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There are others, Mauro Grassi for example seems to author a
significant number of uP projects.

Others are from 3rd parties that are not full time with silicon chip.

I agree it would be good if they did release the code, like Circuit
Cellar does.
Whether that happens or not is up to the designer and the mag I guess.

How many people would actually want it is another issue.
Most would probably be happy just to build the kit.

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that my subscription ran out in April 2010 and nobody
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it if I don't re-subscribe. I have subscribed to at
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Radio and Hobbies from the newsagent.
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used to be.
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-It's not, in fact it's had a massive resurgence through the hacker/
-modder/maker/hackerspace movements.
-Even if it's not so much traditional "hardcore" hobby electronics, you
-still have all these young kids buying multimeters and soldering irons
-and doing some electronics. Even if it is just using an Arduino board
-to flash their LED's etc.
-Open source hardware is getting big too, and startup kit businesses
-like Sparkfun, DIY Drones and Adafruit et.al can be turning over $10M+
-selling kits.

-Dave.

Hackers are far more into the software side - meaning they are more programmers
than electronic hobbyists. I noticed you mentioned the 'hackability' of the LCR
meter
in your #137 blog...
http://www.eevblog.com/2011/01/02/eevblog-137-bk-precision-879b-handheld-lcr-meter-review /
Now that is fine to point out, but why would you want to mess around with the
software
in an LCR meter ? Maybe a specialist might have some need, but your average
hobbyist
will not want to risk stuffing up the accuracy. I think you mentioned that it
didn't come with
a calibration certificate - what's the use if you hack it ?

I still think that people who in the past would build electonic projects from
magazine
articles are more likely these days to spend their money on a pre-built gadget.
(I would love to get hold of an 800mW laser module, if I could get it past
customs!)

Also, the trend to surface-mount and micro-sized components will inevitably lead
to fewer people making their own pcbs and instead using stuff like the Arduino
board
for projects. Not that I think that is a bad thing, it saves a lot of time but
it seems to
be at a cost - pcb design skills.





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I wouldn't disagree with that in general, but I think you'd be
surprised in the things these hacker and makers are building. Robots,
UAV's etc are incredibly popular.
Check out any Hacker Space and see that they are mostly building
stuff, not just hacking iPhone software.
At least they are playing around with electronics, and that's gotta be
a good thing in my view.

There will always be (a lot) more software hackers than hardware
hackers, but hardware hacking is definitely making a big comeback.

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Most wouldn't want to hack, but I thought I'd point it out in case
someone wanted to for some reason that I can't think of.
It's always nice when you have easy access to JTAG and programming
headers inside products.
Some may want to just do it for fun or learning perhaps?
Who knows, who cares, having the headers is a good thing. Someone
might surprise you at what's possible...

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Sure, that trend has been going for as long as I've been been alive,
nothing new there.

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It costs in many ways, not just PCB skills.
Once again though, nothing new there really, that kind of thing has
been going on for decades.

Dave.

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customs!)

AFAIK lasers as such are not banned, only laser pointers. From the
Customs web site:-

Laser pointers (restricted import)

Description:
    Hand-held devices commonly known as laser pointers with an accessible
emission level of greater than 1mW.

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800 mw  laser past customs ????

i just got a few  300mw last week  from overseas....  thing is   customs
wouldnt even know  what a laser is... the lasers i got  look like old metal
can transistors...

mk



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That is because it is not illegal to import lasers, only laser pointers.

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I still get it, and I don't mind reading it every month, but I do
think long and hard before resubscribing,
though have kept going mostly from force of habit and that there isn't
anything else in Aus any more.

EA was great in its heyday, but that's gone, and won't return.

Too many things now are too cheap to buy, rather than build would be
the main reason, though SC does produce some unique
projects that I haven't seen elsewhere commercially available, that I
find interesting, even though most I don't build.

A

Also would be good for students and people learning.




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Most readers do not build the projects, they just read the mag.
I could make an educated guess and pull a figure out of the hat, but
it wouldn't even reach a single digit percentage for probably the
majority of the projects.
There are of course occasional exceptions for the very popular
projects that find a real niche.
I always found it funny how SC turned down my uWatch project because
they thought "no one would build it". Turns out more people built it
than all my other published SC projects combined. Bad call.

Ironically, some of their more technically impressive and large
projects that takes ages to develop are likely the ones that would
turn out to be the least popular in terms of number of people building
it.

It's a tough game coming up with good and interesting projects every
month to suit all tastes.

Dave.

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I declare Phil Allison should be President of this NG.



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