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Surprising Trip to Sears Grand

June 8, 2008

After Lunch @ 5 Guys, my wife suggested a visit to the Sears Grand before a trip by the HyVee store for food stuffs.

I had only briefly visit the store after it made the transition from Super K-Mart form.

K-Mart was a source of some staples of my wardrobe at that time, and those selections were no longer stocked. I fell off my radar. (Do you find yourself wondering how some businesses stay in business. ‘I never shop/eat there…’ Just wondering.)

This trip had time to wander the aisles. Interesting selection of tech/electronics. Arguably better than the K. Although they suffer from the same pricing problems that everyone seems to, this instance seemed extra strange: 1GB SD card PNY = $9.99, 3-pack of 1GB SD cards PNY $39.99?!?! 😉

Excellent selection of tools, mostly Craftsman (of course!) so further trips are in order.

Of special note:
ICP Solar Charger Panel
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02871484000P

After coming home, I also found these items on Sears.com:
IceTech Foldable solar battery – 2800mAh high capacity rechargeable polymer battery
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_05720667000P

IceTech Portable pocket solar battery
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_05720637000P

Hmmmm, talk about Wish Lists… 😉

We are going to talk about tools, since we are going to talking about building/moding hardware.

Some of those tools may come from unexpected places…

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OpnShrts-EP0002-080524-And We’re Back

May 25, 2008

OpenShorts Podcast – The Revelation of Open Source and Hackable Hardware.

OpnShrts-EP0002-080524-And We’re Back

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ShowNotes:

Bug Labs Store

Announcing Pricing, Availability, a New Module, and More!

Dip then Dive into BUG Development, by Dave Mathews

LAPTOP Magazine Selects 2008 Mobile Maverick Award Winners

Open Source Programmable GPS Devices

Programmers, DIY Types Embrace Soft, Hackable Chumby

Chumby Store

Smári McCarthy on some issues with Open Hardware Licenses

Do-it-Yourselfers prep for Maker Faire

Maker Faire Austin 2008

Medvedev asked to close Russia for proprietary hardware

BBC’s Open-Source Radio

Olinda: A New Radio

OGD1: The Open Source Graphics Card

OGD1, Revision B (OGD1P-256DDAV; AS-000-0002)

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Little Brother

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Theme Music via MagnaTune: Artist – Ammonite Album – Reconnection Song – Open Road

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OpnShrts-EP0001-080225-10 Years On and New Beginnings

February 27, 2008

OpenShorts Podcast – The Revelation of Open Source and Hackable Hardware.

Episode 1 of OpenShorts!

OpnShrts-EP0001-080225-10 Years On and New Beginnings

ShowNotes:

State of Open Source Message: A New Decade For Open Source

Open Source Hardware Initiative
How open source electronics and hardware can be feasible, reproducible, and implementable.

Peggy from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
via CrackBlur http://crackblur.com/post/26784593

Ronja from Twibright Labs

Google Android – Open Source Hardware for semiconducting devices
via Linux and Open Source Blog

Open Handset Alliance

OpenMoko

Chumby hands-on: What fun

Chumby

Bug Labs: The Lego of gadgets

Bug Labs

Theme Music via MagnaTune: Artist – Ammonite Album – Reconnection Song – Open Road

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OpnShrts-EP0000-080221-HelloWorld

February 22, 2008

Hello World! Just a few words to let you know: Who is this guy and what, exactly going on here?

OpnShrts-EP0000-080221-HelloWorld

Remember, without OpenShorts you might just end up with a Short Circuit.

Now, Go out and Do Something, to Make Something, Do Something…

Hello world!

January 22, 2008

Welcome to the OpenShorts Podcast The podcast is all about Open Source and Hackable Hardware. I will be bringing you regular updates on the latest Open Source Hardware news, off-the-shelf hardware modifications and project ideas and tutorials. There is an lot of activity on the ‘net on everything from modifying the factory defaults to installing entirely new OSes on hardware you may already own. OpenShorts will bring you all the news on the newest modification possibilities. We can explore those options together. The Open Source Hardware arena is really getting exciting and we can explore the marvelous new toys as they come into existence. The good, the not so good and the just plain awful, OpenShorts will always give you honest opinions, and the best information I can gather.

Remember: Without OpenShorts, you might just end up with a Short-Circuit.

And now, Go Do Something, to Make Something, Do Something!