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Member #618437

Member Since: November 16, 2014

Country: United States

  • Forgive me, but I disagree. Part of the learning process includes failure due to unforeseen consequences. It teaches one an important lesson about planning and thoroughly considering potential pitfalls when building something new, especially using old equipment. It's an important tool for learning to be more cautious and not simply assume that all possible problems have been accounted for. Coddling beginners and trying to anticipate every possible issue they will encounter and solving it for them ahead of time is a disservice to developing their problem solving skills.

    If one out of four beginners burns up or fails to power up an old ATX power supply then one out of four beginners will either learn from that failure and benefit from the early lesson, or they will give up before they've wasted too much time in a hobby they weren't really interested in or ready for.

    This is an edge case. Assuming that most will be using a much older design for ATX PSUs that require a 5v load is silly. If the voltages are unstable and some users need a resistive load on the PSU to stabilize the output, they should be given the opportunity to investigate and discover that need on their own. Maybe in the process they will learn something about the PSUs they are trying to use and why it needs that load.

    I'm not saying don't give them the answer, I'm saying let them ask the question first. That is how people learn.

  • Great tutorial, missing a few important aspects about PCBs, such a layers. Even if you didn't go in depth, at least pointing out what they are, and especially that some advanced PCBs have much more than 2 layers I think is important to understanding the "Basics" of PCBs.

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