Changes to the site…

If you received an email about this post please hit reply and send so we know it worked. Seeing this blog post in your email means we’ve worked out the kinks in our new mailing list plugin.  Currently all users are notified when we make  a blog post about an event, class, or major announcement.  We’ve set up the plugin this way because the survey we sent out to our current mailing list showed overwhelmingly that you all prefer email communication.

If you’d like to unsubscribe just do so in the sidebar of the blog.  You may also register and edit the categories you would like to be subscribed to.  Hopefully in the future we’ll be making so many posts about classes and events, that we’ll move to a digest model for the mailing list, but for now it’s setup to work post by post.

In other news, we’ve successfully transitioned from our Google Calendar setup to a nice WordPress plugin with Eventbrite integration.  Have no fear though, we still have an iCal link available for those of you who use Google Calendar.  The events page of the site now shows a list or calendar view of all the upcoming events we’ve posted about.  The fancy Eventbrite integration now creates an event and embeds a registration box at the bottom of posts so we can keep track of planned attendance at events and classes, and also allows us to sell tickets.

LaunchPad un-boxing!

The boxes

I’ve been keeping this to myself until they finally came in, but I have a little surprise. I’ve ordered 3 MSP430s from Texas Instruments, 1 for personal use and 2 to be donated to Workshop 88. I ordered them July 17th, and they shipped October 29th and arrived today. What a fast turnaround, har har. Anyway, I thought I’d share my joy of un-boxing with everyone.

Wiki URL on the side

Meet the LaunchPad

A message from the MSP430 team

MSP430 LaunchPad

As you can see, the board ships without the headers soldered on. Other than that, the board is complete and even has an MSP430 pre-installed.

The Contents

The other contents include: A mini usb cable marked ROHS compliant, yay? The headers, and pins for the sides of the boards 2 sets of 10. A 32kz external crystal, to supplement the 16mhz internal clock. 2 LaunchPad Stickers. And last but not least, a second MSP430!

I suggest taking a look at Texas Instruments’ own un-boxing video, it’s pretty informative. Ok, ok, his is much more energetic, and he did it first.