WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED IN HOBBY ELECTRONICS.
By Charles Platt
Illustration by Damien Scogin
First, you will need a breadboard. You can, of course, call it a “prototyping board,” but this is like calling a battery a “power cell.” Search RadioShack online for “breadboard” and you will find more than a dozen products, all of them for electronics hobbyists, and none of them useful for doing anything with bread.
A breadboard is a plastic strip perforated with holes 1/10" apart, which happens to be the same spacing as the legs on old-style silicon chips — the kind that were endemic in computers ...