Saturday, June 11

AliExpress #24 - Multimeter A830L LCD Digital



Multimeter A830L LCD Digital
Day 56

I was happy when this arrived, and I was able to compare the results of different tests between this one and the ADM02 I purchased earlier. The results were very close to the same. The main differences between the two, is the ADM02 has a MAX value button which you do not have to hold, and the ADM02 will auto range.

Good value for your money
  • Order #29
    • Day 16   - Ordered
    • Day 18   - AliExpress displays Shipped
    • Day 56   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 40 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video, Tracking, and Order Information











AliExpress #23 - A6 Mini Plastic Caliper (tool)


Mini Plastic Caliper
Day 56

Ok this was just a fun kind of purchase. How cheap would a 86 cent plastic caliper feel? Today I have found out. You will not be surprised to know it feels really cheap. The plastic feels light, the slide feels sticky, and getting that sticker off was brutal.

but ... It's a 86 cent Caliper, and well worth the cost !
  • Order #23
    • Day 13   - Ordered
    • Day 17   - AliExpress reports Shipped Status
    • Day 56   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 41 Days Shipping Time



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AliExpress #17 - Arduino Pro Mini 3v/8Mhz



Arduino Pro Mini 3v/8MHz
Day 56

If I wish to purchase a genuine Arduino Pro Mini locally it would cost $11.95. There would also be $1.56 added in taxes.

Purchasing this clone, which is perfectly legit, because the Arduino line are open source hardware. All in five of these Arduino clones cost $11.46 and free shipping. 


Total savings of $56.08.    Almost $1.37 savings per day.
  • Order #17
    • Day 13   - Ordered
    • Day 17   - AliExpress reports Shipped Status
    • Day 56   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 42 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video, Tracking, and Order Information












Friday, June 10

AliExpress #14 - Arduino Pro Mini 5v/16MHz



Arduino Pro Mini 5v/16MHz
Day 52

If I wish to purchase a genuine Arduino Pro Mini locally it would cost $11.95. There would also be $1.56 added in taxes.

Purchasing this clone, which is perfectly legit, because the Arduino line are open source hardware. All in this Arduino Clone cost $11.00 for five and free shipping. 


Total savings of $56.52.    Almost $1.38 savings per day.
  • Order #14
    • Day 11   - Ordered
    • ** AliExpress did not list when it was shipped **
    • Day 52   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 41 Days Shipping Time



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AliExpress #29 - Multimeter ADM02



Multimeter ADM02
Day 49

Interesting. Initially this Multimeter seemed to be acting strange. When testing DC or AC voltage the display did not seem to zero out. 

Now that seemed like a problem and I contacted the seller about it. The seller said it might have gotten "bumped" in shipping, and asked me to send some pictures and if possible email a video of the problem.

After spending some time testing this unit, and comparing the results with other multimeters this meter seems ok. Though the display does not seem to stay zeroed, as soon as you connect the leads to what is being tested the results seem accurate, and repeatable.

I consider this unit to be working perfectly.
  • Order #29
    • Day 21   - Ordered
    • ** AliExpress did not list when it was shipped **
    • Day 49   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 28 Days Shipping Time



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Monday, June 6

AliExpress #13 - Arduino Uno R3 CH340 with A6-A7 pins



Arduino Uno R3 CH340 with A6-A7 pins
Day 52

My dilemma with purchasing genuine Arduino. This just highlights a big issue with the ATmega line of Arduino. If I wish to purchase a genuine Arduino locally it would cost $29.95. There would also be $3.90 added in taxes. Though I would get a cardboard box.

Purchasing this clone, which is perfectly legit, because the Arduino line are open source hardware. All in this Arduino Clone cost $4.03, and that was including $0.62 in shipping. Now I did not get a cardboard box included at that price, but I am ok with that.


Total savings of $29.20.    Almost $0.70 savings per day.

  • Order #13
    • Day 10   - Ordered
    • Day 12   - AliExpress displayed Shipped
    • Day 52   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 42 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video, Tracking, and Order Information







Week in Review (Week 22)


Monday May 30, 2016 - Sunday June 5, 2016
According to ISO-8601 standard, weeks start on Monday. The first week of each year is the week which contains that year's first Thursday. This oddly gives the capability for the year to have 53 weeks instead of the school taught 52.

Here I am going to try to document all "projects" that I have started, continued, or ended in the previous week.

1. Aliexpress: There have been a number of orders arrived  this week. Now I find myself having a completely unexpected problem. Enough Orders are coming in now, that I am slightly lagging behind in testing the products.

2. Julian Ilett: A couple of items this week, but most interestingly this is the week Jullian Ilett proves we all can make mistakes. Too Mr. Ilett's credit he did this with far more grace and diginity then I ever could. Another quick thought: Mr. Ilett edits his videos before uploading them to YouTube, so it would have been no problem for him to have simply not shown this at all.


Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary
2016
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$66.51



3. Quick Questions - Linux Edition: Using the Linux shell, or command line, can some times be daunting. I will be highlighting a hopefully helpful command in each of these upcoming posts.


4. YouTube: I now have twenty two videos on YouTube. Eighteen of those videos are showing the opening of orders received from AliExpress.


5. CodePen.io: There are many places online where you can test your HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Today I have setup an account with CodePen.io. I have also created my first "pen."





6. Project HB: Create a simple "Happy Birthday" video using a video I made myself of a humorous card. Now this would be a simple feat with any video editing software available locally, or online. The additional things we will be doing with this video, separates the simple video software from the complex. I will be using the
freeware software FFmpeg.




Week in Review (Week 22)