Member #134773

Member Since: May 19, 2010

Country: United States


I started playing with electronics in the mid-1960s, and with computers shortly after Neil Armstrong took “one small step”. I got a degree in CS in 1980, and started working then as an engineer.

  • Glad to hear that you’ve done cross stitch. FWIW, my mother was good at sewing, but my father was a LOT better. (He had to be, having learned to be an aircraft mechanic in the days when a lot of the aircraft were still cloth covered.) I really do need to spend more time (literally) tending to my knitting…

    Now we need to do all we can to rid the world of the stereotypes that girls don’t do electronics…

  • Hey, if you want “wall sized” identification guides, go check out product 855 over at Adafruit. Just because we’re of the “male persuasion” doesn’t mean we can’t pick up a needle and thread! (OK, I’m assuming you, too, are male.)

  • Three words: “do the math”. OK, I suppose that some folks do find it easier to “guess” than to “do the math”.

    That being said: If you are one to “do the math”, kits like this are great when you don’t want to wait for delivery for an “unforeseen” project (and don’t want to make the trip and/or pay the price at RS, Fry’s Electronics, or other “local” vendors).

  • IMHO, the “Includes” list above should include the voltage ratings. (I did find the info in the Identification Guide, but having it in the “Includes” list would serve to remind the newbies that real caps DO have voltage limitations.)

    Next time I’m $6.95 (or less) from “free shipping”, this is a real candidate for getting me there!

  • At the risk of “TMI”, the Hakko flush cutters also make good toe nail trimmers.

    Rob, you’ll be missed. Best of luck to you!

    Wonder who’ll do the videos now? And I wonder if they’ll ever get the light in the sign fixed?

  • Um, on that RPi board: The text says it’s compatible with the Pi 2, but I count just 26 pins on the connector. (I don’t know about the ones you have, but the Pi 2 I have has a 40 pin connector.) I do realize that it’s possible to use the pins in such a way as to be compatible with both a Pi 1 and a Pi 2 – is that the case?

    Also, I’d sure have been inclined to either ship it without the RPi connector installed, or with a “pass through” so that it can be “stacked” without demanding that it be the one on top.

  • I just happened to notice in the intro the mention of the coffee pot. I presume that this is in reference to the original webcam? (I recall it well… even though I never actually got coffee from that coffee pot, as I was in Arizona and the coffee pot was in the U.K.)

  • In the past couple of years, I’ve come across a claim that “nerd” is a “misspelling” of “knurd”, which was “drunk” spelled backwards, bestowed by the college [I deleted a word or two to maintain “G” rating] students on their more studious compatriots.

  • This is why I get so irked that so few of the SBC boards use chips that have a RTCC, and most of the remainder don’t have provision for a battery for it.

  • Congrats on getting published! Many more books get written than get published.

    IM[NS]HO, most universities are doing their Engineering students a major disservice by pushing them into English classes with students (not to mention instructors) who have trouble understanding the use of a light switch. You quickly loose the interest of nearly all of the Engineering students, but more importantly, you fail to teach them the [hyper] importance of being able to communicate using the written word. It IS a huge amount of work to write a book, but it is VERY important. There’s a lot of other writing that is also key to Engineers, ranging from e-mails replying to someone having trouble with a product, to proposals for a new project, to communications with other members of your team about who needs to do what. And the techniques for all of this don’t require much in the way of “plot” or “character development”.

    That being said, it’s sometimes hard for Engineers to understand the importance of good grammar and correct spelling (and using the correct word, such as using “where” when it should be “were”, or “there” when the correct word is “their”, or the correct use of “me” versus “I”). If you get into the habit of “doing it right” whenever you’re writing, even if it’s just a note to say “let’s go to lunch”, you’ll find it far more likely to write it right when you’re trying to convince the bean-counter that the project is worthwhile.

    Getting off my soapbox and back to your book: Even though I first started “playing” with computers shortly after Neil Armstrong took his “one small step”, it sounds like I may be able to learn some stuff from this book. I’m looking forward to reading it (though it may be a while before I get around to ordering it).

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