If you love cables and good bargains, you should definitely check out Monoprice. Recently on Monoprice, we discovered a little $1.76 “USB Docking Station” that is a great way for making a desktop mount for blink(1). It’s really just a USB extension cable on a plastic base, but that’s so useful! See it on one of our desks below.
A couple of reviews of our blink(1) notification light have shown up recently in the French-speaking part of the Web. As English speakers, it’s always interesting to see other languages’ versions of the technical terms we use every day. French especially, see below.
We’re very excited to announce that our blink(1) USB notification LED is now available via Seeed Studio. Seeed is a wonderful company based in Shenzhen, China and helped ThingM manufacture blink(1). And since they’re based in Shenzhen, they’re a much closer source blink(1) from if you’re places like Australia, Japan, or Singapore. Thanks Seeed!
ThingM will once again be at Maker Faire Bay Area. It’s the 10-year anniversary and we’ve been going since the very beginning (and have had a booth there for 8 years). This year it’s on May 16 & 17 2015. Come join us! We’ll be showing off projects made with our blink(1) USB RGB LED and our BlinkM Smart LED family of products. If you’ve done something neat with ThingM products, come tell us about it. See you there!
Jacob is a user of nagios, the popular server monitoring tool, and nagstamon, a nagios status monitor tray icon for the desktop. But, as he notes:
Problem is the tray icon is not that present and sometimes I don’t see the notification in time. The blink(1) is the perfect addon for this, I now can see if something is wrong even if my screen is off.
He wrote a quick wrapper script to connect blink(1) to nagios and nagstamon and now he gets visual notifications without peering at a tiny tray icon.
Tod was recently interviewed for the Embedded.fm podcast, episode #90 “Stick it in a Pumpkin“. It was a lot of fun. We talked about blink(1), BlinkM, electronics production, Kickstarter, and a bunch of other things. You can listen to on iTunes or on the Embedded.fm website. And if you listen to the end, you’ll hear a special 25% coupon code for blink(1)s. :-)
If you’ve not heard of Embedded.fm, and you’re interested in electronics, you might like it. It’s all about electronics. The host Elecia is awesome and wrote a pretty great book a few years ago called Making Embedded Systems.