Well, I finally received the PCBs for my LuanchPad Protoboard Booster this morning. They look pretty cool, and are ready to be shipped. Unfortunately, I had some troubles with my source for the pass-through female headers. That only affects some of the boards, the rest will be sold without any pass-through headers; you will use the headers that come with your LaunchPad. Take a look at my project post about the Booster pack (http://projects.granzeier.com/2011/12/30/launchpad-booster-protoboard/) and look at the board without the solderless breadboard. This is what is now available, you can pick up one (or ten) here: https://www.tindie.com/products/Granzeier/launchpad-soldered-prototype-booster/. I have also dropped the price by 33% from now until the end of May – enjoy! Hopefully, I will be able to order the pass-through headers and offer the sister product for solderless breadboard development soon, but in the meantime, the protoboard booster is a pretty cool product, if I may say so myself. 😉
In addition, I have been spending a lot of time working on starting up the Pittsburgh Computer Museum. Take a look at that blog at: http://www.pghcomputermuseum.org/ (No longer available) to see what is coming. We want people to be able to access the exhibits whether they are here in the Pittsburgh area, or not. Sometime soon, some (hopefully many) exhibits will be accessible through the Internet, using Telnet or some other protocol.
We are currently looking for sponsors and a physical location to host the museum’s exhibits. Please pray for us or wish us luck with this effort. Thanks.
Whew, it’s been a long time. Sorry about that, but I’ve been pretty busy with the business end of this business. There is a lot of work involved in setting up a new business. Even though I have been doing “business” for several years, now I am starting a new phase of my business – up until now, I have been doing service work only; service work is not subject to sales tax in Pennsylvania. This is my first experience with selling products to consumers. I have gotten my store “up and running”, I have selected most of my board of directors and my infrastructure and I have started my market research and have started my Business Plan. I just filled out the PA-100, Application for Pennsylvania Enterprise. My accountant will be coming over tomorrow for Easter (he is also my son) and he will be reviewing my application. If the PA-100 is filled out correctly, I will submit the application on Monday, and should be a legitimate business enterprise in the State of Pennsylvania.
Twitter is one of the premier social networking sites on the web. I have heard of people who use it, successfully, to build their business. Time to look into that as a way to boost my business. Anyone have any ideas on this? What about Facebook? I have seen a tool for Twitter which will use my Twitter posts (Tweets) and cross-post them to my Facebook page. Also, my web site (this project blog as well as my store) has tools to integrate my site with those social networking sites. Maybe it’s time to look into those.
TI LaunchPad Booster Packs
The samples of the 10-pin pass-through female headers have finally arrived. They look great, and now I have a supplier for these items. That makes the last item that I was waiting for to start selling the Prototyping Booster Pack (http://projects.granzeier.com/2011/12/30/launchpad-booster-protoboard/). The PCBs have been ordered and on Monday, I should be able to order the pass-through headers. Stay tuned for more information about these Prototyping packs.