Anyone going to DEF CON this week? If you're there, look for me -- I'll probably spend most of my time in the Hardware Hacking Village. If you want to organize a meet-up, PM me and we'll make it happen.
Jon: My conflict has evaporated! I’m enroute now. Will be in LV Wednesday. Details to follow later via PM.
Team JonnyMac and Team JRoark hooked-up for dinner last night and new friends were made. Jon & Friend were both class acts and we enjoyed their company immensely. Dinner started at 7 pm, and we closed the place if that gives you a feel for the mischief factor. Lol!
@"Ken Gracey" FWIW, Jon is doing a damn-Skippy amazing job of bringing Parallax hardware to the masses in the Hardware Hacking Village. There is a very positive response from the community re: P2. And today, while in line for a different event, I overheard two guys chatting about “that new chip from Parallax with the crazy I/O stuff”. The word is spreading. World dominance may follow.😜
Any other Parallaxian board members at DEFCON this year?
Not until the statute of limitations runs. 🤣
Jon may have some. Dunno.
Great to hear you guys got together. I met up with Jon for a fun morning ~2 months ago. We hit an electronics swap meet, did lunch and then I showed him my local electronics store. As you said, he's a class act and knows something about everything! The hours flew by.
You're both very kind, and I am happy -- and lucky! -- to have you as friends. Another friend and colleague pointed out today that DEF CON was good for me because it got me out of my cave. He's right. Seeing old friends (like Ryan Clarke that I met at Parallax 20 years ago), making new friends, and meeting online friends -- all of it was very good for my soul. I hope more people who interact through these and other forums will meet when it's possible. It's nice to put a face to a name, and to share stories and laughs over a meal. I had that pleasure this weekend with Jeff, and a couple months ago with Eric. Again, I am a lucky guy, and if I can be a bit selfish, I can't wait to see both of you again.
Well, these are the only pics I can share. When I got word I'd be able to go, I knocked out a quick P2 accessory board for testing SAO's. Since that's only four IO lines, I included a Sparkfun Qwiic connector, a button, and two APA102Cs (2-wire pixel). I had to do this in an evening to get boards turned around in time so I could build. Small, and simple, but helped me feel like a participant at the con.
Sharp eyes will see my mistake: I wasn't thinking about the box header that some people use on their SAOs -- that bangs into the Qwiic connector.
Whoops! I also misspelled Qwiic on the board!!! This is what I get for doing a layout in an hour and sending it to a PCB fab before "sleeping on it" and doing a review
Where do you get your rapid-turn PCBs fabbed? They look nice -- and they'e not green.
PCBWay.com. Even without a rush, the turn-around is quick. I like that I can get a stainless stencil for $10, too. This is worth the expense to me; using the stencil helps produce nicer boards (IMO). Right now, the biggest part of the PCB expense is the shipping from Shenzen to the US.