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November 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Component App

My Story: Disorganized Components? There's an App for That!

Jameco customer Mike Hankey looked high and low for an app that would help him keep track of his components, but couldn't find one with the functionality he wanted. In true DIY spirit, Mike made his own software – called WinHeist – and shared it with the world.

The app every hobbyist needs to keep track of components.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Send your electronic component story, project or challenge to [email protected]
Design your own circuit board

DIY: Hello Tidy Circuit, Goodbye Rat's Nest of Wires

If you've never designed your own PCB, you might think it's too complex and time consuming to do it yourself. But in reality, anyone can design their own PCB. Jameco Product Manager Ryan Winters walks you through the process in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Learn how to design your own printed circuit board.
Gamers

Gamers Option: From Basement to Business

As any weekend athlete knows, better equipment will generate better results. Here's a story about a couple of video gamers who modified their hardware to give them a huge advantage. Now their game controller modifications are a thriving business.

Check out the game hacks these guys dreamed up to create a huge competitive advantage.
ProtoDough

Product Review: Jameco BenchPro ProtoDough

Ideal for creating your own custom designs, easy to use and completely reusable – say hello to ProtoDough! This prototyping plastic is moldable, paintable, drillable and machinable. Jameco Product Marketing Engineer Jack Arcade reviews this new BenchPro product.

Is this solution better than a 3D printer?
JIMPAK

Jameco Memories: Do You Remember Jim-Pak?

Jameco once packaged electronic components in yellow and blue blister packs, labeled then Jim-Pak and distributed them to retail locations throughout the U.S. It seems like ages ago, but not for Jameco customer John F. Gorman. He not only remembers Jim-Pak, but shares his extensive collection with all of us.

You'll be amazed by what this Jameco customer has hanging on his wall!
Solar Power

Hot Club Jameco Kits and Projects

Solar Power Supply 5V/3.3V
With the Solar Power Supply Kit, you can choose between 5V and 3.3V. This project is based on a solar cell, constructed with two voltage regulators and includes a plastic enclosure.

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Breadboard Power Supply Module 3.3V or 5V Output
Learn how a switching mode power supply Buck converter works with this useful project. After completing the Breadboard Power Supply Module Kit, you can adjust the voltage output range from 1.8V to 12V.

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