[SVOSUG] 10/23, Arduino Night, buy a kit, build a kit, bring a board - Solaris

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    This Thursday, we will have several nice things to show folks with
    Arduinos, and for those who venture to build one we will be having a
    go with that also! The kits will cost $11-$12.

    We create a Wiki which you can see at the following link:

    http://www.genunix.org/wiki/index.php/Arduino_Interest

    When: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
    Where: Sun's Santa Clara Campus Mansion
    (SCA07 just across the road from the Auditorium)
    What: Arduino Night, buy a kit, build a kit, bring a board
    Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm

    Yahoo Maps:
    http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=37....Circle%2095054

    We are planning our next SVOSUG meeting, and I have mentioned this
    idea to several folks with great response, so I would like to start
    planning early enough since this meeting will present a lot of options
    to folks attending.

    To learn about the Arduino if you are not familiar with it, please go
    to the Arduino website at the following link. If you
    use Mac OSX, Linux, or Windows you can get the development software at
    a link from that site, and if you use FreeBSD you can find the
    development tools inside the ports collection, use pkg_add or make the
    port. If you use OpenSolaris, we will have the start of the tools
    available which you can use. We hope to continue working on these to
    have a stable set of tools just like the other platforms, and we are
    just getting this going (but do have it working).

    http://arduino.cc/

    As I have mentioned at several user groups, including the last
    SVOSUG meeting, we have been planning to build the Freeduino
    which is an inexpensive kit that is sold by Modern Device.

    http://moderndevice.com/

    These kits cost anywhere from $10-$15 depending on QTY in which you
    buy them. We will have some kits, cables, breadboards, and other
    chiatchkas which can be used with boards for development, but for many
    people we have determined it could be easier to buy a pre-assembled
    kit ahead of time. For that matter, if you want to ensure that you
    have a kit, should you want to build, buying one ahead of time will be
    the safest bet. You can get the Freedunio kit assembled from Modern
    Device, but I don't believe we will have any of those to provide, we
    will most likely only
    have bare bones kits. One of the big advantages of this board is that
    it can easily be plugged into a breadboard to connect other devices
    and/or route connections. This is convenient for development. You can
    get a serial to USB cable for these also, but that will cost about
    $20.

    The Diecimilia is a pre-assembled board that is available from several
    places, and this design originates from Arduino, AFAIK. One advantage
    of these boards is that they have a lot of options you can buy and
    connect to them, please see the MakerShed page as they have a lot of
    stuff listed. The Arduino is very popular with the Maker Groups around
    the country. There are many options known as shields that plug onto
    the Diecimilia, for various audio type devices (sound, piano synth),
    sliders, lights, USB, Ethernet, serial, cables, etc...so this is a
    very attractive package for many folks.

    http://www.makershed.com/SearchResul...3&Redirected=Y

    Given that there are so many options, and such a diverse set of skills
    within all of the local communities, people attending will have to
    make some decisions on what model they would like.

    I must add, 2 people have built the kits I know, one has done it in 20
    minutes, and another person has done it in just over 1 hour. We will
    have several soldering stations, but due to time constraints, we will
    be limited on how many can be soldered up, hence the 15 kits we have
    ordered to have on hand.

    I like to build things, so building one is attractive to me. I have a
    kit already, but will most likely solder mine before hand
    and will use that as another data point. This is also a good
    opportunity to learn how to solder and build a kit, there will
    be folks to help you if you do not know how.

    There is so much information, and so many places to buy, that we
    decided to reccomend only a few online stores to purchase from, but
    you can order from many more places on the net, and the Tech Shop in
    Menlo Park often has them for sale, but there is such demand for them
    that they sell out quickly.

    The places that we reccomend are: (not in any specific order;-)

    Modern Device, both kits and Diecimilia (BBB is the bare bones
    board kit, i.e., Freedunio).

    http://www.moderndevice.com/

    Maker Store, shipping is quick but prices are a tad higher, good
    selection.

    http://store.makezine.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=43

    Adafruit Industries, ladyada has done a lot of great stuff to
    help the Arduino community, quick shipping, and good prices,
    decent inventory.

    http://www.adafruit.com/

    Spark Fun Electronics, I love to look around this site, lots of
    widgets, boards, and other goodies...

    http://www.sparkfun.com/

    If you are unsure what you think you might like, please attend the
    meeting and and see several different boards, it might help you decide
    and understand the best option to hook up one to your computer. You
    will ultimately need some type of cable, to connect to your computer
    along with the board.

    We will have several cool demos to represent the type of development
    you can easily do with these boards, and that in
    itself will be interesting to many people, even if you are not
    interested in doing development yourself.

    We hold no favorites, the kits we have available are on a first come
    first serve basis (i.e., ALL communities, SVOSUG, BayLISA, and SVLUG),
    but we haven't decided a good way to pre-sale these kits to people,
    other than taking your word on good faith that you will show up and
    buy it. We suspect the kits will go fast as they are inexpensive and
    fun to build, but I emphasize that it

    is safest to get a kit or board ahead of time to have it in your
    possession. Also, building is not the best option for all folks,
    so keep that in mind. We will be available to help you if you are not
    familiar with soldering.

  2. Re: [SVOSUG] 10/23, Arduino Night, buy a kit, build a kit, bring aboard

    A friendly reminder of tonight's meeting.

    We have some giveaways we're raffling off.

    Everyone is welcome, on all systems, OpenSolaris, Linux, and FreeBSD,
    come
    one come all.

    Refer to my blog for latest info, and see the Wiki for info as well.

    My blog:

    http://blogs.sun.com/aland/

    Wiki:

    http://www.genunix.org/wiki/index.php/Arduino_Interest

    Alan DuBoff wrote:
    > This Thursday, we will have several nice things to show folks with
    > Arduinos, and for those who venture to build one we will be having a
    > go with that also! The kits will cost $11-$12.
    >
    > We create a Wiki which you can see at the following link:
    >
    > http://www.genunix.org/wiki/index.php/Arduino_Interest
    >
    > When: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
    > Where: Sun's Santa Clara Campus Mansion
    > (SCA07 just across the road from the Auditorium)
    > What: Arduino Night, buy a kit, build a kit, bring a board
    > Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm
    >
    > Yahoo Maps:
    > http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=37....Circle%2095054
    >
    > We are planning our next SVOSUG meeting, and I have mentioned this
    > idea to several folks with great response, so I would like to start
    > planning early enough since this meeting will present a lot of options
    > to folks attending.
    >
    > To learn about the Arduino if you are not familiar with it, please go
    > to the Arduino website at the following link. If you
    > use Mac OSX, Linux, or Windows you can get the development software at
    > a link from that site, and if you use FreeBSD you can find the
    > development tools inside the ports collection, use pkg_add or make the
    > port. If you use OpenSolaris, we will have the start of the tools
    > available which you can use. We hope to continue working on these to
    > have a stable set of tools just like the other platforms, and we are
    > just getting this going (but do have it working).
    >
    > http://arduino.cc/
    >
    > As I have mentioned at several user groups, including the last
    > SVOSUG meeting, we have been planning to build the Freeduino
    > which is an inexpensive kit that is sold by Modern Device.
    >
    > http://moderndevice.com/
    >
    > These kits cost anywhere from $10-$15 depending on QTY in which you
    > buy them. We will have some kits, cables, breadboards, and other
    > chiatchkas which can be used with boards for development, but for many
    > people we have determined it could be easier to buy a pre-assembled
    > kit ahead of time. For that matter, if you want to ensure that you
    > have a kit, should you want to build, buying one ahead of time will be
    > the safest bet. You can get the Freedunio kit assembled from Modern
    > Device, but I don't believe we will have any of those to provide, we
    > will most likely only
    > have bare bones kits. One of the big advantages of this board is that
    > it can easily be plugged into a breadboard to connect other devices
    > and/or route connections. This is convenient for development. You can
    > get a serial to USB cable for these also, but that will cost about
    > $20.
    >
    > The Diecimilia is a pre-assembled board that is available from several
    > places, and this design originates from Arduino, AFAIK. One advantage
    > of these boards is that they have a lot of options you can buy and
    > connect to them, please see the MakerShed page as they have a lot of
    > stuff listed. The Arduino is very popular with the Maker Groups around
    > the country. There are many options known as shields that plug onto
    > the Diecimilia, for various audio type devices (sound, piano synth),
    > sliders, lights, USB, Ethernet, serial, cables, etc...so this is a
    > very attractive package for many folks.
    >
    > http://www.makershed.com/SearchResul...3&Redirected=Y
    >
    > Given that there are so many options, and such a diverse set of skills
    > within all of the local communities, people attending will have to
    > make some decisions on what model they would like.
    >
    > I must add, 2 people have built the kits I know, one has done it in 20
    > minutes, and another person has done it in just over 1 hour. We will
    > have several soldering stations, but due to time constraints, we will
    > be limited on how many can be soldered up, hence the 15 kits we have
    > ordered to have on hand.
    >
    > I like to build things, so building one is attractive to me. I have a
    > kit already, but will most likely solder mine before hand
    > and will use that as another data point. This is also a good
    > opportunity to learn how to solder and build a kit, there will
    > be folks to help you if you do not know how.
    >
    > There is so much information, and so many places to buy, that we
    > decided to reccomend only a few online stores to purchase from, but
    > you can order from many more places on the net, and the Tech Shop in
    > Menlo Park often has them for sale, but there is such demand for them
    > that they sell out quickly.
    >
    > The places that we reccomend are: (not in any specific order;-)
    >
    > Modern Device, both kits and Diecimilia (BBB is the bare bones
    > board kit, i.e., Freedunio).
    >
    > http://www.moderndevice.com/
    >
    > Maker Store, shipping is quick but prices are a tad higher, good
    > selection.
    >
    > http://store.makezine.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=43
    >
    > Adafruit Industries, ladyada has done a lot of great stuff to
    > help the Arduino community, quick shipping, and good prices,
    > decent inventory.
    >
    > http://www.adafruit.com/
    >
    > Spark Fun Electronics, I love to look around this site, lots of
    > widgets, boards, and other goodies...
    >
    > http://www.sparkfun.com/
    >
    > If you are unsure what you think you might like, please attend the
    > meeting and and see several different boards, it might help you decide
    > and understand the best option to hook up one to your computer. You
    > will ultimately need some type of cable, to connect to your computer
    > along with the board.
    >
    > We will have several cool demos to represent the type of development
    > you can easily do with these boards, and that in
    > itself will be interesting to many people, even if you are not
    > interested in doing development yourself.
    >
    > We hold no favorites, the kits we have available are on a first come
    > first serve basis (i.e., ALL communities, SVOSUG, BayLISA, and SVLUG),
    > but we haven't decided a good way to pre-sale these kits to people,
    > other than taking your word on good faith that you will show up and
    > buy it. We suspect the kits will go fast as they are inexpensive and
    > fun to build, but I emphasize that it
    >
    > is safest to get a kit or board ahead of time to have it in your
    > possession. Also, building is not the best option for all folks,
    > so keep that in mind. We will be available to help you if you are not
    > familiar with soldering.


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