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Things that I have that I’ll use at one point or another

Altoids Project Tin

Altoids Project Tin

Here’s one of two Altoids cases that I purchased from a local discount store.. $1 each, with altoids and all. I must say, Cinnamon Altoids are stronger than the spicy candy hearts you get around Valentine’s Day, but hey, it was all worth it.. For the case.

There are many, many things you can do with these cute little tin cases.

SparkFun FT232RL Breakout Board

SparkFun FT232RL Breakout Board

This little guy will be making his appearance in some future electronics projects 


From SparkFun Electronics, this little guy is a USB to UART converter, I’ll see what kind of fun I can have with it.

SparkFun Electronics says:

[This is a…] basic breakout board for FTDI’s popular USB to UART IC. Now with
internal oscillator and EEPROM, the FT232RL is an impressive IC!

VCCIO is now tied to 3.3V through a solder jumper. You have the
option of clearing this jumper and tying the VCCIO pin to 5V or any
other IO voltage you need.


  • Implements full v2.0 USB protocol
  • Needs no external crystal
  • Internal EEPROM for device ID and Product Description strings
  • Royalty-Free Driver support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX