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September 2010

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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A Moment With Greg According to Wikipedia, the definition of "Web 2.0" is an "... application that facilitate(s) interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration." We've often wondered what would happen if you could harness the collective brainpower and creativity of the Jameco audience.

With that in mind, we thought we would take a bold step and try an experiment that is as likely to fall on its face as to soar to new heights. We're happy to live dangerously and will report one way or another if the Jameco community can rise to the challenge.

Reader Marshall Hankins, of Snowflake, Arizona, wrote me asking if we sold a product. The quick answer was "no," but the product was fascinating. We exchanged a few e-mails and he eventually admitted he didn't think the product had been invented yet.

Help us invent this future Jameco product. It's something all of us would buy, but unless we're missing something it simply doesn't exist.

Become a part of the Jameco Invention Challenge!

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].

Greg Harris
Vice President, Marketing
[email protected]
Test Your IQ

Test Your IQ

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Test your electrical IQ by identifying this image and why this 1947 creation is in our electronic component hall of fame.

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Regulating Measurement In A New Way

Are you a practicing musician? Do you love playing your instrument and improving your skill? Well, every musician needs to practice, but how can practice be complete without your very own homemade metronome? This beginner circuit can be a great way to spark your interest in electronics and circuitry.

Build your own with these instructions.

The Next Master of The Universe

Master Of The Universe Technology has brought up tremendous amounts of innovation designed to make our lives easier. From cell phones to GPS to portable music players and e-books, technology has allowed us to master our environment. Now, thanks to an innovative idea in home wiring from our friends at, you can be master of your domain as well, whether you’re there or not.

Learn how to to create your own control

Maker Faire Hits The Road

Maker Faire Attention New Yorkers, the Maker Faire is coming your way September 25 – 26, 2010 at the New York Hall of Science. As Team Jameco learned this year, you never know what wild creations you will see at a Maker Faire, but from what we understand there will be some fascinating new inventions from biofeedback apparel to mushroom spore music.

Get a preview here...

Product Updates

Arduino The term "Arduino" has been the most popular "search not found" term on the Jameco website. We watch what you are looking for and do our best to respond. That search will generate plenty of results today. Read more about what everyone is looking for.

Arduino... It's A Hit!