To those who make and have made our freedom, our successes, our failures, our petty arguments, our philosophical differences, our explorations, our livelihood, our great discoveries, our day to day accomplishments, our freedom... To those that make and have made this all possible, the people at Screaming Circuits thank you.
Come join us!
If you're going to be in Santa Clara, California, on September 16th, drop in to the Convention Center. Screaming Circuits will be there, along with our PCB fabrication partner, Sunstone Circuits. We'll be in booth 510, and they'll be in 508.
While you're there, ask us or Sunstone about a special offer you can get by using both of our services.
But wait! There's more! I'll be speaking on best practices at 4:00, on the 16th. Look for session 38: PCB Design: Best Practices for More Reliable Manufacturing. in the conference program guide.
Here's a handy show floor map:
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Then, turn left and go Northeast
'cause we'll be in Santa Clara
I'm not sure who first used the term "drone", but "Robot" was first publicly used by Karel Čapek in his 1921 play "R.U.R.", or "Rossum's Universal Robots." January is not only the month the play premiered, but Karel Čapek was born on January 9, 1890. With that, Screaming Circuits is declaring January, 2015 to be Rossum's Universal Robots month!
In celebration of this momentous occasion, we've produced an exclusive "Rossum's Universal Robots month" T-Shirt. When the singularity comes, wearing this shirt will inform our new robot overlords of your support for their cause. Not that it will protect you or anything, but perhaps they will assimilate you with a bit more care.
Every customer who places an order before January 9, 2015, 5:00 PM, PST, will have the opportunity to get a Free "Rossum's Universal Robots month" T-Shirt, designed by local graphic artist, Kyle DeVore.
Look for instructions via email on how to get a free T-shirt after your next order (provided the order is placed between today and on or before January 9, 2015). If you place an order between now and then, and promptly respond to the email, you can get one for free.
But, what if you don't have anything to order? Well, you can still celebrate our impending doom at the hands of our own creations by buying the T-shirt from our page on teespring.com [Click here to buy on Teespring]. We don't want grease money, so we're selling them on teespring at our cost.
Poor Alquist ceded care of the world to Primus and Helena.
He set off on a hopeless search to find any last human survivors.
To no avail, he searched the seven continents and the seven seas.
Until at last, he saw beings, not robots, on a small island near Sumatra.
Poor Alquist, being not a newt, was never again seen on land or at sea.
Coming soon, on the heals of National High Voltage AC month, Screaming Circuits has declared October 2014 to be National National Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Month in honor of the October 4, 1957 launch of Sputnik.
This month, rather than T-shirts, we're offering a custom coffee mug sporting the schematic diagram of Sputnik 1's transmitter. The first 100 customers who place an order in September, 2014, will have the opportunity to get one of these mugs for free.
After your order is confirmed, we'll send you instructions explaining how you can get yours and what the deadlines are.
If you don't have anything to order, you can still get your mug by buying one (through ebay) for a measly $10.00. The whole price, less ebay/PayPal fees will be donated to FREE GEEKs. From the FREE GEEK website: "a Portland-based
501(c)(3) nonprofit offering free computers, technology and education powered by reuse & recycling in association with Oregon E-Cycles."
We think that's pretty cool, so the money from these mug sales will go to them.
Also, the first person to build a working copy of the transmitter will get another mug free. It could be hard, though. You might have to fabricate the tubes yourself (People do that, you know). If you can get it working and into ordit, you'll get one more for free.
WARNING! This is a plot complication!
WARNING! This is a plot complication!
For those of you who don't know Nikola Tesla... Never mind. If you don't know who he is, you're probably not an actual engineer. If you are an engineer, but still don't know, I challenge you to use your powers of self-education, and spend a little time learning about the person who pretty much made the modern world possible.
Part of our homage comes in the form of a free T-shirt. Every customer who places an order before August 10, 2014, 5:00 PM, PST, will have the opportunity to get a Free "National High Voltage AC Month" T-Shirt, designed by local graphic artist, Kyle DeVore.
Look for instructions via email on how to get a free T-shirt after your next order (provided the order is placed between today and on or before August 10). If you place an order between now and then, and promptly respond to the email, you can get one for free.
But, what if you don't have anything to order? Well, you can still celebrate life threatening high voltage induction by buying a T-shirt from our page on teespring.com. (link here).
Any profits from the sale of the shirts will be donated to the Tesla Museum at Wardenclyffe.
How Teespring works: Orders can go in during a 21 day window. If you buying one, you don't get charged until the closing date. After that, they send you the shirt about a week or so after. They send any profits we made on the shirt directly to Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe; a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of New York.
If you're a recipient of one of the free shirts, you won't pay anything. Your shirt will be mailed at about the same times as the paid shirts.
An hour later, you can join me to explore the very basics of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in FPGAs - Light at the End of the Learning Curve.
The session is on Tuesday, April 1st, from 3:30 - 4:30, in SJCC 210C
If you do happen to end up at the EE Live show, be sure to catch my session: Best Practices in Circuit Board Design. I'll show the most common traps we see that can cause manufacturability issues.
The session is on Tuesday, April 1st, from 2:15 - 3:15, in SJCC 210D.
If you're in San Jose, CA this week, stop by and see us at the EELive show. We'll be in booth 927 - just a short walk, and a left turn from the entrance.
Show hours are:
Tuesday, April 1, 10:30 - 5:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 5:00
Thursday 10:30 - 1:30
If you're going to be in San Jose during the first week in April,stop by the EELive show (formerly known as the Embedded Systems Conference). We'll be in booth 972. Stop by and see what we can do for you. Maybe earn a fabulous T-Shirt.
While you're there, check out my two sessions:
"FPGAs - Light at the End of the Learning Curve", at 3:30 on Tuesday. It's not exactly PCB Assembly, but FPGAs are quite cool and getting more useful by the minute. Get some basic knowledge and see how to avoid many beginner traps.
My second session: "Best Practices in Circuit Board Design", part of the "Hardware Startup Engineering Summit," is set for 2:15 on Tuesday. You can watch that one and then run with me to my FPGA session at 3:30. Place bets on whether I can make it in time.
Ach, Captain. She Canna Go Any Faster