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 mday
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Hi, I'm Mark.  I live in Colorado, USA.  I worked for Apple for 29 years, mostly doing File Systems (a part of Operating Systems).  I retired a couple of years ago.  I first got interested in electronics in the 1970's, when hobbyist electronics mostly used discrete parts.  Popular Electronics magazine started a column on programming in BASIC, and that began my interest in computers.  Now that I'm retired, I've resumed by tinkering with electronics.  I'm glad that microcontrollers are an important part these days; I find programming a whole lot easier than trying to implement logic with discrete gates or gate arrays.


   
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Welcome,

Now is a fascinating time in hobby electronics. One can get some phenomenal sensors and the computational power to deal with their output at prices hobbyists are able to pay.

My first go at circuit building was during the wire wrap era. It makes my head hurt just to think about it. I have stained more than one table when chemical etching was popular. Today's cheap and rapid PCB prototyping is amazing.

Twobits


   
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jeffed
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Posted by: mday

Hi, I'm Mark.  I live in Colorado, USA.  I worked for Apple for 29 years, mostly doing File Systems (a part of Operating Systems).  I retired a couple of years ago.  I first got interested in electronics in the 1970's, when hobbyist electronics mostly used discrete parts.  Popular Electronics magazine started a column on programming in BASIC, and that began my interest in computers.  Now that I'm retired, I've resumed by tinkering with electronics.  I'm glad that microcontrollers are an important part these days; I find programming a whole lot easier than trying to implement logic with discrete gates or gate arrays.

Digital systems were my entry level back in '82. Then micros. Hardware was the thing. Now it's software and micro-miniaturisation. You're right, Mark. As fascinating as it was then, it's even more so now.


   
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jeffed
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Re-reading my post above in reply to mday, I should've made it clear I'm just a self-taught amateur, both then and now. 29 years at Apple - now that's a pro!


   
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