TGIMBOEJ: Blast From the Past

Way back when, I read about and signed up to receive TGIMBOEJ (The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk). In 2010 I was contacted by someone who was supposed to send me a box. The box never came and according to the tracking page it seems to have never left it’s last destination. Presumed lost forever. Now it’s 2016 and I get an email from Dave at robotroom.com asking if I’d like to receive TGIMBOEJ…. of course I would!

Update (08-29-2018): The box has moved a couple steps but appears to have stalled at the Berkeley Public Library. Hopefully they can get it moving again.


The box arrived from Dave on Jan 6, 2016 with plenty of goodies inside. It contains a booklet containing the box history. It originated in Tennessee, went to California and took a looooong break in Illinois… for about 7 years. Dave has a good story about the box over on his blog. I wonder if he saw this recent article on Hackaday and it reminded him about the box. After contacting 3 people from the TGIMBOEJ Box Request page, I got a response from Pete and it’s now out of my hands. Hopefully Pete finds something useful in it, I know I did. Here’s what I removed & added:

What I Took

  • 1 x 4 Pole Key Switch (this could be a fun project)
  • 4 x Panel Mount Yellow Pushbuttons (you can never have too many)
  • 5 x STMPE811QTR Touchscreen Controller/GPIO Expander (Zipit? RasPi?)
  • 10 x SMD Capacitors (you can never have too many)
  • 10 x Through Hole Capacitors (you can never have too many)
  • 20 x SMD LED’s (you can never have too many)
  • 3 x LM117 (always useful)
  • 1 x SMD MicroSD Slot (Zipit?)
  • 2 x SMD Dual SIM/MicroSD SLot (Zipit Phone? :-)
  • 1 x MPXHZ6115A6T1 Pressure Sensor (sensorzz!)
  • 1 x Logitech Wingman Controller (RasPi Emulation, 8Bit fun coming soon)
  • 2 x Fan Grill (for the wife’s craft bin)
  • 1 x Nicad/nimh battery charger (couldn’t fit it back in the box, and I don’t have one so why not)

What I Added

  • 1 x NIB Arduino Proto Shield (RadioShack Closeout Special!)
  • 1 x NIB USB Personal Fan (umm..)
  • 2 x Veeder-Root Counters (estate sale bits)
  • 1 x PS2 Keyboard/Mouse Splitter Cable (historic)
  • 2 x SATA Cable (so many)
  • 1 x SVideo Cable (so many)
  • 1 x SVideo to Component Cable (so many)
  • 1 x Super-Duper Long Headphone Extension Cable
  • 4 x Lighted Rocker Switches (RadioShack Closeout Special!)
  • 2 x Pushbutton switches (RadioShack Closeout Special!)
  • 3 x SPDT Switches (RadioShack Closeout Special!)
  • 1 x Big Through Hole Buzzer (wrong part came in an order)
  • 1 x LTC4053EDD (in the parts bin too long)
  • 2 x MAX1551EZK+ (unused samples)
  • 2 x DS1307+ (unused samples)
  • 2 x Red Terminal Post (extras!)
  • 2 x Black Terminal Post (extras!)
  • 2 x Laptop DC Jacks (Asus A53E, extras!)
  • 1 x SSOP-28 or SOP-28 to DIP-28 Breakout (everybody needs proto boards)
  • 1 x QFN24 5x5x0.65 or QFN24 4x4x0.5 to DIP-24 Breakout (everybody needs proto boards)
  • 1 x Bag of Infrared LED’s (from an ancient project)
  • 20? x LM4040DIM3-4.1 Precision Voltage Reference (surplus discount means too many in my bins)
  • 2 x OSHPark Stickers (I have too many)
  • 1 x Zipit Z2 Decal (gotta put something Zipit related in it)
  • 1 x Grey Waterproof Project Box (estate sale bits)
  • 1 x Bag of Misc. Through Hole Ceramic Caps (so many, RadioShack Closeout Special!)
  • 1 x Pre punched Perf Board (RadioShack 276-1396A)
  • 1 x Targus PA090 USB Port Replicator (USB Hub, PS2 Key/Mouse, Serial, Ethernet)
  • 1 x Bag of misc gears (CD/DVD Rom Teardowns)
  • 1 x Bag of misc mini motors (CD/DVD Rom Teardowns)
  • 2 x Yellow Light Bulbs (estate sale bits)

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