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 by sparky ¦  Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:35 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Competition April 15, 2008 - course ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 9220

Hey guys, Morcheeba - awesome set of photos to give people an idea of what pitfalls the route may hold. Someone should add a 'snow' set. Couple things: 1) Please register. The $30 is a double action thing. It allows us to know how many people will be attending so that we can plan for things like chi...

 by sparky ¦  Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:04 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: BatchPCB needs help ¦  Replies: 20 ¦  Views: 8858

This community never fails to surprise me. Very sorry seravitae - I did not mean to insult. It's customers like you that get things changed for the better. I'll talk to Sallie and Brennen here at SparkFun to see if we can't get some changes made. 1) Customer order cancel - once the order is panelize...

BatchPCB needs help

 by sparky ¦  Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:13 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: BatchPCB needs help ¦  Replies: 20 ¦  Views: 8858

Hi all, Hey David - this is a question for you as well so please chime in. It's post like this one : that kill us. We're trying to keep the good times alive. Right now we are receiving drill files of all walks of life. 20-40% of orders have a problem wi...

 by sparky ¦  Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:04 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: refund? ¦  Replies: 22 ¦  Views: 9347

Let me explain, I, Nathan, oversee SparkFun and BatchPCB. SparkFun is huge and is getting huger (yes, grammar). BatchPCB continues to be a painful thorn as it can't get big enough to deserve the attention that you guys need. We run it only as a service for customers who need very cheap PCB service. ...

 by sparky ¦  Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:53 am ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: refund? ¦  Replies: 22 ¦  Views: 9347

Hi guys,

Unfortunately I am not the BatchPCB person. I can't look up orders. Please email and include your order number in the subject so it doesn't get caught by our spam filters.


 by sparky ¦  Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:40 am ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: refund? ¦  Replies: 22 ¦  Views: 9347

Hi seravitae, We can't find your order based on the info in your post. Do you have an order ID we can look up? If your order was on panel 152 or panel 153, both have now mailed. They are a bit behind schedule, but nothing terrible. Even the oldest order was ordered on January 11 which makes 22 busin...

 by sparky ¦  Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:59 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: Batch PCB Status ¦  Replies: 18 ¦  Views: 9131

Hey Mctylr,

Sorry for the delay. The BatchPCB person is out sick today. We hope to be back at full force tomorrow. I'll pass along your email address.


 by sparky ¦  Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:49 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Bug in Currency Converter ? ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 2064

Sorry about that! It's an osCommerce thing. We have to manually click on a button to do the currency rate update. I can't remember the last time it was done (months ago) and the exchange rates have been pretty volatile as of late.

Should be fixed now.


 by sparky ¦  Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:03 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: PIC-WEB and PIC-MINI_WEB source files ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 2491

Elbow jabs also work well. ;) Thanks for the link update! Should be updated now.


 by sparky ¦  Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:25 pm ¦  Forum: New Product Ideas ¦  Topic: Arduino Proto-board Revision? ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 3126

Hey SnarkyFish, It's all to avoid bus contention. The Arduino board has the ATmega UART wired to the FT232RL for programming/debugging. If we were to connect the BlueSMiRF to the UART as well, it would be bad - the FT232RL would try to control the RX line at the same time the BlueSMiRF was trying to...

 by sparky ¦  Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:59 am ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: New new site ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 11129

SMD boards are not *that* difficult. We solder everything by hand for protos. Even really small 0.5mm pitch stuff. Just takes practice. Stencils help a lot, but they are not manditory like many people believe. Now if you're talking about production - they're a must have. Saves tons of time. If you'r...

New new site

 by sparky ¦  Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:46 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: New new site ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 11129

Hey all, Just an FYI. BatchPCB is going through some major changes. David Carne is now on the SFE team and has skillfully managed to re-write and re-automate the DRC bot. We now have better control over DRC so we should be able to iron out the DRC glitches as they hit. That said, the site with new D...

 by sparky ¦  Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:52 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: DOSonCHIP trouble ¦  Replies: 19 ¦  Views: 9062

Hi Kam,

I've used the DOSonCHIP IC with great success. But it was a painful start. I recommend the simple RS232->UART test to get the unit up and running. Be sure to tie CTS ground. Hit enter twice and you should see the '>' prompt.


 by sparky ¦  Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:52 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Forum Limits - Less Spam ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 5644

Yes to email validation but I don't think it helps much. Anyone can get an email address anywhere.

Forum Limits - Less Spam

 by sparky ¦  Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:31 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: Forum Limits - Less Spam ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 5644

Hey Bill and others, I was talking to one of my coworkers here at SFE inquiring into how to limit the spammers. He mentioned that all the forums he ever joined were basically spam-fests... except for the ones he had to pay for. Hmmm. I don't suggest we start a cover charge at the door, but is there ...

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