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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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ESP8266

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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GMH-039 Tutorial Embed your Google Calendar in your website

This tutorial shows how to embed your personal Google calendar into your website. It also shows how to get a simple link to share with others if you don’t have a website.

Sometimes you need to share your Google calendar, with other people, so that they can schedule events for you.

Google does allow you to share your calendar, directly with another user.
That calendar could have details, you may not want others to be viewing, like your doctor appointment’s, or when you exercise.
The alternative is, to share the calendar with any scheduled events, where all events are shown as busy, with no details.

Google can generate HTML code, called embedded code, that can be copied into a web page, to allow people to view your calendar.

To reduce the risk of people viewing events you don’t want to be seen, you can divide your events into multiple calendars.
For example, one calendar could be personal and private events and, another calendar could be business events.
If like me, you work for more than one client, you may have a separate calendar, for each client.

NOTE: This video was an experiment using all of the new things I’ve learning from some Camtasia training. I may have gone a little overboard 😉

It uses Natural Reader and a voice to give me that British tone that so many other YouTube videos have. So a learning experience with Text to Speech (TTS).
Some of the TTS text is shown above. NOTE: Listen to how “Peter” pronounces Git Hub, it’s a hoot.

It required blurring to hide some of my personal stuff from prying eyes. I’ll try to avoid doing that shit again.

I did custom music mixes. So another new learning experience using audio mixing. There must be people out there who do this stuff for cheap.

I wrote a simple HTML template and created a GitHub repository for it. More new skills.

After 5 hours creating a PowerPoint template (It can be used over again), typing in the narration (Forced me to learn how to make sentences sound correct), capturing the Powerpoint slides, mixing music, syncing the voice with the slides, capturing sequences from the browser, Microsoft Visual Studio Code and FileZilla….
a 10:18 video was created.

Was it worth it? I hope so. Please let me know in the comment section below what you think of this experiment.

If you learned something then click on the Like hand.

You could give me the ultimate compliment and Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Now, Take a little time, and force yourself to learn something new.

Link to HTML Template code at GitHub

https://github.com/GeekMustHave/Embebed-Google-Calendar

 

GMH 038 Postbag Carabiner Gernade, Smith Wesson Knife, SOG Tactical Knife

EDC.1991Carabiner Grenade aka Money Paw Survival Kit

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Outdoor-Camping-EDC-GEAR-Carabiner-Grenade-550-Paracord-Survival-Kit-Fishing-Kit-with-Fire-Starter-and/1948970_32754407036.html

Includes

* 3.5 meters 550 Paracord
* Cotton Tinder
* Aluminum Foil
* Eye Knife
* Needle
* Wire
* Fire Starter
* Weights
* Swivels
* Fishing Hook
* Floats
* Fishing Line
* Knife

Smith and Wesson Tanto lock Knife

https://meh.com/forum/topics/2-for-tuesday-smith–wesson-black-tanto-tactical-knives

* 7Crl7Mov High Carbon Stainless Steel
* Composite Handle
* Liner Lock
* Tanto style tip
* Blade length: 3.3″, Just legal

SOG Tactical Knife

* Fast assist
* Serrated edge
* Pocket clip on either end
* Paracord cutter when knife is closed
* Safety lock

I hope you enjoyed this video and if you liked it or my escapades then click on that LIKE button.

Any questions or feedback is greatly appreciated.

I have a companion blog https://GeekMustHave.com where I preach technology.

Do a Geek a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would really appreciate it.

Now… go build something… remember measure twice

GMH 038 Postbag Carabiner Gernade, Smith Wesson Knife, SOG Tactical Knife

EDC.1991Carabiner Grenade aka Money Paw Survival Kit

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Outdoor-Camping-EDC-GEAR-Carabiner-Grenade-550-Paracord-Survival-Kit-Fishing-Kit-with-Fire-Starter-and/1948970_32754407036.html

Includes

* 3.5 meters 550 Paracord
* Cotton Tinder
* Aluminum Foil
* Eye Knife
* Needle
* Wire
* Fire Starter
* Weights
* Swivels
* Fishing Hook
* Floats
* Fishing Line
* Knife

Smith and Wesson Tanto lock Knife

https://meh.com/forum/topics/2-for-tuesday-smith–wesson-black-tanto-tactical-knives

* 7Crl7Mov High Carbon Stainless Steel
* Composite Handle
* Liner Lock
* Tanto style tip
* Blade length: 3.3″, Just legal

SOG Tactical Knife

* Fast assist
* Serrated edge
* Pocket clip on either end
* Paracord cutter when knife is closed
* Safety lock

I hope you enjoyed this video and if you liked it or my escapades then click on that LIKE button.

Any questions or feedback is greatly appreciated.

I have a companion blog GeekMustHave.com where I preach technology.

Do a Geek a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would really appreciate it.

Now… go build something… remember measure twice

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.

 

 

Learning over Delivery, the Experimentation culture, it’s OK to be wrong

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Large organizations want to be like lean start-ups but they need to rethink how they hire, incentivize and manage their staff to become an agile organization. Organizations should reward teams for making low-risk decisions based on what they can learn quickly and build in the value of learning in addition to delivery. By Ben Linders

“Look what I did!”  is one of the favorite statements I like to hear from developers in the teams I work in.  Like a parent who hears this utterance from their child sometimes you are amazed and at other times you just say “That’s nice”.  You never discourage the kids from trying things out.  This includes those kids who just happen to be developers.

Many companies don’t embrace the “Need to Learn” in order to be relevant.  This results in me getting calls to help companies replace developers who have left with the explanation “I’m stagnating here, my skills are drying up”.

I didn’t know that “Failure” was a four-letter word.  A mistake you learned something from is not a failure.  A mistake you repeat and never learn the lesson is the failure.

This interview with Jeff Gothelf, author, coach, workshop leader and public speaker, is about Scaling Lean at Craft 2017.

via Scaling Lean Startup: Principles over Process — InfoQ

GMH 037 ToolTyme Menards

This is Tool Tyme video of Menard’s tools for my tool case. A number of inexpensive but still useful tools for a geek.

Items in this Tool Tyme haul

1. Lighted LED Tweezers $2.00
2. Tekton SAE / Metric nut driver bit set $7.00
3. Screwdriver set with small and medium swappable Flat/Phillips heads $3.00
3. ToolShop Precision screwdriver set 4 Flat head, 2 Phillipps $2.00
4. General 5X Eye Loupe $2.00
5. Ballon 6x / 10x Loupe (Not Menards) $4.00
6. Ekland Hex L-wrenches $2.00
7. Ekland Torx-L $5.00
8. TooShop 7 piecer tweezer set $3.00
9. Jumping Jack Phone Tablet Clip $2.00
10. Memorex 7″ Android Table $29.95
This is another of the “Lost” videos recovered after the server update. This was back in March and was one of the first attempts at retrying to use Camtasia (TechSmith) to perform the post-film editing. The editing was sloppy as I was trying to salvage a single long video into something usable. The lesson learned here is that it is not possible to take a single-take video and have it be easy to edit.

Shortly after this video was done I began having problems with Camtasia and I switch to VideoPad which at first seems to be more reliable. However, after a few videos, I discovered that it was taking about 1/3 extra time to render and longer video segments would get frozen on one frame for 30-120 seconds making the video useless.

I hope you enjoyed the video and if you liked it or my escapades then click on that LIKE button.

Any questions or feedback is greatly appreciated.

I have a companion blog GeekMustHave.com where I preach technology.

Do a Geek a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would really appreciate it.

Now… go build something… remember measure twice

GMH 036 Deconstruction Geek gotta have pot and knobs

This very long 28 minutes deconstruction video is more stuff from the University surplus center, there is a ton of it in my basement. Do you think I got $25 worth of stuff from this college junk? Let me know in the comment section.

This time I was after knobs, meters, and counters from a pre-amplifier that was $3 and 6 Shure microphone mixers at $1 each.

A Geek has gotta have pot and knobs.

This another of the “Lost” videos reclaimed after the new server move. Very similar as to the stuff you find behind the couch when you move it.

The quality is poor and this video has taught me many lessons

* Short video segments are easier to edit than loooooong ones
* Rambling is not interesting
* Indirect lighting works better than overhead lighting
* Jump to fast mode and back in not a good effect
* 20+ minute videos are just not popular or interesting
* I have broken up with my girlfriend (Camtasia) because my new girlfriend (ViedoPad) treats me better
* It’s ok not to know everything, just go back and fill in the blanks later
* 3+ hours to edit any quick video it just too long
* Too much editing makes the final result look choppy

If you watched this entire video then I will buy you a beer the next time I see you, you deserve it.

I hope you enjoyed this video and if you liked it or my escapades then click on that LIKE button.

Any questions or feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Now… go build something… remember one man’s junk is another man’s goodies.

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

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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.

 

Yet Another Icon Generator only this one written with Vue.JS

Quickly create great looking favicons and general purpose ones Continue reading on Vue.js Feed »

Font Awesome is a great collection of Free ICONS but customizing them to look pretty for your application has been tedious.  The website has been written using Vue.JS as one of its components.  It is a great example of how Vue.JS can make the user interface look and perform “awesome”.   Give it a test drive at the following link.  I used it today for a handful of Blueish 128 pixel square ICONS for a quick project.

via Font Awesome Icon Generator using Vue.js — Vue.js Feed