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June 2011

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Life's Circle of Fun

By Greg Harris

Circle of Fun Life has a way of coming full circle. As kids, our focus is all about fun. At some point, however, most of us turn serious. In fact we turn on people who have too much fun and think of them as "immature." By the time we become seniors many will shed their seriousness, and while some could be labeled as "eccentric" most are encouraged to have more fun.

I spent a long weekend recently talking to Jameco fans at the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. One thing I heard consistently is that many people don't have time for pure fun in their daily life. Since the Maker Faire is a celebration of fun, it was a little hard to argue with the importance of the concept, but clearly many of us are frustrated that fun is not a daily priority.

At the risk of disagreeing with so many of the loyal Jameco fans I met, I think there is no reason to put off some serious fun until the retirement years.

The Maker Faire, in its sixth year, drew over 100,000 people and encourages the shedding of corporate seriousness to celebrate the making of things less mundane and just for the fun of it. I couldn't have asked for a better place to meet Jameco customers.

After two days of talking to customers who, quite frankly, were longing to have more fun in their life, I started to think about the importance of having fun in life. By clicking through on the link below, I'll combine my deep thoughts on my fun philosophy along with my photo blog from the wildest Faire on earth.

Jameco has fun at the Maker Faire.

Build Your Own Two-Way Optoisolator

By Forrest M. Mims III

Two Way Optoisolator On the one hand, Forrest M. Mims III is a little surprised that he can't find a commercially available two-way optoisolator. He claims to have been looking since 1970. On the other hand, any good engineer worth his weight in solder would have fun building his own. Forrest claims that it's a 60 second project, but you can be the judge for yourself.

Read Forrest's recipe and build your own!

My Story: Anemometer Telemetry System

By Kevin Cousineau

Jameco customer and pilot Kevin Cousineau of Lompoc, California, enjoys flying into the mountain resort of Tehachapi, California. Known for its wind farms, the local airport is a private facility and does not enjoy the benefit of federal funds to equip the airport with wind monitoring technology. As Kevin reported, his electronics junk box and the Jameco catalog came to the rescue to make this windy airport safer.

Read more about Kevin's project.

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]
Jameco Catalog

New Jameco Catalog

Jameco's Spring Catalog celebrates the best of our professional and hobbyist customers. The image is of the newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences which reflects the major design trend toward green energy-saving designs, but the photograph is shot by a hobbyist who built a 6 foot kite rigged to aim and shoot photographs as it flew over the building.

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Solar Light

Build Your Very Own Solar Powered Night Light

By Joshua Zimmerman

Imagine a self-sustaining night light that charges itself during the day and uses that saved energy to be used as a night light once it becomes dark. Joshua Zimmerman takes us through the steps from this Instructables project. It's easy enough for anyone to do for less than you would spend on a similar night light in stores.

Follow his step-by-step instructions and build your own fun light!
Product Update with Robert Cong

The Possibilities are Endless on the Internet

By Robert Cong

If it's not on the internet does it really exist? Ok, maybe that's a silly question, but the expectation is that everything should be on the internet and product expert Robert Cong, reviews a new product that will allow you to add internet capability to all your projects.

Learn about WIZnet's internet ready solutions.