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Inktober 2016 18 by megawackymax Inktober 2016 18 by megawackymax
When I was little (and not-so-little) I used to look at circuit boards and imagine them as layouts of futuristic cities, their components (transistors, resistors, capacitors, microchips) representing buildings, their copper conductive lines, roads and paths.

Last night I had a bad sleep. I dreamt of circuits. In part it was because I really want to play Shenzhen I/O... but mainly it was because... I really want to play ShenZhen I/O. ( store.steampowered.com/app/504… )

It's a bit of a personal thing. A different timeline I could have lived, but chose not to. I could have programmed microchips, but I didn't think it was what I really liked. And then, many years later, some game comes along and makes it look... fun. A challenge. A puzzle. Why didn't I see it that way, back then?

But this is the path I chose.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016

You're such a pervert! Using those poor innocent through-hole* components like that… ;) Anyway, it's a neat looking design and a fun project, plus the board and components came out nicely in just ink. My only complaint is that the capacitor looks out of perspective (or someone bent it over on the board, which sadly isn't uncommon).

 

So, do you watch EEVblog? I'm not that well versed in electronics but I can follow along enough to find it really interesting and entertaining – especially the tear-downs and debunks. Maybe you'd like it.

 

* As opposed to surface mount, which sounds pretty kinky too.
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megawackymax Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Using a what like what? Huh? Wha? Wazzat? Okay, I'm actually confused, now...

As for that YouTube channel, no I have never heard of it.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Oh, sorry about that. :) It's the type of board layout: if there are holes in the board and the components' leads are pushed through and soldered that's "through-hole," but if you have components that sit flush on the board and are soldered directly into the channels that's "surface mount."

Find some bad person like me ;) to add in some English colloquialisms and… voila! Nonsense. My bad.

Those videos are fun but addictive, as much for his style as for the interesting electronics knowledge. After seeing his teardown of a cooler-sized 10MB hard drive I was hooked. (Heh, I almost just watched the whole thing again.)
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megawackymax Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Ahh, that's cool. I didn't know the exact english term for those. Hey, you learn something new every day.
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