January 29th, 2013

Had been to SP road in the afternoon today. Spent almost 5 hours there. Was tight on budget, so shopped carefully. But bought some very interesting stuff:

1. Top on the list is my brand new Raspberry pi board. This is the first one, and as of writing this post, I am already setting up XBMC media center on that and next will be moving the home automation server on to that. Will put up a separate thread on how it goes and some tutorials. Unfortunately 25$ board cost 3200 INR. Which is more then double the price. Sometimes its just tough being a maker in India.

2. I bought a power screw driver, so that fitting the home automation xbee boards wont leave me with a sore hand anymore.

3. Bought a solder pot, I badly needed one. Bought more LM35 temp sensors, 6 more water level sensors, CO sensor, LDR breakouts, 5v regulator breakouts, lots of jumpers and wires, and few more stuff.

4. Oh! I finally managed to get me electronics work bench “Helping hands”, they will make my life much much much easier now. Everyone who works electronics should have couple of them. Uptill now I was using self made ones. They were crude but served the purpose. I will post some picutres soon, so that it could be useful for someone.

5. Bought and replaced my HTC Incredible’s micro USB power port. When I had enquired at HTC service center, they had given me an exhorbiant price. I did it much cheaper. The port cost me 350 bucks and another 100 bucks to have it replaced at a local service booth at SP road. I could have saved the 100 if I had done it myself, but thats ok.

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