Entries by nbezanson

Rule of Acquisition #141: Only Fools Pay Retail.

At the Hamvention fleamarket, Dustin got an amazing price on a Handheld Products 3800r barcode scanner, probably because the cable wasn’t included. The connector on the bottom of the scanner is a nonstandard 10p10c (aka RJ50), so most folks wouldn’t just be able to make one, but buying a $57 cable for a $1 scanner […]

Parts and potential: Vehicle interface bits

Top: Male OBD-II connectors and pins. Middle: STN1110 multiprotocol vehicle interface IC. Bottom: MCP2551 CAN transceiver IC. (Note: We also have the female version of the connectors, female terminals, and the appropriate crimpers.) None of this stuff is particularly expensive or hard to find, but in i3’s electronics lab, it’s already been picked out, ordered, shipped, and sorted. With […]

Remember games with physical pieces? You can download those too.

(Or, ‘You sunk my Monopoly!’) Hackerspaces/makerspaces tend to accumulate certain types of stuff. One major category, measured by both money and square footage, is rapid prototyping. In concrete terms, this means things like CNC mills and lathes, 3d printers, laser cutters, and such. While many of these are a bit expensive for everyone to own […]