Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Southerly: I Fell Down, in reply to David Haywood,

    That’s exactly what I was after six (my God time goes so quickly) years ago – thank you so much! Bob and I will need to make some PCBs later this year so that information is super-helpful.

    Has Bob learned to solder yet? if not I'll send you a kit (mail me at paul@taniwha.com) we're teaching 8-13yr olds (8 kids an hour at a time) at the local Hive MakerPartys we're putting on locally.

    I'm also giving away cheap Arduino based electronics kits to local (Dunedin) kids - let me know if you think Bob is up to this:

    http://www.moonbaseotago.com/dunedin-arduino/

    learning to learn by screwing up is an important skill!

    I’ve done plenty of learning when designing PCBs then. My speciality for many years was somehow always forgetting a pull-down (or pull-up) resister somewhere on the board…

    Actually I was thinking more of Bob :-) learning to not get discouraged and try and debug and fix things when they don't work is an important life skill

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: I Fell Down, in reply to steven crawford,

    I cut the circuit boards out on the mini mill using open source software from MIT.

    I teach PCB design at the local Makerspace (I can get most people up and productive in an hour or two). Most people don't have access to a mill, but these days cheap proto boards from China are readily available - there are many places that fab you full spec 2 sided boards - my current fave is:

    http://www.dirtypcbs.com/

    10 boards for $14 including shipping means you can afford to screw up as you learn (and learning to learn by screwing up is an important sklill!). The bulk boards I have made to teach kids soldering cost under 50c.

    Grab the free copy of Eagle to start with http://www.cadsoftusa.com/download-eagle/freeware/ - feel free to poke me if you need help

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Budget 2016: Fantasyplan,

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    Today's Tremain

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  • Polity: Budget 2016: Dull on top, hollow…,

    First Dog explains the budget - it could be ours

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  • Polity: Budget 2016: Growth for the…,

    Ah but the spies get $300m .... all the better to see you with my dear ....

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  • Polity: Budget 2016: Dull on top, hollow…,

    So I heard a little of this on the radio, I don't listen to parliament much, English moved the first reading of the bill ... I assumed it would be read out loud .... but no, 20 seconds later he moved the second reading, not even enough time for MPs to read it quietly to themselves .... why do they bother?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    he must pay all his tax up front, I wonder if you get a discount if you do that

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  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    Oh Rob, don’t let facts get in the way, Mike (thinks he) is more important than you because he’s on TV

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    actually I just checked with the source, apparently money for food is not usually required to be paid back but money for other things (getting a car fixed etc) is - and it comes out of your benefit, often at a rate that's too high (she says how much is negotiable if you know you can do that)

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    My partner is a social worker, I guess the whole WINZ-loan thing is not a surprise to me - but it goes beyond housing .... show up at WINZ hungry, unable to feed the kids, and they'll offer you a loan too ..... and I'm pretty sure payback comes out of your ongoing benefit too.

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