We got a new Mastodon account, and you can follow us on the Diaspora distributed social network

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We got a new account at Mastodon.social so if you want to keep following us at Mastodon you can use this link.

Our Disapora social network account is at Pluspora


Bye-Bye Mastodon, our account on Fosstodon.org was deleted yesterday


We discovered the Mastodon peer to peer social network in February 2019 from a customer suggestion and we loved it.

The idea of having a decentralized social network, not dependent on one source is great.

At that time we used exclusively Facebook, Twitter and G+ to communicate with our community about new product developments, new products in stock, and new features on designs we work on.

Google at that time announced that it will close G+ in April 2019, so we were looking for another social network to use.

Facebook and Twitter are not liked by many people who refuse to setup accounts there, due to privacy concerns or the small signal to noise ratio or the non so technical community.

G+ seemed to be more professional oriented, with not so many cat pictures and ego scratching posts, but Google shut it down, so when someone suggested to have look at Mastodon we made an account there and were nicely surprised.

The community there is much smaller (thousands of times) than Twitter and Facebook, but we got a lot of valuable suggestions and tips from there, when we were developing new products. The community there was much more active and focused.

Social networking is very important for us to stay in touch with our community, but unfortunately the people who run the Fosstodon server do not like our new product announcements and see them as advertising.

So although we post very rarely, yesterday’s two posts about new products triggered someone and our account, all our posts and conversations on Mastodon got deleted.

We do lot of open source hardware and recently we started to contribute in Linux kernel and drivers development. We love what we do, but our employees have families to feed, so we can’t be non-commercial. Selling our boards is the way we get funds to continue doing what we do.

We love the Mastodon community, but we can’t use a social network which sees new product announcements as problem, so after one year of use we have to say: bye-bye Mastodon!

To all our friends and followers on Mastodon: we will miss you, but you still can follow our blog or the other social networks we use to stay in touch.

Shipments to UK after Brexit


Many people are concerned about shipments from and to UK after UK officially leaved the EU on 31.01.2020. We also were quite uncertain should we continue to ship UK parcels as intra-EU shipments, should we charge VAT or we have to do export paperwork like for shipments to Switzerland and Norway.

We asked our customs how to handle UK shipments and today we got reply that there is transition period to 31.12.2020 and everything stays as is till then. So we will keep shipping to UK as it’s still in EU till end of the year.

Christmas promotion for Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK – upgrade to 128GB for EUR 0.01!


Christmas is approaching and we have great news for you!

Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK have XMAS upgrade to fast 128GB Class 10 micro SD card inside instead of the regular 32GB micro SD card.

Note that the 128GB cards we have in stock are limited quantity, so the promotion ends on 24 of December 2019 or when the cards we have in stock are sold out.

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Product Change Notification feature is implemented on our web site so our customers can stay up to date with planned new features and board revision changes

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Many of our customers asked us to implement Product Change Notification on our web, so they can subscribe and be notified when we start working on new revisions of our boards or when the new revision is in production together with the new features implemented.

Now we have it implemented as you can see on the picture above when you are in product page you can see small letter icon with red dot in the upper right corner, when you click on it you can subscribe for notification about this product.


USB-ISO USB 2.0 Full Speed insulator passed all EMC tests in certified laboratory and now can bear CE mark!


After our first product which pass CE requirements (ESP32-POE-ISO) now we are happy to announce that we have second product which pass CE standard tests.

USB-ISO have been tested and passed these standards tests in certified laboratory:

  • EN 55032:2015
  • EN 55035: 2017
  • EN 61000-3-2: 2014
  • EN 61000-3-3: 2013


So it can be now CE marked.


Olimex.com server maintenance


We have scheduled maintenance for olimex.com server at 2:00 PM PST on Friday, May 24th, 2019. So our site will be down for couple of hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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