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Welcome to the Element14 community William! Hopefully you'll find this a good resource for keeping your technical skills ticking over
Are you working on any projects at the moment? If so, feel free to share what you are doing with us by blogging about them (there is a personal blog or blog sections for different topics, I tend to use my personal blog space) and if there is anything you want advice on then just post up and there's usually somebody with some useful suggestions
Welcome to the element14 community.
There's a lot of interesting info on the community. I hope you enjoy it.
As Rachael mentioned, feel free to blog about any projects you are working on.
I encourage you to look at our RoadTest section as well.
RoadTest Program Manager
Welcome to e14. You are in good company as many of our members, myself included, have similar stories. I have found the exploration of components and the pursuit of a better foundation in electronics a very rewarding and challenging retirement project. I look forward to reading about what you are doing.
Welcome to Element14.
I am only a few years younger than you and I greatly enjoy interacting with everyone on the site, so come on in an make yourself at home.
Look around, see what interests you and join in. Questions are always welcomed and as you will see, we get into some very interesting discussions here.
We try to keep things fun and informal, though the gang in charge tries to impose a semblance of adult supervision.
Welcome to Element14, the nice connected place.
Finally some more NZ'ers.
It's a great pace to expand your horizons and the best way is Road Tests, Design Challenges and the e14 challenge launched each month.
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Hi Rachel Et Al, Thank you for your warm welcome. Unfortunately the only project I am working on is the refurbishment (Not a full showroom restoration) of a 1983 Kawasaki Motorcycle. It is mid winter here (shortest day today, 22nd) and so it is a bit cold most days to achieve too much.
I do also have a fully operational 386 PC that I am going to disassemble in order to check the condition of the electrolytic capacitors and the on board RAM battery.
If anyone is really interested I can post some information on these.
I do have some sort of Arduino kit that my son in law bought me, as well as one of the early Raspberry Pie kit, so in some ways I am spoiled for choice on where to start. That is why I very interested in the kit you are detailing as it comes with project descriptions and would give me a great platform on which to build.
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That is why I very interested in the kit you are detailing as it comes with project descriptions and would give me a great platform on which to build.
I helped with this series of Arduino 101, which is downloadable here
There is nothing like diving into the deep end to wake up the senses.
The reality is that unlike many other forums, here the members will help you with meaningful answers rather than single line comments "about why did you do it that way?"
There are plenty of good tutorials out there, and some of the better ones for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and many other baords have been discussed here.
You just need to navigate through the search engine which is an art on it's own
Thank you Mark, As you say the greatest challenge is navigating through the search engine, as well as finding time. Frankly I really don't know how I found time to hold down a full time job in the "real world"
Thank you mark,
Do you know if there is a PDF available for Part 5 of the Arduino 101? I
have looked, but not being a subscriber to The Shed magazine ny access is
It would appear No.
The sketch is for Milling, so it won;t be one of the series, despite the suggestion.
I definately didn't write that one.
You can get back copies
There is a digital rather than paper version here.
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This is a great series of articles, Mark
Thanks but I can only claim fame for writing Pt 3 and 4.
Terry King ( www.yourduino.com) made a great start and I helped Jude make sense of the first two parts.
We did a couple of Raspberry Pi 101 as well, simple relay control and temperature reading.
The reality is most readers are better with their hands, than a keyboard, and without Linux skills you really are just poking around.
I have downloaded the articles and it's true you didn't signed all but the series remain a good bunch of reference for all
I am a septuagenarian, I live in New Zealand.
I am a Registered Electrician (in NZ), I worked for Xerox for 30 years in a variety of tech roles, eventual becoming tech launch manage for a range of high speed electronic printers. I took early retirement due to health issues, but when I got over this I started my own business building & repairing PCs, website creation and hosting, I am now fully retired from this but still want to "keep my brain active"