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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by BackyardWorkshop, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. BackyardWorkshop

    BackyardWorkshop New Member

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    Hey guys - just a quick introduction

    I'm starting to dabble more and more into electronics and I'm really looking to understand it all - so I'll be asking a lot of questions :)

    I have been playing a lot with the Parallax Propeller Microcontroller and I like it a lot - and I'm currently working on a Halloween prop that's going to use it as it's controller :)

    Check out my site if you're interested in CNC stuff, 3D Printers, metalworking, etc... I have a lot of hobbies and I post up all my projects there - most recently made my own circuit board milling it on my CNC machine :)

    Jamie
     
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    alec_t Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Jamie. Sounds like you've already done a lot of dabbling :).
     
  3. BackyardWorkshop

    BackyardWorkshop New Member

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    Thanks Alec! Yes I've been dabbling for many years now but I never seem to get serious LOL

    I think I'm starting to get more serious - I've picked up a TON of electronic components at an estate sale and that fired up the desire to really dive in, I've been doing the "maker" thing even before there was a name for it LOL but I really want to learn more about designing my own circuits and building my own boards and such

    In other news - since I picked up so many components I wanted to keep track of them and share them with my other local enthusiasts so I wrote a website designed to keep track of my inventory and also allow my friends to look for parts and share and such - if anyone's interested in that I've made it Open Source so anyone can install it n their own server and such - check out www.makertrader.com - I don't have many "takers" on the sharing part yet but I've got a few people using it to manage their own inventory :)

    Jamie
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forums...


    If you really want to get serious, start learning math and circuit analysis. That will take you a long long long way and be interesting in itself too.
    Just a quick tip :)
     
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    Thanks MrAl - I know of this thing you call "math" it's that thing I don't like to do LOL - but that brings up a good question.... I have learned Ohms' Law and such - but in reality do you guys use it a lot?
     
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    Yes.

    Otherwise you have to post here rather often
     
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    Hello again,


    Well math helps to understand the underlying theory behind many circuits even though we might also use a simulator. Using a simulator helps too, i dont know if you've tried that yet.
     
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    I have been playing with this Circuit Simulator but it's a bit cumbersome to try and make your own http://www.falstad.com/circuit/

    What's a good one I should look into?
     

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