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It's that spooky time of year! Just in time for the season, we are "throwing back" to one of our favorite Halloween builds:

Catwell's Raspberry Pi Halloween Effects Door - aka the "Scary Door" was built using the Raspberry Pi B+.


In this week's Throwback Thursday Giveaway we are giving away 5 Raspberry Pi Model B+Raspberry Pi Model B+ units!

How Do I Win?

All you need to do is give us an idea of what you would do with the kit by posting a comment below. Next Thursday we'll announce the winners and send out the prize  Upon receiving the kit, post a blog on the element14 Community with the project you completed using what we sent out to you.

See full terms and conditions for more details.


Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO 40 Pin Block Pinout

Terms and Conditions

Raspberry Pi B+ THROWBACK THURSDAY Contest

Terms and Conditions


These are the terms and conditions which govern the Raspberry Pi B+ THROWBACK THURSDAY Contest. This Contest requires participants to submit a project idea in the comments section of the document associated with this contest. This project idea can also include any previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review/project blog  of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials.. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this Contest will receive the item(s) listed below. The Projects/Review blogs  are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

1. 1 The Principal terms of the Contest:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

Raspberry Pi B+ THROWBACK THURSDAY Contest (or the Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on 4 November 2015

Judging Close: Noon (GMT) on  5 November  2015

Announcement of Winner(s) (estimated):  5 October 2015

Contest Item(s):  Raspberry Pi B+ Evaluation Kit

Contest Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria: All of the following which will have equal weighting:

1.1 • Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

1.2 • Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

1.3 • A general description of the project the contestant would do with the product

1.4 • Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on

1.5 • Originality;

1.6 • Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

1.7 • Comment on <LINK> describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Minimum number of Prizes: 5

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Contest and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

1. 2 Eligibility

2. 3 Applications:

3. 4 Selecting Winners:

4. 5 Liability:

5. 6 General:

1.8 2.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.9 2.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.10 2.3 Applicants must not enter the Contest if doing so or taking part may:

1.10.1 2.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.10.2 2.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.10.3 2.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in contests such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

1.10.4 The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.11 2.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.12 2.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.13 2.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.13.1 2.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.13.2 2.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser.

1.14 3.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a response by the Application Close.

1.15 3.2 By submitting a response, each Applicant:

1.15.1 3.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the Contest;

1.15.2 3.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

1.15.3 3.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

1.15.4 3.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the application or subsequent Blogs submitted for the purposes of the Contest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

1.15.5 3.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

1.15.6 3.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

1.15.7 3.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

1.15.8 3.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

1.15.9 3.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

1.15.10 3.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the Contest.

1.16 3.3 All applications submitted to this Contest must meet the following criteria:

1.16.1 3.3.1 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any application null and void:

(a) (a) Applications or designs which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) (b) Applications or designs that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser and/or the Judges;

(c) (c) Applications or applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

1.17 3.4 No proposed Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

1.18 3.5 A proposed Application must not have been entered into any other Contest, unless that Contest has closed and the Application did not win a prize.

1.19 4.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her Application and its adherence to these Terms.

1.20 4.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out in condition 1 above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

1.21 4.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Participants within 1 business day after  the Applications Close.

1.22 4.4 The winner(s) will be selected by the Organiser in their absolute discretion based on the Judging Criteria. Winners must meet all eligibility requirements of these Terms. There shall be such number of winners as the Organiser shall determine.

1.23 4.5 The Organiser’s decision is final and without right of appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right not to select a winner if, in their sole discretion, they do not consider any of the applications to merit the Prize.

1.24 4.6 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to complete judging by Judging and Voting Close and to notify the winner(s) via a blog posted on the Contest Site by the Announcement of Winner Date.

1.25 4.7 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the Contest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

1.26 4.8 Details of the Winners will also be published in the media.

1.27 5.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

1.28 5.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

1.29 5.3 Subject to 10.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Contest or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Contest, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

1.30 6.1 The Contest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the Contest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

1.31 6.2 The Contest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a Contest of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the Contest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

1.32 6.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

1.33 6.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the Contest that Applicants and Winners agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

1.34 6.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

1.35 6.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

1.36 the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

We'd like you to join us in a round of digital applause as we congratulate Mark Beckett ( mcb1) on becoming element14's first ever Level 9 member! As many of you know, Mark's been with us for a long time, but more importantly he's contributed a lot to the community and its members, so we wanted to raise a bit of noise around his hard-earned achievement.


Here Comes the Hertz

Mark Shabaz Visit.jpgEach level on element14 is associated with a great mind from within the world of electronics, with German physicist Heinrich Hertz lending his name to our top membership tier.


It takes 100,000 points to climb to the lofty heights Mark's now achieved, which is no small feat. To give you a bit of perspective, Level 2: Volta requires just 500 points, while Level 8, which he's just progressed from, demands 50,000. Also, if Mark was only earning points by creating new discussions here on the community, he'd have kicked off 10,000 different conversations.


Of course, that's not how Mark's found his way to the top. He's a regular participant in our Design Challenges, and has bagged more than a few badges thanks to his regular, insightful and often entertaining contributions on the community. And he's one of the few element14 members who's actually made his way to our headquarters in the north of England, which is particularly impressive for Mark given that he lives in New Zealand.


I'm not sure we've ever really told Mark this, but the news of his and shabaz's visit to element14 and Farnell spread throughout the company and around the world, having been mentioned in global reports and among the top echelons of management. In fact...


Hats Off to Hertz

A message of personal congratulations has come through from the guy at the very top of the Farnell pyramid.

Mark_Whiteling_1.jpg"A huge congratulations on breaking through our elusive level nine," says Farnell element14 CEO Mark Whiteling. "We always knew someone would do it, but when I heard it was a fellow New Zealander (also called Mark) and one who had so recently taken the time to visit our operations here in the UK, I was especially thrilled. I want to thank you for the contribution you have made to the element14 community. The expertise you, and so many members like you, add to our community through your knowledge sharing is invaluable. Thank you, and well done."

And Mark's not alone in offering a hearty slap on the back. Naturally a host of other members and Top Members -- many of whom have met Mark during his worldwide Travels of a Water Bottle tour -- and many of you have had equally hearty congratulations to offer.

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=22831&size=350"It's been a pleasure to have been connected with you through element14's communities. You have always been very eager to help, communicating your unmatchable experience and expertise, mixed in with some of your trademark style and sense of humour. It's always been a blast whenever you're involved, and even though I haven't had the time to be that active lately. In some sense, you are a major part of element14's communities, which is a big achievement in itself. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy having you here, and congratulations on levelling up!"

~ lui_gough

new-avatar.png And here's 1,000 words of congratulations via a single, sensational picture from shabaz

"Hey Mark, congrats to you, and the NZ spirit for conquering yet another peak!"



"I've watched Mark climb in the standings with excellent posts and helpful ideas. I was not surprised when he passed my total and reached for the next level. He's worthy of special recognition for his continual efforts to make element14 a great place for young and old, newbies and old buzzards like me. It has been a honor to exchange information and ideas with you and I am very happy that you beat me to the next level. You have done a wonderful job at helping the community. Well done Mark, look forward to many more years of interacting with you."



"Is that the crazy New Zealand bloke I met the other month? I have few memories of that evening, I think he might have slipped something into one of the beers."

~ Workshopshed  -  One a side note, Andy's also sent you a CodeBug program, Mark, which is attached to this blog post, and the video below:




~ jancumps

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=29515&size=350"It's always a pleasure when a technical chat becomes a nice friendship sharing interests and vision of the things. I should thank Mark remembering me that irony is one of the better forms of elegance. Mark, now you have passed to the next step: pure high frequency! It's an honour and an example for we low vibrations My best wishes for reaching this goal for first!"

~ balearicdynamics


ntewinkel also offers his felicitations in amusing picture form:profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=22449&size=350




"Congratulations Mark! You're a source of inspiration here on element14!"



~ gadget.iom



screamingtiger.png"During my Sci Fi Project, Mark offered encouragement several times when I was frustrated and assured me I was doing okay when I thought I was failing.  He's also one quick to brings things back to reality and keep people (me) focused on realistic goals."


~ screamingtiger


"Best wishes Mark! From all of us!"


~ phoenixcomm


"Hey Mark. Up the Hobbits! Congratulations on becoming a frequency!"

~ Problemchild


"Congratulations to Mark. If he hadn't pulled my question off the then-defunct Jeremy Blum thread and helped me over two years ago I would have missed all the fun I have had and the new friends I have made on e14. Mark is one of the guiding lights of this forum and I wish him the best as he begins the long trek to the next level."

~ jw0752


profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=27779&size=350"Right from day one when I joined the community several years ago, you where there helping out and providing excellent advice and you have been consistently doing it since then, sticking to your principals, never letting unsafe stuff to the community without saying something but still providing good advice and reasoning in the process. I have been very impressed with your abilities in multiple fields and your willingness to help others. keep up the good work!"

~ peteroakes



"Hey Mark! Congratulations on reaching 100.000 points! (Please, give us a chance and let us catch up a little before you start racing for 200k )

If you ever find yourself near Belgium again, don't hesitate to pass by. There are more kinds of beer for you to try "


~ fvan


"Congratulations, Mark.  Amazing achievement.  Thank you for your many, many contributions."profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=18527&size=350




~ johnbeetem



"What’s it like at the top? We are so proud of you and for you!"

~ lslater


Obviously these warm words of admiration are priceless, but the Farnell family is also keen to show it's appreciation to Mark for blazing such epic community trail, and has arranged for a permanent discount to be added to his Farnell element14 account for as long as he's an active member right here on the community, as a token of thanks for his enthusiastic efforts.


More important than money, of course, is recognition from Mark's caring overlord, Queen of the Minions, and part-time chicken fancier, Nicole:


"Congratulations to you, Mark! You’ve always been willing to offer your advice, opinions and help to your fellow members. Thanks for your efforts to make element14 Community a better place for all engineers to collaborate! Here’s to another 100,000 points more in the future! Cheers!"


~ nlarson












So well done Mark, and keep up the good work! I'm expecting you to become our first Level 10 very, very soon (now get back to posting more discussions, blogs and projects!).