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by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: PIC's and C Where to Start
Replies: 16
Views: 6222

A very, very good C compiler for PICs is MikroC by Mikroelektronika. Only downside is that you have to pay for it: http://www.mikroe.com/en/compilers/mikroc/pic/ - The one thing that makes it better than Microchip's C18 is that it has a library for doing lots of stuff (LCD - graphical/text, I2C, SP...
by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Projects & Kits
Topic: Merry PICmas kit
Replies: 14
Views: 5967

Update! I sent the size question to Nuts & Volts and they said it is 6" wide & 8" tall.
by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANTS ANTS ANT !!!
Replies: 39
Views: 5334

Well, I don't know if they will let you do this, but it might work.... Have a CO2 fire extinguisher slowly gas them. CO2 puts out a fire by displacing oxygen. I would think that if you could keep the CO2 in there long enough that it would work. I would hate to have to clean up all of the dead carcas...
by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: PIC's and C Where to Start
Replies: 16
Views: 6222

Since uC's are my favorite thing to work with, I thought I would chime in. First off, all of the other comments are excellent. I use PICs, mostly because I started with them and I have a lot of tools and boards to work with for them. That being said, if I had to do something very intensive, I think ...
by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SMT magnification suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 1809

I am looking at getting a illuminated magnifier. Most of these are only 1.25x or so. My budget is < $100 which is a big problem for finding a 3x one (any ideas of where to look?).

I think I will also get a 10 loupe, too, as bigglez suggested.

Kevin
by psycho
Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Projects & Kits
Topic: Merry PICmas kit
Replies: 14
Views: 5967

If I remember right, there are 11 different patterns. I showed my wife the video and she likes it. So, I'll get it for her for xmas. It will be for me, too, because I get to put it together :grin:
by psycho
Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SMT magnification suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 1809

SMT magnification suggestions

I am looking at getting a better magnifier for doing smt. Right now I use a regular magnifying glass which is getting to be a real pain. When doing SMT, what magnification do you all use? Originally I thought I would need 10x but I think 3-5x would work. Any suggestions from someone who knows more t...
by psycho
Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Projects & Kits
Topic: Merry PICmas kit
Replies: 14
Views: 5967

Merry PICmas kit

I am not one for kits (or Christmas), but, this one I like, as my better half lives for the season. I read the article and couldn't find any mention of the size of the tree. Does anyone know how tall it is?

Thanks,
Kevin
by psycho
Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: can't access nutsvolts online user id,password won't work
Replies: 13
Views: 2559

I know that when the accounts are initailly setup, you use your subscription ID (NVxxxx...) and your Zipcode.

I got that limit exceeded message last month. Just call them and they can reset it. I still don't know why I got it because I hadn't downloaded the issue yet.

Kevin
by psycho
Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: Up For Grabs
Topic: [F/T] AC power line Capacitors
Replies: 0
Views: 2606

[F/T] AC power line Capacitors

I have a bag of 20-30 Okaya AC caps. Most seem to be the XYE type here: http://www.okaya.com/oea/products.aspx?CategoryId=5# They are assorted values. Some have wires, some have pins. One is a snap-in 1000A surge protector. Since I will never use these, I want to get them a new home, so I will trade...
by psycho
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Getting Started w/PIC Microcontrollers - advice, please?
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

I have the EasyPic3 and I love it. I also have MikroPascal - which I hardly ever use anymore - switched to Microchip's C18 compiler. If you don't need any more that a 40 pin uC, the EP5 would be a great choice. If you need more than a 40 pin device, check out the BigPic or check out some of microchi...
by psycho
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about a schematic
Replies: 18
Views: 3637

Sorry the hear that, been there recently - 18 years was a good life for Grady, my cat. That sucks. This was a little more involved. My cat had 4 kittens and they all died of anemia. I am extremely bent out of shape about it. Tried to give two of them mouth to nose, but it didn't work. I blame mysel...
by psycho
Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about a schematic
Replies: 18
Views: 3637

Bad couple of days... One of our pets died :( Anyway, I am getting an order ready and I should have all the parts next week. So, hopefully, you can help me more then <please> I like mostly classic rock. A lot of rush, floyd, VH, Styx, REO - things like that. Plus a few hair bands from the late 80's....
by psycho
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about a schematic
Replies: 18
Views: 3637

I will take a better look at the isolation transformer tomorrow. If you know where it was soldered in (as a factory added-on fix) you can "buzz" out the circuit with your DMM and confirm where it was connected, draw it on the schematic or in your notes for future reference. I already made a note of ...
by psycho
Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about a schematic
Replies: 18
Views: 3637

So effectively in parallel with D578. Yeah. But, I am still not sure which one of the 2 possible parts it is... So, I replace D578, D584, Q26, Q27, Q28, U52 and possibly a few others, and remove Q24 & Q25, and then I should be able to test it. Unfortunately, I looked at that isolation transformer a...