[Wolves] Geeky Christmas Presents

Stephen Parkes sparkes at westmids.biz
Tue Dec 11 13:29:23 UTC 2018

On Tue, 11 Dec 2018 at 13:11, Adam Sweet via Wolves <
wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:

> On 10/12/2018 21:48, Stephen Parkes via Wolves wrote:
> > PS.
> > I've only had 5 NodeLua, 5 digispark attiny boards, a board to control 16
> > servos over i2c, 2 mp3 player Arduino modules and a few odds and sods
> > delivered in the last few weeks with a couple of TFT screens and 5
> > Arduino   pro mini's in the post so I think the lady of the house is
> being
> > a bit unreasonable in suggesting I have developed a problem in ordering
> > random shit from China because I have a half baked idea driving home from
> > work ;)
> Haha bless her, she must love you. I recall you telling me similar
> stories when we swapped the alpha server for a pair of 486 laptops about
> 15 years ago.

I'm regularly barred from starting new projects or bringing new things into
the house,  It's an ongoing problem.  At least now with ebooks she doesn't
have to put up with finding a place to put a new bookcase every 18 months :)

> > PPS
> > I may have also killed 3 Raspberry Pi Zero W's in about 3 months earlier
> > this year as well.
> I watched a video by Les Pounder (https://bigl.es/) of Linux Voice/Linux
> Format, Picademy etc, where he mentioned plugging a Pi into a bench
> power supply which and melted a Pi. Did you do something similar?
One was a faulty soldering iron and dodgy lead free solder cooking it,
another was attaching a 5v logic device which I thought was 3.3v and I
forget what killed the third but I did have to be a bit sneaky about buying
the replacement time and had it delivered to work ;)

All of them have been for a camera I want to set up and take pictures of
the sky night and day which are then converted to a video and uploaded to
youtube everyday.  The project is about a year old and the current version
is sitting in a tupperware tub in the garden untouched for at least 6
months because I've started dozens of other interesting projects since.

This was the first test of it last April just thrown on the green bin in
the garden.


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