FW: Electronic Design Magazine: DIY Electronics Kits Turn HobbyistsIntoEngineers

William F. Fenn bfenn at cox.net
Fri Mar 2 13:40:59 CST 2012

According to the Late P.T. Barnum;
"There's a sucker born every minute!"
This knowledge made a lot of money for him.


From: tacos-bounces+bfenn=cox.net at amrad.org
[mailto:tacos-bounces+bfenn=cox.net at amrad.org] On Behalf Of
wb4jfi at knology.net
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 2:31 PM
To: andre.kesteloot at ieee.org; Tacos
Subject: Re: Electronic Design Magazine: DIY Electronics Kits Turn

This magazine is not alone in the world of over-hyping.  The latest issue of
Elektor has a huge splash across the front cover: “AVR, Software Defined
Radio”.  When you get to the article, it’s nothing more than a simple R2R
ladder A/D converter.  That samples at a low rate in C, and somewhat faster
in assembly.  Interesting, but, not really an SDR.  They say this is the
first in a series, and will cover more, real SDR in future articles.
Probably NOT on that hardware platform, however.
But, why use such a buzzword?  Just to attract magazine sales?
At least with Electronc Design, you KNOW the primary focus is to sell parts,
boards, etc.  Elektor is not supposed to be as obvious in that goal, rather
a hobbyiest magazine.  However, their recent trend to sell books and kits
based on project articles at rip-off prices may be a clue that they ARE
going in that direction... I’ve fallen victim to buying a couple of their
books, what a waste of money each time.
I felt cheated.  But, I go back for more.
Terry, WB4JFI
From: Andre Kesteloot <mailto:andre.kesteloot at verizon.net>  
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:13 PM
To: Tacos <mailto:tacos at amrad.org>  
Subject: Electronic Design Magazine: DIY Electronics Kits Turn Hobbyists
n-Hobbyists-Into-Engineers.aspx?cid=ed_newsletter&NL=1&YM_RID> &NL=1&YM_RID 


Silly me ! 

I had always thought that, for me to become an engineer, it had been
necessary to attend college, sweat through integral calculus, 

divs and curls, Pointing vectors, etc., study through the nights before

Had I just known this 55 years ago, I could have simply bought a few DIY
electronics kits and voilà, Instant Engineer...

So much time and money wasted on theory. (While in college I did learn,
however, how to drink a fair quantity of beer)


André N4ICK


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