> STEP TEN:
On Sun, 24 Jun 2012, Mouse
Actually, I like them. I like them all.
This deserves to be put somewhere where people contemplating learning
about electronics can find it easily. It's perhaps the best short
summary of how to learn about electricity and electronics that I've
It needs a lot of work, I just wrote that spontaneously as an example.
It needs to be "fleshed out" with more detail, and by people who actually
know what they are doing.
In particular, I'm very concerned about the need for safety precautions.
Not everybody will agree with the concept of "buy crappy tools, so that
you HAVE them, and then upgrade". The wording needs to be fine-tuned to
reduce the offense to the sensibilities of those who appreciate fine
tools. 40+ years ago, when I replaced my generic 10mm socket and
generic 1/4-20 and 6mmx1.0 taps with Snap-On, I knew that eventually I
would have a "complete" set of quality tools, but if I were to have
STARTED with a full set of quality, I couldn't have gotten started.
More needs to be added about appropriate projects to learn with,
I learned soldering with some Heathkits, and then later populating a
couple of generic blank XT motherboards with Augat sockets. I don't
think that such blank boards are available any more.
What are some good sources for beginner projects?
Who here can write out some basic steps for how to check out a "dead"
If you got
this far, you've almost certainly abandoned these "silly
steps", and have taken off on more interesting projects and tangents.
By the time you get to step ten, you no longer need the list.
But, as someone is supposed to have said of music, you can't safely
break rules unless you understand them thoroughly.
People like us aren't going to stick with a rigid structure. By high
school, my projects were becoming orthogonal to my teachers' lesson plans.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com