Hiya.... ijitidea by name and probably nature Hehehee.
I have no formal training in anything electronics or programming based but am curious and interested in building some idea's I've been toying with a few years now.
Am partway through setting up a workspace to begin some practical experiments and possibly construction.
I've got onhand an arduino clone...and also a selection of components scavenged and salvaged, some components I have purchased [including some ic's and boards for projects] and a slew of pdf's of really old electric projects and builds that I am interested in trying....for example, making my own batteries and electricity generators from scratch....not that I believe I can actually power something usefully from homemade batteries but I want to build the different types of batteries and generators to see what I can see! HEhehee
I am still in the startled and bewildered phase of discovering electronics, seeing marvels and wonders everywhere...so much so it has been difficult to settle down and focus on a single project. So many things have piqued my interest....DIY batteries, leyden jars, wimshurst machines, tesla coils, lahkofsky coils [am unsure of the quackfactor with some of the stuff I have seen] though discrete components with some ic's is what I intend to focus on for the near future.....I have a couple of 328 chips for my arduino-clone on the way so can forsee a couple of standalone projects using them in the near future
I listen to The amp hour and like watching and listening to Dave Jones of the EEVBlog ....any suggestions of other good EE related podcasts are appreciated.
I have an old tower computer I am set to rebuild into my electronic box for data storage [dattasheets! OMG, they can be a PITA] and simulation programs. Am hoping to use a flavor of linux on the thing.