suggestions are always welcome
|Former Member||28/01/2019 19:56:56|
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Phil, you seem to being provocative, saying "I get the impression that electronics are pretty dead" is quick to dismiss. I am making a point with reference an impression to home building of electronic devices, are not popular anymore. The times have changed
There was a time when there was a magazine "Practical Electronics" which I think stopped being produced circa 1990, certainly in the form I remember. I have not seen it on the shelves of Smiths et al, for I do not know how long.
We have seen the demise of Maplin, your local store for bits and pieces, which had switched its emphasis away from a pure electronic retail outlet.
There was a time when various electronic kits were freely available, I built a portable radio, even a Sinclair Amplifier, plus a Waltron Radio, Micron and servos. All these types of activity were in the past.
Can you imagine the outrage we would have had on these pages, of home built equipment? The bile that was uttered about non marked CE Rxs, because they were personal purchases from outside the EU, produced by reputable manufacturers, that is compared to some one in there bedroom with a 500w soldering iron.
From the magazines point of view, it has to be about selling magazines. The vast majority of magazines are aspirational. Hence car magazines full of supercars. The days of Practical Mechanics have gone, they do not inspire. Nor do they reflect what the majority of the population does any more. The car is dumped at the garage, bill paid, and taken home fixed. Women’s magazines come nearest to reality, with recipes for "Smoked Salmon, from a bed of Aberdeanshire hay, with pearls of Kohlrabi essence. Of course we are the same, we often use ARTF models that we have built, after many, many minutes slaving with a screw driver.
Of course there are some people who are interested in home electronics. But in an era of PC Electronic design Software, with logic checking and autorouting for board design, it is very different. Very much more about professional Engineering. Most of us are to old to learn about circuit design, and less inclined to even care.
I do recognise my own wishes also are very niche, no one cares how things work, they are just expected to.
This is the modern world.
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Mine is *****ic powered, (as someone seems to dislike the word )
EDP, P for prop, two internally.
Perhaps an article explaining that electric power isn't the 'devil's work'.
|Phil Green||29/01/2019 14:56:58|
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Erf, I'm not going to pursue this any further other than to humbly suggest that you're out of touch, basing your judgement purely on your own lack of interest. I could list and counter every single one of your points - electronics kits for example have never been so numerous and as a tech author yes, I'm aware of the mags - and while Elektor and EPE continue, the demise of the others is largely due to superior and free online alternatives offering vastly increased content that is fresh and with interactive involvement. Maplins aren't really relevant as they were never a serious electronics enthusiasts domain and priced themselves to death. Your statements come over as 'authoritative' but I'm sorry, they dont reflect reality. Regarding your 'outrage over homebrew equipment' I'd humbly suggest avoiding our own forum and the DIY electronics board of RCG as I fear your outrage at the variety of home-brew equipment currently in use could blow a gasket
This is indeed the modern world - you should take a look at it!
Cheers (& out...)
Edited By Phil Green on 29/01/2019 20:47:36
|David Ashby - Moderator||29/01/2019 18:36:38|
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I'm going to call time on this long nine year old thread.
As I've said before, the editor, Graham always wants to hear reader suggestions and feedback, so please just drop him a line at email@example.com
In that way your ideas will go straight to the person who commissions articles rather than rely on him finding time to negotiate a long thread.
General feedback, critique can be made by starting or joining a thread relating to a particular issue.
Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 29/01/2019 18:39:15
This thread is closed.
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