Learning About Hardware

The absolute best way to learn, and learn quickly, about electronic hardware in general and hardware design in particular is to get some and play with it. That’s right: have fun. Make stuff. Break stuff. See what works and what doesn’t with your own eyes, your own hands. These are lessons you teach yourself, and they will last a lifetime.

Basic electronic components today are so commonplace and produced in such huge quantities that they have become incredibly inexpensive. In fact, it doesn’t take much looking to find a lot of parts for free. If you’re lucky enough to live in or near a city that has an active hacker space or electronics club, you can probably find lots of surplus electronics with which to learn and play. ...

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