Hard Drive Platter Mood Light: Failed LED Debugging Assistance

Another of the knockoff Neopixels in the Hard Drive Platter Mood Light failed, even limited to PWM 63 to reduce the temperature. This time, however, I had some help finding the failed blue LED:

Hard Drive Mood Light - failed LED with spider - green

Hard Drive Mood Light – failed LED with spider – green

Spiders seem no less bizarre in white light:

Hard Drive Mood Light - failed LED with spider - white

Hard Drive Mood Light – failed LED with spider – white

A day later, she’d built a small web, presumably to improve the odds of catching something yummy. Who am I to disagree?

I should set up a test fixture for all the knockoff Neopixels and run some numbers. They’re definitely a disappointment, even to a bottom feeder such as I …

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  1. #1 by madbodger on 2016-05-13 - 11:26

    Just trying to keep bugs out of your system!

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-05-13 - 14:13

      If it were only that simple; I must obviously up my spend, as the hipsters say. [sigh]

  2. #3 by Jason Doege on 2016-05-13 - 16:05

    Dude! I’ve been in withdrawal! Just kidding (no I’m not). Enjoy your hiatus! :-)

    • #4 by Ed on 2016-05-13 - 19:44

      I think of it as variable-ratio reinforcement…

  3. #5 by scruss2 on 2016-05-20 - 11:58

    Looks like a sac spider. I’m generally very pro-critter, but these ones can be painfully bitey.

    • #6 by Ed on 2016-05-23 - 19:22

      We generally deport spiders to the flower garden out back, but this one remained tucked inside those disks for several days. It’s now somewhere in the house …