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  1. I’m thankful for Open Source Hardware! It’s taught me everything I know about electronics!

  2. Im thankful we live in a place and time where we can hack and create (almost) freely, (comparatively) cheaply, and in the public eye.

  3. I’m thankful for cheap, fast, world wide shipping.
    Living in Australia our electronics stores are pretty basic (and overpriced).
    The internet and affordable shipping means I can buy a teensy from Adafruit, xbees from sparkfun and 2000 resistors from hong kong (via ebay!).

    I feel like I am entering the future I dreamed of as a kid 😀

  4. I’m thankful for the welcoming, open community that gives friendly and timely advice, for Ask An Engineer, the EEVblog, and The Amp Hour that inspire me and answer questions before I can even ask them, for my college gave me that more time to work on my own projects, and lastly for people that post old but working analog oscilloscopes on Ebay for <$60.

  5. I’m thankful that those little electrons zooming around in my breadboard circuits obey the laws of physics, most of the time.

  6. I’m thankful for those who decide to share their knowledge with the world. In this dark corporate world where one feels as if they’re nothing but a number, it’s beyond refreshing to find such green pastures as Adafruit Industries! Knowledge is power, and Adafruit has helped to propel what was once only an interest of mine into an actual reality!

    Thank you for thinking outside of the box and bucking the trend. We are all better for it… Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I’m thankful for starting a hackerspace in my hometown 🙂

  8. I’m thankful I get to write on this blog. I’m also thankful for the people who read it.

  9. I’m thankful for the knowledge I have gained, the friends I have made and the fun I have had while reigniting my interest in electronics.

    I’m also thankful for my fuzzy black cat assistant that helps me find those tiny SMD components I always seem to drop…

  10. I’m thankful I know cool people like Lady Ada.

  11. This year I finally got back into electronics (after not really doing much in the last twenty years!) and I’m really thankful for things like open source hardware, the Arduino and it’s community of users, and to a large degree, I’m really thankful to Adafruit Industries.

    Adafruit made it really easy to get into all of this, especially the tutorials that Lady Ada has created and shared, and things like “Ask an Engineer” and the blog & forums.

    I’ve been blogging since 1997 and part of my mission is to share my knowledge with the world, which is sort of a payback from me to everyone who shares their knowledge, so I’m thankful to anyone who has written up their notes, or published a video, or somehow shared their passion for electronics, which has allowed me to dig into it, learn more, and share with others…

    It’s a big cycle, and I’m glad to be a part of it. 🙂

  12. I’m grateful that I live in a time when women are encouraged to mess around with electronics and programming and other things that are traditionally “for boys.”

  13. I am thankful for the Internet. Now I can learn anything I want. Knowledge is power, and we, the people, have never been so powerful.

  14. Current Rezident

    In 1956, Carl Barks wrote, “This is an age of change, of little men with big machines making over the face of the Earth!” Today, we stand at the foot of a mountain much more imposing than any gone over, under, around, or through, from the dawn of time until the present. This mountain is made not of dirt and rocks, but of silicon, microwaves, Torx screws, and the ideas, sweat and tears of millions. While we are just beginning to climb it, we have already gained immeasurably from our trek.
    The best way to climb the mountain requires looking to the future. We need new ways, not just new machines. Formerly, old ideas were built upon, and creativity usually was used only when necessary. Today, most of our machines are small machines, which have been mined from the mountain, not built upon old ruins, and we use them to continue to climb it.
    Hacking and open source breed the creativity required to climb the mountain fast. Coming up with new ideas, and sharing the details of those ideas, is why electronics today is practically unrecognizable compared to electronics twenty years ago, while electronics twenty years ago involved many of the same components, circuits, and engineering practices as electronics forty years ago. Almost everything today is cheaper, smaller, lighter, faster, more easily tied in to everything else, and more reliable, than was formerly the case.
    And that is what we have to be thankful for.

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