Sparkfun Free Day Over

SparkFun.comFree Day is over at SparkFun.com. Over $100k was given away in just under 1 hour and 45 minutes. According to their site they had over 1,000 orders and nearly 70,000 unique visitors.

Pownce.com will be Shutting Down

Pownce.com will be shut down by December 15, 2008. If you would like to keep your content, we have created an export tool to assist you under Settings > Export. But please be sure to have exported your content by December 15, 2008 as it will not be accessible after that date.

Pownce has been acquired by the blogging company Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, TypePad and Vox. To find out more about the acquisition please read the announcement by Six Apart CEO Chris Alden, and the announcement by Pownce Founder Leah Culver.

Thomas Edison: How to Electricute an Elephant

See here for a video of an experiment Thomas Edision conducted in 1903 in an attempt to prove AC current is more powerful than DC current.

The video after the jump is of a graphic nature and is horrible quality(What do you expect from video taken in 1903).

To reinforce the execution, Topsy was fed carrots laced with 460 grams of potassium cyanide before the deadly current from a 6,600-volt AC source was sent coursing through her body.

USB 3.0 Released

USB 3.0 Cable
USB 3.0 Cable

USB 3.0 spec has been released! Varying reports, but it looks like USB 3.0 will have 10x higher data rates (4.8Gb/s vs 480Mb/s), higher current (900mA vs 500mA), and a new interrupt driven protocol. You may notice that they have changed the female plug which means I wouldn’t hold my breath when it comes to backwards compatibility. Luckily, we’ve got until 2010.