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Free day...

Hey, so you've all heard of Free day over at SFE right? Doubtless everyone on LMR is participating, but I would just like to point out something. Buy only what you need. Try not to spend all 100 bucks available to you! Save some for others! If we all used 100 bucks, there would only be 1000 slots. If we used less, say 50 bucks, more people could join in! So please, just remember: This is a gift from Sparkfun. Please don't take advantage of it. Thanks!

Question: Arduino vs. Illuminato?

Has anyone had any experience with the Illuminato: Genesis board? I want one, but I need it to be 100% arduino compatible (save for the bling() function). You know, me being new to this stuff and all and the slight chance I may need to copy and paste a little. ;)

 

Anyways, anyone?

Questions on my new 16x2 Crystalfontz LCD display

This is mostly directed at voodoobot, because he has one of these same LCDs (sorry!) :D

However, most serial 16x2 LCDs are pretty much interchangeable... so anyone can help out here. I'm looking at the PDF datasheet here-

http://www.halted.com/objects/catalog/product/extras/23006_CrystalFontz_CFA632_v2.0[1].pdf 

(and while you are at it, check out HSC- http://www.halted.com/   Its a great surplus electronics store in California, so yeah. You can drop by them on Ryder Street in Santa Clara, or in Rohnert Park. There's another in Sunnyvale I think...)

LMR Store

 Hey guys, I just had and idea- how bout we make an LMR store?

ATMEL or PIC

Okay, this is just a little "this vs. that" quiz so I can find out what you guys generally prefer. Vote PIC for PICs or PIC based devices like PICAXEs and ATMEL for ATMELs and stuff like Arduinos.

Serial LCD Ideas

I was wondering about what I could do with a normal 16x2 serial LCD. Like what kind of projects do you think would be fun? A video game?
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Charge your batteries when you can't find the charger (DELETED)
Due to the large number of comments detailing the dangerousness of this, I have decided to delete it. An admin can fully erase this post if they wish. Read more
How to program a trusty PICAXE while running Ubuntu (or most Linux distributions)
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