Toykeeper Appreciation Gift _ Hardware Upgrades

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Another suggestion:

A hot-air soldering station to help build circuits.

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An adjustable CC/CV power supply? Pretty decent ones for about $60 on Banggood.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
If you really want to send stuff, send hardware I don’t have yet so I can write code for it. Smile

Spoken like a true workaholic. Smile

I refunded leroycp.

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Chain maille for the next Sorcerer’s convention…Sexy Titanium Chain Maille in sky blue, or purple, or gold or a rainbow of patterns… it won’t rust!. Silly You can hang a flashlight virtually anywhere on this stuff! Just sayin… (discovered this looking for titanium rings to mount a small flashlight to a Ti gatehook for the key chain)

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When I joined BLF, not too long ago, I was looking for good deals. Then I realized that the real benefit of BLF is all the knowledge that I could gain, which really excited me because I love to learn.

But the more I read, the more impressed I have become with the sense of community here at BLF. Members from around the globe supporting each other and working together towards the furtherment of a mutual interest. One might call it, enlightenment.

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Oopsie, only found this now, though I did answer the PM, didn't know all this. I'm in on this and can be a source for Tiny85 drivers. Only found this thread now - cool!! TK's been a great help, and provider of much re-use wink

I got maybe lights and drivers, could be fully assembled. I feel her best bet for development is the SupFire M2-Z because of it's easy access to the MCU for programming, but it's not an easy carry light - size of a C8.

Ok, just read above - about the proto SRK drivers... got some pm'ing to do. Will report back.

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Caleb wrote:
When I joined BLF, not too long ago, I was looking for good deals. Then I realized that the real benefit of BLF is all the knowledge that I could gain, which really excited me because I love to learn.

But the more I read, the more impressed I have become with the sense of community here at BLF. Members from around the globe supporting each other and working together towards the furtherment of a mutual interest. One might call it, enlightenment.


I really hate anything more then +1, have never used it and promise myself I will never do it again but in this one case I’ll make an exception
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Joshk wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:
If you really want to send stuff, send hardware I don’t have yet so I can write code for it. Smile

Spoken like a true workaholic. Smile

I refunded leroycp.

Thank you, Josh!

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An adjustable CC/CV power supply? Pretty decent ones for about $60 on Banggood.

Another good idea!

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Good morning… After a short night … barely awake here goes Wink

Great, Toykeeper thank you for all what you have done and doing, for BLF as a whole, for the Q-team and personally the nicest UIs I now own are made by you!
Thanks for this action organisers!
Josh, would you kindly post that video with you giving that thumbs up Big Smile

How can somebody not be in?
That also means I am pretty sure much more people then just 8-10 will want to contribute and who am I to deny that Big Smile
$2,50 now and I up that to $5 if the $100 is not reached within 48 hours after this posting or $10/if needed.

I know from the SB Meteor action this can go fast. And would propose to set a time and then decide the 100 by the number of people chipping in, is it 10 people (not likely) it is 10 a pop but if it’s 50 then only 2, this gives all the chance to contribute and I am surely OK with contributing $10.

I would go even further and get enough for more, at least one for Pilotdog68 and Tom E, or just 1 extra for one of them because you know they deserve it and are too humble to ask for it!

And now for some coffee with the sky slowly getting lighter Wink

Sorry, missed this post. PM sent.

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1dash1 wrote:
will34 wrote:
An adjustable CC/CV power supply? Pretty decent ones for about $60 on Banggood.

Another good idea!


If I did not have a very decent power supply already, I would love this one:
http://www.banggood.com/CPS-3205C-0-32V-0-5A-Portable-Adjustable-DC-Powe...
Only disadvantage, no power supply from Banggood supplies more than 5A
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Updated the OP with some of the possible ideas suggested thus far:

  • tiny25 e-switch light or anything with tiny85 or
  • “smart” lighted tailcap
  • dual-switch light
  • FET+1 e-switch light
  • any of the recent new-and-improved driver designs
  • Q8 Narsil prototype driver from Tom E
  • hot-air soldering station
  • adjustable CC/CV power supply

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djozz wrote:
If I did not have a very decent power supply already, I would love this one: http://www.banggood.com/CPS-3205C-0-32V-0-5A-Portable-Adjustable-DC-Powe... Only disadvantage, no power supply from Banggood supplies more than 5A

Seems like only yesterday when 5A would have been more than enough. For the work that TK is contemplating, I would think that somewhere between 7A to 10A would be needed – and that would only take care of today’s technology.

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If I did not have a very decent power supply already, I would love this one: http://www.banggood.com/CPS-3205C-0-32V-0-5A-Portable-Adjustable-DC-Powe... Only disadvantage, no power supply from Banggood supplies more than 5A

Seems like only yesterday when 5A would have been more than enough. For the work that TK is contemplating, I would think that somewhere between 7A to 10A would be needed – and that would only take care of today’s technology.


Hence a 20+A is needed.
If TK is up for this AMD funds are short I gladly up my $2,50 to $10 and are confident others will not mind stepping in given the extreme short period people could enter this Wink
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djozz wrote:
If I did not have a very decent power supply already, I would love this one: http://www.banggood.com/CPS-3205C-0-32V-0-5A-Portable-Adjustable-DC-Powe... Only disadvantage, no power supply from Banggood supplies more than 5A

Seems like only yesterday when 5A would have been more than enough. For the work that TK is contemplating, I would think that somewhere between 7A to 10A would be needed – and that would only take care of today’s technology.


I remember that TomE has done a search for an affordable power supply two years ago.
(I myself decided for my tests a EA 20A lineair power supply that can still be regarded as budget but still is a bit more expensive than the aim for this undertaking)
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I know TK said she didn’t want money, but just PayPal her the donations. Here’s why…
When someone buys me something, it’s never the one I really wanted. When they give me a gift card, it goes to waste. I don’t know why, maybe because I don’t spend money just because I can. Our last 3 gifts cards were:
1 – The local bakery. ‘Today’ was never special enough for overpriced bread. It went out of business before we ever used the card once.
2- RadioShack. I like electronics, but I wouldn’t put their trash in my life for free. It went bankrupt before I spent the first dollar.
3- Sears. I haven’t been in one of these for 10 years. I should probably re-gift that card quickly.

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^ This

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Joshk wrote:
I know TK said she didn’t want money, but just PayPal her the donations. Here’s why… When someone buys me something, it’s never the one I really wanted. When they give me a gift card, it goes to waste. I don’t know why, maybe because I don’t spend money just because I can. Our last 3 gifts cards were: 1 – The local bakery. ‘Today’ was never special enough for overpriced bread. It went out of business before we ever used the card once. 2- RadioShack. I like electronics, but I wouldn’t put their trash in my life for free. It went bankrupt before I spent the first dollar. 3- Sears. I haven’t been in one of these for 10 years. I should probably re-gift that card quickly.

This is exactly what I was talking about in my earlier post…….. but no one seemed to agree or think it was a good idea(even TK). I stated that I thought the list ought to stay open and allow anyone that wanted to make a donation just send it to ToyKeeper……. I didnt say so in that post, but I did not mean send her cash, but to a Paypal Account. My thinking was there might be many(Like TomE) that were not even aware of the TK donation thread, because of the short time the list was open and also any new members that might learn to benefit and appreciate Tks work. PayPal is not like a gift card and it will not expire and TK could use those funds whenever she wants for future projects/supplies that have not even been realized yet and folks would also have the ability to donate more than once if they have a particular project they might want to fund in the future………Just a thought.

BTW………. NO, I dont want to be in charge of this project, so dont ask

Im not a Pessimist …. just an Optimist with a lot of experience


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BTW………. NO, I dont want to be in charge of this project, so dont ask

Big Smile

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will34 wrote:
An adjustable CC/CV power supply? Pretty decent ones for about $60 on Banggood.

FWIW, I already have an adjustable power supply. Very soon I’ll have two or three, though they’re mostly for other purposes. And if things go well on my current project, my fancy work DMM should be freed up soonish for other uses too. But I normally use a battery instead of the power supply, unless I’m testing LVP or something.
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I know TK said she didn’t want money, but just PayPal her the donations. Here’s why…
When someone buys me something, it’s never the one I really wanted. …

It’s not that so much as that it’d probably go to waste. Money already isn’t a barrier, because most of the stuff involved in this hobby is actually pretty cheap. The barriers I run into are more about time, motivation, health, distraction, and always having too much to do.

It means a lot to me that people want to help, to donate, to show appreciation somehow. When I saw all this, I cried. But I also sighed, because these things tend to be more than gifts, they’re also obligations, and I’ve been trying to avoid those.

Also, there are a bunch of people who make large contributions around here, who probably have better uses for it than I do. For example, Tom E has been kicking ass on the Q8 project, turning an ambitious pipe dream into reality. Pilotdog68 has been cranking out innovative circuit designs for quite a while and not getting much recognition for it. Wight made a whole suite of drivers which became BLF’s new gold standard. Among other things, djozz painstakingly supplies the tests and data we all use as a basis for our projects. DB Custom is the single most active person on the forum, not only pushing the technical boundaries for what’s possible but also making huge efforts to keep the community healthy. Just to name a few. Perhaps we could split this among several people?

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I know TK said she didn’t want money, but just PayPal her the donations. Here’s why… When someone buys me something, it’s never the one I really wanted. …

Uh, oh.. Now that’s immortalized in web form for the rest of my life. To be fair, I appreciate all my gifts. And with all the choice these days you practically need the make and model on your wish list if anyone has any hope of making the same decision you would.

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As for me, I’ve had sort of a BLF todo/wish list I’ve been dragging my feet about. It’s split into three categories — “give a man a fish”, “teach a man to fish”, and “ooh shiny”.

On the “give a fish” list:

  • tiny85 FET+1 e-switch or dual-switch light to enable writing newer better code
  • pd68’s tiny13-driven lighted tailcaps (and clear boots), because they’re just cool

On the “teach to fish” list:

  • I hear circuits are dramatically easier to make with a hot-air soldering tool
  • A bag of parts — resistors, capacitors, MCUs, diodes, etc
  • Oshpark boards for new circuits

… and the “ooh shiny” list:

  • Bare copper Olight S1 with the emitter modded to ~4700-5000K (like high-CRI Nichia 219 or XP-L HI) (I really should have bought one when they were available)
  • Matrix-style download an electrical engineering degree into my brain
  • More people to collaborate with on code

And maybe a reminder now and then to get off my butt and finish some projects. Smile

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Or you could forget everything I just said… and send me a light saber. Light sabers are cool.




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Or you could forget everything I just said... and send me a light saber. Light sabers are cool.


 

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Sorry, Just trying to help out. Obviously my advice was not needed. I wont try that again.

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Coscar wrote:
Sorry, Just trying to help out. Obviously my advice was not needed. I wont try that again.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I appreciate it. Trying to help is almost always a good thing. Smile

I’ve just had a really weird day, been a little emotional. Two people died this week and two cool new projects started and I was sick a couple days and the thank-you gift ninjas got the jump on me and some other things are going on, and it’s a lot to process all at once. And after a joke about light sabers I discovered there’s a whole community built around those in much the same way BLF is built around flashlights, and some of what they make is actually pretty awesome, so instead of reverse-engineering an API I need to use for work I find myself paging through fascinating shiny things on another forum.

And run-on sentences. I may be a little frazzled tonight. ;P

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Enjoy the moment TK and soak it up, nothing lasts. Dale ended up with a lathe purchased for Justin so if you end up feeling encumbered just re gift it. We all end up receiving more than we contribute anyway.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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And run-on sentences. I may be a little frazzled tonight. ;P

Yep, that’s a sure sign of mental fatigue. Take care, we’ll think of something to do with this activity.

Maybe it will turn out to be amazing. Wink

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Make sure to get the programming cable for that light sabre Big Smile

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