[2358] 2018 Postage Rates

Date: January 24th, 2018 | Comments : [2] | Categories: DIY.

US Postage rates increased for 2018. Domestic postage (to the 50 US states) was increased by 50 cents for a small package with tracking.

However, the rates on all International packages containing merchandise have almost doubled, and are now a minimum of $14 US. The post office computers do not allow the desk clerks to accept small flat envelopes as anything other than packages. Sorry, but I do not have a solution yet to this rate increase for shipments outside the USA. I can still ship Internationally, but only at the new rate.

The rate and policy change by the US Postal Service has had a big impact on many businesses that ship small, light envelopes. Almost half of my orders are for International shipments and I suspect that the new postage rate will have a significant impact on this. I will continue to look for an alternate solution so that I can ship small envelopes Internationally at a lower price.

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[2352] New Year’s Resolution

Date: January 13th, 2018 | Comments : [3] | Categories: DIY.

Work bench

New Year’s Resolution… I must clean up the workbench!

 

[2347] BBDs are not analog

Date: January 5th, 2018 | Comments : [10] | Categories: DIY.

A bucket-brigade-device (BBD) is not analog. It is a sampling circuit that takes small slices of the incoming voltage just like an analog-to-digital-converter (ADC), and the main difference between the two methods is in how the samples (slices) are stored. The BBD samples are stored as voltage levels on tiny capacitors in the BBD chip, while the digital system converts the voltage levels to a digital measurement and stores the binary word(s) in memory.

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