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Discussion in 'Modding Forum' started by petercro, Mar 13, 2010.

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  1. petercro

    petercro Super Member ECF Veteran

    Just an Idea.

    Would it be worth, putting together a database of mod parts.
    Everything from mosfets to battery clips, 5ml bottles to mod boxes.

    Fully searchable, and updateable.
    One place for any modders to go and get a product link to the supplier.
    Fields for user comments on parts.

    I remembered that I saw a link to a switch, and it took me nearly 2 hours to find it.
    Having a searchable DB maybe the way to go.

    I would be quite happy to build a sql db and host it on my site.
    I would like all your thoughts.
    But also ideas on the db design, (field names, etc)
    The more basic the better as my head explodes when I start trawling through farnell datasheets, so just adding the relevant information, links and pics, etc.

    What do you think!!!!!!!!
  2. nicotime

    nicotime Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 22, 2009
    Montoursville, PA
    Sounds good to me...gonna be a lot of work though.

    Fields,hmmm...definitely need Part #s, Wiring Diagrams and Suppliers. I agree with your other post too, we need a somebody like Scottbee or Charged as a "Resident Electronics Expert" too. They could keep the db factual and weed out the best parts for the job.

    People get paid for that dont they? LOL
  3. Lucacri

    Lucacri Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 24, 2009
    Manhattan, New York
    If you need some coding help, feel free to ask me :)
  4. Charged

    Charged Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2009
    Bloomfield, NY
    That's quite the noble offer petercro. As nico said you are talking some major work there and then just maintenance updating all the time. I wouldn't want to see you donating a ton of time for such a thing for free. Would be good to get a sense of the number of users that would make use of such a database and maybe ask for donations to help cover your efforts. It would for sure be helpful, and I know what you mean regarding trying to find a particular post. It's not as simple as just using the search function on here.
  5. Keegan1014

    Keegan1014 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2009
    I like the idea,
    if anyone needs any simple type information I am willing to help with it.
  6. stroh22

    stroh22 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I know this is off topic but Petercro, I love the new glasses!:)
  7. Kirothak

    Kirothak Full Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    I would personally use such a tool allot.

    hmm an idea, petercro could have advertising of some sort on the site to make a bit of cash for his efforts, not sure how much traffic the page would get but i would sure as hell click a banner every time i visit the site
  8. mrjaguar

    mrjaguar Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2010
    simi valley, ca
    if you guys need a sql db I have one online and accessible. I also have a web server etc. I used to own an ISP and sold it, so I have this one as a "personal" machine online. pm me if you have a need or whatever.
  9. petercro

    petercro Super Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the offer Mr J
    I already have a sql setup, hosted isp and unlimited storage / bandwidth.
    Just looking for initial feedback on the idea.

    The updates and new additions would be done by the registered users in a simple format, for easy searching / reading. Datasheet files could be attached to records for more detailed info, and of course lots of pics.
    Again at the moment, just looking for feedback on the idea!!!!!!!!!
  10. MastiffMike

    MastiffMike The Spotted Tongue! Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 9, 2009
    Dogville Estate

    LOVE the idea but question the amount of work involved. It seems like it'd be easier (and dare I say even better) if you could just put together a list of phone numbers of all the brillant modder minds. Then, I'd have you all at the touch of a finger 24/7!!! Think about it!!! No waiting, no searching, no having to figure stuff out, no reading schematics that I'll never understand!!!

    And to make compiling the list ofphone #'s easier, I offer to host a get together of all the best modders in my home (airfare/hotel NOT included, just chips and dip, heck, I'll even by some beer!). And while everyone's here, maybe it wouldn't be too much to ask to have you all build me a couple of PVs??? If so, then I could settle for just 1 really good one! See how ameciable I can be! :p
  11. petercro

    petercro Super Member ECF Veteran

    Your generosity, ceases to amaze me.
    The offer of chips and dips, "Its tempting".
    Make it fillet steak and a bottle, NO a case of 84 rocha, served by 4 naked virgins, and I would be on the next flight!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hell for 4 naked virgins and a case of 84 rocha, I would teleport there..........
    AND NEVER LEAVE............
    But my mind is wandering, You set me off again.


    This thread is going down hill minute by minute........

    Back to the topic at hand............
    stop it, stop it............LOL

    You could say that there are thousands of switches, but only a handful or two are good for our use.
    Once the 2 or 3 hundred basic items have been entered, then any new finds could be added by any registered user, then double checked / edited by any other registered user, (A Bit like wiki).

    A Core of 10 - 20 dedicated users could be given administrative control.
    If they happen to see something which is incorrect or offensive, they could, edit, delete, or ban the person who posted the material.
    The users who add new material all the time and are known as respected modders, would also be given administrative control...........
    This way the people who use and support the DB the most would have control over its use.
  12. MastiffMike

    MastiffMike The Spotted Tongue! Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 9, 2009
    Dogville Estate
    LOL! Petercro you crack me up!

    Back to the OT.... I tend to disagree about the "handful of switches" b/c with a mosfet or control-pin-regulator you can use a wide variety. Heck, I've got a dual rocker (on is master, one is momentary) that is rated for our needs and I doubt it's on most peoples radar. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the idea, just don't want to see you put in 100+ hours only to find it's underutilized. Also, for the novices like me, I'd still be tempted to just ask you guys since that way I'd be SURE! I ain't so good with reading specs and stuff.

    I agree it should be maintained by the users, but how many people do you think would use it regularly? I know there's other forums but even so there's what ~50 modders who could benefit on a semi-regular basis? And of those, I'd bet close to a third know how to find the stuff pretty easily themselves? Not trying to dissuade you, just want to make sure that the effort is worth it for those that would benefit.

    Now back to the important part.... virgins.... my wife says she's one, will she do?!?!
  13. petercro

    petercro Super Member ECF Veteran

    If she serves steak and red wine, tell her "yes".................LOL LOL LOL

    You are right about the number of modders whom would use the DB on a regular basis.

    But you are wrong about hundreds of hours.
    My site / ISP give me free access to site software such as wiki, image galleries, forums, chat, DB's, etc, etc.

    Adding a few records / pages to start it off would not be too much of a hardship.
    But again would it be worth doing.
    This is what this thread is about.

    Now back to the important part....

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    And that's all I've got to say about that.
  14. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I would use it as I can't remember where anything is let alone on this forum . Now where did I put that new soldering tip.
  15. Craig Patterson

    Craig Patterson Moved On

    Mar 12, 2010
    Marietta Georgia
    Willing to help... let me know. 7 months now doing mods and just starting to come out of the mod closet to show people what I have made.

  16. candre23

    candre23 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2010
    It is a great idea to try to assemble all this information in one place, and I applaud the enthusiasm that you guys are showing, but I think you are making it much more difficult than it needs to be. There is already a perfectly good repository for this type of information - the E-Cigarette Wiki.

    It would take a very minimal amount of effort to set up basic page structure and templates for mod components, schematics and techniques. As with any wiki, it is easily editable by anybody who wishes to add to it. Comments, corrections and improvements can be made by anybody willing to do so. In the end, I think the open format of a wiki lends itself better to this sort of compilation of parts and processes than a more rigidly structured database.

    A good example I think is the BEAM Robotics Wiki. Building robots is far more complicated than building PV mods, but at their heart, they're both exercises in amateur, small-scale electrical and mechanical engineering. The content may be different, but the type of data contained - sources for and use of various electrical components, designs and schematics, construction techniques and examples - is essentially the same. They've managed to organize a huge amount of data in such a way that is is more accessible than a database. I think a similar structure for a PV mod repository would be ideal.
  17. Ralph T

    Ralph T Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 3, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    candre makes an excellent point. Just don't go look at that wiki if you are distracted by bright, shiny cool looking gizmo's. May be hard to find your way back. Once I got lost in the candlepower forums for a day or two. Don't get lured away.
  18. 48lowes

    48lowes Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 10, 2009
    This information would be very helpful and I imagine time consuming. If you are willing to put in the time & effort I can't see why anyone would discourage you. If I could be of some assistance in this endeavor count me in.
  19. misterD

    misterD Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    i cant cook but i'll do the dishes and my GF is also a virgin!
  20. chev327fox

    chev327fox Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Apr 17, 2010
    Nowheresville, ME
    LOL!!! Wait you are kidding right?

    Anyways to the OP, great idea!!! I had the same problem trying to find info on series and parallel batteries and the difference with charging them and I still can't remember where I saw the info... oh well. If you need any help with making pictures or graphics look nice I would be more then happy help out, I'm pretty good with Photoshop.
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