[Noisebridge-discuss] [sudo-discuss] atmega32u4 arduino leonardo clones for $5 including shipping - set up a kid!

John Withers jwithers at reddagger.org
Wed Dec 11 23:31:01 UTC 2013

Ethernet sheilds are ard version dependent. I can't remember where the 
break was, but after X ard, you had to have the ethernet shield for the 
new ards. Not saying the shield didn't work, but I have the same 
experience as jake, only moreso. I have ordered at least 30 ards in 
various form factors from asian suppliers in the last couple of years. 
One of them might have been bad out of the gate, but I suspect that the 
circuit I was attaching it to was feeding back intermittently since a 
"real" uno blew up attached to the same circuit soon after.


On 12/11/2013 02:09 PM, Jake wrote:
> well it's hard to say if they're from the same factory, but i 
> certainly have four here that came in last month and they seem to work 
> fine.
> as for your ethernet shield, i'm sorry it didn't work out but i would 
> be curious what was wrong with it.. and those things can be sort of 
> hard to configure so how sure are you that there was something wrong 
> with it?
> anyway I think the risk is worth it, considering the price.  Any 
> factory is going to make bunk parts and i'm glad that China ships the 
> bad ones instead of throwing them in the trash - at least you can put 
> them in the hack pile and do something with them later.
> if you get defective parts, you just tell them and they ship you 
> replacement ones immediately, no questions asked and no need to ship 
> the old one back.
> -jake
> On Wed, 11 Dec 2013, Gregg Horton wrote:
>> have you tried out these arduino clones? i remember getting burned 
>> buying a bootleg ethernet shield once.
>> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>>       for less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee, you can 
>> rescue a child from the boredom of not having their very own 
>> microcontroller to program.
>> http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313&_nkw=atmega32u4&_sacat=0&_from=R40
>>       while you're shopping for all the kiddies on your list, get a 
>> spool of addressable LEDs for just 27 cents per light - and cut the 
>> spool into pieces whose length corresponds to how
>>       much you care about each recipient.
>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/WS2812B-WS2811-RGB-LED-Strip-5M-150-300-Leds-60LED-M-Individual-Addressable-5V-/231105154168?pt=US_String_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=&hash=item35cef0cc78
>>       and of course they will need a way to power the thing while 
>> they're wearing it, so don't forget a rechargable USB battery pack 
>> for only $2.53
>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-Mobile-Power-Bank-USB-18650-Battery-Charger-Key-Chain-for-iPhone-MP3-/370952498512?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item565e7ded50
>>       don't forget micro USB cables: (short or long)
>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/10CM-USB-2-0-A-to-Micro-B-Data-Sync-Charge-Cable-Cord-For-Cellphone-PC-Laptop-TE-/121199903418?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item1c3813c2ba
>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-USB-2-0-Male-A-to-Data-Charger-Cable-Android-MID-Amazon-Kindle-fire-4-TE-/121199914955?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item1c3813efcb
>>       and here's the source to get it to do POV with one color:
>>       https://github.com/jerkey/pov_ws2811
>>       maybe someone will make a color POV for it?
>> http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/08/08/coming-soon-minipov-rgb-led/
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