Too much time has passed since my last post. That’s not a good thing.
In my defense, I spent part of this time trying to learn new stuff 🙂
I have always had the desire to learn a little bit of electronics. Nothing specific, just basic stuff…and I tried, oh yes, I tried. Each time I feel the urge to create something, full of hopes and ideas, I go to the local shop, buy capacitors, resistors, leds and then… then nothing. What usually happens is that I pick up a tutorial, usually a very complicated one, start mounting the pieces and then something goes wrong. Since I lack the basics (and most of the theory also), I’m usually not able to understand what is broken and eventually I give up.
No, I’m not a smart guy.

Thankfully, the guys at Autodesk published a very nice website for people like me, 123D Circuits!
In a nutshell, it’s a circuit building and simulation tool. With it you can pick the components you want (some of the basic ones, but you can even use Arduino) and combine them till something start working, hopefully in the way you were expecting 😀

This time I decided to start simple, trying one piece after another BUT before placing something on the breadboard I read the specs, search the easiest tutorial and, when available, the datasheets.

Here’s one of the first experiment I made, just a couple of pushbuttons controlling two leds, but it’s a start 🙂