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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Steve Evans, Nov 22, 2004.

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  1. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Guest

    Hi eveyrone,

    I'm not at all sure that electronics is for me. If I'm wasting my time
    I need to know now, before I waste any more. Can you guys help me out?
    Set me some questions to answer on the *whole range* of the subject,
    judge my responses and tell me straight if I'm no good. You'll be
    helping me if youre truthful. I can take it. I have my doubts about my
    abilities in this area. I'm good at other stuff so if I'm crap at
    this, I'll have something else to turn to. Don't feel awkward about
    telling me so. I just need an objective evlaluation of wether it's
    worthwhile my conintuing with this hobby or not.

    Tnks!

    Steve
     
  2. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    Hi Steve,
    You won't find out this way.
    Take some courses at your local C.C. or Vo-Tech.
    Only you will know.
    Good Luck,
    Tom
     
  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    If this is all the more interest you have in it, it's not for you. If
    electronics were "your thing," you'd be asking us to explain the exercises
    in the tutorial, not asking whether you should bother.

    If you like making little circuits and stuff, go for it, but if it's a
    chore, you'd be wasting everybody's time.

    Just do something you love to do, and the details will pretty much take
    care of themselves. :)

    I't good to see someboy that's actually this self-aware - you will go far,
    whatever you decide to do.

    Have fun!
    Rich
     
  4. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: Re: Test me!
    Hi, Steve. Rich is spot on.

    There are a couple of other considerations, too. First, you have to ask
    yourself if you're a "people person", and if you actually enjoy dealing with
    people and helping them solve their problems. Long term, that's at least as
    important as technical competence. Second, you have to ask yourself if you
    have any competence at math. You can always take a few courses if you've got
    any math ability, and learn as much as your abilities will let you. A bare
    minimum would be secondary school algebra/trigonometry to start with, and
    preferably a high school calculus sequence as a comfortable minimum.

    Good luck -- as Lazarus told Brother Francis of Utah, "And may you find your
    voice soon, boy. Olla allay!"

    Chris
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    That's a decision you should make on your own. Nobody on a news group knows
    you well enough personally to judge your abilities. If you: like to take
    things apart, learn how things work, and/or enjoy solving problems, I think
    you'd do well.

    Mike
     

  6. I think he wants to hear some arguments for choosing electronics as a
    hobby.

    Here are a few: It is cheap compared to other hobbies, and it is getting
    cheaper all the time, because the components are developed and advanced
    features become available at very low prices.

    Like, 15 years ago I could buy a Z80 cpu for 10 dollars, today I can by a
    thousand times faster processors for similar amounts.

    Other hobbies usually get more and more expensive year after year.

    Electronics is a very interesting hobby, you can continue to learn all
    life, because there is a lot to discover. You have use for knowledge of
    electronics everywhere in our modern world. Every time you need to
    connect or upgrade your computer you will know what you are doing
    compared to other computer users.

    It doesn't take much space, especially if you use modern surface mount
    components. The working space you need is a table and a chair.

    Electronics is also used in many other hobbies, like radio controlled
    models, radio amateurs, experiments in biology or chemistry often need
    electronic interfaces, sound electronics and music, model railroads, car
    and motorcycle electronics, computers, etc..

    So electronics can be a bridge to other hobbies, and other people.

    It gives a better understanding of electronic devices, which is very
    valuable in the world we live in today, and in the future.
     
  7. john jardine

    john jardine Guest

    Subject is just too vast to be tested on. People who've spent a lifetime
    career in it will readily admit to not knowing it all. It's big enough to
    become skilled in a small area without even knowing what's going on
    elsewhere.

    I've noticed though, one common factor seems shared by the electronics
    careerists, enthusiasts, hobbyists, or whatever, and that's a continuing
    need to 'Chase the Dragon'.
    Essentially they're Junkies. Pretty much been that way since kids. Always on
    the lookout for the next intellectual high or buzz, based on some kind of
    control of the natural world.
    Starts out with taking clocks apart and sticking fingers in mains outlets.
    Can end up with designing obscenely complex control sytems or demise due to
    major hit from errant Tesla lightning bolt.

    The kid just putting a crystal set together can know what that special buzz
    means. Once experienced it's not easy to ignore or forget.
    If you've not yet had a full blown high or even a hint of one then it's
    honestly not worth putting further effort in. Other pastures out there
    abound.

    The subject's attraction/downside is that it is *not* simple. The reward is
    that the quality of the numerous intellectual highs/hits can exceed that of
    many illegal substances.
    So you've just had some great sex, rolled over, lit a fag (UK only!) and
    start musing about that neat diode linearising arrangement. You're an hour
    late for a night out with the lads because you just *had* to see what
    bandwidth that amp was giving.

    It creeps up and becomes a bit of an addiction. It's not easy to just say
    'no'.
    "Yeah, so I do a bit of phase, so what, I can handle it. I can easily pack
    it in".

    If you do know these things are not within your nature then the choice not
    to pursue the subject is easy!.

    regards
    john
     
  8. That's the key right there Steve; this isn't really
    something that can be tackled objectively because nobody but
    you knows whether you love it or not. The closest thing to
    objective generic hobby advice I know of is this; if it's a
    _passion_ with you, you won't be able to _not_ do it. You
    will simply keep looking until you find ways to understand
    what you need to know to do it.

    You will also have to accept that you have limitations;
    if you can't handle say calculus or Boolean logic, then you
    just can't. There are still very large horizons within the
    total domain of electronics for you to play in.

    If it's essential to some other passion, like say
    building movie prop duplicates with blinking lights and
    sound effects, you may have to force yourself a little bit,
    but not much.

    So ask yourself "Why did I get into this in the first
    place?". If the answer is strictly a rational one like "It
    paid the bills", your time and effort may be better spent
    elsewhere.

    Mark L. Fergerson
     
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