I got an incredible amount of help from older-than-me people when I started learning tekkie stuff, about 1952. ...Sadly I didn't, that is why I am keen to do it now. The internet is great for that.
I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find one...
I'm pretty sure Rob is your elder, dude smiley-small
I thought you looked a little grayer than me.
ElectronicsAnywhere and SoftwareAnywhere
Lotsa questions about Internet access and power and all that...
hardware can be a pain because I don't have a physical address to ship components to.
If everyone on these Forums put in their Lat/Long,
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The biggest threat will come when you can't get the chips any more. The demand from the hobby market is not enough for a manufacturer to keep on producing. As Massimo said he has seen the sales figures from Atmel and his quantities are tiny.
There will be a LONG aftermarket like there was for the 6502 and Z80. And you can STILL get them