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By Glenn Roberts
Acquiring and installing a personal computer is taken for granted nowadays. But back in the late 70's, before the Mac and PC, computers came in the form of a kit, the technically-inclined would have to invest weeks worth of income, break out the soldering iron, and painstakingly pore over a programming manual just to get the system "up and running." Most of us haven't looked back, but a few old timers reminisce about the "golden age" of personal computing as they unearth a nugget from those days – the Heathkit H8.
Glenn revives the Heathkit H8
See inside the belly of the beast
Sometimes an electronics project lands you in strange and unfamiliar places. Like Alice's adventure down the rabbit hole, each move leads you to another set of unexpected circumstances. Philip Kane’s adventure began when extra components for a keypad project led him to the peculiar world of resistance touch switches. Did Kane master the circuit and software or did he scurry back up the rabbit hole?
Take an unplanned electronics adventure
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There is an urban legend about a smart inventor who came up with a good idea and sold it to a big company for a gazillion dollars. As with any legend, the tale is more fantasy than reality. Surely individuals can strike it rich selling their ideas, but unless you are well connected to people in positions of power, you will need to know how to package and promote your idea to increase your chance of success.
Turn your product idea into business legend
The future for lighting homes lies in LED lighting. Sebastian Berge explains why this should happen for new and existing buildings. The solution may be simpler than you think. And the cost savings may send you straight to your local hardware store.
How LEDs shed light on the future
Solar Energy Converter Kit
Build a really cool Solar Energy Converter/Transmitter which converts solar energy to high frequency pulsed direct current.
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Solar Thermostat Kit
Turn on a pump or a fan when the temperature of one of the two probes is 3-4 degrees higher than the other. This thermostat is designed to never need a battery and run perfectly and faithfully year after year.
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