During the reboxing, I connected the power to test again, and got that puff of smoke from the Nano that augers bad news all around.

Now I just get the power light and nothing else, so I think that Nano has had it! I’m hoping it was the rubber band pushing a wire on the board into another one causing a short, as I had done no work on the boards themselves. I’ll only know when I program a new Nano and put it in the board, I suppose…

I’m terrible at cutting and drilling those ABS enclosures, but I am good at handling a scalpel and metal ruler for paper/card work. So I’m going to see if I can make a simple enclosure out of 5mm balsa wood! If it works, it’ll save me a fortune in awfully botched plastic, and I’ll only ever have enclosures sized perfectly for the job!

How do you find the right container for a project. How do you make the cuts and holes for the bits you want on the outside? I hate this bit… It turns a beautiful bit of neat electronics into a messy clump of duck taped rubbish…

Wow – of all the mistakes to make, I finished making the stripboard layout (again), cut all the holes, and went to put the Nano into the 2 female pin strips, and…

I’d cut the strips 1 hole too many !!! I think that I might be able to get away with it though, I might just be able to remount the 5V, GND and Vin lines which are the only ones used from the right hand side of the Nano…

Moral : measure 38 times, cut once…

Hi.

I have very little electronics knowledge, but I do know what end of a soldering iron to hold, and which way around a diode goes. But as a self-confessed tinkerer, fixer, experimenter and gadget freak, with decades of coding experience, it was only a matter of time before I crossed paths with Arduino, or its fruit-based cousin. Yesterday, with a new Arduino Nano firmly planted in my breadboard, I had that LED blinking. Not just the on-board one either, oh no, I’m talking a proper, red, 3mm LED, with a pull-up resistor and everything! (Or is it pull-down, I can’t remember?). This could be a lot of fun.

This site, I hope, will be a record of a journey. It won’t be pretty. There will be mistakes. I bear no responsibility for any injury you might incur from following any instructions you might read in these pages. I will however, try to illuminate, literally, and metaphorically.

You’re very welcome to keep me company…