Feasibility (Schematic Included) on: August 07, 2013, 09:22:57 pm
good ole 2n2222 will handle it, or a 2n4401
75  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Serial.Read on: August 07, 2013, 08:50:19 pm
if you are looking for a specific char to mark the end of the communication use Serial.readBytesUntil()

http://arduino.cc/en/Serial/ReadBytesUntil
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