NZ Post Price Increases – Nov-2020

We have increased our base shipping prices for small packages due to NZ Post significantly increasing prices and the introduction of a much more complex and time consuming customs form. For smaller Air-Post packages, until recently we would print the address label, attach it to the package and complete a […]

nz post customs form

Panasonic AA Alkaline cell

AA Batteries

NiMh Cells Seem To Be Fading Away We have used NiMh cells for years, but they are now harder to find and a lot more expensive.  So we are switching the main batteries over to 18650 lithium cells.  We still need a stable and safer backup cell. So I Got […]


Fix the WP Block Editor

The problem: As of WordPress V5.0 they have inflicted the block editor onto us.  I suspect this is a very bad attempt at a sort of year-1 finger-painting for web page creation.  It may suit one page school projects quite well for anyone who has grown up with cellphones and […]


MinimOSD micro for FPV plane

Simple FPV OSD

Wanting an OSD to display the basics and GPS information in a small FPV plane but not wanting to waste a lot of time playing flight controllers, I decided to try the MinimOSD Micro running with just a GPS module and a small current sensor. I don’t run Windows so […]


Vodafone accidental disconnect – again

What is most annoying is that Vodafone created the fault and we had to wait two days for the repair. If they had said “oops our-bad” and repaired it same day – even if it was overtime – it would have saved me a lot of time, I wouldn’t be […]

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68hc11 evs

MC68HC11EVS and M68EM11E20

This unit has gone to a new home A piece of our micro development past has moved on as of April-2019. During the late 1990s I developed some home automation controllers based on the 68HC11E20 which was one time programmable in a 52 pin PLCC package and later the 68HC11 […]


Strange Microchip PIC behaviour

A 10  minute change that has taken 3 days I needed to change a time delay in a 8-pin PIC12F675 project started 4 years ago but has been updated since.  No problem I thought, change the time, recompile, save a new output file and program some chips. But the chips […]

dip vs soic pic-micro

mouser

Mouser Order Delayed

Conclusion – Resolved Keep enough stock on hand – but how much is enough.  Don’t rely on suppliers to come through if you are caught short. Mouser did resolve the issue and release the order. But we will have a 4-5 day gap in production. Not Always Quicker Being a […]