High on solder fumes

21 Mar, 2009

I have recently taken up soldering as a hobby. Most (if not all) of the software I use is free, and possible for me to modifiy if I so desire. Hardware, not so much. Well, I at least wanted a chance to try and modify and build stuff, so off I went and bought a shiny new soldering station and a few kits to practice with.

In other words, I am now the proud owner of a Velleman MK109 Electronic Dice. At a simple press of a button, the seven (for aesthetic reasons) LEDs will start flashing, and a moment later the result will make it self visible. No longer is there a need to actually roll a die much like a brutish cave dwelling pre-historic beast might do.

Electronic dice kit

I shall be very cross indeed if this apparatus does not enrich, nay, revolutionise my life, making me the envy of my fellow man-beings.

As frightfully interesting as these kits are, I soon hope to graduate to more fruitful projects. My immidiate plans include hooking up the two unused internal USB ports on my Eee 701, eliminating the need for external Bluetooth and UMTS adapters. It's a relativitly risk free procedure, but I'm still worried to brick the poor thing.

Another interesting project is to build the Uzebox. A homebrew 8-bit game console. It comes complete with schematics and free software licensed under the GPL.

Tags: diy, hardware, mods, solder,

Cheap USB Bluetooth dongle from Tradera

05 Jun, 2008

Just for the record. The cheap Bluetooth USB dongles being sold on Tradera (and I'm sure other places) seems to work perfectly with Linux 2.6.25 and BlueZ 3.30.

Bluetooth USB adapter

lsusb identifies it as "Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle".