GMH 044 Tool Tyme Harbor Freight

Starting a new “Tool Case” that is a little more manageable than my old metal tool box. Going to do this one the cheap as much as possible. Starting with a Harbor Freight Tool case. I know there are lots of folks out there who like to talk trash about Harbor Freight and their “Use once and throw away” tools. If I were a carpenter or electrician I might decide to shop someplace else. But if I’m on a budget and just doing something as a hobby I think that for some items Harbor Freight is “Good Enough”.

18 in. x 6 in. x 13 in. Silver Aluminum Case $24.99, this is good item to use a 20% off coupon on, then it’s $20 ish
https://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-x-6-in-x-13-in-silver-aluminum-case-62272.html

Snapgate 10 Ft. Carabiner Tape Measure $0.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/10-ft-carabiner-tape-measure-65999.html

Pittsburg 25 ft. x 1 in. QuikFind Tape Measure with ABS Casing $3.99, free with coupon
https://www.harborfreight.com/25-ft-x-1-in-quikfind-tape-measure-with-abs-casing-69030.html

Pittsburg 2 Pc Mini Locking Pliers Set $4.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-midget-locking-pliers-set-91683.html

Pittsburg 6-1/2 in. Wire Strippers with Pressure Adjustment $5.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-1-2-half-inch-wire-strippers-with-pressure-adjustment-66690.html

Central Forge 12 Piece Precision Needle File Set $3.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/12-piece-precision-needle-file-set-4614.html

Pittsburg 26 Pc Ratcheting Screwdriver Set $9.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/26-piece-ratchet-screwdriver-set-96733.html

Storehouse 18 Compartment Small Storage Container $2.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/18-divider-storage-container-94456.html

Pittsburg 15 lb. Capacity Telescoping Magnetic Pickup Tool
https://www.harborfreight.com/15-lb-capacity-telescoping-magnetic-pickup-tool-95933.html

Portland Saw 6 In. Mini Hacksaw $4.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-mini-hacksaw-65341.html

Pittsburg Pro Automatic Center Punch $3.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/spring-loaded-center-punch-621.html

6 in. Utility Shears $1.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-utility-shears-67145.html

Hardy Mechanic’s Gloves Medium $5.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/mechanics-gloves-medium-62426.html

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GMH 043 Postbag Raspberry Pi Camera, IR Lights

Raspberry Pi Camera Focal Adjustable Night Vision Camera Module for Raspberry Pi 2/3 Model B Raspberry Pi Noir Camera $15.60
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Raspberry-Pi-Camera-Focal-Adjustable-Night-Vision-Camera-Module-for-Raspberry-Pi-2-3-Model-B/32712369636.html

CCD size : 1/4inch
Aperture (F) : 1.8
Focal Length : 3.6MM (adjustable)
Diagonal : 75.7 degree
Sensor best resolution : 1080p

High-quality ABS DIY 9V Battery Storage Holder Case Box With Cord Wire Lead ON/OFF Toggle Switch 67x33x20mm $0.90
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-quality-ABS-DIY-9V-Battery-Storage-Holder-Case-Box-With-Cord-Wire-Lead-ON-OFF/32592351539.html

Yosoo 5 Pcs 100x60x25mm Plastic Cover Project Electronic Enclosure Instrument Case DIY Power Junction Box $11.99
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019GFLNV4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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GMH 042 Product Review Jaald Leather Laptop Bag

Finally, the Geek got a new notebook. A bigger, better, faster and much easier to use notebook. This new expensive notebook deserved a better home than the old dusty case the last notebook was in and the Geek wanted to make a statement. “Go with leather, go retro” I heard the voice say.

Jaald 16″ Genuine Leather messenger bag for men convertible laptop backpack shoulder bag $77
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LCX5V84/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Leather laptop messenger bag cum backpack for men and women. Dimensions : (approx) 16 X 12 X 5 inch. (height , breadth, inner depth )
-40 cm X 30 cm X 13 cm . 25 inch shoulder drop (54 – 57 inch / 127 cm adjustable sling) Slightly varies as each handmade
Convertible backpack / messenger bag / briefcase satchel Three partition inside for laptop,files etc.
Has four outer small pockets for misc items.Can be used as an office bag, tow zippered pockets at inner front and rear.
This briefcase comes with brass polished buckles, 100% rust free. adjustable sling. leather laptop bag Can hold 15.6″ Laptops.
Material: high-quality leather Has an inner stitched canvas for durability.The laptop partitions are padded

Cocoon Grid-It CPG20BK 15 x 9.5-Inch Organizer (Black) $21.99
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HU4AGG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Ever feel like you backed the wrong horse? Too many API Standard(s)

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Currently, there are three main competing HTTP API specifications: 1. Open API Specification (OAS) by Open API Initiative (OAI) – based on Swagger 2.0, 2. RAML with MuleSoft as main  contributor, and 3. API Blueprint backed by Apiary which was bought by Oracle this year. While all three specifications have their own merits and tools built around, OAS has attracted the main support from the community after Swagger was entrusted to the Linux Foundation in 2015. OAS was supported from day one by 3Scale, Apigee, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and PayPal, among others.

It is not clear how the HTTP API space will evolve in the future, but there are some interesting proceedings taking place lately. One of them is the recent announcement from MuleSoft to join the OAI. Uri Sarid, the CTO of MuleSoft and the creator of RAML, has started to participate in the OAI Technical Developer Community considering that “everyone should support a common format that can at least describe the service model of an API” and that format should be “the one most commonly-adopted today: the OpenAPI Specification.”

I was experimenting recently with the process to create API’s.  I fell in love with Apiary due to easy Markdown syntax.  I created the specification for a few API’s and even used the mock server built into Apiary.IO.  In the past, I had used Swagger 1.x and had some difficulties with the Swagger syntax.  I make predictions as part of my job.  Just like the weatherman, I don’t get fired if I’m wrong.  My prediction is that the OAS with Swagger 2.0 with any extensions dreamed up will be the leading API standard for near future.

Via: https://www.infoq.com/news/2017/05/api-raml-oas?utm_campaign=infoq_content&amp%3butm_source=infoq&amp%3butm_medium=feed&amp%3butm_term=global

GMH-040 Postbag Soldering Pad, AdaFruit , ATMega, AATTiny, Mega 2560, TFT Screen

The Adafruit package will be opened in another Postbag video.

Soldering Pad Heat-resistant Heat Gun BGA Soldering Station Repair Insulation Insulator Pad Desk Mat Maintenance For Platform $4.54

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Soldering-Pad-Heat-resistant-Heat-Gun-BGA-Soldering-Station-Repair-Insulation-Insulator-Pad-Desk-Mat-Maintenance/32745264673.html

5V 8W Mini Portable USB Electric Powered Soldering Iron Pen Tip with Touch Switch Protective Cap $6.19

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5V-8W-Mini-Portable-USB-Electric-Powered-Soldering-Iron-Pen-Tip-with-Touch-Switch-Protective-Cap/3278881.html

L298N Dual H-Bridge Stepper Motor Driver Board For ardunio $1.42

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/L298N-Dual-H-Bridge-Stepper-Motor-Driver-Board-For-Arduino/32392774289.html

ESP8266 Web Sever serial WiFi expansion board shield ESP-12E for uno r3UNO R3 diy $5.20

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ESP8266-Web-Sever-serial-WiFi-expansion-board-shiled-ESP-12E-for-arduino-uno-r3UNO-R3/32614104775.html

3.2 inch TFT LCD module Ultra HD 320X480 + MEGA 2560 R3 Board and SD Card slot+ USB Cable $13.78

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-2-inch-TFT-LCD-module-Ultra-HD-320X480-MEGA-2560-R3-Board-USB-Cable/32604352634.html

0.96 I2C IIC SPI Serial 128X64 Blue and Yellow OLED LCD LED Display Module for $2.80

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/0-96-I2C-IIC-SPI-Serial-128X64-Blue-and-Yellow-OLED-LCD-LED-Display-Module-for/32602446259.html

CP2102 USB 2.0 to UART TTL 5PIN Connector Module Serial Converter with Dupont lin $1.35

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/CP2102-USB-2-0-to-UART-TTL-5PIN-Connector-Module-Serial-Converter-with-Dupont-lin/32503014137.html

Experimental 9V battery snap power cable to DC 9V clip male line battery adapter for uno r3 diy $0.70 / 5 clips

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Experimental-9V-battery-snap-power-cable-to-DC-9V-clip-male-line-battery-adapter-for-uno/32508246669.html

5PCS 2 Channel IIC I2C Logic Level Converter Bi-Directional Module 5V to 3.3V $1.40 5 units

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5PCS-2-Channel-IIC-I2C-Logic-Level-Converter-Bi-Directional-Module-5V-to-3-3V/32780215080.html
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Digispark Pro kickstarter development board use Micro ATTINY167 module for usb $3.57

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Digispark-Pro-kickstarter-development-board-use-Micro-ATTINY167-module-for-Arduino-usb/32617756621.html

New Pro Micro ATmega32U4 5V/16MHz Module with 2 row pin header For Leonardo 1PCS $3.18

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Pro-Micro-ATmega32U4-5V-16MHz-Module-with-2-row-pin-header-For-Leonardo-1PCS/32785518952.
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our deepest fear?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light,  not our darkness that most frightens us.

Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were all meant to shine, as children do.  It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

.. and as we let our own light to shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own  fear, our presence automatically liberates others

The Movie: Coach Carter

Scene: High School Gymnasium

Scenario: High school basketball players studying so that can pass in “education”, in order to be allowed to play basketball.   One player recites this poem from Marianne Willison’s book “A Return to Love”.  Then exclaims to Coach “You saved my life.”

Review: Movie is a must watch if you are in need of some inspiration.

Comment: I have this verse posted everywhere I work, I truly believe in this.

 

 

GMH 035 Postbag 4 Channel Remote control relay

High Quality 12V 3A 4CH 200M Wireless Remote Control Relay Switch Transceiver With 2 Receiver Compatible With 2262 2260 1527

https://www.aliexpress.com//www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Quality-12V-3A-4CH-200M-Wireless-Remote-Control-Relay-Switch-Transceiver-With-2-Receiver-Compatible/32602912107.html..

Features:
It is a learning code wireless remote control switch (receiver), the output way /working way can be changed as you like, it is easy to match the transmitter. It has 4 Relays which can make the equipment turn or reverse, on/off and soon come true. The volume is small and the performance is stable and reliable, high receive sensitivity.

1.It covers application ranging from simple domestic remote control to autonomous control, like auto door, window, lifting equipment, entrance access, up and down controller, alarm system industrial control and security etc.
2. These remote controls are designed to control a wide variety of electronic devices with a wireless signal.
3. Extremely easy to set up and use.
4. Compatible with 2262 /2260/1527/2240 etc chip and several code wireless remote control. So it can meet someone’s need of choosing the wireless remote control as they like to work with it.

 

GMH 034 Postbag NRF24L01 2 4Ghz wireless modules, A6 Chip, 27 MHz – 3 GHz RF Frequency Counter

NRF25L01 2.4 Ghz 1100-meter long-distance with PA+LNA wireless modules (with antenna)

https://www.aliexpress.com//www.aliexpress.com/item/1sets-Special-promotions-1100-meter-long-distance-NRF24L01-PA-LNA-wireless-modules-with-antenna/32341792715.html

Worldwide 2.4GHz ISM band operation,Free license to use.
126 RF channels.
High air data rate: 250kbps, 1 and 2Mbps.
Transmitter: 11.3mA at 0dBm output power

GPRS module GSM module A6 \ SMS \ Speech \ board \ wireless data transmission, received instead of full prototype board

https://www.aliexpress.com//www.aliexpress.com/item/GPRS-module-GSM-module-A6-SMS-Speech-board-wireless-data-transmission/32655849603.html

ANYSECU Frequency meter SF401 plus Frequency Counter 27Mhz-3000Mhz Radio Portable Frequency meter with CTCCSS/DCS Decoder

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/SURECOM-Frequency-meter-SF401-Frequency-Counter-27Mhz-3000Mhz-Radio-Portable-Frequency-Counter-meter-with-CTCCSS-DCS/32464963841.html

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Scrum is about less complexity by doing less

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Many of Scrum propagators (mainly trainers and consultants who are “selling” Scrum) claim that thanks to them, Scrum Teams became hyper-productive. They claim that teams are able to deliver much more (up to 600%?) functionalities in the same amount of time. Scrum increases a team’s productivity – that can be a nice marketing slogan. But…

One of the things I preach about Agile is one of the base tenets of the Agile manifesto.

Working software over comprehensive documentation.

Precise comprehensice  documentation will not by itself make software product better.  The document is usually inaccurate within a couple of weeks after it has been delivered.  Often the document is used as a “Contract” to help define who to “Blame” when something isn’t “Correct”.

So you’re building something that looses it value quickly and can be used as a weapon later on against you.  Customer collaboration early on in a project and interacting with folks who are going to use the software will do more than that document.  Less is more.

Start with a small snowball, roll it down the hill and watch what happens.  If it falls apart just start over, it was a small snowball it should not take that much effort.  If the snowball got bigger than take it back up the hill and do it over.   Eventually, you will have a huge snowball that becomes the first deliverable.

I like to use Active Hi-Resolution Prototypes with the ability for reviewers to collaborate directly with the prototype and provide feedback.  The feedback and suggestions help to become a critical part of the “Document”.

via Scrum Is All About Doing Less (a Case Study) — DZone Agile Zone

GMH 030 Candle of Death, Spudger Tools

Magical Birthday Candles! Turn a boring birthday cake into an Extremely Fun show for all! Sensational central sparkler surrounded by birthday candles, it plays ‘Happy Birthday’ song when lit!

All you have to do is just light the “pistil” and watch the petals of the flower open with candles display beautiful sparkle on them and the “Happy Birthday” melody will be automatically played!

https://phonebibi.com/products/magical-birthday-candle

universal Convenient 23 in 1 Spudger Repair Prying Tool Kit Pro for iPhone for Samsung Cell Smart Phone for iPad for PSP for NDS

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Hot-Wholesale-Convenient-23-in-1-Metal-Spudger-Repair-Prying-Tool-kits-For-iPhone-Universal-Smart/32375062771.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.BqB8tR

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