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Section: Electronics

First let me just say that I resisted the urge to call the section ‘Magical Blue Smoke’…I’ll save that for a series of introductory How-To articles.

Personal History

I’ve been working with electronics for…well, almost as long as I can remember.  I haven’t always been doing it, I started when I was really young, and then it fell by the wayside for a number of years.  But it’s something that’ll always be with me.

Why?

Well, that’s an interesting question…  The same reason painters paint and sculptors sculpt I guess; the urge to create.  Some of us want to make things a little more…interesting.  If it weren’t for tinkerers and the will to create, we probably wouldn’t have had personal computers until the next big leap in computing technology was made necessary by war…not just because a couple of guys in a garage wanted to try something.

Where do we go from here?

I feel that ‘open source hardware’ and the whole DIY movement is part of the next step in the development of human intelligence and society, but more than that, it’s also one of the easiest ways to take yourself out of the loop of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.  Anyone can do it.  If you don’t know how, you can LEARN.  You can’t say that about most art forms.  The idea of open source hardware, is to let people make things themselves, and improve on things that others make, and maybe even make some money from it.  Things are getting really very exciting these days.  People are making their own 3D printers, milling machines, and laser cutters…  And we’re even getting close to commercial-like electronics manufacturing.  It’s like an industrial revolution on the desktop.

Soon, anyone with the will to do so, should be able to make pretty much anything themselves.  If that isn’t an exciting concept, check your pulse.

What this means for the site…

Well, mostly I’ll be talking about projects I’m working on, sharing information, doing how-to articles and whatnot.  It’ll be interesting, trust me.

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