I didn't think about that. I wonder if there are any of these warehouses near here...
I was thinking about starting a review series on youtube for awhile now, I wonder if that would work. I suppose I could look into the legality of doing reviews on stuff I already use, and go from there.
I am intrigued by the idea of these places just tossing this stuff out. Like the thought of them tossing lots of working stuff just amazes me lol
And I know about the sampling thing, I got a few ICs from TI before, but I forgot to make sure they weren't extremely tiny SMD chips >_< . I try not to abuse the process with these places, only asking for stuff I can use, and only occasionally. Do you know of any places other than TI and Serpac that have a samples?
As for what I like to make, usually case mods, and modifications to how devices work, swapping components or adding components to enhance it's function or add some new function or enable something disabled. And LEDs. Lots of LEDs. But sometimes I will either realize I could make something to make some process easier, or of course there's the random ideas from my junk box. However I've always been pretty limited in tools and parts (I didn't even have a soldering iron until a few years ago!) but I still try to make stuff with what I have on hand. I haven't been able to make too much impressive stuff. A couple minty boosts, a portable 3DS speaker dock, a modified PSU for powering devices for testing, a gaming hand cooler (aka 2 80mm fans bolted to the back of my keyboard tray :D ), that level of stuff. Nothing programmable, almost no board based projects, unless the board existed for something else already and could be adapted.
I have one project I REALLY want to do, a pretty new idea, a complex game console case mod (which I am keeping secret until I can actually do it, I don't want someone to beat me to it!), and of course, I've always wanted to get my hands on an Arduino or some other development board and turn it into a robot, but of course everything costs money.
Most of my usable parts are normal through-hole hardware parts, and some small motors. I have a bunch of random chips, but none of them seem too useful for anything right now. All of them are for some one specific purpose and I cant think of any use for them.