Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


Date: March 12th, 2009

What is the deal with TQFP ZIF sockets?

12 March, 2009 (19:21) | Toys | 3 comments

Most ZIF sockets aren’t exactly cheap, but TQFP sockets are in the range of insanely stupid pricing. I’m pondering a TQFP programmer that I can pop the chips into, but most of these little guys are $150 or so. I asked Bunnie, one of the more hardware savvy people I’ve met about it – and [...]

New horse, er Soldering Iron

12 March, 2009 (18:44) | News, Projects | 1 comment

I used to sport a pretty decent Tenma soldering station, but it moved on and I’ve been settling for lesser irons since. I finally upped my game a bit with a new dual purpose soldering station: the Aoyue 968 SMD rework station. Ian put together a pretty decent review of his on Hack-A-Day (one of [...]