Radio Shack is now selling Arduinos

http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=arduino&origkw=arduino&sr=1

They have been for a while now.

Dropped by my local RS yesterday and checked if they had Arduinos in yet. They did, Uno, Mega, motor shield, proto shield and a getting started with Arduino book. Also had some parallax sensors and a pretty cool looking parallax controller board using the propeller chip and also had a basic stamp module at a much reduced price then I recall the stamps going for. I suspect the price and popularity of arduino really cut into the basic stamp business. That's OK they had the market to themselves pretty much for a long long time, even Rome fell. Their Arduino prices seem to be standard retail, so not marked up.

Lefty

Lefty, Can you look at the end of this thread and see if you can see anything?

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,64105.new.html#new Reply #201 on

Thanks Robert

CrossRoads: Lefty, Can you look at the end of this thread and see if you can see anything?

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,64105.new.html#new Reply #201 on

Thanks Robert

Nothing jumps out at me. The old loopback test should let you know if it's working up to the tx and rec pins of the processor chip or not, just hold the processor in reset and short tx and rec. If that works then it has to be something with the bootloader or the avrdude.conf file I would think.

Lefty

retrolefty: Their Arduino prices seem to be standard retail, so not marked up. Lefty

I've been buying my Arduinos from Makerhed & Adafruit, and they generally have lower prices. MakerShed has sales that come & go, so you have to catch them at the right time. AdaFruit has consistently sold Uno's for $29.95. http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/tools_card.asp?category_id=163&family_id=607&subfamily_id=2138&tool_id=17212

Lefty, Turned out to have two problems - RX pin on FTDI header had different name & thus was not connected. The eagle symbol for the DB9 was swapped end for end, so was missing Rx and GND connections. Tx going out looked great, was not getting anything back tho.

And I think my IDE 1.0 environment is out of whack for '1284s, data rates not matched or something for serial uploads. Going with -0022 until I get it fixed.

The eagle symbol for the DB9 was swapped end for end,

On a unrelated subject, did you know that you and I and it seems millions of others have been misnaming the 'DB9' connector all these decades? The second letter in a D connector is for the shell size and 9 pin D connectors use the E shell size not B. I came across it in practicing taking amateur radio licence test where they ask for the name of the 9 pin com port connector on radios and PCs. I questioned the correct answer of 'DE-9' on a ham forum and was told that DB-9 is technically incorrect usage but so widely misused that even some manufactures and catalog sellers use it. Anyway if you consider wikipedia a valid source they have quite a bit on the subject and agree that DE-9 is the correct name for the 9 pin D shelled connectors we all know and love.

Who says we are too old to learn stuff?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-subminiature

retrolefty:

The eagle symbol for the DB9 was swapped end for end,

On a unrelated subject, did you know that you and I and it seems millions of others have been misnaming the 'DB9' connector all these decades? The second letter in a D connector is for the shell size and 9 pin D connectors use the E shell size not B. I came across it in practicing taking amateur radio licence test where they ask for the name of the 9 pin com port connector on radios and PCs. I questioned the correct answer of 'DE-9' on a ham forum and was told that DB-9 is technically incorrect usage but so widely misused that even some manufactures and catalog sellers use it. Anyway if you consider wikipedia a valid source they have quite a bit on the subject and agree that DE-9 is the correct name for the 9 pin D shelled connectors we all know and love.

Who says we are too old to learn stuff?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-subminiature

The "9" part would be a sufficient tip off that it is the correct answer.

smeezekitty:

retrolefty:

The eagle symbol for the DB9 was swapped end for end,

On a unrelated subject, did you know that you and I and it seems millions of others have been misnaming the 'DB9' connector all these decades? The second letter in a D connector is for the shell size and 9 pin D connectors use the E shell size not B. I came across it in practicing taking amateur radio licence test where they ask for the name of the 9 pin com port connector on radios and PCs. I questioned the correct answer of 'DE-9' on a ham forum and was told that DB-9 is technically incorrect usage but so widely misused that even some manufactures and catalog sellers use it. Anyway if you consider wikipedia a valid source they have quite a bit on the subject and agree that DE-9 is the correct name for the 9 pin D shelled connectors we all know and love.

Who says we are too old to learn stuff?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-subminiature

The "9" part would be a sufficient tip off that it is the correct answer.

Of course, and as it was a multiple chose question it was the 'most' correct as the other choses were obviously not serial comm type connectors. I just questioned if it might have been a misprint and then received the story I passed on below.

I was in the local RS a week or so ago. The sales guy had no idea how to pronounce Arduino. And he knew even less about it.