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From the mail bag!

I wanted to send you all an email and say thank you so much for all the wonderful products, information, and learning resources you provide. You all have been a huge resource and inspiration for my personal transition from working in the feature Animation industry to the fine art world of interactive installations using micro-controllers. None of this would have been possible without you!

-Jonathan


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2 Comments

  1. I’ve been an engineer most of my life – for decades now I’ve been an ASIC/FPGA designer, ASIC verification, embedded and application software engineer, and on occasion, a PCB designer working on satellites for a couple of small aerospace firms. Got laid off last year after we burned ourselves through a large contract on mandatory overtime with nothing else in the work pipeline. Nearly broke my heart.

    I finally had some time on my hands to play with microcontrollers for my own projects and found you people, your reams of information and support, and of course your many, ever-increasing products. I’ve built several small Arduino projects in a short space of time, bringing in some old hardware once controlled by completely different machines, and getting them working again within hours of sitting down, coming up with crazy stuff and writing fast little routines in Atmel assembler here and there – enough material for a half-dozen show-and-tell episodes, if I had a webcam and cleaned the workspace. Ahem.

    I’ve been touring your Ask An Engineer shows while building stuff – I’m about at the halfway point now, watching all of them. It really helps in catching up to what’s happening with this amazing little inexpensive I/O-rich boards!

    Limor and Phil are a hoot, a font of information, exactly the kind of people I like, and probably drink as much coffee as I do. Talking fast isn’t a NY thing, it’s a sparky thing. Your guests are excellent, too, especially Collin Cunningham. The science fiction references are awesome. Phil’s pointed-yet-random remarks and Limor’s eyeroll replies are hilarious. The comfortable production values really work. It’s all so personable.

    Your attitudes born from open source thinking has re-awakened a whole lot of joy in engineering for me – the whole reason I became an engineer. Your obvious and intense love for engineering is an infectious and beautiful thing and helps to spread just how learn-able it is for the next generation. Keep assimilating!

    Thank you for the constant source of inspiration.

    My best,
    Joe

    PS. Please move to Colorado. Rent is cheaper, for a start.

  2. I’ve been an engineer most of my life – for decades now I’ve been an ASIC/FPGA designer, ASIC verification, embedded and application software engineer, and on occasion, a PCB designer working on satellites for a couple of small aerospace firms. Got laid off last year after we burned ourselves through a large contract on mandatory overtime with nothing else in the work pipeline. Nearly broke my heart.

    I finally had some time on my hands to play with microcontrollers for my own projects and found you people, your reams of information and support, and of course your many, ever-increasing products. I’ve built several small Arduino projects in a short space of time, bringing in some old hardware once controlled by completely different machines, and getting them working again within hours of sitting down, coming up with crazy stuff and writing fast little routines in Atmel assembler here and there – enough material for a half-dozen show-and-tell episodes, if I had a webcam and cleaned the workspace. Ahem.

    I’ve been touring your Ask An Engineer shows while building stuff – I’m about at the halfway point now, watching all of them. It really helps in catching up to what’s happening with this amazing little inexpensive I/O-rich boards!

    Limor and Phil are a hoot, a font of information, exactly the kind of people I like, and probably drink as much coffee as I do. Talking fast isn’t a NY thing, it’s a sparky thing. Your guests are excellent, too, especially Collin Cunningham. The science fiction references are awesome. Phil’s pointed-yet-random remarks and Limor’s eyeroll replies are hilarious. The comfortable production values really work. It’s all so personable.

    Your attitudes born from open source thinking has re-awakened a whole lot of joy in engineering for me – the whole reason I became an engineer. Your obvious and intense love for engineering is an infectious and beautiful thing and helps to spread just how learn-able it is for the next generation. Keep assimilating!

    Thank you for the constant source of inspiration.

    My best,
    Joe

    PS. Please move to Colorado. Rent is cheaper, for a start.

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