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Hi there! I started this site to provide useful, easy to follow, tech-based tutorials. Feel free to have a browse through my posts and make something awesome!

About the blog

I aim to provide guides intended for hobby electronics newbies, having been in that situation myself not long ago and having gotten adequately frustrated during my ‘induction’. I want to encourage people to get involved with electronics as people seem to make their final judgement all too soon after glimpsing the sometimes daunting side of it. Don’t be put off if you consider yourself a more ‘proficient’ enthusiast, you just might want to skip through the more mundane parts of each guide, or just use these ideas as a base to build your own variations of these projects. And it goes without saying, please don’t try to hold me responsible for any damage you do to yourself or your equipment following these guides. I did them all and lived to tell the tale, but its up to you to ensure anything you do is safe.

I’ll also post some ‘general interest’ articles detailing other projects I’ve done, but without guides as these are more specific and messy, long-term and group projects. Again, feel free to try similar projects but maybe not quite yet if you’re just dipping your proverbial toe into the hobby.

If you are just starting though, it’s important to be inspired! I can guarantee that without any aims you’ll just get bored and give up before you discover what possibilities electronics have to offer, as I almost did…

 

About me

Having initially tried programming and electronics stuck in a classroom printing, “Hello world!” over and over, its not hard to see why I didn’t dare come anywhere near the hobby for another year. Now I’m doing a degree in it.

It wasn’t until two years later, at the start of 2014, when the head of Computing at my high school offered anyone a free Raspberry Pi, if they could, and this was formally noted and signed by both parties, “make something awesome” with it. Well, in a clear display of over-optimism, I thought, ‘space is awesome, surely getting it up there would be pretty nice too?’. So I set off, initially with much pseudo belief from the head, in search of getting this thing into ‘space’ and more importantly, getting it back afterwards. To cut a long story short, around six months later after having sat my GCSE exams, the Raspberry Pi took off, carrying a small, rather petrified, teddy bear 27 km upwards, over picturesque North Yorkshire (UK). It received some media coverage, notably this Yorkshire Evening Post article and was overall, a success.

From this point on, I knew electronics were where I wanted to be. It wasn’t so much the act of programming and soldering and planning that started my slow-burning ‘obsession’, but more so that I knew it was possible to attempt to execute a seemingly unlikely, intimidating project and come out successful. It can be very addictive.

The year after, during my A-level exams, I joined a team of other pupils at my school in an engineering project to complete areal surveillance. Logically, this called for us to construct a quadcopter drone, of course carrying (and unitising) a Raspberry Pi as a small tribute to the project that inspired it. Cutting another long story short, this project was entered into the National science+engineering competiton, where our team came second in the UK for the prestigious Senior Engineering category.

Feeling reasonably confident at this point, I thought it was time to make my first guide on Instructables around a year ago. Soon I was receiving tens of thousands of views, so rather than uploading further guides to a third party, I decided I might as well try and host my own ideas in future and learn something new as I go. And that’s how this site came about.