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Merdeka Raya Brew

posted Aug 29, 2012, 1:03 PM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 1:31 PM ]

Cheapest Arduino in Town! Raya Edition event (read 2012 mission statement) started with Facebook announcement about Arduino Uno R3 SMD.

Arduino Uno R3 SMD

To be followed with something as easy as 1,2,3 ...

All this come with free shipping. Just send an email to [email protected] before making any payment. We will reflect the free shipping through email and invoicing.

Enjoy and Selamat Merdeka Raya!

Cheapest Arduino in Town! Raya Edition

posted Aug 29, 2012, 12:33 PM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 7:22 PM ]

CAT Promo
Best Wishes

Selamat Hari Raya and Welcom Back To Work! Fortunately There is Another Holiday Coming!

August is a special month for me personally. It is also the month in 2012 when H&T is 2 years plus. We just celebrate Raya and will celebrate Merdeka very soon. Let's add another cause for celebration. Cheapest Arduino in Town, shorten into CAT. A well known annual event by H&T.

Story Retold

Let's start with a story in 2010. When I was looking for an Arduino only to discover that all supplier no longer sold the official product. The market was flooded with clone (cheap knock of) or compatibles (better quality). 

At that time there was no official distributor listed for Malaysia. So I went to Indonesia in the hope of acquiring official product from a distributor that was listed in Arduino website. Imagine my surprise to discover what sold online as Arduino Duemilanove was actually a clone. 

Official and Compatibles

The requirement is to indicate non official hardware with "compatible" notation. For instant "Duemilanove (compatible)". This to avoid confusion among customers as well as differentiate quality hardware between the officials, the compatibles and to some extent the clones. 

In 2011, a major electronic supplier in Malaysia sold Duemilanove at a steep 50% discounted price. Which turn out to be a compatible. Again, the product is not properly listed. The listing is for "Arduino Duemilanove". It is good for customer to get electronic supplies at cheaper price. But not at the price of misinformation and the possibility of being burned by a bad clone.

Cheapest Arduino in Town

H&T was established in August 2010, to be the first ever listed official distributor in Malaysia. Easily verified by visiting the Arduino Buy page.

CAT started in 2011, those who are curious can read the original mission statement here.

In the two year period, Arduino flagship product (first Duemilanove and currently Uno) are now more in line with international pricing. Buying it today is like getting 30% discount compared to buying it in 2010.

Nowadays, compatibles from trusted supplier have improved significantly. These third party manufacturers continue to innovate using Arduino as a platform. And reap the benefit of being Arduino compatibles by being steadfast with their own branding and product name.

Meanwhile, clone "Arduino Duemilanove" and "Arduino Uno" can still be bought on eBay from unscrupulous seller. That is fact of life, just be careful ...


The Bundle That Keep You Going!

posted Jul 1, 2012, 3:40 AM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 4:53 AM ]

What is brewing. Lot's of stuff. Hence this writing.
Free organizer

First of all, for limited time. H&T is bundling Organizer brew into the R3 Starter Kit. For more information about the Organizer, read it here:

Note that it can be personalized using laser engraving technique. Personal name or even company name. So watch out for free personalization offer which is included in product option. Head to the Online Shop to check this out!

But we did not stop there. There are several bundle for Uno and Mega as well as the rarely featured Uno XBee bundle that is making a comeback. As in previous bundle, these offers are limited in stock and time frame. So don't wait too long if something looks good there.





With the above said, and the month of Ramadhan is not so far around the corner. Would like to wish happy fasting for those who participate ;). This also means that my long seasonal annual break is coming. 

During the month of Ramadhan and Syawal, all online order will be processed as usual. However, COD and self collect will not be available. 

In the mean time, enjoy the bundle and keep the brewing going!

Acrylic Organizer Brew!

posted Feb 28, 2012, 6:20 AM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 3:39 AM ]


Have you ever feel that doing Arduino is a mess? Well it should be! With all the wires and whatnot lying around. The Arduino board it self with shield, display and prototyping boards. The more the merrier. Or is it the messier?

My personal feeling with Arduino, if without casing. Is one of untethered and moveable. My personal fear with Arduino is that if drink is spilled. Perhaps the magic smoke will show it self!

So here an example and a creative use of Arduino combined with acrylic and PCB stands. With some other stuff.

Organizer brew

This new product from H&T is acrylic that can accept Uno or Mega. At each four corner, holes are available if user want to optionally raise it higher. Beside that, the holes are reserved for future ideas.

It Support 1 or 2 half size solder less breadboard as well as DFRobot 16x02 I2C LCD. Which is shown in above and bellow picture. The Organizer as well as mentioned accessories, are now available in the online shop. While stock last that is! 

Organizer and Shield

Picture showing I2C display connected to DFRobot IO Expansion shield with XBee WiFi module on top.

Here is the bonus question. Would you be able to do something personal with it?

The bonus answer is yes! In fact H&T have taken this opportunity to etch well known Arduino personage in Malaysia. As well as offer this new product for them FOC for a test drive.


As launch promotion, eight pieces are reserved for personalization. That means eight lucky people can have their name etched. Along with this three famous personage. Those who are interested, please email me for further information!

Mega 2560 R3 Now in Stock

posted Feb 7, 2012, 8:20 PM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 8:40 PM ]

Mega R3
Why buy older hardware when newer revision is available?

H&T start the new year with Arduino Uno R3 and Arduino Ethernet Shield SD R3. Finally now we have Arduino Mega 2560 R3.

Mega 2560 has always been a favourite among student and professional who like the extra I/O as well as the many serial connection ports and choices. Be it Serial TTL, I2C or SPI.

Note that with the R3 revision, Mega 2560 and Uno now share the same shield pin for I2C. The SDA and SCL pin located the USB port. Refer to Arduino R3 and Shield in Malaysian Shore article for more info.

This means shields following R3 revision can take advantage and be standardized to tap I2C serial communication. Be it for Mega 2560 R3 or Uno R3. 

As it is in the old revision, Mega and Uno I2C pin are located differently in the shield pin out!

So, why buy the older hardware revision when

1. The R3 revision is compatible with existing (older revision) shield.
2. The R3 revision will take advantage of shield following R3 revision.

I guess, the answer is no reason! ;D but perhaps due to some shop doing stock clearance!

Anyway, the bellow picture help in identifying Mega 2560 R3. 

Mega R3 Back

*Notes : As official distributor, it is H&T obligation to spread words about R3. In the hope of faster adoption among Malaysian electronic homebrewing community. Moving forward, all H&T Arduino stock are R3 revision.

R3 Starter Kit at D Starter Kit Price

posted Jan 10, 2012, 6:20 AM by Haris Hashim

R3 Starter Kit
About 2 weeks ago we are selling U Starter Kit at the price of D Starter Kit. Because Duemilanove stock was low at that time. 

Today, with the transition to Uno R3. There is no more stock of previous revision of Uno. And soon there will be new starter kit called R3 Starter Kit. To make sure that buyers are aware about buying starter kit with Uno R3 inside. In the mean time I am going to give free upgrade to everyone who buys U Starter Kit, still at the promotional price of D Starter Kit. Phew, that is really a long and twisted way to explain this deal.

So in much shorter word. Buy U Starter Kit and get Uno R3 inside at D Starter Kit price. Limited to 5 unit in stock.

Year End Sale 2011

posted Dec 26, 2011, 9:48 PM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Dec 26, 2011, 10:14 PM ]

Dear Homebrewers, 

With 5 days to 2012, H&T wish you all a happy new year! However much reflection on 2011. Of things undone or DIY project got shelved somewhere in the garage. Lets not that bother us much. Instead let's start 2012 with more cool stuff and plan on doing more home brewing activity. If not for completeness sake, just do it for the fun of it.

Perhaps there is something from H&T on-line shop that you have forever want to purchase but wish it is cheaper? Please have a look at bellow list and visit us if something catch your interest!

Year End Sale is coming, but in the mean time ...

posted Nov 26, 2011, 1:55 AM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Dec 26, 2011, 9:57 PM ]

Year End SaleCheapest Arduino In Town (which is the Duemilanove) is really low in stock. So the D Starter kit will no longer be available. 

However to honour our commitment to the program. We are now offering U Starter Kit at D Starter Kit price.

You heard us right! Starter kit with Uno inside at RM134.90. Some more, the first 4 customer received free solder less mini breadboard (yeah I have only four left!). That means 2 piece of mini solder less breadboard delivered with the starter kit. Combine them to have a larger prototyping area or use them separately for different project.

And what about this Year End Sale thing? Say YES to H&T and we will say YES back to you! But stay tuned while we finalize the deal for you. Only here at H&T 

P/S: Might take more than few days to finalize the web design. Really hard to make snow fall on the tree!

UPDATE : Finally it is here! YEAR END SALE

Lamb Chop in Tawau?

posted Nov 10, 2011, 11:40 PM by Haris Hashim

Lamb Chop The Hub Cafe
Homebrew-Tech.com turns into food review site? Nope, at least not yet! ;)

Being away from KL means I have to find new places to eat at. Which is a pain because KL is such a nice food haven. Compare this to Tawau (where I am at the moment). Been here on and off for almost a year. Still hard to find a good place to eat.

Until now that is! As pictured, it really is the best Lamb Chop I ever taste. Got the sauce all over my fingers just to lick em clean at the end of the meal! It is that good. At RM 12.90, definitely does not break the bank.

For other foods lover, you guys can find this restaurant in Eastern Plaza (shopping mall attached to Hotel Promenade). Just take escalator down from G to LG and it will be hard to miss. The signboard is "@The Hub Cafe".

Hmm, perhaps I should do more on this food review kind of stuff. Probably another website or Google App Engine module just for food reviews. Got more places to share with you guys. 

Take Care!

SEPT/OCT 30% PWP Clearance on Accessory

posted Sep 22, 2011, 3:35 AM by Haris Hashim   [ updated Sep 22, 2011, 8:46 PM ]

PWP accessory clearance
The just ended "We Love Freebies!" promotion cause a dent on accessory stock. As well as leaving a gaping hole of no promotion at the moment. Well, the promotion have to stop eventually. But apparently not now!

While stock last. Most of the item only have 1 in stock. So this should be a quick one. Enjoy!

Terms & Condition
  • Purchase Arduino and accessory in single order from H&T on-line shop.
  • 30% discount is offered for item in Accessory tab/section only.
  • Choose Maybank Bank In payment method so that no payment is made on on-line order completion.
  • Email, sms or online chat wtih H&T representative and state your interest.
  • You will be replied back with invoice stating new purchase amount with 30% discount applied.
  • Complete the order with Maybank bank in payment to the amount as stated.

Accessory tab/section is in the online shop as shown bellow

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