Anyone know of a place I could just buy the little jack to connect a picaxe microcontroller to my computer?
There is nothing sacred about using a stereo jack with a PICAXE. The main reason was that when the PICAXE was being developed the DB-9 to stereo plug cables were readily availible for use with digital cameras and really cheap.
Personally, I use a 3 pin male header on my boards. It takes less space. All you need to do is make one stereo jack to female header adapter for your current cable and you are in business.
Digikey for 0.44
Mouser for 0.61
Comes out to about 12 cents each which is less than 1 tenth the sparkfun price but this company is in the UK. If you need a bunch it would be cheaper to order from here.When I bought them I ordered 50 or so since I use them on every board I make.
As of about an hour ago I'm boycotting Radioshack (long story). I want to be able to solder the jack onto pcbs really easily so I don't want any normal headphone jack where I have the socket dangling off of it. I checked Sparkfun, and they only have the cable version (I actually emailed them and asked about it). And Fry's only has the cable version as well. I'm looking for just the little jack that's seen on Picaxe boards.
Perfect! This is exactly what I was looking for! Does anyone know of a place I could get it in USD (the type that Ajster gave the link for so I can solder in easily)?
Where you at? Radio Shack, Fry's, pretty much any electronics store. Mouser.com, Digikey.com, Sparkfun.com (should be there somewhere) for a few online places, pretty much any online store too.
Or, pirate one out of a walkman. I have a few desoldered from old PC front panels.
It's a standard 1/8 inch stereo headphone jack I believe.
edit = or 3.5mm if that's how you roll.