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Simpson_Jr


destroying lots of toys and making the parents very unhappy.


An uncle of mine, engineer, gave me a hand driven sowing-machine at my 4th birthday, apparently I've tinkered with it for ages (can't remember...). Every year I still get the stories how fast the other presents were destroyed with it though. ;)

I agree with Lefty, without the internet I probably wouldn't have picked up "old hobby" electronics again.
Components take more time to arrive, but "the electronics store" seems a zillion times bigger and 5-20 times cheaper.
When I think of it, the internet taught me how to airbrush a lot better, it taught me how to build my own drums,  I'm busy with CNC because of it, electronics, as boomerang-fanatic it learned me a lot about aerodynamics and it taught me how to cook a lot better ;)



terryking228

You guys is makin' me nostalgic...

1950: Vesey Street, New York City  - "Radio Row"  100 little hole-in-the-wall shops selling radio parts, WWII surplus.
2010: Futian, Shenzhen, China  - "IC Row" SEG Market - 900 Shops selling every imagineable IC and part.

I am SO fortunate to have walked in both of these times and places, and bought stuff and made things with it.


Radio Row - First went there with my Father in 1950. He is 99 and can only hear a few audio frequencies. So I send him CW on the phone, and he talks back.

 

SEG Electronics Market 2010 - Went there with my friend Jun Peng.  Now Peng and I sell parts from there on Yourduino.com   
See http://www.segbuy.com/  (Use google translate)... 

So. I have a Real Good Excuse for my parts-scrounging addiction.  The only thing better is when I get to give stuff away to young people in places like Cambodia and New England.


Regards, Terry King terry@yourduino.com  - Check great prices, devices and Arduino-related boards at http://YourDuino.com
HOW-TO: http://ArduinoInfo.Info

CrossRoads

"900 Shops selling every imagineable IC and part"
Counterfeit awareness and traceability back to OEM is very hot topic in industry now ...
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years. Check out the ATMega1284P based Bobuino and other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17.
Arduino for Teens available at Amazon.com.

terryking228

Many/most of these shops can show traceability. I understand the biggest stock of most major IC manufacturers is physically in Shenzhen where they get put into IPhones etc etc.  The big manufacturers know all this.

That said, there are choices of many very popular chips, from US manufacturer or 'domestic' manufacturer, different price by 40% or so.

The amazing shops are those with many thousands of SMT parts reels, each with thousands of chips.. 

When you buy a cellphone, for some models they ask you upfront, "You want the original or the fake? Your choice".  I bought a real Nokia N78, but the 'fake' was cool, and had dual SIM cards and better camera! 

What a Trip...
Regards, Terry King terry@yourduino.com  - Check great prices, devices and Arduino-related boards at http://YourDuino.com
HOW-TO: http://ArduinoInfo.Info

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