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Soldering irons

A soldering iron is a hand tool used in soldering. It supplies heat to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two workpieces. For well over 4000 years mankind has known how to join metals together by soldering. In the 1800s and early 1900s soldering irons were still heated by flame.

KiCad video series: from concept to manufacture

Many electronics hackers have habit of using Eagle to design their PCBs. You’ll find plenty of support for this software as well as a lot of parts libraries, the free version of Eagle software comes with limitations (board area is limited to 4×3.2 inches, only two signal layers and the schematics editor can only create

How to Buy a Multimeter

Are you planning to buy a multimeter and need help? Here are some timps How to Buy a Multimeter covers what you need to know to select a meter for DIY electronics. It focuses on the needs for audio electronics, but it’s purposely kept general in nature. Handheld Digital Multimeters are mainly used to measure

Cable Tracers

Cable tracers are used for tracking and troubleshooting cables quickly. They are suitable for identification and maintenance of telephony networks and also for testing any kind of lines not-connected to the mains. Suitable applications are wiring test for computer Local Area Networks (LAN) and telephony extensions. There are countless cable tracers on the market, but

RSS, email and social media connection

RSS was meant to be a different way to present content. RSS technology evolution in online publishing promised to make it really easy to not only publish regular updates to web-based content, but also keep track of a large number of your favorite websites or blogs, without having to remember to check each site manually

Security tips for WordPress blogging

WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web: WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. This blog runs on WordPress. WordPress users may install and switch between themes and it plugin architecture allows users to extend its features. It support mobile well:

Awesome Product Improvements

Here is something to think on this Friday: 19 Awesome Product Improvements – At First, I Thought This Was Ridiculous. Then I realized some of them were Pure Genius. What’s something that you never notice may be wrong (or can be changed) until you see it done in a different way? – but is the

The Golden Age of Tech Blogging?

Is the golden age of Tech Blogging over or not? Here are two views: End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over article tells that like the film industry, the Golden Era is the emergence period, when fresh innovation in a new medium is born. New techniques, revolutionary content, and different

The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability article tells that interfacing between languages is increasingly important. You can no longer expect a nontrivial application to be written in a single language. The Challenge of Cross-language Interoperability has been a problem since the second programming language was invented. Solutions have ranged from language-independent object models such as COM

Interesting Analog Design Kits

I have read more than year ago (2012) interesting articles about Digilent‘s Analog Discovery Kit. I even quickly tried the WaveForms Software the cames with it (freely available and testable without hardware). It looked interesting, but I decided that maybe I don’t at the moment need this and skipped it (I did not even write