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July 2013

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Elena Sherman

My Story: "A Woman Working with Computers?"

By Elena Sherman

In 1952, a nine-year old girl walked into her father's factory to figure out how to program the new "strange beast" that had left the male staff puzzled and stymied. That afternoon, little Elena tamed the early IBM 402, unlocking the first door to a brilliant career in computers and electronics. Was the world ready for a woman technical superstar? She would go on to teach IBM a thing or two about women's place in technology.

Read the story of this technology trailblazer.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Share your electronic component story, project, or challenge, and we'll share it with the world. Send your story to [email protected]
Wire

Wire & Cable: A Basic Primer

Wire doesn't nearly get enough respect. Wire is quite literally the backbone of the digital world, yet very few are truly wired into the world of wire. Do you know the difference from one wire option to the next?

Get hooked up with wire options and cable codes.

The Tale of the Monkey Light

MonkeyLight By Dan Goldwater, Founder of MonkeyLectric

Like many tales of innovation, this one starts with a tinkerer who just wanted to create something fun. As soon as Dan Goldwater perfected a "persistence-of-vision" effect for the wheels of his bike, people began stopping him to ask, "Where can I buy one?" Dan realized the product potential, yet he faced technical challenges in ruggedizing the electronics to withstand extreme conditions.

The garage prototype faces real world modification challenges.

Recognizing and Encouraging Good Ideas

Good Ideas By Gerard Fonte

For every new product idea that catapults a company to market leadership, there is another that drags a company down. Determining which ideas go to R&D and which end up in the trash is a critical business process. Author Gerard Fonte offers best practices for managing the idea process, so engineers and managers could determine whether an idea is the next Pet Rock, or just another rock.

Separating the good ideas from the not-so-good ideas
LED Cube

DIY: Club Jameco's All-Time Best Selling Kit

Congratulations Club Jameco! The hobbyist site recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Since its launch last summer, the club has welcomed over 5000 members and 800 project submissions and currently has over 100 member-created projects available for builders of all skill levels. The best-selling kit so far? It's the Party Dazzler 8x8x8 inch LED cube!

Build your own LED Party Dazzler!
Club Jameco

Club Jameco Fun DIY Game Projects

LCD Portal
This project is a fun example of what's possible with a simple ATMega chip coupled with Jameco's 16x4 LCD panel. Build this powerful user interface for your ATMega-based projects.

Shouting Match
Learn how to use LEDs, op amps and comparators to make a voltage-controlled oscillator, ramp generator and signal amplifier and be able to measure the intensity of sound bursts.

Submit your project brief!