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Mon, 26 Nov 2007
Materials
If you're going to make stuff or hack stuff you've got to have materials and a source for them. There are a lot of good sources for stuff some are obvious and some aren't. Then there's always dumpster diving...

A good price is also important. Why would you buy a component at "Rat Shack" when you could get if for free by pulling it from a trashed stereo?

Here are the locations we like to haunt and some of the interesting items that we've found.

posted at: 21:11 | path: /Materials | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 01 Aug 2007
The 99 Cent Store
OK, you may be shaking your head and thinking that I'm crazy, but the 99 Cent Store (and other 99 Cent-like stores) can have some really useful stuff. The good stuff comes and goes so if you see something that's really cool it's best to grab one, or twenty, when you have a chance.

When shopping, really take a good look at the stuff. Think about what's inside and the shape of the case. Turn it upside down. Ask yourself, "What could I make out of this which may be completely different from what it's supposed to be?"

Some of the parts in these things you might be able to get cheaper if you bought in large lots, but what are you going to do with a ten thousand LEDs? (don't answer that) Depending on what you get, the components may be way cheaper than if you bought them at the local hobby shack. I saw a flash light with eight high intensity white LEDs. That's a deal. Most of their calculators have "fake" solar cells but every once in a while they have one with a real 1.5V solar cell. Cool! Even the coin cell batteries in these things cost way more if you bought them separately. Buy it, pull the batteries and chuck the rest!

Anyway, here's some cool, or strange, stuff that we've found.

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