Dave Jones, of EEVBlog fame, has a great three-part series on soldering. He starts with an overview of tools, materials, etc. in Part 1, and then Parts 2 and 3 cover everything from basics, like through-hole component soldering, all the way up through dealing with tiny surface-mount components. Really great stuff with very useful tips; if you aren’t already a fan of Dave’s work you should check out his YouTube channel and/or The Amp Hour podcast he does with Chris Gammell. Many thanks to Dave for all the hard work, great posts, and his Australian sense of humor!
I ran across this fantastic diy 6502 scratch-built computer project by Quinn Dunki. I’ve just started reading through all the posts about her “Veronica” project and I’m very impressed (and inspired) by what she’s done. Anyone who grew up with computers in the 1980’s almost certainly used systems based on the classic 6502 processor; it was used in Commodores, Apple IIs, Ataris, BBC Micros and others. What a great idea to build your own system from scratch around one of these chips; bravo!