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October 24, 2009
News - How far do you go down th…
Don’t buy is my answer.
Electronics is basically a couple of college courses and I’ve already been told that you can’t learn it without treating it as such.
The tutorials on the web are only parts of the puzzle to building a project and a person can’t be well rounded by doing them.
A lot of the tutorials are bad because they expect the beginner to know what to do already which means that few learn because no one wants to tell them.
So “no” is the answer. If you have a beginner kit, I’m not interested because there are levels of complexity that no one teaches today.
I also tried to get other college degreed people interested and they say, “no. it takes a lot of money and time” which is true because I’ve been reading about it for eight years or more and I even have contributed many posts on tutorials on another website; the fact that no one teaches means that most people won’t be able to do more than basic stuff and my junk box of starter kits is proof.
I still have hours of electronic videos left before I can do anything basic.
So “no”. I won’t be buying your starter kit because the few dollars isn’t going to get me an education in electronics.
News - Camping 101
about 2 months ago
Thank you for the article but I think it is missing a lot of wireless products from I-Com but you can find alternative sellers if you can find them. I won’t post the link because I’m not advertising or selling anything or you can google I-Com if you want. I’m sure you can get a better setup with that kind of equipment or even have a contest as to who has the best setup.
You can get a 24 db gain WiFi dish antenna and they come with an RG8 cable with rp-sma termination which work with half watt USB adapters. They cause a lot of RF so I’m not sure how much they would heat up something with water but they should probably be mounted high up on a wall or a roof if you want to share someone’s wifi signal. This will also increase your chance of having your computer hacked unless you are in a rural location.
Then you can get a second antenna and aim them in different directions but you have to spend some time aiming the antennas.
Someone is going to ask what db gain is and I believe that 24 dB is the maximum allowed in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission:
dMystifying the dB
Your article is also missing the idea of buying Powerbanks for your phone. You can get over 10,000 mAH if you know the right manufacturer but choose one with an aluminum case because I feel they may be safer than plastic.
News - Your April Caption Contes…
about 2 years ago
“Tin Woodsman: [singing] I’d be gentle as a lizard…”-from the Wizard of Oz
Tin Woodsman: I’ll see you reach the Wizard, whether I get a heart or not. Beehive, bah! Let her try and make a beehive out of me!
I’m not going to pay a lot for that muffler!
News - February Caption Contest
about 3 years ago
Lucky wanted to play a game of dogs and ladders.
Why did Lucky take the ladder to Sparkfun? Because he thought the Beaglebone was on the house!
News - Q&A with Jenny Young …
about 3 years ago
They’re charging over $100 a class and asking for sponsors? And now they are covering it up because you have to login to register and see the prices?
News - Remembering Aaron Swartz
about 3 years ago
Aaron was 26. If he got out of jail after serving 35 years, he would have been 61 years old plus a year or two that it took for the case to come to trial. If the average life span is 78.2 years, Aaron would have had 17.2 years left if he survived being in prison.
Did Aaron have to be depressed to kill himself?
“Research shows those who are bullied have a higher probability of considering or performing suicide than those who are not.”
There were people who were cyber bullied like Megan Meier who saw a psychiatrist since she was in the third grade:
There was the suicide of Tyler Clementi who comitted suicide after being videotaped having sex with another man:
I looked through the web at people who were bullied and a lot of them killed themselves:
You can all conduct your own research but to blame Aaron for being depressed isn’t research because there is ample evidence that bullied people harm themselves and the prosecutors in this case should go to jail for bullying for using cruel and unusual punishment with prison terms that don’t fit the crime. I guess you can say the prosecutors did their job here.
News - IP Obesity
about 3 years ago
I disagree with the article on IP obesity. After taking 17 rolls of film to Hawaii for my honeymoon, I invested in a digital camera to save money and I don’t remember Kodak being a major player in digital cameras. The reason Kodak was a disadvantage was because they are an American company that failed to innovate and think outside of the box. Their history was invested in old fashioned photography.
I believe people should be payed for their work. Should music on the radio be open source? Would artists get paid if everyone copied their work and sent it around the internet for free? Would there be more music or less music? If an artist can’t eat, they will have to get another job meaning less music.
There was a Commodore user who invented a fast loader. Because he was a kid, he shared it and it was copied around. He didn’t make any money on it because he didn’t have money to patent it. Large companies took his idea and made money on it and had an advantage of the market.
My friend left for Los Angeles to become involved in the music industry as a singer and an artist. One of the reason he left sales was because people would teach him to do the selling and not pay him any money. His example was “Why should I do all this work for someone else to make all the money?”
Why should I get involved with hardware companies if they don’t want to pay and if they only want my design for free? What is in it for me? The answer is nothing. They want to corner me and work me so they can get something out of me and give me nothing in return.
Considering that Oscilloscopes are expensive and equipment is expensive, paying the designer more so they could innovate and have time to learn would increase the number of good products and not the other way around.
News - Free Day 2012 Recap
about 4 years ago
I promise not to participate next year in any Sparkfun contest because it isn’t worth it and I end up feeling used each year for the last three years I didn’t win.
No public wish lists :(
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