Free PCBs massive fail, now shipping

Late last year I spun off the Dirty____ source code into a free PCB fulfillment system (Filthy Hole). The system is modeled after Amazon.com – print packing lists and prepaid shipping/address/customs form on 10x15cm labels. It is way easier for the back office to pick and pack, and follows the same workflow as Dirty PCBs. […]

On the first day of Taobao Christmas

Taobao, the Chinese shopping site that combines eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba, recently got a lot easier for foreigners to use. As Sjaak documented in his Taobao buying adventures a few years ago, most foreigners use an agency that takes payment via Paypal, purchases your babies, and forwards them to you via DHL or airmail. Even […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen registration ends this week

There’s about a month left before the third Hacker Camp Shenzhen. This time we’re checking out electronics and materials markets off the beaten path. There’s still plenty of time to book your ticket and get a visa. Ticket sales end on the 15th. Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 3: “Reflow” is on! Join us from Thursday […]

DIRTY TUESDAY: Measure PCBs and create images from gerber files

A few months ago we started a private PCB website so our team can get cheap PCBs from a fab in China. Someone spilled the beans, and it hit Hack a Day, Hacker News, etc. We almost shut it down, but it was too much fun to hack and refine the process. Dirty Tuesday is […]

SITE: comments fixed for real, new server coming

Finally, a real fix for the commenting bug that crops up from time to time. Recently, as well as a year and a half ago, WordPress comments would timeout or give NGINX 504 gateway errors. There were two issues, both related to over zealous security settings: Modsecurity was treating the comment submission, by some versions […]