After receiving a ybox2 kit (from Thinkgeek) from my wife as a present, I have successfully completed the build:http://flickr.com/photos/robert_boerner/sets/72157610494597051/
Thanks to Limor and Robert for the ybox2 and to Uncommon Projects for the original ybox.
I hadn't touched anything electrical or a soldering iron since elementary school, so I was afraid I would mess it up totally. I was totally surprised when it actually worked. I now have the confidence to try a few more projects and hopefully have a new hobby. Who knows, maybe I will get out of my boring IT job and do something fun like you guys :-)
I do have a few questions/comments (in no particular order):
1. The links on your site to soldering tutorials are good, but I would love to see you do a video demonstration proper procedure not only for soldering, but for desoldering and iron maintenance.
2. From the parts inventory page, there were a few instances where the picture on the resistors did not match what was in the kit. This was easy enough to figure by process of elimination, but made me a little nervous. Of course, I did not write down exactly which item didn't match otherwise I would be more specific.
3. What mechanism do you/should I use when soldering a chip socket to a PCB? I had a hard time having them stay in place with the PCB upside down.
4. I am glad that you starting offering tool kits on your site. I purchased a starter kit from Make Magazine which is okay, but yours looks a little nicer.
5. Although my ybox2 worked well, I of course wanted to keep going. I uploaded the Twitter widget and the clock widget. However, I can't seem to get the original Info Widget to load back on the device. It seems to upload fine, but when I reboot and try to run stage2, it just displays what looks like the actual code from the program, not run the program itself. The Info Widget did work properly when I first booted the device.
6. At one point while trying to reboot, the device seemed to stop getting an IP address. I switched over to a 100mb switch instead of my gigabit switch and problem remained. It was after digging through the forum I found deepdarc's instructions for resetting the device. Maybe add this to the Use It section of the page?
Again, these all are nit-picky items, please don't take any of them as criticism. Thanks again for all your work, and any info you could provide to get the Info Widget running again would be most appreciated.
BTW, I have version 1.0 of the kit and am using Mac OS X Leopard as the OS to talk to the device.