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The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk


posted Feb 23, 2010, 11:07 AM by Kevin Fodor

Looks like I forgot to update my worthless blog with the fact that I actually did forward along the Gray-M box to Tommy, of Longview, TX who accepted on December 8th and received it on December 14th. From him it has been passed on. Who knows where next.

Received Box Code: Gray-M

posted Dec 1, 2009, 1:58 PM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Dec 1, 2009, 2:57 PM ]

Very cool! A few weeks back I received a new TGIMBOEJ Box Code Gray-M from  Bob in OR. It was quite a heavy and jam-packed box full of cool stuff. It had some pretty interesting items. However I felt I needed to get realistic and really only take what I thought I could realistically use in in the short term. Ya know how it goes...too many projects, too little time.
This is a photo of how the box arrived.
Anyway I found some rather interesting and useful items so I took the following;
  • An 8-position manual counter which I thought might be a fun project to add it as a way to enter data into some small microcontroller in an archaic and fun sort of way.
  • Test Leads! Always need a spare set of test leads.
  • Small Axial Red LEDs. Will come useful in some railroad grade crossing signal projects I have waiting.
  • A bunch of miscellaneous LEDs which look like 10mm and 3mm varieties.
  • A bunch of 7-segment LED displays
  • A speaker
  • Awesome bunch of Molex header connectors
  • A pair of constant current LED drivers (18) 
Here is a photo of what I took out.
I have been accumulating more unneeded electronics junk and added it into the box. Now I will be looking for the next recipient. We'll keep you posted.


posted Nov 1, 2009, 5:43 AM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Nov 1, 2009, 5:58 AM ]

I Figured I'd go ahead and post the original contents of the box. Might be interesting to see a year from now how(if) it has changed.
Original "A Basement In Chicago" box contents.

Found a taker...

posted Oct 9, 2009, 3:09 PM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Oct 13, 2009, 8:19 AM ]

Great! Found a taker for the box. I will be sending Box Code: Oakland to Makers Local 256 in Hunstsville, AL soon. From their web-page it looks like those guys are having way too much fun. Very cool stuff.
UPDATE: Sent via USPS Priority Mail on 10-12-2009

Taking some...Giving some...

posted Oct 3, 2009, 3:28 PM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Oct 3, 2009, 3:42 PM ]

October 3, 2009
Ok. So I had a chance to go through the Box Code: Oakland and decided to take a few things.
What I Took...
First off, I am kind of a "motor junkie" so anytime somebody sends a box with some junk motors I am likely to take them. This is particularly true since I am trying to restart my H-Bridge circuit design for various PWM motor controllers. Its good to be able to have a lot of different motors on hand to try out some techniques. So yeah...I took 'em. Looks like there were a could of 12V'ers and a few small hobby motors which had decent plastic gear boxes. I was thinking about making some small motorized toys for my son so these might come in handy. I also discovered a small stepper. No big deal just a 7.5-deg job but might be fun none-the-less.
I also found some nifty joystick-like potentiometers which might be kind of fun to play with. They have X-Y axis output as well as a push button. Lastly I took some small wire-wrap pieces...cuz ya always need some wire-wrap!
What I put in...
Anyway, not to be greedy I also added some things. Most of the things I added are in the photo on the right (but not all). Might be some surprises too. Anyway that box is now jam-packed. With flat-rate postage I think the USPS is gonna loose some money on that one. Hopefully someone will find the contents useful.
The Saga continues...
So it's ready to go and I am currently looking for a recipient. Then hopefully another will arrive on my doorstep again.
The above photo is of some items I took from the box
The above photo is of some of the items I added to the box.

It Arrives!

posted Oct 2, 2009, 6:14 PM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Oct 2, 2009, 6:24 PM ]

September 28, 2009
My first TGIMBOEJ has arrived! It's pretty heavy and has lots and lots of junk inside. Below are some pictures of the contents and how the box arrived.
The box Codename I got is Oakland sent to me by Tyler L in Jerseyville, Illinois. It looks like its contents are a quite a bit different than when the box started out.
I am going to go through the box and decide what I think I'd like to take out of the box and later figure out what else I have to add to it. Looks like there are a few motors which might be intersting. Plus there is a really nice color display.

The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk

posted Oct 2, 2009, 2:53 PM by Kevin Fodor   [ updated Oct 2, 2009, 6:29 PM ]

I was sent a link to The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk a few weeks ago and thought this was a fantastic idea. So I finally decided to go down in my basement and start cleaning out my junk. The experience was quite liberating as finally "doing something" with this stuff, even if it is just to "give it away" is very satisfying. Plus I finally got a lot of my other stuff organized as well.
Anyway I have put my first box together, which is a decent size. Its box code name is A Basement in Chicago and I have now found a recipient.
I am always interested in receiving a box as well so if you have one to send I would love to receive it. Just send me an email(k...@s...l.net) and I can provide you with my mailing address. I'll post some pictures of what I get. Once my own box gets some "travel time" I'll post some information on it's original contents so we can see how it changed over time.
This should be fun!

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