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Offline Lance

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EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:52:37 am »
I just watched it. I remember my instructor had some old magazines in high school, I had loads of fun going through them all. Does anyone know of an archive that has these on hand? I'd love to get at these.
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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 08:43:16 am »
Gotta love that "Protel Font" on the DSO adapter - now look where Dave works!


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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 09:52:13 pm »
I have fond memories of these type of magazines, they had a great charm even though the subject matter was technical it was friendly and accessible at many levels.

Well done to have kept them so well Dave, you can enjoy them again now :)

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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 05:11:10 am »
i would love your place methinks dave. i love those old magazines, electronics australia in particular and the serviceman's log.

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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011, 02:44:13 pm »
I used to love the EA serviceman's log as a kid

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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011, 08:30:27 pm »
My first introduction to Electronics was through Hobby Electronics magazines many years ago with my dad.  Happy memories of making little LEDs go on and off on a breadboard.

Never did take it up as a job (though I almost did), but I've returned to being interested in electronics now (30+years later) and I really do wish I hadn't thrown those magazines away!!!

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Re: EEVblog #142 – Electronics Magazine Memories
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 05:07:17 pm »
Thanks for the memories Dave; I'm surprised you keep those old magazines.  Its hard to throw those away, I feel the same passion for it; they are like old friends, but it just takes up extra room more than I'd ever refer back to them.

One thing nice about Ozzie electronics mags is, IIRC, they used as much US parts than British parts, so it was more applicable for those who were using US centric components.

One main driving force for DIY gear was economy, as we were all cash strapped, making my own test gear was the only way to afford decent equipment, and learned a lot doing so.  This was also at a time a lot of professional stuff was still mostly hand made, 1970-90.

Today, if hobbyists model their projects around the same idea, it tends to not have the same motivation as Chinese electronics are far more low cost and where robots do assembly, can undercut any labor tremendously. 

However, there many niches were devices do not exist for consumers or hobbyists mainly because the devices are either so low volume, or potentially illegal to manufacture.  Non-lethal weapons like dazzlers or tasers, IR RF and cellphone jammers, camera auto-focus jammers, etc., are fairly easy to figure out the basics [ you can also build devices that are patented, but can't commercialize your project for obvious reasons].

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