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Offline d4n13l

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how old are you people?
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:12:32 pm »
Hello everyone,
I decided a little while ago I wanted to learn electronics, just for the fun of it. And to really commit I went and bought some parts, a multimeter and an oscilloscope.. It's been a little tough starting from basically zero and on my own, specially when often I lack free time, but I really enjoy it.

Anyway, I have posted just a little but everyone has been very friendly and helpful, so I'm just wondering about the demographics here, if you're willing to share. I guess most of you do this professionally? but are many also just learning? how old are you?

Btw I'm 30 years old and do plant research for a living ;) which I guess must be weird to find here..
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2018, 10:23:11 pm »
From what I remember there is a "polling" feature as part of the forum (or maybe I saw it on others). Anyways, you could create a poll/survey and have people anonymously click different age range options to get some idea. It will be biased and of course totally arbitrary as to who wants to divulge that info but again it may give you some insight. I would guess that the age ranges here run the gamut from teens to college grads to people just starting off in the industry, to veterans and even retirees. One of the advantages of these forums of course is also that whatever your age, sex, ethnicity, religion, politics and what have you, we all can assume the character of our handle name and thumbnail and be whatever you want to be! Because at the end of the day, none of that other stuff really matters anyways.
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2018, 11:13:21 pm »
There are three ages here:
People that know a lot ,
people that know less and
people that wouldn't be able to figure out how many buckets they have without help [1]




[1] If you have one bucket that holds 5 gallons and a bucket that holds 3 gallons, how many buckets do you have?
   If three 100  Ohm resistors are connected in parallel, and in series with a 200 Ohm resistor, how many resistors do you have? 
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 11:16:52 pm »

[1] If you have one bucket that holds 5 gallons and a bucket that holds 3 gallons, how many buckets do you have?


Threeve, obviously. :P
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 12:25:11 am »
I would have 5.

I already have a 2 gallon (9 litre) bucket in the laundry and two more in the garage.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2018, 12:30:55 am »
I recall things being much cleaner when I was young. Then some idiot invented Dirt. Now it's everywhere and "clean-rooms" became a thing. Ha ha.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 12:42:55 am »
How old?
1.    Too young to care, a couple years ago this would be the YOLO group
2.   Young and foolhardy
3.   Somewhat careful but still like to “see what happens”
4.   Age that would like to “see what happens” but concerned about the overall costs
5.   Old enough to know better, but…….
6.   Old enough to care that you keep all of your body intact
7.   Old enough to thoroughly think through the risks before acting
8.   Retired
9.   Too old to worry about it anymore
10.   What was the question?
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2018, 12:58:19 am »
How old?
1.    Too young to care, a couple years ago this would be the YOLO group
2.   Young and foolhardy
3.   Somewhat careful but still like to “see what happens”
4.   Age that would like to “see what happens” but concerned about the overall costs
5.   Old enough to know better, but…….
6.   Old enough to care that you keep all of your body intact
7.   Old enough to thoroughly think through the risks before acting
8.   Retired
9.   Too old to worry about it anymore
10.   What was the question?
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2018, 02:26:52 am »
When I was born, leaded solder was legal and marijuana was illegal. Now do the math.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 02:37:39 am »
I remember TV stations (what's cable TV?) signing off at midnight ...
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 02:58:02 am »
When I was born, leaded solder was legal and marijuana was illegal. Now do the math.

The answers to these are country (and in the case of the US, state) specific.

In my case, both are still true, at least for my purposes.
I only need lead-free if I want to produce new commercial product. For hobby use and repairs, no problem.
Marijuana is illegal without a prescription in my state. And technically illegal federally in any case, although that isn't really enforced much when the state laws are in conflict.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2018, 03:09:03 am »
When did UHF TV get started? I remember when we got our third TV station. It was on UHF and my grandfather had to take our TV to have a converter added so we could watch it. My age was probably still in the single digits at that time.


I remember TV stations (what's cable TV?) signing off at midnight ...
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2018, 04:01:24 am »
I remember TV stations (what's cable TV?) signing off at midnight ...

Me too.   :-[

 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2018, 04:37:59 am »
When I was born, leaded solder was legal and marijuana was illegal. Now do the math.

The answers to these are country (and in the case of the US, state) specific.

Good point. I meant in most places of course.

(And TVs signed off at midnight too.)
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2018, 05:22:39 am »
haha loved all the answers, thank you
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2018, 05:39:17 am »
I remember having to get my arse out of the chair and go to the TV to change the channel. 

There were only two channels to choose from so not a huge inconvenience.

I also recall the first TV remote I ever saw was a Zenith that used ultrasound... I thought that was so cool.

So what was the purpose of this topic anyway?   ;)



 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2018, 05:55:11 am »
I remember TV stations (what's cable TV?) signing off at midnight ...

I worked at some like that.
The first lot were attended transmitting stations where we had to close down everything at night,
 The  Log would read:-

2355 GSTQ (later AAF)*

2400 HT off

0010 Fils off.

We would then wait for the Transmitter blowers to shut down, knock off the main breakers, do a quick security check, turn off unrequired equipment, including most of the lights, close the building & go home.

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2018, 05:59:02 am »
I remember having to get my arse out of the chair and go to the TV to change the channel. 

There were only two channels to choose from so not a huge inconvenience.

I also recall the first TV remote I ever saw was a Zenith that used ultrasound... I thought that was so cool.

So what was the purpose of this topic anyway?   ;)

Ha, I remember the first TV I saw that didn't use ultrasoundor Infra red (not the first remote I'd seen, but such an oddity it stuck in my memory), it used tuned bars of some metal and had little mechanical hammers to make them 'ring'
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2018, 06:03:22 am »
I remember having to get my arse out of the chair and go to the TV to change the channel. 

There were only two channels to choose from so not a huge inconvenience.

I also recall the first TV remote I ever saw was a Zenith that used ultrasound... I thought that was so cool.

So what was the purpose of this topic anyway?   ;)

The first unwired remote I saw was on an AEI/Ekco back in 1959 or '60.
It also used ultrasound, but the most impressive thing was the big mother of a motor which turned the turret tuner via what looked like a motorbike chain.
The sound of one of those things churning from one end of its range to the other was something to chill the spine.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2018, 07:22:34 am »
I remember TV stations (what's cable TV?) signing off at midnight ...

Me too, but that stopped AT MOST 20 years ago
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2018, 07:37:37 am »
How old?
1.    Too young to care, a couple years ago this would be the YOLO group
2.   Young and foolhardy
3.   Somewhat careful but still like to “see what happens”
4.   Age that would like to “see what happens” but concerned about the overall costs
5.   Old enough to know better, but…….
6.   Old enough to care that you keep all of your body intact
7.   Old enough to thoroughly think through the risks before acting
8.   Retired
9.   Too old to worry about it anymore
10.   What was the question?

Probably 5 for the most part. My dad is similar, however. He decided that, he himself, without any decent power tools, and just a bow saw should cut down a very large branch (around 2 feet in diameter, maybe more) off the willow tree in our back yard. I, being the responsible, intelligent, and lazy person I am, decided to help him out, with the most impressively stupid moment being when he ran out of steam to cut through the rest of the branch's base, resulting in me climbing up the ladder with a pickaxe, substituting as a regular axe, and bring the rest of the branch down.

This branch happened to be above our wooden carport, which has a roof made of some weird cardboard-ish fibreglass something or rather (it's really the consistency of very strong, thick cardboard as of this point, but still cardboard). The branch of course fell on it, and didn't go straight through, it wasn't big enough for that, but still managed to puncture a few fist sized holes into the roof.

So afterwards, me, my dad, and our neighbor, who wasn't notified that we were doing this, but didn't mind helping along with what ended up on her property anyways, cut down most of the smaller stuff until we were left with a massive chunk of log on the carport roof that was too annoying to get through by hand. It stood there for a few days before one of my dad's coworkers came by with a chainsaw and sliced it into movable chunks.

This of course left our yard a massive mess, which was cleaned up over the course of a couple days. At least I saved some of the chunks of wood, which ended up going to craigslist for whoever wanted it, for use in our electric smoker. As it turns out, Willow is a really nice wood for smoking, and sort of tastes like chocolate and coffee.

Reading back through this extended ramble, perhaps I belong in category 10, but for what it's worth, and to answer the question, I am 16.
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2018, 09:17:11 am »
Old enough that I should know better, young enough at heart that I don't care that I don't.
 

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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2018, 04:03:30 pm »
Fourteen years as an 8 - retired.
 

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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2018, 05:42:24 pm »
Old enough to have watched black and white TV with 3 VHF channels because there was no color and none of this remote kind of rubbish.  I was the remote for my parents. ;D
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Re: how old are you people?
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2018, 06:13:07 pm »
Sputnik...
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