Thursday, June 23

AliExpress #32, #33 ( Uno & I2C Clock )



Arduino UNO R3 Mega328p CH340
Day 74

Another Arduino Uno clone. Now I can compare the differences between the two I have.



Q: What is more fun then One Arduino Uno?

A: TWO Arduino Uno


  • Order #32
    • Day 24   - Ordered
    • Day 26   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 50 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video








4 Bits Clock Display T1637
Day 74

Four 7 segment LCD display with I2C. Can be used as a clock, or anything else that requires displaying time. I think I can get more creative with this display.


  • Order #33
    • Day 25   - Ordered
    • Day 27   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 49 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video








Wednesday, June 22

AliExpress #35, #37 ( Rabbit & Who )



"TARDIS silver/blue"
Day 74

Another Doctor Who necklace. You can never have to many Tardis ... Tardis(i)? Tadisinis?




  • Order #35
    • Day 27   - Ordered
    • Day 28   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 47 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video








Creative Rabbit Fountain Pen
Day 74

This is a really neat fountain pen. It looks just like any other plastic fountain pen until ... you turn the end. When you turn the end of this pen, it either rolls the nib into it's body, or out. 

Update 6.25: The pen does not come with ink. The method for filling this pen with ink, is to use the back to  screw out the pen completely. Then use the plastic around the nib to unscrew the nib assembly from the pen. Inside it has squeezable ink well, that you can suck up ink through the nib.


Way better then I was expecting for the price.
  • Order #37
    • Day 29   - Ordered
    • Day 31   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 45 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video








AliExpress #30, #31 ( WHO Necklaces )



"My Heart Belongs to Who"
Day 74

Surprisingly the novelty of daily orderings has not subsided. I found several interesting Doctor Who themed items that will make great gifts. 

This necklace; A heart with the inscription "My Heart Belongs to Who" has an attached sonic screwdriver. What more could you want ;)

  • Order #30
    • Day 22   - Ordered
    • Day 25   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 52 Days Shipping Time



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"Spinning TARDIS"
Day 74

Every Doctor Who fan knows the Tardis. How many of theme can wear a small spinning version of the Tardis around their neck? One thing to note about this necklace is that it is fairly heavy. It does spin freely.
  • Order #31
    • Day 23   - Ordered
    • Day 24   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 51 Days Shipping Time



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Tuesday, June 21

AliExpress #48 - AA Battery holder with wires



AA Battery holder
Day 73

Quickest way to get a reasonable 3.3v power supply for an Arduino, or other hardware, project. Two AA batteries and a battery holder. Cheap, quick, and functional. I am going to be using one of these and an ESP8266 for a fun little project in the future.

  • Order #48
    • Day 40   - Ordered
    • Day 42   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 73   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 33 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video





Sunday, June 19

Week in Review (Week 24)


Monday June 13, 2016 - Sunday June 19, 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.


1. Aliexpress: The AliExress dispute process has begun on two orders. There is a third order which is already questionable. This sounds like a big problem when in reality so far there have only been 3 hiccups with orders out of the 79 orders placed so far. I have started combining orders. This should help decrease the wait time from when I receive the packages till they are posted.

#28, #51 (1602 LCDs & Switches)
#34, #38 (Volt Meter & Fountain Pen)
#25, #36 (Resistors & Whovian Necklace)
#27, #47 ( NRF24L01 *like & SPI Micro SD)



2. Raspberry Pi: If you have been using NodeJS and Raspberry Pi for any length of time, you will continue to hear how you need to have nginx to maximize multi core capabilities.

Experimenting with nginx & NodeJS - Part 1



3. DigiStump's DigiSpark: I have programmed a little "Happy Fathers Day" sketch which runs on DigiStump's DigiSpark. Using the DigiKeyboard library. At the moment all the functionality of this sketch is designed for using the DigiSpark on a Microsoft Windows machine.





Week in Review (Week 24)

AliExpress #27, #47 ( NRF24L01 *like & SPI Micro SD)



NRF24L01 (Similar)
Day 67

There are a lot of posts and projects around the internet that connect the NRF24L01 as a wireless communication device for the Arduino. There are also several eBay and AliExpress sellers that are advertising NRF24L01 "Similar" devices. Out of curiosity I have purchased these "Similar" devices to test just how similar they really are.

  • Order #27
    • Day 19   - Ordered
    • Day 21   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 67   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 48 Days Shipping Time



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SPI Micro SD card reader
Day 68

One of the major draw backs to using the Arduino, or other micro controllers, in projects is the lack of storage capability. Now with the addition of one of these modules it is possible to add substantial storage capability.
  • Order #47
    • Day 39   - Ordered
    • Day 53   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 68   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 29 Days Shipping Time



Packaging Video