Kent

Organizer

Location:

Lockport, IL

Organizer since:

March 7, 2014

What sort of things do you create, take apart, fix or just wonder what makes it tick?

Almost everything! Since childhood, my parents did not wonder if I would take something apart, but rather how long it would stay in one piece. I've made projects from PVC, wood, microprocessors and bolt together stuff.

Do friends and family call you when they need help? Or are you the one to call? No right answers here.

Mostly they call, email, text me but there are times I have to reach out too.

What is something that stumped you recently?

Two things. 1) A Tetris game written completely in Javascript. I fixed one written in Python on a Raspberry Pi but the Javascript one needs a couple tweaks and really got me scratching my head. 2) Why a power supply saying it is 12 volts actually measures almost 15 volts.

How did you figure it out?

Haven't on the Tetris challenge! But playing it occasionally is still fun. The voltage thing on the power supply was easy after a little internet research on power regulators and the wait for the inexpensive parts to arrive from the electronics shop.

Introduction

I've had exposure to punch cards, vacuum tubes and hard drives the size of very small car tires which makes me very much appreciate the abilities of computers and chips now.


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