At some point I’ll be disabling comments and posts on the blog, forums, and wiki so I can be sure we don’t lose any data during the migration. There will likely be a couple days during which the site will be down for brief periods as I sort out the configuration on the new server and the new DNS records propagate. Hopefully the disruptions will be brief and I’ll have things up and running 100% again by the end of the week.
The details and timing of the migration are still being worked out, so stay tuned for updates.
Update: Order processing should still function normally during the transition. As long as the product pages are up, you should be able to place an order.
Update 2: I’m going to start the migration tonight, if the site behaves strangely – that’s why.
Update 3: If you see this message, migration is complete and you are looking at the new site!
Update 4: Some suspicious activity on the blog forced me to upgrade WordPress today (and do a bunch of other cleanup), so the site has been up and down today. It should be mostly working now, but I’ll probably be tweaking things off and on for the next few days.
Update 5: Yes, the oscilloscope is upside down. It’s that way on purpose. Really.
I am pleased to announce that the MightyOhm Wiki is now online and open to the public.
While there isn’t a ton of content yet, my hope is that the wiki will become a useful means to share information and resources relevant to the site. At the moment, there are pages for electronics vendors, hardware/software tools, and PCB manufacturers.
Another page I have been working on for a while is the surplus directory, which lists surplus electronics stores around the country. If you have a favorite surplus goldmine in your area, please create an account and add it to the wiki!
While I pour a toast, here are a few highlights of the past year:
PID Controlled Solder Paste Fridge
The first project I documented on the site, my solder paste fridge was the end result of a weekend effort to turn an old beer chest into a PID-controlled Peltier cooler for storing tubes of solder paste. A year later, the cooler has a permanent home under my workbench and is still going strong, keeping its contents at a chilly 36 degrees F. Besides solder paste, I keep my POR-15 rust proofing epoxy paint and a few tubes of superglue in the fridge (they never dry out!).
Space Invaders! Making RGB video with the PIC
I needed an excuse to learn assembly language programming on the PIC, and this project fit the bill perfectly. Instead of slogging through yet another PIC tutorial I decided to “just do it” and the video above shows the result. One of my favorite projects of last year, I have plans to build more of these and make some electronic artwork for the lab.
Bluetooth Handset Hack
One aging bluetooth headset plus one obsolete telephone handset equals one retro-fabulous hack that I still use today. The best part: Look for this one in Make: volume 20!
DIY PID-Controlled Soldering Hotplate
I’m a big fan of the hotplate (aka reflow skillet) method of surface mount soldering. Over the course of a few months I designed, machined, and assembled this PID-controlled soldering hotplate to help build the first few prototypes of my AVR HV Rescue Shield kit. Hacking around in the garage is always fun, but creating a new tool is one of the most rewarding things I have can think of.
Here’s a video of the hotplate in action, reflowing the step-up converter on the Rescue Shield:
The AVR HV Rescue Shield
What started as a simple hack to save a crippled AVR microcontroller eventually became a kit that I’ve sold to AVR enthusiasts around the world. The AVR HV Rescue Shield includes a cool custom PCB, integrated 5V-12V step-up power supply, and is completely open source. I only made one batch of these, and when they’re gone, they’re gone, so head over to the AVR HV Rescue Shield product page to order one today!