My more serious maker pals use soldering stations that cost about $500. I get along with cheapies like this $14 kit>, which is highly rated on Amazon. It comes with a number of different tips, a tweezer, and a supply of solder. This iron, plus Donald Bell’s $3 solution for keeping components secure while you work on them, makes for a low-cost soldering set-up.
I’ve used this 12-outlet power strip (under my desk and against the wall) for years and it has never given me any problems. The outlets are spaced far apart so I never have to worry about adapters covering up neighboring outlets. It’s 4 feet long and made of metal and the power cord is 6 […]
My guest this week on the Cool Tools podcast is Dean Putney. Dean is the founding software engineer at laser cutter startup Glowforge in Seattle. Previously he wrote software for organizations like Reddit, IDEO, Boing Boing and Cool Tools. Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on […]
My teenage daughter and I have been playing a computer game from 1981 called Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. I’ll have more to say about it later, but it is even more fun playing it this time than when I played it in the early 80s. One of the best parts is drawing […]