A promising design.

June 14th, 2017

I was joking when I said “This design is totally just going to work.” But, as it turns out, it just works. No, really! Aside from minor physical layout tweaks it looks and sounds great.

Step on me!

You can’t really step on it until it’s in a box, can you?

Version 5 circuit boards are in!

May 26th, 2017

New circuit boards have arrived! This design is totally just going to work without any problems. Totally!

New boards

No gig last weekend, so I had time to get the last details sorted out and put in an order. Parts won’t be here for a bit–I had to shop around. Mouser’s idea of “low risk high availability parts”¬†apparently allows for a 90 day lead time. :/

So… now we wait for parts.

That’s a lot of mouse feet

May 25th, 2017

So I wore out yet another set of mouse feet. Scrape scrape. Didn’t immediately find a set of matching feet for my mouse, and then I thought, “wait, surely there’s a general solution to this.”

The solution? 36 yards of PTFE tape. That’s PTFE, also known as¬†“stop saying Teflon, or we’ll sue you.” In this case, 0.010 x 3/4″ teflon tape with a silicone adhesive backing.

Solved

It’s .010″ thick, which is thicker than the PTFE tape usually sold in shorter length for mice, so should last longer.

You have to do some searching though. This roll of 3/4″ tape was $12, but I got the last roll in stock, and now it costs $110. You have to check to see what widths are available in stock.

What can you do with 36 yards of PTFE? Well, aside from great high temperature electrical insulation, it’s also great for old school drawers that don’t have rollers.