I’ve successfully assembled my second soldering kit: The Velleman MK130 ‘3D’ Christmas Tree. It’s a set of blinking LEDs that sit atop a 9V battery… or you can add some long wires and hang it as a Christmas ornament.
At any rate, it was good practice for soldering, and the result is kinda cute. See my YouTube Video of the Kit for the whole experience.
Since I’ve been doing Arduino work, I’ve accumulated a few board and Shield kits that I need to put together. I haven’t soldered since college, so I decided to brush up on my rusty skills by buying one of those little electronics project kits: a Velleman MK102 Flashing LEDs kit.
The front of the board doesn’t look too bad; only a few parts pulled away from the board a bit:
The back is the real giveaway that I’m a newbie: most of the soldering looks pretty good, but I see a couple cold solder joints, a couple dirty solders, and one pair of soldered points that are a bit too close for comfort – fortunately they didn’t short out.
Not bad for a first effort, and on par with the handiwork on many cheap electronic gizmos you might buy. Next I’m planning to solder one of those little Flashing LED Christmas Trees, which has many more components. Then I think I’ll be ready to have a go at one of the Arduino board kits!
Comment Spam is the bane of blogs: fake comments that are nothing more than links to sites offering high-fashion shoes, purses, and porn (curious set, no?)
I’d love to accept real comments from anyone who is not anonymous, but unfortunately Spam Comment robots happily provide fake identities. So I’ve had to restrict comments to people who have created an account on my site.
…but even that doesn’t take care of the problem. As this WordPress FAQ explains, the WordPress comment settings affect only future posts; existing posts are still targets for spam.
So now I’ve set up comments to work only for people who have accounts on this site, and have turned off comments for all my old posts.
Hopefully my new posts will welcome your comments, as long as you create an account with me. Sorry for the trouble; blame the Comment Spammers.
Periodically I record a favorite poem that’s in the public domain, because I believe poetry is meant to be read aloud. Today I’ve recorded W. B. Yeats’ “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” on my old Spoken Songs page. It’s a brilliant poem, with so much packed neatly into so little space.
Et proiectus est talpa – "and the mole was cast out"