@philpax If you just never leave the opening area, it makes a nice cat colony simulator

I think this qualifies as retro computing hardware these days. This fancy thing is a DVD+-R/RW drive rescued from my long-dead MacBook! I don't actually own any CDs to test it with so I had to borrow one from Honghong.

@maltman23 How do we indicate that a workshop is for the Hardware Hacking Village?

@theterg We haven't had any real issues that were caused by the Pi hardware, but our production runs are <10k pcs. I see the microSD as a big plus, it makes provisioning them quite painless compared to on-board EMMC or SSDs.

These were placed inside test jigs, and delivered to our contract manufacturer for use as a black box tester/programmer. They tested a lot of art proejcts and blinkies!

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Found some generic test rigs we made for small productions back in the day. They are based on a Raspberry Pi 2, and have a variable power supply with current measurement, ARM and AVR programming headers, digital and analog IO, connectors for a 'start' button and pass/fail indicator LEDs, and an RTC (since you won't get internet access in a small Chinese CM, especially in 2016!)

One year tool review: This Wiha ESD safe small bits set works wonderfully for handling all manner of small screws and bolts. It's very compact, and I can always find exactly the end I need, much nicer than the drawer full of miscellaneous drivers that it replaces. eleshop.nl/wiha-micro-bitset-7

@priscillaharing Congratulations! This sounds dangerously close to rocket science though ;-)

Logging in to a site these days is simple. I just:

1. Open password manager
2. Type in master password
3. Touch fingerprint sensor to authenticate myself with the password manager
4. Search for the correct entry and copy the username and password into the browser
5. Find Yubikey and connect it to the computer when prompted
6. Touch the Yubikey to assert presence.

And I'm in!

@th convenient access to the submarines, though

@ranjit Thanks for sharing, that was a much better explanation about how they work!

Recently learned about telecentric lenses, which are designed to capture an orthographic scene: youtube.com/watch?v=8xP4lr1ojT . The one in the video is less expensive than I imagined, only $10k ;-) edmundoptics.com/p/0045x-23-c-

The £22.50 Pimoroni microscope lens is a nice upgrade. The picture quality is good, and the mechanism is simple- you twist the lens to change the zoom, and physically move the lens further or closer to your object to focus, like a microscope. The aperture appears to be fixed. I'm waiting on a (used) industrial lens to try next. shop.pimoroni.com/products/mic

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